Edward Elgin Kimbel

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Edward Elgin Kimbel

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Kieler, Grant County, Wisconsin, United States
Death: October 20, 1970 (78)
Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
Place of Burial: Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of Captain Richard Adam Kimbel and Frances Kimbel
Ex-husband of Lula Belle Kimbel(Hartnell)
Father of Gail Patricia Gibson (Pelland)
Brother of Claude Kimbel; Luella M. Stewart; Roy Kimbel and Carl Joseph Kimbel
Half brother of Elizabeth Kimbel; Private; Richard Adam Joseph Kimbel, Jr.; Katherine Kimbel; Willie and 14 others

Occupation: Boat builder, saw mill operator
Managed by: Reta Patricia Herrick (Holmgren)
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About Edward Elgin Kimbel

Eddie Kimbel was born Feb. 19, 1892 on the Mississippi River at Kimbel’s Island near Dubuque, Iowa. '[new information from Rev. Fr. Jos. M Brickl states he was born in Kieler on Feb 19 1893] Eddie Married Loula Bell Palmer (1901-1950) who was the daughter of Charles Palmer and Jane Keys. They had one child, Gail Patricia Kimbel, b-1932 (Gibson) (Pelland). Eddie was the 21st child of Captain Richard Adam Kimbel, a river boat captain on the Mississippi River. His mother was the 3rd of Richards 4 wives. After the loss of each wife, Captain Richard remarried. Eddie went to Alaska in about 1917.

   He cooked in mining camps near Iditarod.

Was a banjo player and was a member of a band called Draft boys in Alaska in 1918. We have enclosed a photo of his banjo which is in the possession of his daughter Gail and pics of his band. Eddie won the feather weight boxing championship in Alaska. When he left Alaska, the government presented him with a diamond belt buckle to recognize his boxing feats. This was passed down to his great Grandson, Michael Holmgren who resides in Prince George, BC. Eddie also had sled dog teams and won several dog races in Flat & Ruby Alaska. When WW I broke out, Eddie went to Seattle to join up. When they discovered he was a boat builder they kept him behind to work in the ship yards. Eddie went to Mayo in 1919. In Mayo he continued to run his dog team and build river boats. He was an avid hunter and even tried his hand as taxidermist. In 1928 he drove the first truck from Whitehorse to Mayo, hauling in the first tractor. He eventually had several trucks. 1931 Eddie Married Lou Palmer. He became step father to her 2 older children Norman and Joyce Hartnell. Eddie was a sawyer and along with his brother Carl, he built a Sawmill in Mayo and operated the logging and lumber business. His youngest brother (Richard), Dick also went to Mayo to work with the brothers. Carl left the Yukon in the late 1930’s. Eddie also dabbled in prospecting. He partnered with Jack Wilson of Willow Creek district on the discovery of a rich Quartz vein. (See article). As far as the family knows they never did get rich on this venture. He built several buildings, log and lumber in and around Mayo. January 1951 with 40 below temp, Eddie and Fred Harper were hauling a load of hay from Kimbel’s ranch to the saw mill, using the frozen winter route over the Stewart River. The truck plunged through an air hole into 15 ft of water. By way of a miracle, the 2 men escaped the sinking truck and ran the 4 miles to the saw mill, crawling the last ¼ mile. They were hospitalized and only suffered some frostbite. In 1952 Eddie’s daughter Gail and her husband Web Gibson and 2 children moved to Mayo. In 1957 they left the Yukon and moved back to BC. In 1964 Eddie moved out to BC to live with Gail and her family. He passed away in his sleep, Oct 20 1970, at his daughter Gail’s home in South Fort George, Prince George BC. He was working on building another of his famous boats at the time of his passing. See newspaper clippings and photographs, Reta Herrick (Gibson) , Cluculz Lake, BC

Ed Kimbel was a man of many talents. He was the boxing champion of the feather weigh division in Alaska prior to WW 1. He was an accomplished banjo player, a master boat builder, a miner, trapper, sled dog racer. He owned and operated a logging show and saw mill in Mayo Yukon.

this web site of Mayo Yukon speaks of Ed, Carl and Dick Kimbel :

http://www.tc.gov.yk.ca/publications/wtmayo.pdf

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Edward Elgin Kimbel's Timeline

1892
February 19, 1892
Kieler, Grant County, Wisconsin, United States
1893
March 5, 1893
Age 1
Kieler, Grant County, Wisconsin, United States
1970
October 20, 1970
Age 78
Prince George, British Columbia, Canada