From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, IN, 1901
Theodore Horton Kunkel was born in Lancaster township, Wells county, Indiana, September 9, 1863. His parents were Michael and Mary (Kleiknight) Kunkel, both of whom were of German parentage. They came from Crawford county, Ohio, to Wells county, Indiana, at an early day, and there engaged in farming and were highly respected citizens. To them were born five children, all of whom grew to adult years and became useful and honored citizens of the sate, viz: John O., who is a prosperous farmer of Wells county, Illinois; Matilda, who married Thomas Souders, now engaged in the livery business at Bluffton, Indiana; Rebecca, who became the wife of Henry Masterson, also a well-to-do farmer of Wells county; Theodore Horton, our subject; and William A., who was formerly surveyor of Wells county, but at present is superintendent of the Cudahay Oil Company.
Theodore Horton was named for Mr. Theodore Horton, of Bluffton, and his early years were spent on the farm. He attended the country schools, where he received a fairly good education. Hort, as he was familiarly known, was not naturally a farmer, and at an early age he commenced his business career in life by accepting a position as clerk in the retail clothing store of Fred Ashbaucher, at Bluffton, Indiana. As a clerk he was a pronounced success, and after remaining in this position for several years he opened a store with the Ashbaucher Brothers in Warren, Indiana, the first regular clothing store to be opened in that village. The business was conducted on a paying basis, and later a large stock of boots and shoes were added and for ten years was one of the most flourishing in the county. Mr. Kunkel finally abandoned the clothing business to accept a flattering offer which he received from a Ft. Wayne wholesale house, for whom he traveled for one year. He was then employed by one of the largest and best known houses of Cincinnati (Meyer, Wise & Kaichen), importers and jobbers, ladies' and gents' furnishing goods, notions, etc., for whom he has since been traveling salesman, and for whom he places large orders for goods. He is wide-awake and alert to grasp every opportunity offered him to make a sale, and his success is only commensurate with his push and enterprise.
Shortly after locating in Warren he became acquainted with Miss Katie Seaton, the daughter of Warren Seaton, one of Huntington county's most popular and prosperous stock merchants. In 1891 they were joined in marriage, and to this union have been born four children. The eldest, a son, died in early infancy. The three remaining to brighten their home are Julia Louise, Abbie Margaret and Ester Loraine. Mr. Kunkel has built a very pretty home in Warren on Fifth street, which he now occupies. He is liberal to a fault, and would readily give his last cent to relieve the embarrassment of a friend, and is often imposed upon by the unworthy. He was reared a Democrat and supported that party until eight years ago, when he changed his political views and is now one of the leading Republicans of the county.
Fraternally he is a Mason, Odd Fellow, Knights of Pythias and a Maccabee, and his genial, jovial nature always insures him a hearty welcome in any social gathering.