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Leonard S. Kimball

Leonard Saltmarsh Kimball was the son of Leonard and Caroline (Parker) Kimball, of Goffstown, New Hampshire. He was born March 7, 1843, at Weare, New Hampshire. His father removed to Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1845, and here Leonard's boyhood was spent, which was unmarked by any special events of interest to those outside the family circle. In his studies, he was proficient; in play, was active, and in labor, resolute to engage where his services were needed. He was especially beloved by his sister; and his father, who was a man of unusual powers of penetration, watched with pride mingled with fear his expanding powers, hoping for the best, yet with the feelings of anxiety that only a parent can feel, fearing that he might be influenced by those to whom he gave his confidence, and led into the many temptations that beset the young.  

He was a young man of great talents and fine ability, and much confidence was felt that his future would be a good and a great one. He will be remembered by us all as witty, generous and impulsive. 

He had great ambitions, and had intended to become a lawyer after completing his college course. He received the foundation of his education at the Lowell High School, and entered Dartmouth at the beginning of the Fall term, August 24, 1860.

During the Winter vacation of 1860-1, he taught a school at West Boxford, Massachusetts.

In the month of October, 1861, he was taken with typhoid fever in a very severe form, and, though receiving the best care and medical skill, after a short sickness breathed his last on November 1, 1861.

It was the first death which had occurred in our class. All recitations and games were suspended until after the funeral services. A delegation from the class accompanied the body to Lowell, Massachusetts, where it was interred. 

He had, for one so young, a just and discriminating taste in literature. There are few who pass from earth in early youth who give up more of joyousness in the very consciousness of living, or more of ardent hopes for a brilliant future. He had all of the collegian's warm and natural interest in his class, and, had he lived, would have rejoiced in the successes and honors of his classmates.

Source:  "Memorialia of the Class of '64 in Dartmouth College" compiled by John C. Webster, Shepard & Johnston, Printers, 1884, Chicago 

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