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A.L. KENT, school teacher, was born September 21, 1845, in Richland County, Ill,; was reared on his father's farm, attended the district schools, and afterwards attended a select school at Olney; later he attended the high school there. Since the age of twenty he has been engaged in teachin in winters and farming summers. He enlisted, in 1864, in the one hundred days' service, and served about six months. He was married, in 1870, to Nancy J. ROBERTS, a native of Kentucky. One daughter blesses this union. His father was one o fthe earliest settlers in this locality, coming here in about 1844, locating in what is now Madison Township. He died in 1879, aged sixty-four years.  [Counties of Cumberland, Jasper and Richland, Illinois: Historical and Biographical; F.A. Battey & Co, 1884]

W.W. KERMICLE -- Dundas, Postmaster and merchant,
was born in Harding County, KY., March 7, 1828, and is the son of Samuel and Mary J. (TRAINER) KERMICLE, our subject was raised on a farm in Kentucky until a grown man, receiving a limited common school education. In 1849, he married Sarah McDOWELL, a native of Hart County, KY., and in 1853, they moved to Richland County, and settled on a farm near the town of Dundas, where he embarked in the mercantile business, with a Mr. SUMNER. This firm continued standing till 1880, when it became KERMICLE & McWILLIAMS. Mrs. KERMICLE died in 1875, the mother of seven children, with whom two are living; Peter and Maggie. Mr. KERMICLE's present wife, Mary A. CROW, is a native of Bullit County, KY. He is a Republican.  [Counties of Cumberland, Jasper and Richland, Illinois: Historical and Biographical; F.A. Battey & Co, 1884]

George KIPP was born on April 13, 1822, in York County, Penn. His parents moved to Ashland County, Ohio, when he was about seven years old, and he was reared there on their farm. In October, 1852, he came to Olney Township, where he has since resided. He owns 172½ acres of land -- about 130 acres of which are under cultivation. These clearings and improvements Mr. KIPP has made since coming here. He has held the office of Commissioner of Highways six years. He was married, in 1847, to Sarah WOLF, who was born November 6, 1824, in Pennsylvania. They have four children -- John W., Mary E., Martin L. and William E. They lost Benjamin F. in infancy.  [Counties of Cumberland, Jasper and Richland, Illinois: Historical and Biographical; F.A. Battey & Co, 1884]

Nicholas KLINE, Jr., was born in Bavaria, April 23, 1831, and is the youngest of seven children born to Nicholas and Elizabeth A. (LANG) KLINE, both natives of Bavaria. Nicholas Kline, Sr., was educated and married in his native land where he was engaged in farming until his death, which occurred December 6, 1851. Nicholas Kline, Jr., the subject, received a fair education in the common schools of his native land. At the age of fourteen he went to learn the tailors' trade, at which he served an apprenticeship of two years. In 1850, he emigrated to the United States, and followed his trade as a journeyman at New York, Philadephia, Marietta and Cincinnati, for several years. Finally, in 1856, he returned to Marietta, Ohio, where he opened a shop and pursued his trade for about eight years, when he was compelled to abandon it on account of failing health. In 1865, he came to Olney Township, Richland Co., Ill., where he bought a farm and engaged in farming until 1871, when he sold out and came to Olney, where he has ever since resided. At Olney he first engaged in the clothing trade, which he continued for several years. After this he was out of active business for some four years, during which time he returned to Europe on a visit. In the spring of 1883 he engaged in the drug trade, at Olney, at which he is doing a thriving business. He was married, in 1856, to Mary E. BEST, a native of Germany. Two children have been born to them, only one of whom, Elizabeth A. (now Mrs. George W. BOWER), is living. Mr. KLINE is a member of the K. of P. In politics he is independent.  [Counties of Cumberland, Jasper and Richland, Illinois: Historical and Biographical; F.A. Battey & Co, 1884]

Aden Knoph, President First National Bank of Olney, was born in Lawrenceville, Lawrence Co., Ill., December 18, 1843, and is the only living child of Thompson and Lucinda (BRUNSON) KNOPH, the former a native of Copenhagen, Denmark, and the latter of Ohio, but of English descent. At the age of ten years Thompson KNOPH became a sailor, and advanced through all grades from cabin boy to master of a vessel, and circumnavigated the globe several times. In 1831 or 1832, he came to the United States, first settling in Arkansas, where he resided at the time of the trouble in that territory on the slavery question. From Arkansas he removed to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was married, and afterward engaged in mercantile pursuits. He then moved to Evansville, Ind., where he was engaged in the grocery trade. In 1837 he settled at Lawrenceville, Ill., where he opened a general store, and was also extensively engaged in pork packing at that time. In 1848, he removed to Grayville, Ill., where, in 1852, he met with serious financial reverses, and returned in teh same year to Lawrenceville, and in 1859 went to Vincennes, Ind., and in 1861 came to Olney, Ill., where he lived until his death, which occurred in 1867. He and his wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Aden KNOPH received only a very limited education, his schooling having ended when he attained his ninth year, at which time he went into his father's store. In January, 1864, he enlisted as a private in Company G, Nintety-Eighth Illinois Mounted Infantry. This regiment was first assigned to the Army of the Cumberland, but afterwards joined a part of the famous Gen. WILDER's brigade. Mr. KNOPH served in all the marches and engagements in which the regiment took part, until the close of the war, and was mustered out of the service with the regiment at Nashville, Tenn., in June, 1865. Soon after his enlistment he was appointed Sergeant Major of the regiment, and in December, 1864, was promoted to Adjutant. On the 2nd day of April, 1865, he was severely wounded, at Selma, Ala., in the left thigh. On returning from the army Mr. KNOPH went again into his father's store, and remained there until the death of the latter, when he found himself with the care of a widowed step-mother and several brothers and sisters devolving upon him, which mission he has faithfully executed. In November, 1868, Mr. KNOPH was elected Circuit Clerk of Richland County, Ill., and was re-elected twice to the same office in 1872 and 1876. In 1878, he was the Republican candidate for Clerk of the Supreme Court, for the Southern District of Illinois. In January, 1880, he resigned his position as Circuit Clerk, in consequence of failing health, and accepted one as traveling saleman for a wholesale dry goods house in Cincinnati, continuing in this until his health was regained. In January, 1882, he was elected President of the First National Bank of Olney, which position he still holds. His business qualifications are of the first order, and his efforts in every undertaking have been invariably crowned with success. He was married, January 1, 1869, to Miss Carliette MOREHOUSE, of Richland County. Three children, one son and two daughters, bless this union. Mr. Knoph and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Knoph belongs to four Masonic bodies of Olney, viz.: A.F. & A.M., R.A.M., R. & S.M. and K.T. He is also a member of the A.O.U.W., and of the G.A.R. In politics he is a Republican.  [Counties of Cumberland, Jasper and Richland, Illinois: Historical and Biographical; F.A. Battey & Co, 1884]

Jacob KRAMER was born in Palmyra, Penn., February 8, 1811. He moved to Indiana in about 1840, and engaged as contractor, building the macadamized roads from New Albany to Bloomington until the financial crisis in which that state because bankrupt and he lost all. Soon after, he came to Edwards County, Ill. Being a carpenter by trade, he first built a mill for K. CLODFELT. May 31, 1842, he married Miss Abigail LEWIS, a native of of Clark County, Ind., and born September 15, 1821. She died February 4, 1882, a member of the Methodist Church. After remaining twenty-three years in Edwards County, Mr. KRAMER, in 1865, came to Olney where he engaged in the hardware business, in which he continued until compelled to abandon it on account of heart disease, which finally resulted in his death which occurred July 10, 1882. While in Edwards County Mr. K. served as Judge of that county, with distinction. He was also one of the first directors of the First National Bank of Olney, and afterwards became president. The last two years of his life were passed in the capacity as director of public schools of Olney. He was considered on of Olney's most successful financiers. In politics he was a Republican. Louis KRAMER, the only living child of Jacob and Abigail (LEWIS) KRAMER, was born in Edwards County, Ill., March 2, 1860. In 1877, he embarked in the lumber business, the firm being KRAMER & HURN. He bids fair to make a successful financier and business man. [Counties of Cumberland, Jasper and Richland, Illinois: Historical and Biographical; F.A. Battey & Co, 1884]

John KUSTER, Deputy Circuit Clerk, was born in Berne, Switzerland, on November 20, 1820, and is the second of the eleven children born to Casper and Barbara (STERCHI) KUSTER, natives of Switzerland, and of French and German descent. Casper was a cabinet maker and house joiner. he worked at his trade for a time and then joined the Swiss regular army. In 1833, he emigrated with his wife to the United States, and came to Minerva, Stark Co., Ohio, where he followed his trade for three or four years, and then moved to Carroll County, in the same state, and lived there, following his trade until his death in 1839. He and his wife were members of the German Reformed Church. John received a fair education in his native land, but had no further opportunity for attending school after his parents came to America, but, by his exertions, has improved himself and acquired a great deal of practical knowledge of the English language. He learned both the stone cutters' and carpenters' trades, in early life. After the death of his father the support of his mother and her five younger children devolved upon him. In 1841 they moved to German Township, in this country, settling near Stringtown. They were very poor, as were almost always new settlers. John KUSTER engaged here in agricultural pursuits, and in 1846, purchased eighty acres of land, upon which he erected a cabin and improved a farm, adding more land from time to time as he was able to do so, until he owns about 200 acres in all. He has himself erected a good frame dwelling upon this land which is situated in what is now known as Preston Township. In 1859, he was elected first Township Clerk, of that township, and held that office for nine years. In October, 1863, he was elected Treasurer of Richland County, and soon after removed to Olney, where he was since resided. Mr. KUSTER died June 4, 1879, in the communion of the Methodist Episcopal Church. On April 2, 1882, Mr. KUSTER was married to Mrs. Sarah A. (STEWART) WHITAKER, a native of New England. Mr. KUSTER is a member of Olney Lodge, No. 140, A.F. & A.M., Richland Chapter, No. 38, R.A.M., Olney Council, No. 55, R. & S.M., Gorin Commandery, No. 15, K.T., Peoria Consistory, of Scottish Rite Masons; and in politics is a Democrat. He is one of the old settlers and prominent citizens of the country. [Counties of Cumberland, Jasper and Richland, Illinois: Historical and Biographical; F.A. Battey & Co, 1884]

JOHN KUSTER, who for twenty years has been so well and favorably known to the citizens of Richland County in thedischarge of official duties as a county officer, is a native of Switzerland. He was born in the town of Interlacken,canton of Berne, November 20, 1920, and is the second in a family of eleven children whose parents were John Casperand Barbara (Sterchi) Kuster. The parents were natives of Switzerland and were of French and German descent. The father was born in 1800. He became a cabinet-maker and house-joiner and worked at that trade for a few years, afterwhich he became a soldier in the Swiss regular army. He was married in his native country to Miss Sterchi, whowas born in April, 1797. In 1833, Mr. Kuster, Sr., emigrated with his family to America, and settled in Minerva,Stark County, Ohio, where he was employed at his trade for three or four years. He then removed to Carroll County, of the same State, where he continued working at his trade until his death, which occurred in October, 1839. Ofthe children of the Kuster family, two died in Switzerland and one in France, while the family was enroute to America. Two died in Illinois, soon after their arrival in this State, and one daughter was married and died in Illinois,and of the eleven children only two are yet living our subject and his brother David, who is living in southern Illinois.
Mr. Kuster and his wife were members of the German Reformed Church. The family exhausted their little means ingetting to America, and prior to Mr. Kuster's death he had been unable to do more than barely support his family.After his death the responsibility of the care of the widowed mother and five younger children devolved upon theelder son, John. He had learned the trades of stonecutter and carpenter in early life, and by his exertions alongthese lines maintained the family. He had a few years' schooling in his native land, but on coming to America hadbeen obliged to aid his father in the support of the family, and received no further educational advantages. However,by reading and self-culture he has made himself a well-informed man. In 1841, he emigrated with his mother andthe younger children to Illinois and settled in what is now German Township, Richland County; later he purchased eighty acres of land in Preston Township, and engaged in farming.
On the 16th of September, 1846, Mr. Kuster wedded Miss Mary Peebles, who was born in Hart County, Ky., May 19,1819, and was a daughter of Abram Peebles. She lost her father in childhood, and came to what is now Richland County,Ill., with her mother in 1838. Mrs. Kuster died leaving two daughters, both now deceased. Margaret, the elder,became the wife of A. L. Taylor, and died in December, 1877, leaving four children, three of whom are living. Their father died in 1881, and the children were adopted and reared by their grandparents, John Kuster and his wife, with whom they have found a good home and the best of care. Their names are John Henry, Josiah and Mary Taylor. The second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kuster, Hannah E., died in October, 1852. On the 14th of June, 1879, the mother died suddenly of heart disease.
Mr. Kuster was engaged in farming until the fall of 1867, when he was elected Treasurer of Richland County, enteringupon the duties of his office in January, 1868. He then came to Olney, and has since made his home in this city. On the 2d of April, 1882, he was united in marriage with Mrs. Sarah A. Whittaker, widow of David Whittaker, anda daughter of Gabriel W. Stewart. The lady was born in New York, and resided in Connecticut and Kentucky before coming to Olney in 1868. She is an educated and cultured woman, and for fourteen years was a popular and successful teacher in the schools of this city.
After his election to the office of County Treasurer, Mr. Kuster leased his farm of two hundred acres, but retainedits ownership until August, 1891, when he sold it. In politics he is a Democrat. His first official position wasthat of Clerk of Preston Township, which he held for nine years. On the expiration of his first term as County Treasurer he was re-elected for four succeeding terms of two years each, serving in that office for ten consecutiveyears. He was also Mayor of Olney two years, and soon after leaving the County Treasurer's office was appointedDeputy Clerk of the Circuit Court and Recorder under Thomas Tippit, which office he filled for a little more than ten years, giving him twenty years of service in county offices. He retired in December, 1892. During those twentyyears he was never absent from duty, with the exception of three weeks when he was detained at home by sickness.Mr. Kuster is also School Treasurer for township No. 4 north, range 10 east, and has held that position continuouslysince October, 1863, covering a period of thirty years. Previous to being appointed Treasurer, he had been Director of the School Board several years.
Mr. Kuster is a Knight-Templar Mason, a member of Olney Lodge No. 140, A. F. & A. M.; Richland Chapter No.38, R. A. M.; Gorin Commandery No. 14, K. T.; also of the Scottish Rite and Mystic Shrine and of Olney Chapter No. 100, O. E. S. He has been Secretary of the blue lodge, chapter, council and commandery for many years and isa well-known and active member of that order. He also belongs to the Peoria Consistory of Scottish Rite Masons. In all the relations of life our subject has been found true to every trust, public and private. Upright and honorable,and always to be relied on to perform his whole duty without fear or favor, he enjoys in an unusual degree the highest esteem and respect of his fellow-citizens.
[Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois, Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p.374 - Submitted by Judy Edwards]

J. S. KIMMEL was born September 30, 1827, in Crawford County, Ohio, and when J. S. was about one year old, his father died. He then was taken by his grandfather who reared him. There he remained till the age of fourteen, when he worked by the month about two years, and was then apprenticed to the carpenters' trade, which he followed about twelve years. At the age of twenty two, Mr. Kimmel was married to Rebecca Chilcate, who was born January 24, 1830, in Crawford County, Ohio. Nine children bless this union, Jane (now Mrs. Jackson), Eliza A. (now Mrs. Simons), Mary (now Mrs. Kissinger), William F.. Henry C., Charles, James, George, and Alice. Mr. K. continued the carpenter trade in his native State one year, then removed to Allen County, Ind., and there carried on farming about eighteen months. In 1853 he moved to Iroquois County, Ill., and farmed there three years, then moving to De Kalb County, Ind., where he remained one summer, and returned to Allen County, Ind., farmed there two years, then moved to Willis County, Ind., where he ran a grist mill about two years, then moved to Huntington County, and bought a mill site and carried on that business there about three years. In 1855, Mr. Kimmel came to Richland County, first bought 150 acres and now owns 355 acres of land, about 230 of which are improved. His house, which is one of the best in the Township, was built in 1877, and cost about $2,000. He also built a large and commodious barn in 1872, which cost about $1,000. When raising the frame of this barn, a timber slipped from the mortise causing the frame to fall, injuring two men who were assisting at the raising. One of these men, Peter McNair, is a near neighbor, now in his eighty fourth year, and still enjoys excellent health.  [Counties of Cumberland, Jasper and Richland, Illinois: Historical and Biographical; F.A. Battey & Co, 1884]




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