"Register Guard", Eugene, Oregon Thursday, June 26, 1996, "Obituaries" Everett McKinney A memorial service will be held June 22 for Everett A. McKinney of Portland, who died June 14 of age related causes. The former Eugene resident was 92. McKinney was born April 9, 1904, in Morganville, Kan. to Henry F. and Florence (Rasmussen) McKinney. His first marriage was to Alice V. Bachman 30 Aug 1929 in Santa Ana, Orange, California. They had one son, Everett A., Jr., who died in infancy. He married Alberta Smith in Santa Ana, Calif., in 1934. She died June 1, 1995. In 1943, McKinney moved to Eugene. In 1948, he opened Mac's Batteries, which he operated until 1968, when he sold the business and retired. McKinney was a member of the Eugene First Christian Church for 50 years. He enjoyed woodworking and made toys for his grandchildren and the neighborhood children. The Eugene First Christian Church sponsored Adam Paszeczko, Krystyna, and their two children, Petro and Kathrina, (DP - displaced persons) after WWII. Everett and Alberta, with other Christian Church members, furnished the first home, and an opportunity for work on the farm and in the battery shop to Adam and Krystyna in 1950. Everett move to Portland in 1993. Survivors include two daughters, Ann Bowler of Carlisle, Iowa, and Ruth McKinney-Rickey of Seattle; four sons, John of Federal Way, Wash., Paul of Anaheim, Calif., David of Portland, and Andrew of San Francisco; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Saturday's service is at 4 p.m. at the Eugene First Christian Church. Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the memorial fund at Eugene First Christian Church. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Excerpts from a letter written by Everett A. McKinney on 6 Feb 1991.
"In high school I took what was called a radio class. There was a large number of boys that wanted to learn about radio then. Of course i was one of them. The teacher asked if two boys would ask about parts and prices to make small crystal radio sets. So I and Gerald Price did just that. We found out about cost and where they could be bought. In that day the "A" battery was the same as a six volt car battery. The "B" was eather dry and one could make a storage battery. I saw an article in a magazine telling how to make a storges "B" battery. At first I bought test tubes and put them in a box that I had made using plaster of paris to hold the glass tubes in place. After figuring the cost and adding the cost of labor and extra for selling it which is called profit. I started my business in a lean-to next to my Mother's garage. At first I just re charged the "A" batteries and made a few "B: batteries. I advertised in the paper saying what I could do and the prices I charged. In just a short time I had more work than I could so I found a friend to help. I also made a charger to keep them charged. I did not know when to start my business. In the radio class I was asked to do some thing and one thing led to another thing to do. You have questions I cannot answer. When we moved to Eugene I worked for a short time in a battery shop. I quit that and bought and sold batteries from home when I could. Took them home and repaired what I could. I sold them to used car lots and garage that needed cheep batteries for used cars. As the sales increase I had to hire help and buy a lot and build a new building. As the business grew more land and more building. The business grew so I needed to borrow from the bank and I worked hard to pay off the loan off. My business was unique because I could repair a battery and make it useable again. The repairing of batteries are not possible now because they are sealed with plastics. I could build new batteries." [Retired in 1968, the business property filled a quarter city block.]
Everett A. McKinney graduated from Santa Ana High School, Class of 1924, Santa Ana, Orange County, California.
Note with senior picture: "Everett Adolph McKinney--Mechanic Arts; Vice-president Engineering Club ‘23; Engineering Club President '24." The Ariel