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David Armstrong McKinlay
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Birth: Oct. 10, 1856
Clayton County
Iowa, USA
Death: Jan. 11, 1933
Idaho County
Idaho, USA

Revised 8-5-89
Authored by: Donald R. McKinley, Sacramento, CA
Written for Idaho County Voices
A People's History From the Pioneers to the Present
Published by the Idaho County Centennial Committee 1990
David A. & Deborah E. McKinlay (McKinley)
Homestead records show that David A. McKinlay accompanied by his wife Deborah E. and sons Howard R. and John H. arrived in Idaho County in 1884 from Millville, Iowa. The land office records in Lewiston show that on May 8 of 1884 Mr. McKinlay filed the necessary Declaratory Statement for 160 acres of land in Idaho County. Further documentation shows that the land was officially deeded to him on the 9th of November 1889. The certificate is issued in the name of the President, Benjamin Harrison.

In March of 1887 another son, Jesse Gerald was born, and in December of 1889 a daughter Elsie May was born. The McKinlay's lived for most of their lives in Idaho County, however, according to Lester Reed, son of Elsie, they did live near the mouth of the Lolo Creek about a mile above Greer in Clearwater County for a period of 3 or 4 years.

As the story goes the popular spelling was McKinley(ey)and after a period of time David began to use the McKinley spelling rather than McKinlay. (This could have been partly due to President McKinley, but he didn't arrive in office until 1897.)

David and Deborah lived for several years on a farm about 4 miles east of Cottonwood. The automobile had become popular but David never owned one. He owned two buggies, one for Sunday and holiday use, and another for regular trips to Cottonwood to sell or trade his eggs and cream. He continued to use the horse and buggy for transportation until his death in 1933.

Here's an interesting and funny piece from the local newspaper in 1900 for David A McKinley:
March 9, 1900

"OLD BILL" IS DEAD - This is the noted horse that carried the message to Lapwai of the Nez Perce Indian outbreak on Salmon river in June 1877. The old horse lived to be the ripe old age of 38 years. For the past six years he had been on the ranch of D.A. McKINLEY on the Cottonwood side where he has been well cared for. Peace to his ashes.

Source: Idaho County Free Press, Vital Records, 1886-1903

David A McKinley and wife, Debbie E Cree McKinley lie in the peaceful Cottonwood City Cemetery on a hill that looks out over the Camas Prairie. It's a beautiful place.

Family links: 
  Henry McKinlay (1820 - 1872)
  Barbara A. Clark McKinlay (1815 - 1901)
  Deborah Ellen Cree McKinley (1859 - 1935)*
  Howard Roland McKinley (1880 - 1951)*
  Ester F. McKinley (1895 - 1896)*
  Janet McKinlay Scott (1846 - 1870)*
  Euphemia McKinlay Wilson Collins (1847 - 1913)*
  David Armstrong McKinlay (1856 - 1933)
  Christine Margaret McKinlay Collins (1859 - 1935)*
*Calculated relationship
Cottonwood Cemetery
Idaho County
Idaho, USA
Maintained by: Connie McKinley
Originally Created by: Larry Linehan
Record added: Nov 09, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22787510
David Armstrong McKinlay
Added by: Larry Linehan
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