Surname: McKinnis

Progressive Men of Western Colorado

This manuscript in it’s basic form is a volume of 948 biographies of prominent men and women, all leading citizens of Western Colorado. Western Colorado in this case covers the counties of: Archuleta, Chaffee, Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale, La Plata, Lake, Mesa, Mineral, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt, San Juan, and San Miguel.

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Biography of John L. McKinnis

JOHN L. McKINNIS. – This prominent and representative citizen of Union county is one of the leading agriculturists of this section, as well as being one of the most successful business men, having demonstrated his ability in the realms in which he has wrought in such a decided manner that he has placed his name rightly among the distinguished manipulators of industrial affairs in the eastern part of the state, while commensurate with this brilliant display is the stanch character of worth of which he is possessed, and the sterling qualities of moral distinction which characterize his entire walk. John L. was born in Jackson county, Ohio, on July 3, 1843, being the son of Craner and Catherine (Truseler) McKinnis, and six years later was taken by his parents to Ottumwa, Iowa, and thence to Knoxville, in the same state. He remained with his parents on the farm until the spring of 1864, gaining meanwhile a good education from the school of the sections where he resided. At the date last mentioned, he undertook the dangerous trip across the plains with ox teams, completing the same in the Grande Ronde valley after some trouble with the Indians, and enduring the hardships and deprivations incident to such a journey. He engaged here for wages for a time on the farm and in frewighting and then took up the school teaching,...

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