William M. Prindle

William Prindle and his daughter, Muriel, photographed in 1896. (Image: Duluth Public Library)

William M. Prindle is president of W. M. Prindle & Company, which firm is engaged in the handling of high class properties in Duluth and the placing of first mortgage loans. He is president of Prindle-Jones Company and vice president of Kirby-Griggs Company, which companies operate a large insurance agency, handling all classes of insurance. He is also vice president of the George G. Newton Company of Superior, Wisconsin, which company does a general real estate, mortgage loan and insurance business.

Mr. Prindle was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, September 23, 1861, son of George and Christine (Turner) Prindle. A few years later the family moved to Wilmington, Illinois, where George Prindle was active for many years as a retail merchant, returning later to Kalamazoo, where he died in 1901.

William Prindle attended the public schools in Wilmington, the Monee Academy for Boys and Kalamazoo College. After leaving college he was employed in the operating department of the Chicago & Alton Railroad in various localities. He left the Chicago & Alton Railroad when an opportunity arose for him to enter the general freight agent’s office of the Chicago & St. Louis Railroad Company, and was soon advanced to the president’s office. This company was later absorbed by the Chicago, Santa Fe & California Railroad, now a part of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe system.

In March, 1887, Mr. Prindle came to Duluth and was associated with Mr. Charles H. Clague in the real estate business until 1893. At that time he organized with Mr. E. A. Merrill, then president of the Minnesota Loan and Trust Company, the firm of W. M. Prindle & Company, which has always been one of the foremost real estate firms of Duluth.

Later Mr. Merrill retired from business and there are now associated with Mr. Prindle in this business Mr. George G. Newton, vice president; O. G. Lachmund, treasurer; E. M. Dunbar, secretary, and William H. Jones, vice president of Prindle-Jones Company.

There has been a steady development and growth in the business from year to year and it now represents a large and complete organization for the handling of properties, the making of mortgage loans and the writing of insurance. Connected with this office are twenty-five employes.

Mr. Prindle is a Republican, a member of the various civic and social clubs of the city, and has always taken an active interest in the development of Duluth: He is also a member of the Society of Colonial Wars, the Sons of the Revolution and the Mayflower Society.

January 18, 1888, Mr. Prindle married Mina N. Merrill, of Minneapolis, daughter of Daniel P. Merrill, of Geneseo, Illinois. Mr. and Mrs. Prindle have one daughter, Muriel, who married Cornelius A. Wood and now lives at Andover, Massachusetts.


  • Van Brunt, Walter, ed. Duluth and St. Louis County, Minnesota Vols. 1 – 3. The American Historical Society. Chicago: 1922.
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