BIOGRAPHY - S. H. Kiblinger

S. H. KIBLINGER is the popular proprietor and host of the City Hotel, of Piper City. He began business in this line on the 1st of September, 1891, and has already worked up a liberal patronage, of which he is well deserving. He has the house supplied with all modern conveniences. It is neatly and tastefully kept and has found favor with the traveling public.

Mr. Kiblinger was born in Springfield, Ohio, on the 11th of January, 1856. His grandfather, a native of Pennsylvania and of German descent, located in the Buckeye State at an early day, and there followed farming until his death. His son Lemuel was born on a farm near Springfield in 1833, and in lhs youth served an apprenticeship to the carpenter's trade, which he followed for a number of years. In 1854, he was united in marriage to Miss Rebecca Heller, who was born in Springfield, Ohio, and was of German descent. After the birth of our subject, they emigrated to Illinois, in 1856, locating upon a farm near Bloomington, where the family circle was increased by the birth of several other children. In the spring of 1874, they came to Ford County, locating upon a farm south of Piper City. The death of the father occurred February 11, 1890, in Piper City, where his widow is still living. He was a member and one of the founders of the Methodist Church in this place, and an earnest worker in both church and Sunday-school, as is Mrs. Kiblinger. In politics, he was a Whig until the organization of the Republican party, and was a highly respected citizen of the community. In the family are six children, of whom our subject is the eldest; Frank is engaged in the insurance business; Albert is a carpenter; Hester Ann is the wife of James W. Jeffery; Yale is a carpenter of Piper City; and Elizabeth, the youngest, makes her home with her mother.

The boyhood days of our subject were spent upon his father's farm near Bloomington, and in the winter season he attended the district schools of the neighborhood until eighteen years of age. Two years later, he started out in life for himself and began farming in Ford County, when he turned his attention to carpentering, which trade he had previously learned with his father. He has done considerable contracting and building, and is an expert workman. He worked at his trade in sixteen different States, extending from Dakota to Florida north and south, and from Illinois to Colorado east and west. On the 1st of September, 1891, he took charge of the City Hotel, as before stated, and is now the owner of the house.

On the 20th of August, 1891, in Bloomington, Ill., Mr. Kiblinger led to the marriage altar Miss Jennie Taylor, who was born in Peoria County, Ill., and is a daughter of Thomas Taylor, of Pella Township. This worthy couple are widely and favorably known throughout the community. In his social relations, our subject is a Mason and an Odd Fellow, and, in his political affiliations, he is a Republican, having supported that party since he attained his majority. He belongs to the fire company of Piper City and has been a member of the Town Board for two years. A straightforward and upright business man, he is winning his way upward by his own industrious efforts, and well deserves success. He has gained the respect and confidence of all with whom business or social relations have brought him in contact and it is with pleasure that we present this record of his life to our readers.

Extracted 31 Jul 2020 by Norma Hass from Portrait and Biographical Record of Ford County, Illinois, published in 1892, pages 290-291.

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