Paul A. Kind

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The below is excerpted from South Jersey: A History 1624-1924

PAUL ADOLF KIND—The youth of Paul Adolf Kind has been no bar in his career. He is now treasurer of the Kind and Knox concern of Camden, which is one of the largest manufacturers of edible gelatine, and he is very well known in the edible gelatine manufacturing field of the United States. He is a prominent financier and banker of Southern New Jersey and is well known in public affairs of Camden and Audubon, where he lives. During the World War he served the United States Government loyally and efficiently as a chemist and bacteriologist, for he is a chemist and bacteriologist by profession.

Paul Adolf Kind was born in Bohemia, April 22,1894, the son of Maurice and Hermine (Fischl) Kind. His father was one of the founders and officials of Kind and Knox up to the time of his death in 1915. Paul A. Kind was brought to this country at an early age and he first attended the public schools of Camden, and the Camden High School. He then studied in Ridley College, in Saint Catherine, Ontario, Canada, and on being graduated, matriculated in the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, from which he was graduated in 1912 with the degree of Bachelor of Science, a degree that is mute but telling evidence of his proved skill and scholarship in the profession he was to follow. While attending school Mr. Kind had been working at various times and especially during the summer scholastic vacations in his father’s laboratories of the Kind and Knox plant. In 1912 he affiliated himself with the concern in earnest. A year later he was appointed shift foreman and in the fall of 1914 he was promoted to general superintendent of the entire plant, an important position, for the Kind and Knox plant is one of the largest in the country in the edible gelatine field, employing many hands and requiring sure technical and scientific knowledge of its executives. That Paul Kind was chosen for the important post is proof of his ability and knowledge. When his father died in 1915 Mr. Kind was elected a director and the treasurer of the company, which was then known as Kind and Landesmann.

In 1923 this company merged with the Knox Gelatine Company and formed the present concern. During the World War, Paul Adolf Kind, extremely loyal to the government under which he is a citizen, offered his knowledge and scientific skill to the United States. He was taken into the Medical Corps of the United States Army and at first was stationed at the Base Hospital Laboratory, Camp Dix, New Jersey, then transferred to the Yale Army Laboratory School and was appointed instructor of military chemistry. Then he was made a hospital sergeant in the chemical and bacteriological departments of the Medical Control Laboratories of the War Department. Subsequently he was stationed in Camp Custer, Battle Creek, Michigan, and appointed chief of the Disease Control Laboratories of Base Hospital No. 99, and it was with this outfit that he saw service overseas. He was in active duty for six months at Hyeres, France, and on March 4, 1919, he was discharged. Mr. Kind is a director in the Fidelity Corporation of New Jersey, the Haddonfield National Bank and the Northern Building and Loan Association. He is a president of the Edible Gelatine Research Society of America; member of the Union League Club of Philadelphia, the Chemists’ Club of New York, the Tavistock Country Club, the Camden Club, of which he is a charter member, and the Camden Lodge, No. 293, of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

Mr. Kind married Edith M. Clement, daughter of Samuel C. A. Clement and Anna (Shinn) Clement, in Haddonfield, April 21, 1919. There are three children of this union: 1. Edith Hermine, born in February, 1920. 2. Eleanor Marie, born in August, 1921. 3. Paul Adolf Kind, Jr., born in February, 1924. The Kinds live at Kings Highway and Hopkins Road, in Audubon, while Mr. Kind’s offices are in Fifth Street, Camden.

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