|Birth: ||Nov. 23, 1892, USA|
|Death: ||Feb. 1, 1950|
He married on December 16, 1914, Salmon, Idaho, to Laura E. Whitwell.
Lemhi County Recorder Herald, Salmon, Idaho; Thursday February 2, 1950 Number 45, Page 1 [Front Page]
More Than 600 Pay Respects To John S. McKinney, At Final Rites Held Wed.
Well Known Rancher, Civic Leader Died February 1, As Result of Fall at May [Idaho] During Cattle Loading Operations
More than 600 persons filled the Salmon Episcopal Church or awaited outside Wednesday afternoon, to pay their final respects to John S. McKinney, whose sudden death Monday morning shocked the entire county.
The funeral services were conducted at two o'clock for the civic leader, retied rancher and county commissioner, from the Church of the Redeemer, with Rev Don I. Smith officiating.
Mr. McKinney was born Nov. 23, 1892 on the Big Flat ranch of his parents, Peter and Rose Clark McKinney. More land was later acquired by his father, and the McKinneys built a home at the mouth of Carmen creek, which is now known as the Austin ranch. Mr. McKinney lived there until his marriage to Laura Whitwell at Salmon, Dec. 14 1914.
The young couple made their first home on a ranch near the mouth of Geertson creek, where they resided several years. This property is still known among Lemhi county residents as "the McKinney ranch."
Life Long Cattleman
Associated with the county's livestock industry all his life, Mr. McKinney, as a young man was livestock manager for the Lemhi Irrigation and Orchard Co. In the early 1920's he became a partner of Chris Nielsen, and together they purchased a portion of the real estate holdings and livestock of that organization.
Between the years 1922 and 1932, the McKinney family resided in Salmon. During that period, Mr. McKinney served on the city council for two terms.
Dissolving his partnership with Mr. Nielsen in 1932, the McKinneys returned to the ranch, retaining that portion of the partnership lying on the east side of the Lemhi river.
They resided on the Geertson creek ranch until 1945, when they moved to Salmon, where they made their home, with Mrs. McKinney's mother, Mrs. Nora Whitwell
Since retiring from active ranching, the deceased engaged in livestock buying and he was associated with his two sons in the stock enterprise.
Salmon High Graduate
A graduate of the Salmon high school, he received his college education at the Berkeley Agricultural College at Davis, Calf. He was a member of the Elks lodge No. 1620 and both of the county and state cattlemen's associations.
Keenly interested in civic affairs all his life, Mr. McKinney was completing his second term as Lemhi county commissioner, at the time of his death.
He died about 9:30 Monday morning, Feb. 1 at May, as the result of a fall, while operating a gate in the Taylor Grazing corrals, preparatory to loading out a truck load of cattle.
Survived by Widow
Survivors are his widow, Laura Whitwell McKinney; two sons, Jack of Salmon and Sam of Lemhi; his father, Peter McKinney, a sister, Mrs. Clyde Starr, both of Geertson creek and a foster sister, Mrs. Nona Hurst of Calif. Three grandsons, Johnny of Salmon and Whit and Kirk McKinney, both of Lemhi also survive.
Processional and recessional music was played on the violin by Irvin Robertson, with Mrs. Robertson, accompanist.
Pallbearers were John Rand, Corlis Morphey, George Benjamin, M. M. McNicoll, Bob Literal and L. N. Gwarteny.
Burial was in the Salmon cemetery under the auspices of the Elks lodge and the direction of the Jones Funeral Home.
Children's Room To Be Memorial For John McKinney
The high esteem in which the late John S. McKinney was held by his fellow citizens of Lemhi County was reflected today by the flood of contributions to a memorial fund.
Some time before his death, Mr. McKinney had stated that instead of flowers for his funeral, the donors contribute the money to some worthy children's fund.
In compliance with this wish, the family requested that flowers be omitted and the money instead be used to equipment children's room at the Lemhi county Steele Memorial hospital.
The money is to be sent to Mrs. Alice Hobbs, county treasurer, who said this morning [2 Feb 1950] that the request has met with "hearty approval." More than 100 family groups have already made their contributions and it is expected more will be received.
One resident expressed the opinion of the entire county when he learned of the request. "That's typical of the man."
Peter McKinney (1866 - 1955)
Roseltha S Clark McKinney (1868 - 1937)
Laura E. Whitwell McKinney (1892 - 1959)
Jack Whitwell McKinney (1916 - 2012)*
Samuel Peter McKinney (1921 - 2005)*
Maintained by: KS Tobias
Originally Created by: Carl Bennett
Record added: Mar 09, 2008
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