Henry Clinton Kibbee, a prominent business man of Topeka and general agent of The Mortgage Trust Company of Pennsylvania, was born in Port Huron, Mich., May 24, 1859. His father, Dr. Jared Kibbee, a physician and surgeon who later practiced dentistry, was born in East Randolph, Vt., Nov. 14, 1820, and died in Port Huron, Mich., Dec. 1890. His mother, whose maiden name was Fanny Eddy Gillingham was born in Philadelphia, Pa., Oct. 4, 1827, and died at Port Huron, Mich., May 7, 1896. She was a member of an old Philadelphia Quaker family and a descendant of Yeamans Gillingham, a Quaker gentleman and a Pennsylvania colonist from England who came over, in 1690, and located in Bucks county, Pennsylvania. In England the Gillingham family belonged to the nobility and possessed a coat-of-arms. Joseph Eddy Gillingham, brother of Fanny Eddy Gillingham and uncle of Mr. Kibbee, erected a monument at Valley Forge. Pa., to mark the place where Washington and his army spent a winter during the Revolutionary war. The monument, which stands today, consists of an immense boulder of many tons in weight, with bronze tablets giving dates, etc.
Henry C. Kibbee was reared and educated at Port Huron, Mich. When he reached his majority, or in 1880, he went west to Denver, Col., primarily for his health, but during the three years spent there he was employed a part of the time in a wholesale commission house. From 1883 to 1887 he was in South Dakota, where he was connected with a mercantile house, after which period he entered the employ of The Mortgage Trust Company of Pennsylvania as general agent and has remained a period of twenty-three years, during which time his duties as general agent, special agent, inspector of loans, etc., have taken him to practically all of the states of the Middle West, including Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Oklahoma, Texas and Indiana. His home was in Hutchinson, Kan., from 1887 to 1900, but since then he has resided in Topeka, and has offices located in the Columbian Building. Besides the business relation already mentioned Mr. Kibbee is also president of the Vermont Granite Company of Topeka.
On Oct. 4, 1888, Mr. Kibbee wedded Miss Louise Halbig of Miller, S. Dak. They have no children living. In politics Mr. Kibbee is a Democrat. He is a member of Grace Episcopal Church, of which he is a vestryman, is chairman of the finance committee, of the building committee of the new Grace Cathedral, which is now being erected. He is a Thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason, and belongs to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He is also a member of the Topeka Commercial Club, a director of the Young Men's Christian Association and other organizations of Topeka of a philanthropic nature. He has recently moved into his new home, 1015 Buchanan street.Pages 668-669 from volume III, part 1 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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