Location: Widbey Island Washington

Biographical Sketch of John Kineth

JOHN KINETH. – This pioneer of Oregon and of Whidby Island, Washington, is a native of Bavaria, Germany, and was born in 1828. At the age of ten years he came with his parents to American, and passed his early life in Springfield, Illinois. He there obtained the practical education of the West, and learned as his resource for the livelihood the trade of a harness-maker. As early as 1849 he felt the impulse to go West. Joining a company of emigrants at Springfield, he crossed the plains, arriving at Milwaukee, Oregon, November 3d. Seeing that there was an abundance of money in circulation, he worked at his trade at Oregon City, making from ten to fifteen dollars a day. In 1851 he removed to Lafayette and opened a harness and saddle shop, the first and only one on the west side of the Willamette river, meeting with good success fitting out miners; but, his health failing, he sought a new location, making final choice of a Donation claim on Whiby Island in 1853, some two and a half miles from Coupeville. This became his home for thirty-two years; and he successfully carried on farming during all that time, becoming an influential member of the community. He took a special interest in schools, seeing the essential value of education in our new Northwest. He finds it at present more...

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Biographical Sketch of Charles T. Kineth

CHARLES T. KINETH. – Mr. Kineth is a native of Washington, having been born near Coupeville, on Widby Island, November 3, 1855. His father, John Kineth, was a resident of Springfield, Illinois, when our martyred President Lincoln was studying his profession in that city. He moved to Oregon in 1848, and was a saddler at Lafayette during the Rogue river war, moving in the fall of 1852 to Whidby Island. The subject of this sketch was married to Miss Jessie Drake in 1879, and has two children, Jennie and Agnes. Having an ambition to be the architect of his own fortune, Mr. Kineth has refused all assistance from his parents, who are wealthy. He came to this valley in July, 1878, without means, but has now secured a nice home within about three miles of Ellensburgh. He has a band of stock, and is apparently on the highway to financial success. In December, 1878, he was one of five from the Kittitass valley to respond to the call for volunteers to go into the Big Bend country and assist in arresting the Indians who had massacred the Perkins family. This was a singularly reckless enterprise on the part of those five men. According to the report of his comrades, Mr. Kineth showed remarkable nerve during this expedition to the Indian...

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