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Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ William Sylvester Kinney ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
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William Sylvester Kinney
BORN: 24 Jan 1854 DIED: 5 Nov 1898 BURIED:  7 Nov 1898
BIRTH PLACE:  Chehalem Valley, Oregon
DEATH PLACE: Portland, Mulntomah Co., Oregon
1860 OR CENSUS - William Kinney, age 5, b. Oregon, is enumerated with R.C. Kinney, age 47, occupation farmer, b. Illinois, along with Albert, age 17, b. Iowa, Augustus, age 15, b. Oregon, Marshall, age 13, b. Oregon, Alfred, age 11, b. Oregon, Josephine, age 8, b. Oregon,  and Eliza, age 2, b. Oregon. 
1880 OR CENSUS - William Kinney, age 27, occupation book keeper, b. Oregon, is enumerated with mother Eliza L. Kinney, age 67, b. Nova Scotia.
MARRIAGE - William S. Kinney, over 21 & Mary E. Strong, over 18, m 13 Sept 1881 at house of E. Strong: John N. Denison, M. G. Wit: Dr. Augustus Kinney & Dr. Alfred Kinney. Aff: J. J. Shaw #2593 pg 245".
BIOGRAPHICAL; William Sylvester Kinney, born in Chehalem Valley, Oregon, June 24, 1854, was the youngest son of Robert Crouch Kinney, who, in 1867, removed with his family to Salem, Oregon, and engaged in the flour milling business. After leaving school William Kinney spent a year or so in Eastern Oregon and then engaged in the fruit and salmon canning business in Astoria. Later on, for several years, he acted as traveling representative for the Salem Flouring Mills, in which he was a stockholder. While living in Salem he married Miss Mary Strong of that place. Upon the death of the eldest brother, Albert W. Kinney, with whom he was associated in business, the Kinneys disposed of their interests in the flouring mills, and in 1881 William Kinney moved to Dayton, Wash., and associating himself with Messrs. Morris and Sarjeant, built a flour mill at that place. Later on, disposing of his interests in Dayton, Mr.Kinney came to Astoria, since which time his name has been permanently identified with the history of that place. In 1883 a company was formed with Mr. Kinney at its head, and purchased the Terrel saw mill, then owned by George Hume, which stood near the present corner of Fourteenth and Commercial streets.  Within a few weeks after its purchase this mill was destroyed in the great fire of 1883. Soon afterwards the company erected the Clatsop mill, and Mr. Kinney, up to the time of his death, November 5, 1898, served as president and general manager. Mr. Kinney was a member of the Baptist church, and leaves behind a record of a well-spent and useful life. He was sympathetic and charitable, and, though never ostentatious in his giving, want and suffering never appealed to him in vain when he had power to aid.
  In announcing his untimely death, the Daily Astorian, of November 8, 1898, said: "The death of William S. Kinney was a shock to almost every citizen of Astoria. While he has long been identified with this city as one of the most prominent and useful business men, his reputation for rugged honesty and perseverance in the line of duty was coextensive with the state.  Others have Talked Astoria's advantages and still others deplored the lack of enterprise and development in the city, but Mr. Kinney went quietly ahead, built up, and for years successfully managed, the most important industrial establishment so far in Astoria's history. While general gloom and despondency prevailed over an outlook that seemed at times almost hopeless, Mr. Kinney maintained and discharged to the last farthing a payroll which constituted the steady dependence of a larger number of white working people than any other single establishment in the city. Mr. Kinney made no parade of his business, nor asked a favor or claimed a public obligation by reason of its benefit and importance to the community. No man was more unobtrusive in his ways or less seen in public places, but his pluck and persistency, under adverse circumstances, will serve as a maxim.  In Astoria's prosperity his communication was at all times yea, yea, or nay, nay, and there was never any room for uncertainity as to his standing on any proposition. His absolute frankness impressed all men who came in contact with him, and none departed from his presence without feeling his ability and recognizing his integrity. In his dealings he never asked for more than was his due, and never accepted less than was his right, and those who came in habitual contact with him soon learned to know and appreciate this side of his character. The whole of Astoria's people and many others throughout the Northwest will sincerely mourn the passing of this worthy and generous business man."  Oregon Native Son, Vol. 11 No. 5, October 1900
Died at Portland - George P. Hughes, of this city, received a telegram last evening from Dr. Alfred Kinney, of Portland, announcing the death, at the Samaritan hospital there yesterday, of William S. Kinney, during a surgical operation. The deceased gentleman was formerly a resident of this city, and had many friends here, who will sincerely deplore his untimely death, he being but 41 years of age. He was a son of the late Robert C. Kinney, former proprietor of the Salem Flouring mills and the husband of Mrs. Mary Strong-Kinney and a sister of Amos Strong. 
Weekly Oregon Statesman 11 November 1898 2:4 

A Former Salem Resident Passes Away at Portland Saturday evening at 7 o’clock, William S. Kinney, a former resident of this city, died at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, from the effects of a surgical operation performed for strangulated hernia, at the age of 41 years. Mr. Kinney had been prostrated for two weeks and his case was past all help when he was taken to the hospital on the afternoon of Saturday, by his brothers, Drs. Alfred and Augustus Kinney. The deceased and his family were well and favorably known in this city where Mr. Kinney spent his youth. His father, Robert C. Kinney was the former proprietor of the Salem Flouring mills, and the family was prominent in both business and social circles. Mrs. Kinney married Miss Mary Strong of this city and soon after removed to Astoria where he has since resided, with the rest of his people who have also removed to that place. The deceased was a firm Baptist and the First Baptist church of this city is indebted to the deceased in great measure for the beautiful memorial windows in the dome of the main auditorium. At the time of his death he was president of the Clatsop mill company. The body was brought to Salem on the 11 o’clock local and taken from there to the Baptist church, where at 2 o’clock this afternoon, funeral services were held. Rev. Frank Sullivan, field editor of the Pacific Baptist, assisted by Dr. John Parson, of the Methodist church, officiating. Interment was had in the I.O.O.F. cemetery, the Masons having charge of the ritual at the tomb.
Capital Journal 7 November 1898 4:6
William S. Kinney, 
of Astoria, Oregon
January 24, 1864 
Yamhill County, Oregon
November 8, 1898 
(Inscription from DAR)

 As of March 2002 only a stone reading: WILLIAM
DAR pg 55 
1860 OR CENSUS (Yamhill CO., Chehalem, FA #3203)
1880 OR CENSUS (Marion Co., E. Salem, ED 80, pg 31C) 
Marion Co. Oregon Marriage Records, 1879-84, Vol IV, pg 20 
Saucy marker photo
WOS 11 November 1898 2:4 
CJ 7 November 1898 4:6
Oregon Native Son, Vol. 11 No. 5, October 1900
LOT: 603 SPACE: 1 SW LONGITUDE: N 44° 55.171' LATITUDE: W 123° 02.898'

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