Richard H. Kitchell, merchant, Palestine, was born September 21, 1854, in Palestine. His father, J. A. Kitchell, was born in Palestine, 1824, he died in January, 1860. He was a son of James Alvin Kitchell, who was a pioneer in Crawford County, living at one time at Fort La Motte, and whose father was a soldier in the Revloutionary war. The mother of our subject was born May 30, 1832, in Palestine. Her father was Dr. B. H. Mauzy, who was also an officer in the Black Hawk war. Mr. R. H. Kitchell went to school in Paestine, and in early life clerked for the Haskett Bros., till they dissolved parnership, when he commenced a grocery business in Palestine, and through his honesty and square dealing, he has built up a good business. He was married in La Motte Township, October 20, 1875, to Miss Amanda Lackey, born June 16, 1854, in La Motte Township. She is the mother of two children-Lena, born September 19, 1876, and Olna, born December 5, 1877. Her father is Thomas Lackey, a farmer by occupation, who was born January 3, 1822, in Kentucky. Her mother was Ann Eliza Boatright, who was born in Crawford County, Ill., where she died. She was the mother of three children. Mr. Kitchell is identified with the Republican party.