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J.P. and H.A. KINNISON. – These two brothers, who have united their fortunes through life were born on the Mississippi river about one hundred miles below St. Louis in the years 1838 and 1840, respectively. They received a common-school education, and, developing a riving disposition, crossed the plains in 1853. San Mateo, California, was their first home, and stock-raising their business until 1862, when they came to the Powder river valley, and were the first to break the ground of that beautiful region. They have been engaged in agriculture and stock-raising every since, and consider themselves fairly successful.
In 1876 they drove a band of a thousand cattle across the plains to Wyoming, and sold them to advantage. The brothers now own eighteen hundred acres of choice agricultural land six miles west of Baker City, upon the site of their first location. They now have residences in Baker City, Oregon, and are in the full enjoyment of life, having accumulated sufficient means, as a reward for their perseverance, to take life easily.
Mr. J.P. Kinnison was married to Miss Mary Chandler in 1864. In 1884 this companion died; and his present wife, formerly Mrs. N.W. Hannah, conducts his household, caring for her own tow girls and her husband’s five boys.