Thursday, September 4, 2014

Allerton Cushman Kibbe (1874-1956)

From Taylor's Legislative Souvenir of Connecticut, 1903.

    A return to Connecticut today to profile Allerton Cushman Kibbe, a one-term member of the Connecticut General Assembly from the town of Ellington. The son of Horatio and Alice Phelps Kibbe, Allerton C. Kibbe was born in Ellington on January 12, 1874. As a youth, he was the recipient of an "excellent education" in the Ellington public school system and later at a private school in Somers, Connecticut. Kibbe would also attend the Huntsinger's Business College located in Hartford. He married Mary Winifred Dimock (1877-1964) in January 1900 and later had a total of nine children: Ellen (born November 1900), Harriette, Robert Cushman, Mary Allerton (1902-1966), Wallace Dimock (1911-1956), Dorothy Lucia (1917-1952), Eunice Elizabeth, Richard Owen and William Bradford. 
   Though the majority of his life was spent engaged in farming in Ellington, Allerton Kibbe was also active in Ellington political affairs, serving as school board member and town auditor, entering into the latter office in 1899. In addition these offices, Kibbe also dabbled in various business concerns in the area, becoming the director of the Ellington Creamery Co. beginning in 1900. In November 1902 he was elected as a Democrat to the Connecticut State House of Representatives from Ellington and served during the 1903-05 session. Following his time in the legislature, Kibbe returned to private life in Ellington and would be elected as a member of the town school committee in 1922.
  Allerton Kibbe died three days following his 82nd birthday on January 15, 1956. He was survived by his wife Mary and both were interred at the Ellington Center Cemetery. Their daughter Lucia was also interred there following her death in 1952.

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