After having taught three years at Dyer he became general manager of the DuBruiel and Keilman grain and lumber business at Lowell, Ind. Later on at the death of Mr. DuBruiel he bought out the DuBruiel interests and became a partner with L. Keilman under the firm name of Keilman and Kimmet. Many years later, upon the death of L. Keilman, he took over the entire business. A few years later as he felt the burden too great for one man to handle, he sold the entire business, the grain business to C.E. Nichols Co. and the lumber business to the Wilbur Lumber Co.
Having closed out his business at Lowell he was induced to open up a lumber business at Shelby and later added the coal business. He and his family were running the lumber and coal business there at the time of his death
John A Kimmet while teaching school at Dyer was united in marriage to Miss Maggie Keilman, of that place, and to this union was born ten children. Three died in infancy. The remaining seven are the Misses Matilda, Lena and Rose, of Lowell; Charles Kimmet, of Shelby; Mrs. Guy Tilton, of Lowell; Mrs. Cecelia T[h]ompson of Washington, D.C., and Mrs. William Flynn, of Calumet City, Ill. He also has seven grandchildren.
John A. Kimmet was one of a family of ten grown up children, nine boys and one girl. His sister died two years ago and he was the first of the brothers to go. In addition to his immediate family he leaves a host of friends to mourn his death.
Funeral services were held at St. Edward church at Lowell, conducted by Father Anthony Kroeger, assisted by Fathers Guethof and Hammes of Crown Point. Burial in St. Edward cemetery in charge of Sheets and Son.
Go to John A. Kimmet, "Pioneer History Index," for further information.
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