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August John Kimmel 

August John Kimmel

Male 1864 - 1930

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  • Birth  27 Feb 1864  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender  Male 
    Occupation  1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Clerk 
    Religion  1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Lutheran 
    Occupation  1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Bookkeeper 
    Religion  1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Lutheran 
    Occupation  1901  25 Erb St., Elmira, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Manager of Elmira Felt Company 
    Occupation  1901  Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Manufacturer 
    Residence  1903  Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Kimmel residence 1903 Elmira
    Kimmel residence 1903 Elmira
    From: Enterprising Elmira Souvenir, An historical, descriptive, and illustrated Book of the Village of Elmira, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada, published by George Klinck, 1903.
    Occupation  1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Manufacturer, Felt Boots 
    August Kimmel founder of Dominion Rubber
    August Kimmel founder of Dominion Rubber
    Religion  1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Lutheran 
    Residence  1911  12 Ahrens St. E., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    12 Ahrens St. Kitchener, Ontario - 1912
    12 Ahrens St. Kitchener, Ontario - 1912
    From: Berlin Celebration of Cityhood - Issued by Authority of the City. Berlin Ontario, Issued in Commemoration of its Celebration of Cityhood July 17th 1912
    Misfortune  1913  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    accidently killed Thomas Rudel when the seven year old ran in front of automobile 
    Died  13 Oct 1930  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region  Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Industrialist 
    Name  A. J. Kimmel 
    Occupation  Dominion Rubber, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    one of the founders of Dominion Rubber 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-186261 
    Buried  Elmira Union Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I186261  Generations
    Last Modified  30 Apr 2017 

    Father  John Kimmel,   b. 17 Jul 1833, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Nov 1912, , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Caroline Kraemer,   b. 19 Jun 1841, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jul 1916, , Perth Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  15 Jan 1860  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F8132  Group Sheet

    Family  Georgina Martha Wilson,   b. May 1865, Aurora, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1911, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  13 Aug 1890  Aurora, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 9
    Children 
     1. Walter Armond Kimmel,   b. 1891,   d. 1906
     2. Arthur Clarence Kimmel,   b. May 1895, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F184601  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    August John Kimmel 1903
    August John Kimmel 1903

  • Notes 
    • A.J. Kimmel was a noted industrialist in Berlin, Ontario who greatly aided in the development of the city. He was associated with the Berlin Felt Boot Company for fifteen years and in 1900 organized the Elmira Felt Company. In 1907 he built the Kimmel Felt Company at Berlin. When the Canadian Consolidated Felt Company was formed in 1909, consolidating the Elmira company, the Kimmel company and the Berlin Felt Boot Company, he became vice-president and general manager of the new organization. He also became associated with the large rubber interests in Canada which later merged to become the Canadian Consolidated Rubber Company Limited.

      Kimmel became a director of many industrial organizations in Berlin and throughout Ontario and Quebec. With T.H. Rieder he founded the Dominion Rubber Company which became a very successful national organization.1a

      1aWaterlooo Hall of Fame website

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      August J. Kimmel

      Death removed a prominent Kitchener figure on Friday night in the person of August J. Kimmel, who was well-known in manufacturing circles, and particularly in the felt industry of Canada. Born in Kitchener in 1864, he immediately launched into a business career. He was the organizer of the Elmira Felt Company, and was later identified with the Kimmel Felt Company of Kitchener. Mr. Kimmel also organized the Cobourg Felt Company, and was one of the active workers who finally succeeded in having the Dominion Tire Company erect a plant in Kitchener. When the Waterloo Trust and Savings Company was formed, he was appointed a director, and held that post until five years ago. He had been living in California five years, but returned to Kitchener last May, and since that time has been making his home with his sister, Mrs. J. K. Master. One son four sisters, and three brothers survive him. The funeral was held on Monday with Interment in Elmira Cemetery.2a

      2aKitchener Daily Record 11 Oct 1930

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      As typical of the kind of men that have vastly aided in the upbuilding of Berlin stands A. J. Kimmel. Born in Berlin 47 years ago no man is better known in our city and no man has figured less in printed matter; for he is a man who shuns publicity of a personal nature. To write his biography for the past 25 years would be to tell of many of the biggest things clone in commercial interests in our city. He was with the Berlin Felt Boot Co., Berlin for fifteen years, first as Shipping Clerk and later as Sales Manager.

      In 1900 he organized the Elmira Felt Co., Elmira, which Company was remarkably successful. In 1907, together with Mr. D. Lorne McGibbon and T. H. Rieder, he purchased the entire share capital of The Elmira Felt Co. and the following year built The Kimmel Felt Co. Works at Berlin. In 1909 the Canadian Consolidated Felt Co. was formed with a capital of two million dollars, taking in the factories of The Elmira Co., The Kimmel Co. and The Berlin Felt Boot Co. with Mr. Kimmel as Vice-President and General Manager. In the meantime he had also become associated with the larger rubber interests of Canada which later became merged in what is now known as the Canadian Consolidated Rubber Company, Limited.

      He is President and Manager, The Kimmel Felt Co., Berlin; President and Manager The Elmira Felt Co., Elmira; Director Berlin Felt Boot Co., Berlin; Vice-President and General Manager The Canadian Consolidated Felt Co.; Director Canadian Consolidated Rubber Co., Ltd., Montreal; Director Merchants Rubber Co., Berlin; Director Maple Leaf Rubber Co., Port Dalhousie; Director Berlin Rubber Co., Berlin; also Director in Berlin Pyrofugant Flooring Co. ; Berlin Bedding Co. ; Merchants Printing Co. ; Grosch Felt Shoe Co.

      At the time this book is being prepared for press he with Mr. T. H. Rieder is engaged in an effort to install in Berlin a $250,000 Rubber Tire Factory, which will add materially to the industrial growth of our city.3a

      3aBerlin a Celebrations of Cityhood

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      The oldest brother [grandson of August John Kimmel], Walter, was killed in an explosion in California where he was living with his grandfather,August John. A.J. was in California trying to restart his business interests after some reversals in Kitchener and insisted that Walter come with him so that he could watch over his education. After Walter's death, August John was devastated and returned home to Kitchener and passed away a few years later.4a

      4aJoan Kimmel Email 2012 [great grand grandaughter]

  • Sources 
    1. [S161] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1901, Elmira pg 4.

    2. [S161] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1901, Elmira (Village) B. Page 4.

    3. [S229] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1871, Div 13, Page 9.

    4. [S158] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1881, Div. 2 Pg. 35.

    5. [S340] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1911, Div. 34 Page 2.

    6. [S1592] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1891, Section 2 Page 17.

    7. [S350] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Kitchener Daily Record 1919-1947, Obituary of August J. Kimmel 11 Oct 1910.

    8. [S220] Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.

    9. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), Aug. 28, 1890.
      Aug. 13, 1890 A. J. Kimmel & Georgie Wilson, both of Berlin, were married by Rev. Ames, Aurora

  • Event Map
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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 27 Feb 1864 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Clerk - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 13 Aug 1890 - Aurora, York Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Bookkeeper - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manager of Elmira Felt Company - 1901 - 25 Erb St., Elmira, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manufacturer - 1901 - Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1903 - Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manufacturer, Felt Boots - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1911 - 12 Ahrens St. E., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisfortune - accidently killed Thomas Rudel when the seven year old ran in front of automobile - 1913 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 13 Oct 1930 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - Industrialist - Bef 2012 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - one of the founders of Dominion Rubber - - Dominion Rubber, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Elmira Union Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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