Randolph County, Indiana
Herbert M. Kabel
of Winchester, was born in Randolph county, September 27, 1880,
and is the son of Frederick and Mary Florence (Mercer) Kabel. He was
educated at Normal School at Muncie and at the Central Normal College. He
thereupon adopted the profession of teacher, for which he had patiently and
thoroughly equipped himself. This profession he followed for thirteen years and
made a reputation in educational circles to be envied by even the most successful.
To large natural capacity he added the most careful and efficient training, and
thus became in the highest sense of the word a scientific instructor. It is to
the ability and labor of such teachers as Mr. Kabel that the schools of
Indiana owe their enviable reputation. He mastered the principles and details
of his profession, and his achievements in the mental training of his pupils is
evidence of his mastery.
occupation of Mr. Kabel is that of cabinet maker, which he pursues quite
as ardently and successfully as he did that of instructor. In this line he is
an extensive manufacturer and is one of the most reliable and enterprising in
the state. Mr. Kabel has five sisters and had one brother, who died in
his youth. Mary Florence of Wayne county is the wife of Clyde Miller,
a farmer. They have one child. A former husband was Bruce Keever, also a
farmer, and one child was the result of this union. Iva B., of Randolph
county, married Percy G. Stump, a farmer, and has two children. Philip
Ray, the only brother, died at the age of sixteen. Clara married Henry
Johnson, now dead, and of this marriage there was no issue. Ella and
Elfie are single.
Mr. Kabel's ancestry
is historic, and reaches back to association with the great Napoleon. That is
something worth remembering, for surely no other man ever so revolutionized the
world and created consternation in the hearts of kings as did Napoleon. The
father of Mr. Kabel was a Randolph county farmer. His grandfather was
from Frankfort, Germany. He was a tailor for a number of years, then joined the
French army and came to the United States from France. His great grandfather
furnished foodstuffs for the army of Napoleon. That was something of a regular
occupation for the men who engaged in it, for Napoleon was always recruiting
his ranks. Mr. Kabel had the distinction of seeing the Corsican in his
amicable and also his frowning moods, and his reminiscences of the world's
greatest strategist had the lively interest of recitals by an eyewitness. The
mother of Herbert M. Kabel was born in Randolph county and survives at
the age of fifty-four. His father is living at the age of sixty. His
grandmother came to Indiana from Ohio and was ninety-six at the time of her
September 4,1901, Mr.
Kabel married Alma Gwin of Randolph county. She is one of three
children and her mother still survives. Roger Harold, born July 10,
1902, and Virginia Florence, born September 7, 1908, are the children of
Mr. and Mrs. Kabel, and two sprightlier, healthier and happier young
Hoosiers would be difficult to find. Each is a reigning sensation in the home,
and neither father nor mother plays a favorite. They look upon the children as
the sunbeams of the household and cultivate their association as an inspiration
to love and cheerfulness. Ronald, the youngest child, died in infancy.
In the matter of church affiliation,
Mr. Kabel is a Methodist and in politics a Republican. He takes a broad
and profound view of politics and indorses the policy of his party for what he
esteems its achievements for half a century in the promotion of popular
government. He has the distinction of being the first man in Indiana to receive
a certificate for manual training. And now when manual instruction has become
so popular and familiar, this is quite a remarkable distinction.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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