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Joseph Aloysius Kinney
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Birth: Mar. 14, 1882
Odell
Gage County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Oct. 13, 1971
Billings
Yellowstone County
Montana, USA

Joseph Aloysius KINNEY Married Ida Elizabeth NESTOR on 23 SEPT 1907 in O'Connor, Greeley, Nebraska.

Joe and Ida met at his brother Geoge's wedding, he was the best man. Mom was the attendent for her sister Allie. The attraction must have been immediate for both of them. Their meeting was in May; by September they too became man and wife. There wasn't a honeymoon trip unless it was to their first home - a homestead near Bartlett in Wheeler County, Nebraska. They had taken over this claim which they bouth from a young couple who were returning to the east. They bought all their furniture as well, including dishes, etc.
This first home was a "soddie". Ida complaine of the dirt floor and the dust sifting down from the rafters. Their first child, daughter Lillian was born here. After the claim was "proved up" it was traded to the Catholic prist at Spalding for their first car - a Model T. ford.
Lucille was the second born but not in the soddy. More than likely they had moved by then. Other moves followed and more children arrived, Clarence, then Gerald, and baby John who was with them only a few hours. By then they were in the town of Bartlett but times were lean. Joe and his brother Martin dug the grave - there wasn't money for a stone. (later years they trid to have a stone placed but a mix up in the records didn't show just where the baby was buried - Joe was sure it was where a different childs stone was in place. After discussion, Ida said "At least we know where he really is.")
Joe was elected and served as county sheriff - 2 terms I think. A move was made later to Greeley county at Spalding, then to Primrose in Boon County. They had a butcher shop. Ida's health wasn't good, she had 3 miscarriages in a row plus pneumonia and bouts with that dreadful flu of the time.
The doctor said she must have plenty of milk and fresh vegetables so they decided to go farming again and moved to 80 acres ownd by Ida's brother Larry, near the home place where she was born. Iren was born here and that spring they move to a larger farm east and nothr of Walbach for a year, then decided to sell out and move to the bay area in California.
Strange how things work out. News of an earthquake in California changed their minds and a move was make instead to 20 acres just north of Walback where they lived for 3 years. Anita was born on this place. These years were fairly prosperus and times were good. There was an ideal spot for vegetables in a loop of the year around creek. Much produced were sold to people in towns around the area. There was room for a few cattle, pigs and chickens -- it was a happy time too.
A move to a place south and north of Walback and in Howard County followed. The place had been vacant quite awhile - it was said to be haunted. No ghost was ever seen by the family but and owl and her brood were dislodged from an unused chimmney. Always thought they were the ghosts.
Bob and Donald were born here and I suppose they would have stayed on the place had in not been sold and the new owner wanted possesion. A farm was bought in Greeley County, 10 miles north and east of Walback but this wasn't to be the dream place they expected.
They thought it had great possibilities and it did, but Mother Nature played a cruel trick, a big drought set in, the cattle got a disease and they lost all their calves. And, the Great Depression settled in the whole country. Many farmers lost their places. We never went hungry actually but money was non-existant. It was a hard 4 years for them. Finally they lost the place, sold off their stock and most belongings, and decided to move west. (first they went to Missouri near Springfield but didn't tarry. Turned right around and on into west Montana. There as you know they spent their remaining years.)
It seemed my folks always had a struggle to make ends meet and provide a dence upbringing for their 10 remaining children. I'm sure they did the best they could and could always be counted on to help when needed.
Dad was a man of many talents actually - he was a good carpenter and mason, a hard working farmer, a good sheriff. Self educated - formal schooling stopped at around a 4th grade level. He went on, graduated from business college on his own. Mom had a year of high schoool thru the kindness of her school teacher - both never stopped learning and read constantly when daily tasks were done. They had many friends always for both were interested in people and what concerned different ones

by Clara Kinney-Buettner

Children:
Lucille Elizabeth Kinney
Clarence Joseph Kinney
Gerald Chester Kinney
Clara Angelica Kinney
Irene Adelaide Kinney
Margaret Anita Kinney
Robert Leo Kinney
Donald Anthony Kinney
 
 
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 Parents:
  James Joseph Kinney (1847 - 1917)
  Mary Eleanor Harbison Kinney (1824 - 1906)
 
 Spouse:
  Ida Elizabeth Nestor Kinney (1887 - 1968)
 
 Children:
  Lillian B. Kinney Milam (1908 - 1985)*
  Clarence Joseph Kinney (1912 - 1984)*
  Gerald Chester Kinney (1914 - 1982)*
  John Kinney (1916 - 1916)*
  Clara Angelice Kinney Buettner (1918 - 2002)*
  Joan Marie Kinney Hunt (1932 - 2011)*
 
 Siblings:
  John Martin Kinney (1879 - 1952)*
  Joseph Aloysius Kinney (1882 - 1971)
  George Alphonso Kinney (1886 - 1938)*
  Gertrude Lavinia Kinney Rummell (1888 - 1977)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Mary Cemetery
Missoula
Missoula County
Montana, USA
Plot: Block, Lisieux; Grave 74
 
Created by: Our Family History
Record added: Apr 01, 2012
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Joseph Aloysius Kinney
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Joseph Aloysius Kinney
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Rest in Peace
- Mary Alice Vampola
 Added: Sep. 28, 2014
God rest your soul.
- Dorothy K Whitt
 Added: Jul. 16, 2012
Uncle Joseph,Rest in Peace.
- Donna, Wayne, Tonee, Terrence Cain
 Added: Jun. 19, 2012
 
 
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