Frank L. Kiplinger is president and manager of the Knisely Dry Goods Company of Butler, one of the oldest business establishments of DeKalb County. The Knisely brothers were in business at Butler beginning nearly fifty years ago. The present firm is an incorporation, with Mr. Kiplinger its executive head and H. B. Miller, secretary and treasurer, and the directors are Mr. Kiplinger, H. B. and E. C. Miller and Mrs. Kiplinger.

Mr. Kiplinger was born in Ashland County, Ohio, July 29, 1859. He has been a merchant nearly all his life. His father was a country merchant in Ohio, and the son when not in the village schools was working in his father's store. At the age of twenty-one he went out to Kansas and had a varied mercantile experience in that state for several years. On coming to Indiana he was a clerk in the employ of Knisely Brothers at Butler for ten years. After that he was a traveling dry goods salesman over Indiana Territory, representing a Cleveland house for ten years. He then returned to Butler and bought an interest in and took the management of the old business of Knisely Brothers.

Mr. Kiplinger married Delia Miller, of Waterloo, Indiana, a graduate of the high school of that city. Mrs. Kiplinger has been prominent in local affairs at Butler and was one of those instrumental in securing the public library, and for the past twelve years has served as secretary of the Library Board. Mr. and Mrs. Kiplinger are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and he is a trustee. He is affiliated with Forest Lodge No. 259, Free and Accepted Masons, with the Royal Arch Chapter and Council, the Apollo Commandery of Knights Templar at Kendallville, was a Shriner and was a member of the Scottish Rite Class of 1919.

("History of Northeast Indiana: LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties," Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1920)



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