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Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.


     ORVILLE H. KIMBALL has certainly passed a very active career as will be seen by the the following.  He was born in Chittenden county, Vermont, on February 3, 1842, the son of Charles and Caroline (Stevens) Kimball, natives of New Hampshire and Vermont, respectively.  The father was a cloth dresser.  The mother descended from an old English stock and the family can be traced back for over three centuries.  Our subject was educated in the public schools of Chittenden county and remained there until 1869.  He began railroad life in 1860, by working on the construction of the Vermont and Canada, and Montreal & Vt. Junctions as paymaster, from which position he was promoted to that of passenger conductor.  Later, he did construction work on the Vermont Central, after which he was on the Lebanon Spring Railroad as paymaster.  After 1869, he came west to Portland, Oregon and worked on the California and Oregon road and remained with this company until the spring of 1872, during which time he served in various capacities as conductor, ticket and freight agent and so forth.  Next we see him in the construction department of the Northern Pacific, on the Pacific division between Kalama and Tacoma.  In the spring of 1873 he returned to the Oregon and California, where he remained in the operating department between Portland and Roseburg until the spring of 1875, when he opened the Clarenden Hotel in Portland.  He sold this in 1876 and returned to the Northern Pacific as assistant superintendent of the construction and paymaster of the branch in the Wilkinson gold fields.  In 1877, he was agent at Kalama and two years later, was paymaster on the Pend Oreille branch.  He next went to the O. R. & N. company and worked as general superintendent of track in the construction until 1882.  After this, he was general road master on the Northern Pacific, until the spring of 1883, when he came to Douglas county and settled upon a pre-emption about three miles south of Waterville.  For twelve years, he remained there, dwelling on the farm, and also at various times was out on the railroad.  In 1900, he moved to his present place about ten miles southwest from Waterville, which estate he has carved out from the wilderness.  He has about eight hundred acres of fine land and over one hundred head of graded stock, good orchard, comfortable residence, barns and so forth.  Mr. Kimball is one of the pioneers who remained in Douglas county and has achieved success equal to any of the most prosperous men who have lived here.  During the latter part of his railroad career, Mr. Kimball was closely associated with A. M. Cannon, well known over the northwest and was a warm friend of that gentleman.  Mr. Kimball has two brothers and two sisters, Charles, Andrew S., Mrs. Sarah F. Joslyn, and Mrs. Jane A. Jackson, all living at Westford, Vermont.
     Mr. Kimball has displayed great executive ability in his life and has manifested a self reliance and spirit which combined with keen wisdom and conservatism, have brought him the abundant success which he enjoys to-day.
 
 

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