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 stronghold.



History of the Pacific Northwest Oregon and Washington. 2 v. Portland, Oregon: North Pacific History Company. 1889.

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