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Kimball, Alice Windsor 1878 - 1928


Posted By: Bill Waters (email)
Date: 11/17/2017 at 15:34:04

Alice Windsor Kimball was born in Cresco. Iowa, February 15, 1878, and died in Palo Alto, California, April 10, 1928. Her body was cremated and her ashes were brought to Cresco by her sister Lois, accompanied by her husband, Judge Marvin B. Rosenberry of Madison. Wis.
On Sunday morning, June 9, 1929, Rev. G. A. Ingle read the burial service in the presence of a few friends of the deceased, and the sacred dust was placed in the family lot at Oak Lawn.
Alice was the youngest daughter of Hon. Aaron Kimball and Emma Laird Kimball. Her childhood was spent in Cresco, the family afterward moving to a farm near Austin, Minn. She graduated from the Austin high school in 1899. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Kimball moved to Palo Alto, Calif., thus giving her three daughters. Lois, Ruth and Alice, the opportunity of receiving a university education. The latter graduated at Leland Stanford in 1904, completing her course with distinction. Throughout her mature years she maintained to an unusual the enthusiasm of her college days. Stanford was her life, and to the very end she was eagerly interested in all campus affairs, especially in the Peninsula Musical Association, of which she was the secretary.
To quote from an editorial in the Palo Alto Times: “Miss Kimball was more than a resident, more than a student, more than an alumna, more than a striking personality. She was an institution, and as such occupied a place in the life of her surroundings that the extraordinary individual could fill.”
She labored under physical handicaps which were a sufficient excuse for a life of indolence, but in her case they acted as a stimulus to accomplish as much as possible with the strength she had, her buoyancy of spirit concealing the effort that her activities cost her.
For many years she wrote book reviews for the San Francisco Chronicle and she was often in demand as a public speaker, and at the time of her death was a member of the faculty of the Castilliju Girls’ School.
Though her brilliant gifts found expression in the fields of literature, art and music, the human and personal side of her nature was always upper¬most and was the secret of her power. Her passing was not so much a sorrow as a triumph. She had won outliers is an immortality of influence in the multitude of lives whom she has touched to their up-building.

Source: Cresco Plain Dealer June 14, 1929

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