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John Kiefer Rainwater
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Birth: Jan. 3, 1834
Tennessee, USA
Death: Aug. 23, 1920
Columbia County
Washington, USA

Father: James R RAINWATER (b: 1 May 1811 in North Carolina)
Mother: Delila "Lyli" KEIFER (b: 21 Jun 1815 in Greene County, Tennessee)

Married Mary Ellen SPARKS (b: 5 Nov 1829 in Tennessee) on 27 Nov 1853 in Fayetteville, Washington, Arkansas.


1. Delila RAINWATER b: 10 Oct 1854 in Fayetteville, Washington, Arkansas
2. Susan Jane RAINWATER b: 17 Feb 1856 in Fayetteville, Washington, Arkansas
3. Sarah Alice RAINWATER b: 17 Feb 1858 in Fayetteville, Washington, Arkansas
4. Lucinda Ellen RAINWATER b: 13 Feb 1860 in Fayetteville, Washington, Arkansas
5. Arthur Licurgus RAINWATER b: 28 Feb 1863 in Willamette, Yamhill, Oregon
6. Mary Elizabeth RAINWATER b: 12 Jan 1866 in Willamette, Yamhill, Oregon
7. Nancy Evaline RAINWATER b: 22 Apr 1868 in Willamette, Yamhill, Oregon
John K. Rainwater Has Been Prominent Citizen of This County Since 1865 --

John K. Rainwater, one of Columbia's earliest settlers, passed away Sunday morning at 9 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Robinson. He was 86 years of age and almost his entire last year was spent in illness.

John Rainwater was born in Tennessee January 3rd 1834, and in early life moved to Arkansas. From there he came to this country in 1865, and ran a sawmill in partnership with the Robinett for whom the mountain is named. At one time Mr. Rainwater had a large farm in Asotin county, and was also a wheat farmer there. He was identified with the Chronicle for a while with his son-in-law, O. C. White. He was very successful in all his business ventures and was able to retire some years ago.

After Mr. Rainwater had lived in this country for a number of years, and had amassed considerable money, he made a trip to his old home in Arkansas, and was so enthusiastic in his praise of Washington that he induced a number of friends to come out here, among whom were the Hanger, Honeycutt and Gillis families.

The funeral was held from the Robinson home Monday afternoon at 5:30 o'clock with Rev. W. C. Gilmore of the Congregational Church officiating, and the service at the grave was conducted by the Masonic Order, of which Mr. Rainwater had been a member for over 50 years.

The deceased is survived by six children, who are: Arthur Rainwater of Casper, Wyoming; Mrs. Lilah Muncy of Spokane; Mrs. O. C. White of Olympia, WA; Mrs. Wm. Robinson of Dayton; Mrs. Frank DeSerlay of Seattle; and Mrs. Frank Green of Pasadena, CA.

From the 25 Aug 1920 Dayton, Columbia Co., WA newspaper.

Family links: 
  James R. Rainwater (1811 - 1894)
  Delila Keifer Rainwater (1815 - 1849)
  Viola C. Thorpe Rainwater (1860 - 1908)
  Mary Ellen Sparks Rainwater (1829 - 1889)*
  John Kiefer Rainwater (1834 - 1920)
  Jacob Sessum Rainwater (1836 - 1906)*
  Ashley Winn Rainwater (1839 - 1924)*
  Pressley R Rainwater (1847 - 1931)*
*Calculated relationship
Dayton City Cemetery
Columbia County
Washington, USA
Created by: Arthur Allen "Art" Moore...
Record added: Mar 21, 2006
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John Kiefer Rainwater
Added by: Arthur Allen "Art" Moore III
John Kiefer Rainwater
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