Phillip Eugene Kimpel, a highly respected farmer of Mount Pleasant Township, was born in Buffalo, New York, June 18, 1865, a son of George and Mary Magdalena. (Hettenmeyer) Kimpel, whom in the year 1867 came to Racine County, where the father worked at the butcher’s trade until 1885. He then turned his attention to farming, which he has since followed, but in the meantime also conducted a meat market in connection with his son, with whom he is living. He first visited Racine about 1850, but returned to New York, and it was not until many years later that he once more established his home in this state. His wife passed away March 4, 1901, and was laid to rest in Mound cemetery. In their family were six children: Phillip Eugene; Lydia, the wife of H. O. Frank, a farmer residing south of Racine, by whom she has three children, Russell, Lillian and Theodore; Clara, the wife of S. H. Lohr, of Racine, and the mother of five children. Ruth, Conrad, Gertrude, Margaret and Robert Emily, who died at the age of twelve years and was laid to rest in Mound cemetery : George, who married Kate Martin and has five children, Emily, Mildred, Sanford, Oliver and Benjamin: and Benjamin F., who married Agnes Beltz and has two children, Ben and Eleanor. Mr. and Mrs. Kimpel were members of the Evangelical church and his political allegiance has always been given to the Republican Party.
Philip E. Kimpel acquired a common school education, pursuing his studies to the age of fourteen years, after which he began farming in connection with his father. At present he is engaged in the cultivation of one hundred and two acres of land and his efforts have resulted in making his fields most productive, for he follows progressive methods and therefore gathers good crops.
On the 25th of November, 1889, Mr. Kimpel was married to Miss Elizabeth Breese, a daughter of Joseph Breese, and they have become the parents of five children: Laura, who is teaching in the Harvey school, and Elizabeth, Eugene, George and Harry, all at home.
Politically Mr. Kimpel is a republican and for seven years filled the office of town assessor. He has ever been deeply interested in the cause of education in his district and for nineteen years has served as a member of the school board and has also filled the office of clerk. His religious belief is evidenced in his membership in the Presbyterian Church and the principles which have guided his life are those which measure up to the highest standards. He has won his success through indefatigable effort, in which honorable dealing has ever played a most important part, and his record shows what may be accomplished through determination and energy.