Hiram Alfonso Kingsley, manager of the Kaw Paving Company and formerly special examiner for the United States Pension Bureau, at Topeka, was born at Sycamore, DeKalb county, Illinois, July 22, 1857, son of Silas H. Kingsley, a native of New York state, who, throughout most of his life was a farmer, but was a brick and stone mason trade. The mother of Mr. Kingsley was Eleanor Jane Demarest, born in Brooklyn, N. Y. Both parents are dead. They were the parents of seven children: Albert F., of New York City; Charles A., of Boise City, Idaho; Henry M., of Chicago, Ill.; Erwin L., of Madison, S. D.; Bertie F., of Toledo, Ore.; Eldora Lewella, who is the wife of George W. Appel, of Shell Rock, Iowa, and Hiram A. It will be seen that these seven children reside in seven different states.
In 1862, when Hiram A. Kingsley was five years old, his parents removed from Sycamore, Ill., to Waverly, Bremer county, Iowa, where he grew to manhood on a farm. He attended the public schools of his locality and the Waverly High School, and was graduated in the latter at the age of nineteen. He remained at the parental home until he had reached the age of twenty-one, when he went out into the world to build up his own fortune, taking with him not only his parents' blessings, but also their example and precept for a life of probity and integrity. He first went to Nebraska, where for a few months he was employed as a feeder of a threshing machine, and while thus engaged gained the distinction of being the champion feeder of the locality. In May, 1879, he went to Washington, D. C., where his eldest brother, Albert F., resided at the time and held the position of chief of a division in the United States Pension Bureau. Shortly after his arrival at Washington he was appointed to a clerkship in the Indian Bureau. On July 3, 1879, he was appointed to a clerkship in the United States Pension Bureau and was in the constant service of that bureau until Aug. 1, 1910, a period of thirty-one years. He was employed in the pension bureau at Washington until Nov. 22, 1882, when he became a special examiner and held that position continuously until he severed his connection with the department, on Aug. 1, 1910. For twenty-eight years he was a special examiner, and at different times was located as such at La Crosse and Madison, Wis.; Portsmouth, Ohio; Hastings, Neb.; and Topeka, Kan. He was special examiner at Topeka from February, 1894, more than sixteen years. Meanwhile he had studied law, and in 1891 received a diploma from the National Law School, of Washington, D. C.
Mr. Kingsley was married Nov. 1, 1883, to Miss Cora B. Webster, of Washington, D. C., and they have four childrentwo sons and two daughtersEthel Frances, born July 25, 1886; Hiram Webster, born Aug. 1, 1888; Mabel Eleanor, born Dec. 8, 1891; and Ralph Demarest, born Feb. 7, 1894.
Mr. Kingsley is vice-president and general manager of the Kaw Paving Company of Topeka. He is a Scottish Rite Mason and also belongs to the Ancient Order of United Workmen and the Modern Woodmen of America. The following letter which Mr. Kingsley received explains itself:
"E. F. WARE, Commissioner."
The above letter is only one of many testimonials Mr. Kingsley has received from his superiors, testifying to the high character of his services during the long period he was in the government employ. The following is a letter written him at the time he offered his resignation of his position in the pension service:
|"Office of the Commissioner.||Washington, Oct. 13, 1910.|
J. L. DAVENPORT, Commissioner."
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