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Joseph Leander Kimes, Sr
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Birth: Dec. 31, 1869
Chester
Crawford County
Arkansas, USA
Death: May 18, 1943
Portland
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA

Joseph Leander Kimes was born the 31st of December, 1869 in Chester, Crawford County, Arkansas the second son of David G. Kimes and Nancy Evalyn Elkins. He was known as "Land" and signed documents with this name. He married 1)Elizabeth Lewis (Lizzie) the 3rd of April, 1890 in Crawford County, Arkansas. She was born the 15th of February, 1873 in Crawford County, Arkansas, the second child of David Walker Lewis and Eliza Jane Shipley.

Land and Lizzie had eight children all of whom were born near Chester, in Crawford County, Arkansas: Emmett born in 1890, Moody born in 1892, Woodworth born in 1894, Sylvine born in 1895, Herbert born in 1897, Vincent born in 1899, Edith born in 1901, and Theodore born in 1906.

The small town of Chester was the closest place where there was a store. Land built a small home out in the country. There was no electricity, indoor plumbing, running water, or telephones. Cooking and heating were done with wood; kerosene lamps provided light at night. They had the necessities of life but few luxuries except for a pump organ.

They kept a supply of food from their garden and raised pigs and chickens. No matter where they lived there was always acreage or a huge back yard where they raised a garden and kept a cow for milking. Land was a good carpenter. Virginia says, "he was a fix-it person and could fix anything around home." In addition to farming, Land had several other jobs. He operated a sawmill, and was Post Master for Kimes, Arkansas. He ran a small store and the post office from their home. In the winter months, when there was less farm work demanding his attention Land taught school. Virginia says of her father,

"I remember my father, as a tall handsome man, fair skin, red cheeks, big blue eyes, and dark wavy hair. He was kind and quiet and reserved... He often read the bible and always said "grace" at the table before we ate. He never used rough or blasphemous language, never told dirty stories and never permitted anyone else doing so in our home. He never allowed playing (gambling) cards in our home, no dancing, no alcohol or tobacco. We were taught correct principles."

Land and Lizzie were members of the Methodist Church. Land was well educated considering the times; he was a Methodist minister for much of the time he was in Arkansas. Lizzie took her own life the 28th of March, 1908 in their home in Crawford County, Arkansas and is buried in the Kimes Cemetery (also called Westview Cemetery), Crawford County, Arkansas.

A little over a year after Lizzie died, Land married 2) Eduth Lavada Boyd the 24th of June, 1909 in Cove City, Crawford County, Arkansas. "Vady" was born the 5th of March 1881 in Lees Creek, Crawford County, Arkansas the fourth child of Robert W. Boyd and Sarah Haseltine Andrews.
The older children left home in their late teens. Many went to California.

Land and Vady had seven children. Newman (born in 1910), Venice (born in 1912), and Leander, Jr. (born in 1914), were born near Chester. Venice died at the age of three of a ruptured appendix and Leander, Jr. died just two months later from a severe case of dysentery. The family moved to Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas, where Land purchased a store. They lived in the living quarters in back of the store. It was there Virginia, was born. Shortly after Virginia's birth Edith left for California and the family moved to a small acreage on Alma Road just outside the north edge of Van Buren where the family raised cotton, a large garden and some fruit trees. Bernice and Lucas were born here. Land worked for the Railroad as a mechanic in the "Round House." They sold this farm and moved into Van Buren to a home with all the modern conveniences on 11th Street right next to the High School. Quince was born while they lived here.

The Arkansas River runs between Van Buren and Fort Smith. and Land contracted malaria. The doctor said he would die unless he got away from the river so he sold their home and moved back into the Ozarks to his father's homestead, where the family lived for the next three years.

In the fall of 1929, at the encouragement of his older children, Land sold everything and moved to Hanford, California. He worked as a mechanic in the round house at the Sugar Pine, California Mill and Logging Company for the first three years.

In July of 1932 while the family was living in Armona, Kings County, California, 25 year old Theodore drowned in Lake Oswego in New York. He had a small life insurance which Land used to buy a five acre farm in Porterville, Tulare County, California on which the family lived for ten years. In 1942 Land, Vady, Bernice, Virginia, Lucas and Quince, moved to Portland, Oregon. He liked Oregon much better than California since it resembled home in Arkansas. He died May 18, 1943 in Portland and is buried in the Lincoln Memorial Park, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon.

Sources:

All data on Joseph Leander Kimes and his family is from Virginia Kimes Pierce. Biographical information is from her conversations with her brothers, sisters, and mother as well as her own memories. Compiled and written by Susan Kimes Burgess. 
 
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 Parents:
  David G Kimes (1844 - 1916)
  Nancy Evalyn Elkins Kimes (1838 - 1899)
 
 Spouses:
  Elizabeth Lewis Kimes (1873 - 1908)*
  Eduth Lavada Boyd Kimes (1881 - 1964)*
 
 Children:
  Emmett DeWitt Kimes (1890 - 1952)*
  Overton Moody Kimes (1892 - 1970)*
  Woodworth Kimes Burrell (1894 - 1980)*
  Sylvine Kimes Coatney (1895 - 1979)*
  Herbert Leon Kimes (1897 - 1980)*
  Lewis Vincent Kimes (1899 - 1992)*
  Edith Kimes Burrell (1901 - 1984)*
  Theodore X. Kimes (1906 - 1932)*
  Robert Newman Kimes (1910 - 1985)*
  Venice Pearl Kimes (1912 - 1915)*
  Joseph Leander Kimes (1914 - 1916)*
  Bernice Kimes Graham (1920 - 1997)*
  Lucas James Kimes (1923 - 2014)*
  Quince Gerald Kimes (1926 - 2004)*
 
 Siblings:
  James Elsworth Kimes (1868 - 1940)*
  Joseph Leander Kimes (1869 - 1943)
  William Furibin Kimes (1873 - 1876)*
  Nancy Viola Kimes Mayner (1874 - 1964)*
  Charles Louis Kimes (1877 - 1880)*
  David Francis Kimes (1880 - 1929)*
  Jacob Kelley Kimes (1884 - 1957)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Lincoln Memorial Park
Portland
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA
 
Maintained by: Susan Kimes Burgess
Originally Created by: Blote
Record added: Aug 26, 2008
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Joseph Leander Kimes, Sr
Added by: Susan Kimes Burgess
 
Joseph Leander Kimes, Sr
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Joseph Leander Kimes, Sr
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