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Floy Ellen Kinkade
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Birth: May 9, 1897
Ellensburg
Kittitas County
Washington, USA
Death: Mar. 11, 1908
Ellensburg
Kittitas County
Washington, USA

Floy was the first child of Mattie and Rawlen Kinkade. Her Aunt Flora had a note that she had written to her before she died at the age of ten. The note said that she could spend the night with Opal if she washed dishes for her mama first. Flora remembered seeing Floy in the parlor in her coffin, her bright red hair in two long curls over each shoulder. Rawlen and Mattie were in great grief over the loss of their daughter. Cousin Opal Startup recounted that Floy and her younger brother Ralph were to go to the doctor to get their tonsils out. Rawlen had said to wait until he got home but Mattie took them anyway. The doctor and his assistant, a new 'green' doctor named Felch, removed Ralph's tonsils first. Dr. Felch wanted to remove Floy's tonsils right away but the doctor said to wait while he checked on Ralph in the next room. Dr. Felch, who mentioned that he needed to hurry because he and his wife were going somewhere, proceeded to administer the ether on Floy without him returning. Floy fought the ether and Mattie (who had helped the family doctor on different ocassions) told Dr. Felch to let her get her breath. He put more ether on Floy and she stopped breathing. The family doctor came in and exclaimed to Dr. Felch, "You've gone and killed her!" Cousin Opal said that the family never discussed Floy or her death with any of the children. She did say that years later Mattie heard that another child (a little boy) also died who was to have his tonsils removed by Dr. Felch. She was heard to exclaim, "He's killed another child." While tending a friend's daughter who was thought to have 'running pneumonia', Mattie came face to face with Dr. Felch again - who was nervous around Mattie and quick to leave. Floy was Rawlen and Mattie's first-born.

Newspaper account below is extracted from the Evening Local of Ellensburg, Kittitas County, Washington, Thursday, March 12, 1908.
CORONERS JURY FIND DEATH OF LITTLE GIRL UNAVOIDABLE ACCIDENT
An inquest was held last evening on the remains of twelve [her true age was 10] year old Floy Kinkade, who passed away yesterday noon while undergoing an operation on the nose. The inquest was held last night at Rose and Inman's undertaking parlors by Coroner Steele, at the request of the physicians in attendance at the time of the accident. The funeral arrangements have not been made, but will be announced later.
The jury was composed of H. F. Blair, Geo. W. Seigel, T. T. Hardisty, and W. P. Inman. The evidence introduced showed that an examination of the physical condition of the little girl had been made before the administer of the anesthetic, and all requirements felt necessary for the performance of a successful operation. The verdict of the jury was that she came to her death from heart failure, superinduced by chloroform used as an anesthetic, and that the deceased was in good health as far as could be determined, and considered her death as an unavoidable accident.
The deceased girl was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Kinkade who live a few miles east of this city. Mr. and Mrs. David Kinkade of this city were grandparents to the child, and all well known throughout the valley. 
 
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 Parents:
  Rawlen Madison Kinkade (1868 - 1955)
  Mattie Cerena Hutson Kinkade (1879 - 1967)
 
 Siblings:
  Floy Ellen Kinkade (1897 - 1908)
  Ralph Edward Kinkade (1898 - 1981)*
  Teddy Kinkade (1901 - 1976)*
  Elmer Otis Kinkade (1905 - 1906)*
  Mable Elizabeth Kinkade Johnston (1907 - 2002)*
  Lila Charlotte Kinkade Murphy (1909 - 1989)*
  Norma Ruth Kinkade Poney (1920 - 1990)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Daughter of Rawlen & Mattie
 
Note: A new marker was commissioned by niece Doris Kinkade Shones and set in 2008. The original stone was damaged and removed many decades before.
 
Burial:
IOOF Cemetery
Ellensburg
Kittitas County
Washington, USA
Plot: Block C, Row 18
 
Created by: Margie & Bob
Record added: Jul 18, 2008
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Floy Ellen Kinkade
Added by: Margie & Bob
 
Floy Ellen Kinkade
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Floy Ellen Kinkade
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- Margie
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