A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and New York
ADDISON G. KISTLE is a native of Iowa, was graduated from law school in
1912, and since that year has made a successful place for himself in the legal
profession at Council Bluffs.
Mr. Kistle was born in Plymouth County, Iowa, October 13, 1888, son of
Josiah C. and Emma (Ford) Kistle. His grandparents were natives of Cornwall,
England. His grandfather, Josiah Kistle, on coming to America settled in
Illinois and in 1849 crossed the plains to California, returning by way of the
Isthmus of Panama. While in California he made considerable capital by gold
mining and as a cattle buyer. When he returned to the Middle West he brought with
him a plant from California, which he planted, and some of its offshoots are
still growing at Le Mars, Iowa. Josiah Kistle's wife was Philippa Ford.
Both of them died in Illinois. Josiah C. Kistle was born in Jo Daviess County,
Illinois, followed farming in Northwestern Iowa until 1893 and then engaged
in the mercantile business at Le Mars. he served as county auditor of
Plymouth County from January 1, 1899, to January 1, 1909, and after retiring from
office moved to Wisconsin and is now a resident of Amery in that state. He
has always been a strong Republican, and served for a number of years in the
office of justice of the peace. He is a Mason and a member of the
Congregational Church and for years was a decon. His wife died in 1929. Her father,
Richard Ford, was born in Cornwall, England, and settled in Northwestern
Illinois in the 1830's, his daughter being also a native of Jo Daviess County.
Addison G. Kistle attended school at Le Mars, Iowa, the Western Union
College at Le Mars and was graduated from the law department of Drake University at
Des Moines in 1912. He began practice at Council Bluffs, alone, and later
became associated with George S. Wright. His offices are in the Wickham
Building. Mr. Kistle has been admitted to practice in the United States Supreme
Court and also the Eighth and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. In his
professional work he has exemplified the value of thorough training, a sound education
and a resourceful mind.
He married, June 3, 1913, Miss Luise Unger, who was born in Tama County,
Iowa, and was educated in the storm Lake High School and Buena Vista College at
Storm Lake. they have six children, Elizabeth Louise, Addison Charles,
Estelle, Julia, Ethel and Eleanor. Elizabeth is in high school. The family are
members of the Presbyterian Church and Mr. Kistle is affiliated with Council
Bluffs Lodge No. 531, B. P. O. Elks, and is a member of the Iowa Bar
Association and a Republican in politics.
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