Biography of James E. Kibel
Westmoreland County, PA Biographies

JAMES EDWARD KIBEL, an expert granite and marble cutter of Ligonier, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, is a representative of the third generation of the Kibel family in the United States.

(I) Marcus Kibel, founder of the Kibel family in America, and grandfather of James Edward Kibel, was born in Hapstein, in the principality of Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany. He obtained a good common school education and then learned the trade of weaving. He emigrated to the United States with his wife and five sons, in 1832, and they landed in Baltimore; Maryland. They finally settled in Liberty township, Adams county, Pennsylvania, where Mr. Kibel followed his trade of weaving. The date of his death is not known, but his wife died September 18, 1862. He and his family were members of the Catholic church. He married, in Germany, Anna Vena Schneider, and their children were: Luobolt, George, Edmund B., of whom later; Joseph, and Blausius,

(II) Edmund B. Kibel, third son and child of Marcus (i) and Anna Vena (Schneider) Kibel, was born in Germany in 1818. He came to America with his parents and brothers in 1832. He learned the trade of a carpenter in Emmettsburg, Maryland, with the firm of Storm & Shrob. He was in their employ for a number of years, going thence to Baltimore and Philadelphia, and from there to Vicksburg, Mississippi. There he was in business as a contractor, but upon the breaking out of yellow fever he went to New Orleans, later to Houston, Texas, finally coming north and settling in Ligonier Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania. Here he again took up his work as a carpenter, and continued this actively until within a few years of his death He was an expert mechanic, and a reliable and honest business man. In politics he was a Democrat, and in religious faith a Catholic. He died December 8, 1902, and his wife died February 15, 1889. Mr. Kibel martied, February 7, 1860, Elizabeth McAtee, born in Youngstown, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, May 1, 1829, daughter of Bernard and Elizabeth (Keenan) McAtee. Their children are: James Edward, of whom later; Francis Joseph, born January 12, 1864, resides in Ligonier; Rebecca Gertrude, born March i, 1865, died September 19, 1865.

(III) James Edward Kibel, eldest child of Edmund B. (2) and Elizabeth (McAtee) Kibel, was born in Ligonier, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, April 8, 1861. He was educated in the common schools of his native town, and made excellent progress as a pupil. At the age of eighteen, having decided upon a mechanical career, he apprenticed himself to Patrick Boyle, of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, to learn the trade of granite cutting. He served his full term of apprenticeship, and then remained in the employ of Mr. Boyle for fourteen years, becoming in that time a most expert workman in all kinds of stone carving and working. His work is to be seen on many of the most famous and beautiful buildings in Pittsburg. He returned to Ligonier in 1893, and entered the employ of the McColly brothers. When they removed 'their business to Latrobe, Mr. Kibel went with them and continued in their employ until the firm was dissolved, one brother going into the marble and and faithful in his private and personal dealings as in matters of business, and his steadfastness of character has won for him a large circle of friends. Although affiliating with the Democratic party, Mr. Kibel is extremely independent in his political views.


From:
History of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Vol. 3
By: John N. Boucher
The Lewis Publishing Company
New York - Chicago, 1906

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