W. F. Kendall, who has been a resident of Bartlesville for the past two decades, is well known as proprietor of the Crescent Planing Mills, in which connection he is conducting a business of extensive proportions. His birth occurred in Iroquois County, Illinois, on the 25th of November, 1880, his parents being W. R. and Elizabeth (Vennum) Kendall, the former a building contractor. In 1896 the family home was established in Lincoln, Nebraska, while five years later a removal was made to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, where both the father and mother of W. F. Kendall still reside, the former having now reached the notable old age of ninety-nine years. Mrs. Elizabeth Kendall has passed the eighty-sixth milestone on life’s journey and both she and her husband are well known and highly esteemed throughout the community in which they make their home. They reside with Mr. Kendall of this review, as does also their daughter, Mrs. E. K. Saurer.
W. F. Kendall had attained his majority when he came with his parents to Bartlesville. Following in the business footsteps of his father he became identified with building operations as a contractor. In 1920, however, he abandoned that field of activity and purchased the business of the Crescent Planing Mills, which were established in Bartlesville thirteen years ago. As proprietor thereof he is actively engaged in the manufacture of doors, windows, cabinet work, interior finishing’s and brake and band wheels for the oil fields, the output being sent throughout the state. The buildings cover a space one hundred by one hundred feet and employment is furnished to six people. In the conduct of this industry Mr. Kendall has manifested excellent executive ability, sound judgment and unfaltering enterprise, so that a gratifying measure of success has attended his efforts and he is now numbered among the representative business men and esteemed citizens of Bartlesville.
In August, 1909, Mr. Kendall was united in marriage to Miss Kathryn Merkley, a native of La Salle, Illinois, and they have become parents of a daughter, Iris Louise.