Charles Firman Kindred

Charles Firman Kindred

Clifton, Passaic County, New Jersey, USA
Death 26 Oct 1918 (aged 72)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section K, Lot 333
Memorial ID 102339371 · View Source
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•See James M. Elder.

Ancestry family trees have birth 11 Mar 1846 in NJ.

Charles F. Kindred married Sara E. Guest on June 15, 1875 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.

1860 census for Rockaway, Morris, NJ, family #278:
Kindred, John E., 49, b. New Jersey
Kindred, Eunice R., 42, b. New Jersey
Kindred, Mary E., 24, b. New Jersey
Kindred, Anna M., 22, b. New Jersey
Kindred, Cornelia J., 18, b. New Jersey
Kindred, Charles F., 14, b. New Jersey
Kindred, William Alfred, 12, b. New Jersey
Kindred, Edward, 1, b. New Jersey

      OUR friend, Mr. Kindred, of the N. P. Land Department, has removed his fine residence building—formerly L. B. Perry's house—to his two fine lots on the corner of Sixth and Norwood [sic] [Kingwood] streets, just north of the General Office building one block. This is a fine location, and Mr. K. will have a beautiful home when he once gets the place fixed up. May he long enjoy it with us, provided, you know—well, provided he does not insist in "going it alone" much longer, you see. (Brainerd Tribune, 07 November 1874, p. 1, c. 4)

      Mr. Kindred, of the Land Department of the Northern Pacific Railroad; has been in town a part of this week, and has made it lively selling lands and town lots, and making many happy by giving them titles to their farms. He is one of the most genial and accommodating men connected with the road. The company are putting their lands down low, so as to induce settlers to come into this country. By purchasing N. P. bonds, which are taken by the company at par, brings their lands within the reach of everyone, and this will be a great benefit to the country, as a large share of it will thus be occupied by the actual settler.—Fargo Mirror. (Brainerd Tribune, 14 November 1874, p. 4, c. 1)

      Mr. Kindred, Chief Clerk in Mr. Power’s office, left on Monday last for a visit of a week or so to Chicago. We are not positively informed as to whether friend K. will bring his family back with him or not—hope he may, however. (Brainerd Tribune, 28 November 1874, p. 1, c. 6)

      MR. KINDRED, of the Northern Pacific Land Department returned home Thursday evening. (Brainerd Tribune, 06 March 1875, p. 1, c. 7)

      Mr. Kindred, of the N. P. Land Department here, left for a few weeks' visit to New York on Thursday morning. There is a rumor among his friends that there is no mistake about it this time. (Brainerd Tribune, 10 April 1875, p. 1, c. 5)

      Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Kindred returned Thursday to their cozy residence in Brainerd. (Brainerd Tribune, 09 October 1875, p. 1, c. 6)

      C. F. KINDRED, of the Kindred Bros.' silver mine, on Lake Superior, returned home on Thursday from a trip to Toronto, Canada. He purchased a large steam pump for his mine while away, and proposes to visit the works as soon as navigation opens, and has kindly invited ye editor to accompany him. The invitation was promptly accepted, and if we don't return with our pockets full of silver it will be because there's "no good chance." But don't mention it to Bro. Kindred, or he may put a watch on our movements "down in the silver mine underneath the ground." (Brainerd Tribune, 31 March 1877, p. 4, c. 1)

                  Personal Property

      Kindred, C. F., sewing machines one $40, watches one $75, furniture $300, total $415. (Brainerd Tribune, 21 July 1877, p. 1, c. 6)

      C. F. Kindred is having the heretofore very untidy square in the rear of the Headquarters Hotel cleaned up for a park. Correct. (Brainerd Tribune, 23 March 1878, p. 4, c. 1)

      Two runaways, yesterday, one a team from Mertz' livery stable, and the other C. F. Kindred's driving team. A demoralized buggy in each case, constitutes the bill of damages. (Brainerd Tribune, 05 October 1878, p. 4, c. 1)

      Mr. C. F. Kindred, agent at this place of the land department N. P. R. R. is having the land office building renovated and repainted and otherwise put in first class shape preparatory to the grand rush in the spring for the cheap lands offered by the company. He is temporarily located, pending the improvements, in the north-west corner room—last door to the right. (Brainerd Tribune, 18 January 1879, p. 4, c. 1)

      Ice is being harvested in large quantities by our citizens, nearly everyone filling an ice-house of their own. No corners on ice this year. Mr. Kindred has adopted a novel plan for packing that will be watched with considerable interest. His house is built with double walls with twelve inches space between filled with sawdust, and the ice is packed closely inside filling the entire space and congealed into a solid mass by pouring water upon each layer. He will cover the top with straw when filled, but no sawdust will touch the ice. (Brainerd Tribune, 01 February 1879, p. 4, c. 1)

      A team belong to C. F. Kindred took fright from a passing engine and broke away from its driver near the freight depot on Tuesday morning last, and running into the vacant block on Broadway between Kingwood and Main streets, ran against a tree, which separated the horses from the wagon and each other, when one of them stopped short while the other continued its mad career up Broadway to Juniper, nearly overrunning Mr. S. J. Wallace who was crossing the street, down Juniper to Seventh street, and down Seventh to the barn, where it jumped over a board pile and ran up against a wood pile, which stopped it short, too. The damages were a demolished harness and badly bruised forelegs of the horse which ran to the barn and carried the neck-yoke suspended to its collar, striking its knees at every jump. (Brainerd Tribune, 10 May 1879, p. 1, c. 1)

      Mr. C. F. Kindred is laying the foundation for a new dwelling—a fine structure—on the corner of Seventh [sic] street and Kingood. (Brainerd Tribune, 10 May 1879, p. 4, c. 1)

      Mr. Miller, at his shop on Front street, has nearly ready a very elegant row-boat, ordered by Mr. Kindred, Mr. Miller is prepared to build, at short notice, any kind of boat, and, speaking from experience, we can say that he knows how to build just such a craft as is needed by sportsmen. (Brainerd Tribune, 07 June 1879, p. 4, c. 1)

      We were shown a few days ago at the boat factory of A. W. Miller in this city, the prettiest thing in the form of a row-boat, we ever saw; built by Mr. Miller, (who knows how to build a boat to perfection) for Mr. C. F. Kindred, at a cost of $75.00. It is built for four oars, finished in black walnut, ornamented with polished nails and carpeted, and will carry a dozen persons comfortably. Mr. Kindred is having a boat house erected on Fish Trap lake, at Clayton, and will have the boat removed thither when the building is completed. Mr. Miller has since received orders for two more boats, one for Mr. Thos. P. Cantwell and another for Mr. Kindred. (Brainerd Tribune, 12 July 1879, p. 4, c.'s 1 & 2)

      Mr. C. F. Kindred, the jovial and best natured man on the line, spent Thursday in Fargo. Mr. Kindred, besides having charge of the N. P. land records, has a fine farm near Brainerd, a fish ranch, is county commissioner, bondsman for postmasters, county treasurers, auditors, etc., in addition to bossing four farms in the Red River Valley, with time to spare to show his friends around, behind the fanciest team in Crow Wing county.—[Fargo Republican. (Brainerd Tribune, 20 September 1879, p. 4, c. 1)

      Kindred is the name of a new post office established in Wadena county, with Wm. Kindred postmaster. (Brainerd Tribune, 27 December 1879, p. 1, c. 1)

      W. L Fratcher, of the N. P. Land office, took his departure yesterday for Valley City, D. T., whither he goes to take the superintendency of C. F. Kindred's model farm at that place. (Brainerd Tribune, 10 January 1880, p. 4, c. 1)

      Ye editor and associate have not smoked any cigars for several days, and as to wine, we have forgotten the taste of that entirely, and notwithstanding all this it's a fine boy—since last Wednesday evening—and C. F. Kindred the overjoyed parent. The smiles that radiate over his beaming countenance are brighter and more glowing than the brightest May morning, and well they may be—it's a bouncing one, and a credit to the old man. "All's well that ends well."—We wait patiently but hopefully! (Brainerd Tribune, 31 January 1880, p. 4, c. 2)

      Who would not be an editor? Surely it is not all drudgery and thanklessness—though seldom otherwise—and this reminds us of a little episode that occurred a day or two since in our sanctum. We were engaged in the evolution of a brilliant idea, and had arrived at a point where it would not evolute. Ratiocination ceased—the faculties were all mixed up, one moved here and another there—but to no common concentration, and in our perplexity we had chewed up several pencils and become oblivious to all surrounding objects. At this moment we heard a report like a 22 calibre pistol and the aroma of distilled roses and honey-suckle floated about. We thought we heard heavy steps close to our desk and the fragrant fumes from a wholesale consumption of Havanna-filled cigars came to us like a pleasant dream. Our mind was so completely enthralled we could not, would not give up the strife; we was bound to evolute. Our head rested on our hand and elbow on the desk and vision fastened to the blank paper staring us, with its unintelligent stare, out of countenance.

           Gently there came a tapping
           And some like tapping—
           Slipping a glass before
           And under our distracted vision—
           Astonished—we gently viewed it,
           And smelt it as of yore
           "Ye Gods" cried we enraptured,
           "Is this the lost Lenore?"
           Quoth Kindred, from the door—
                 "Nothing more."

      But it was enough. We hesitated not. We quaffed the "Lost Lenore" as never before. We smoked and quaffed and smoked. We called the devil in and "quaffed" and" smoked," and then the assistant ditto, and then—there is a blank here, and we don't propose to fill it, but we lost that idea, and today do not feel like searching for it. We may some other time. It's a boy, though, and ye editors have been gloriously remembered. Many thanks. (Brainerd Tribune, 07 February 1880, p. 4, c.'s 1 & 2)

      Mr. C. F. Kindred and F. B. Thompson, bonanza farmers, have been to Valley City, Dakota, this week, looking after their interests there. Mr. Kindred intends to sow about 1200 acres to wheat, and Frank, about 400. Quite a number of Brainerd people have large farms in Dakota to seed this year, and they are all hopeful. We trust they will have good luck and lots of it. (Brainerd Tribune, 10 April 1880, p. 4, c. 2)

      Dr. J. R. Howes accompanied Mr. Kindred on a visit to his farm at Valley City this week, returning on Thursday, and Dr. A. S. Campbell takes a run out to the Kindred Manor on Monday for a couple of weeks recreation. (Brainerd Tribune, 17 April 1880, p. 4, c. 1)

      Mr. C. F. Kindred, of Brainerd, who was elected as one of the ten delegates to Chicago—and a right proper man in the right proper place he is too,—will probably take a special and palatial car to go in, and will invite several friends to accompany him. Mr. Kindred is a well-to-do young gentleman, is a whole-hearted fellow, and when he undertakes anything there is no "half-way" business about it. He will go to Chicago in his "Windom Car" and do full honor to the occasion and reflect a high credit upon our State there in behalf of Minnesota's candidate—William Windom.—[Duluth Tribune.
      All correct Bro Russell, but that special car. Mr. Kindred's modesty suggests less ostentation. (Brainerd Tribune. 22 May 1880, p. 1, c. 3)

                        Our Delegate.

      In the manipulation of events at our late State Republican Convention the honor of the selection of one of the ten delegates of Minnesota to the National Convention fell to this upper county, and the almost unanimous choice of northern delegates, rested upon Mr. C. F. Kindred, a comparatively new man in politics, and hence without any personal prejudices to interfere with his proper action. Mr. Kindred will respect the instructions of the convention, which were strongly for Senator Windom, and pull with the delegation, so long as there is any hope or possibility of securing his nomination. If this consummation should become impossible, Mr. Kindred, respecting the very pronounced sentiment of Republicans of the 3d district and in fact of the entire State says he will use his influence for James G. Blaine, who without Mr. Windom, would have been the choice of nine-tenths of the Republican voters of this State.
      Mr. Kindred is a liberal minded gentleman, and fully appreciates the honor conferred. He will endeavor to do his whole duty in this emergency, and justify the confidence of his friends. (Brainerd Tribune, 22 May 1880, p. 1, c. 3)

                        Our Delegate.

      A private communication from Chicago indicates that "our delegate," Mr. C. F. Kindred, has been making a splendid record for himself. He was selected as secretary of the Minnesota delegation, and has been making a very favorable impression upon all he met. He stood firm for the Northern Pacific representation, and indicated in various ways a quickness of perception, grasp of intellect and positiveness of character that raises him far above the average man; and the Golden Northwest received many very flattering compliments in sending so capable a delegate to the Chicago convention. This is something for Mr. Kindred to be proud of, and an honor to the locality he so ably represents. The "up country," and especially Brainerd, is to be congratulated upon this representation, and we have no doubt the friends of Mr. Kindred will express at all times their lively and ardent appreciation of him, and delight to put him forward when capable and proper representation is required. We shall hear from him some more. (Brainerd Tribune, 05 June 1880, p. 1, c. 2)

                 THE KINDRED FARM.

      A Short Sketch of One of the Finest
            Farms in Northern Dakota.

Valley City Times.
      In accordance with the promise of the Times, we proceed to give a faint idea of the magnitude, development and system established at the Kindred Farm, which lies two miles north of Valley City on the plateau of prairie east of and contiguous to the Sheyenne River.
      The farm proper embraces some five sections of land in one body, and to say that for fertility, beauty and grandeur of prospect, relative proportions of wheat, grazing and hay lands, for a farm in the broad sense of that word, that there is no better in the country, would be quite expressive to those who understand the merits of Barnes county land, but we venture that there are no better lands in the Red River Valley, which statement really says, there are no better in the world. C. F. Kindred, the proprietor, from his connection with the land department of the N. P. R. R., was thoroughly conversant with all the land within fifty miles of the railroad track along the entire length of the road; and that he has chosen this spot as his preferred location, speaks volumes in favor of this section of the country.
      Mr. Kindred does not propose to alone establish a wheatery, but in his tasty and liberal style proposes to place such substantial fixtures and improvement as will most fully make the farm a home, make it an elegant and comfortable residence as well as a profitable farm. Two years ago a one-half section was broken here, and last year the same was cropped, and some four hundred acres more was broke and backset. This year about 700 acres are in wheat, and aside from the lands newly broken for trees, shrubbery and residence grounds about 500 acres will be newly broke, and about this amount of breaking is intended for each following year, until the wheat lands which nearly occupy almost the whole tract are under cultivation. The building site is choicely selected, since the lands have a gently rolling character the house site has been so chosen that not only the beauties of the river lands with their "sod bound bluffs" garrisoning each curve and the stately elms which here and there stand by the river's bank, seem like a sentry from the groves and woods which ever and anon fill the valley from bluff-to-bluff. Valley City is in full view, and the roaring trains may be traced till the eye wearies. But to the farmer it has another and fairer view. The vast outstretch of wheat fields are well in sight, and the pasture which is supplied with luxuriant grass and countless springs, is all in view from the balcony. The farm villa which already includes some six substantial buildings is arranged so that they are not only convenient for use but elegant in position, near enough for comfort and economy and yet separated so as to give security in case of fire among them. Beginning at the north end of the open area between the buildings first comes the office, a building 18x22 feet, supplied with desks, easy chairs and a counter which separates the main entrance from the business part of the room. There is probably no manufacturing or mercantile business of a city which keeps a more exact account of its operations than does this farm. A complete set of blanks and books the forms for which were devised by Mr. Kindred are in use. The engagement book contains in duplicate the contract with employees, the following being employed for the season:
      D. Becker, foreman; O. H. Havill, book-keeper; J. A. Loe, foreman on buildings; J. Gaugler, tree-planter; Sam House, gardener; Charles Boldt, Elmer Scott and Julius Wurst, plowmen; C. F. Kinsel, Geo. Neustel, J. A. Benson, Elmer Schoenhiet, Mrs. A. Moulton, J. Lingnau, Geo. Haas, P. S. Kindall, G. B. Runner, W. F. Tasker, O. L. Lawson, Jno. Bergland and J. A. Bergland, F. W. Staunard, Clarence Willey, Richard McGinty, Charles Barnard and E. H. Fagin, general laborers; Casper A. Skeals, cook; S. D. Daniels, stableman. The time ledger, has a daily report showing in a condensed form what part of the day was given for every branch of business carried on at the farm. From the time ledger each man's account is carried to the payroll. Also from the above ledger and general account, an account is kept with every department of business and every sub-division of each department, as with different varieties of wheat, locations, broke at different depths or at different seasons, &c., &c. Every department of labor has its individual account, and expenses and balance can be taken at a glance at the ledger. The grain warehouse is most substantially built, and for its intended purposes that of storing the seed grain is well planned. Its elevator, spouting, scale, ventilators, all necessary and convenient. A sample of the reigning order was see there in the attic of this warehouse, where in piles of twenty-five each hung suspended from a wire, the 1,000 sacks, where they were secure from vermin, counted and ready for use. The stable-barn is simply immense. Nobody could tell its dimensions, and no great wonder, for its wings, additions, sheds and fricassee work are better seen than described. It has room for 60 horses and with its feed elevator and storage bins in the upper story, its hay and feed spouts, and in fact all of its internal arrangement pronounce economy, solidity, elegance. The exterior of the building with its fair proportions, plans for ventilation and light, its brackets, hip roof and spire mounted by a horse in gilt is good enough for Kindred. One day a visitor inquired of Mr. Kindred how much lumber was used in its construction, and he replied, "don't know and don't want to know." The barn was built last year, before the present "system" was inaugurated. Machinery hall is on stone foundation, as are all the buildings, is 40x60, with a "drive," and has a loft and pulleys for hoisting the smaller tools, as plows, harrows, etc. The laborer's quarters looks well from without and is conveniently arranged within. It is arranged within and looks like the "barracks." The dining hall is a large two story building. Beside the mess room the kitchen and several elegantly furnished rooms for family and guests. Here we discovered were kept some very choice "Havannas." The residence for which plans are now being prepared will, if as handsome as its picture, be the most elegant in the whole New North West, and would not blush to stand upon a city avenue. The farm garden comprises seven acres and is under a high state of cultivation. The grove which is newly broken is at the west and north of the villa, and contains 35 acres, and is set with trees in an artistic order. It already contains 400 hard maples, 300 spruce, 6,400 cottonwood, 100 ash, 100 box elders, 1,100 balm of gileads, and 4,600 settings of rare varieties. The trees are trees already varying from one-half inch to three inches in diameter. This immense forestry has a man detailed with trees and tank to see that every tree has water at its roots in amounts sufficient to insure its growth. A graded road is to be immediately built from the headquarters to the city, which will cross at Sheyenne at the north bridge; and among the stock now is, and which will be here. Mr. K. has one team of "steppers" which can make the trip to town in six minutes, and the roads won't need to be very good either, if we rightly remember a ride we had last winter in Brainerd.
      Thus hastily and imperfectly have we sketched one of the finest farms in Northern Dakota, which to be appreciated must be seen. "Other considerations may boast of a wider area, but none of a more liberal management or of more substantial improvements." (Brainerd Tribune, 05 June 1880, p. 1, c. 3)

1880 census for Brainerd, Minnesota E.D. 99, family #114:
Kindred, Charles F, 34, head, b. NJ, Real estate dealer
Kindred, Susan(sic) E, 29, wife, b. England
Kindred, Jessie E, 4, daughter, b. Maine
Kindred, Lella, 2, daughter, b. Minn.
Kindred, Charles G, son, 5/12, b. Minn.
Guest, Nora, sister-in-law, 26, b. England, visitor

      On Monday of last week, Mr. C. F. Kindred of Brainerd, opened his beautiful private summer house on the lovely shore of Sylvan lake and entertained a party of friends, consisting of Mr. Joseph Dilworth and wife, Messrs. Charles and Albert Dilworth, and Dr. Beatty and son of Pittsburgh; Dr. Richardson of Cincinnati; Mr. Samuel Richardson, wife and daughter of Moorhead, and Mr. H. E. Sargent and wife of St. Paul. The party were elegantly entertained by Mr. Kindred and his wife, assisted by Miss Guest of Brainerd, and two days were passed most delightfully on the pretty lake from which nearly 400 pounds of fish were taken by them each day. Mr. Joseph Dilworth proved himself the champion fisherman. Mr. Kindred's home is very complete and spacious and is run on the European plan for his friends.—[Pioneer Press. (Brainerd Tribune, 17 July 1880, p. 1, c. 3)

      Col. Sheridan, brother of Gen. Phil and a party of ladies were the guests of C. F. Kindred, at his Club-house, Lake Sylvan, on Thursday of this week. They enjoyed the amusement and had excellent success. (Brainerd Tribune, 17 July 1880, p. 4, c. 1)

      Mr. C. F. Kindred has generously proposed to give $100 toward paying the $230 debt on the M. E. Church of this city, providing the remaining $130 can be secured. Rev. J. B. Starkey, Presiding Elder of the district was here last Monday and succeeded in securing more than one-half this amount and the pastor has secured the remainder. (Brainerd Tribune, 02 October 1880, p. 4, c. 1)

To Homer E. Sargent
December 13, 1880
On Thursday last [09 December] I [Frederick Billings] sent a letter to Mr. [James B.] Power directing him to summarily dismiss...Mr. Kindred of the Brainerd [Land] Office. The proofs are so great of his personal speculation and favoritism...[and] absolute personal dishonesty.... (Railroad Leaders 1845-1890: The Business Mind in Action; Cochran, Thomas C.; Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts; 1953, p. 259)

                  The World's Fair.

      Mr. C. F. Kindred who tendered his resignation as assistant land commissioner of the Northern Pacific railroad last November, when he located on his farm near Valley City, Dakota, is now in New York city with his family; from there he goes to Washington, and south through Georgia, Florida and other places, for a two or three month's trip.
      The land office at Brainerd is to be removed to St. Paul, and be consolidated with Mr. Power's other department.
      Mr. Kindred has been appointed by President Hayes as commissioner to the world's fair to be held in New York in 1883, of which mention has been made heretofore, and will represent the new northwest in all particulars most satisfactorily.
      Mr. Kindred is familiar with all the good points in north Minnesota and Dakota and is just exactly the right man in the right place and Dakota may well be proud of the fact that she has one of her citizens in the board of commissioners, and one who is in every way qualified to successfully represent her.
      Dakota ought to make her mark at this fair and the legislature should see that arrangements are perfected so that her commissioners may not be behind other localities.—[Fargo Argus. (Brainerd Tribune, 25 December 1880, p. 1, c. 1)

      The Brainerd Branch of the N. P. land office was removed to St. Paul this week in pursuance of the plan meditated from some time past by Mr. Power, the land commissioner, of consolidating the two offices and bringing the plats and records together. Mr. Kindred, the general agent, in anticipation of this change, resigned his position some months since, not desiring to leave Brainerd and is now visiting the East and South with his family and will return here in the spring. Mr. F. B. Thompson, clerk, has also resigned and will remain here in charge of his office of county auditor. (Brainerd Tribune, 25 December 1880, p. 1, c. 2)

      At the meeting in New York on Thursday last, of the commissioners of the World's Fair, of which Hon. C. F. Kindred of this city is a member, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant was unanimously elected President of the commission. By this we are reminded and our people should not forget that the value to the Northwest of Mr. Kindred's position upon this commission is inestimable. It is his purpose and he will use his utmost endeavors to make the Northwest, and particularly the Northern Pacific country the most attractive part of the exhibition. And he will succeed, for two reasons: First, the products of the country fully warrant the gigantic effort, and second, Mr. Kindred possesses the energy and ability to fully develop and display its superior advantages and resources. Every man, woman and child in the land should use their utmost endeavors to second his very laudable efforts. (Brainerd Tribune, 15 January 1881, p. 1, c. 1)

       C. F. Kindred, Land Commissioner.

      NEW YORK, Feb. 21.—Director Dillworth, of Pittsburgh, one of the leading members of the Northern Pacific directory, is urging the appointment of C. F. Kindred to the position of Land commissioner of the road, vice Power resigned. It is thought Mr. Kindred will be appointed and his headquarters established in Fargo, as he desires to retain his residence in Dakota, being commissioner from that territory to the international exposition. Mr. Kindred’s long connection with the land department, and his active business qualifications, it is believed, renders him peculiarly fitted to fill the highly responsible position vacated by Mr. Power. (Brainerd Tribune, 26 February 1881, p. 1, c. 1)

      C. F. Kindred and family returned from an extended tour through the south and east. Washington and New York were prominent points in their rounds. Mr. Kindred being a member of the World's Fair commission, which met at the latter place. (Brainerd Tribune, 19 March 1881, p. 1, c. 1)

      C. F. Kindred expects to remove to Valley City at an early date, where he has a very pleasant home. (Brainerd Tribune, 09 April 1881, p. 1, c. 1)

               N. P. LAND TROUBLES

        An Interview with C. F. Kindred,
          in Which the Charges of Fraud
                        are Denied.

      With regard to the alleged land frauds claimed to have been brought about during the administration of James B. Power as land commissioner of the Northern Pacific railroad, we can give no better statement regarding the charges and their refutation than by copying the version of a correspondent of the Minneapolis Journal upon the subject; giving in detail the result of an interview with Mr. C. F. Kindred concerning the matter; and while we refrain at present from publishing all the facts in our possession, yet the statements portrayed below will doubtless be sufficient to convey a fair idea of the nature of the matter which is exciting the stern comments of the press on all sides. The report in the Journal herewith reproduced:

      BRAINERD, Minn., April 13.—I had a master-stroke of good fortune in finding C. F. Kindred, for many years chief clerk in the Northern Pacific Land Commissioner’s office, at home. That was what I hoped and prayed— longed for most devoutly. By chance he was in his office, and as good natured and complaisant as a man could be. The late sensational reports that have been published about Chief Clerk Kindred and commissioner Power—all Evening Journal readers know what they are, for they have already appeared in these columns—were the prime cause of the visit. Having given one side of the case, an epitome of the bills files against Power and Kindred—charging gigantic frauds by them, as commissioner and chief clerk, in the sale of Northern Pacific lands—the Evening Journal was determined to give the other side also. Hence this bearding of the lion in his den.
      “Take an easy chair,” said the urbane whilom chief clerk as the interlocutor made his beneficent presence known. The small bore gimlet—or great bore, as the case may be—did as invited. An easy chair has charms to him (said bore) that are not to be resisted.
      “Thank you. You do not appear to be suffering in mind or body, Mr. Kindred. Can’t see any evidence of nervous prostration or bodily deterioration. How about prospective annihilation?”
      “Call it damnation. One term’s as another, if I correctly grasp the towering idea you are struggling to present. Me prostrated, or deteriorated, or debilitated! Why should I be? I have a good stomach, eat hearty, sleep well, and have a non-elastic conscience in good trim and constantly on deck. What more can a man want?”
      “You are well fixed, assuredly. Now, Mr. Kindred, I am commissioned to talk to you like a father. I would like to ask you a few questions and hear what you have to say concerning the charges made against yourself and Mr. Power, and the bills filed in court against you both, in relation to the sales of lands for the Northern Pacific railroad company. May I proceed with the questions?”
      “Open your battery, sir. I’m not only all attention and submissive as a sheep led to the slaughter, but am also curious to know what it is I know that you would like to know.”
      “Keno. That’s the stage of amicability I am anxious to arrive at. Here goes.”
      Q. “In what light do you regard the bills filed against yourself and Mr. Power and others?”
      A. “They are instigated by the personal malice of R. M. Newport, present general land agent of the Northern Pacific.”
      Q. “You are so convinced?”
      A. “We can prove it.”
      Q. “Do you think they will be able to sustain the charges?”
      A. “No, sir, emphatically no!”
      Q. “Has the company any ground for filing such bills?”
      A. “None whatever.”
      Q. “Do you expect the suits to come to trial?”
      A. “I think they will.”
      Q. “Do you expect to be able to disprove and refute the charges in the bills?”
      A. “We can do it. I don’t expect anything about it. I have not seen the bills, but I can refute anything that reflects on my character.”
      Q. “You are willing that a full and free investigation of the charges should be had, are you?”
      A. “You may rest assured we shall not take any steps to stop it.”
      Q. “Were there ever any Northern Pacific lands sold for cash, so understood between you and Mr. Power, as the parties selling and the parties purchasing, that were paid for by preferred stock of the company?”
      A. “No, sir, never a case. We never did any such business. We are not thieves and robbers up here. We could never have held the positions through so many years if we had been.”
      Q. “Were there any cash sales at all?”
      A. “Not of lands. There were such sales of town lots.”
      Q. “Have you any idea of compromise in any shape whatever in these suits?’
      A. “None whatever. We won’t compromise one iota. The cases are in court and we will fight them out if it takes all summer.”
      Q. “What do you think of the similar charge that is made against President Billings appearing in a New York letter to the Fargo Argus, that is a charge similar to that made against you and Mr. Power?”
      A. “He is in the same boat we are. If there is any blame attaching to us, it attaches also to him.”
      Q. “Did you ever, in any case, transcend the authority vested in you by the company in the sale of the company’s lands?”
      A. “We never did.”
      Q. “You sold the lands for the company, I am to understand, just as you would for yourself?”
      A. “We protected the company’s interests, just as we would our own.”
      Q. “Have you any statement to make or further information to offer, or suggestions to make, Mr. Kindred?”
      A. “None whatever. You have applied the pump pretty thoroughly, and I have freely answered, because I have nothing to hide. If I were to express an opinion I would say these charges are an outrage, but I don’t care to be expressing opinions or making counter-charges or tearing around like a chicken with its head cut off. What I may have to say will be said in court, where it will count a full score.”
      Q. “Have you filed your answer, or cross-bill, or in any way made response to the bills already filed?”
      A. “No, sir. I have not yet conferred with my lawyer, ex-Gov. Davis, but we will have our deck cleared in time for action, and when we do and the fight begins there will be music on the ambient air, and don’t you let it escape your feeble memory; in other words, don’t you forget it. Have a cigar?” The invitation to have a cigar floored me. Such a thing hasn’t occurred before for years, and I was overcome with gratitude. The idea of smoking a free cigar was gorgeous. I smoked and listened to the entertaining talk of the well-nigh exhausted interviewed, and thought him all the time the greatest man since George Washington or N. Bonaparte, Esq., for he gave me a sure-enough fragrant Havana.
(Brainerd Tribune, 16 April 1881, p. 4, c. 3)

      We learn that C. F. Kindred will open a wheat farm of one section at Alsop, west of Jamestown. (Brainerd Tribune, 23 April 1881, p. 1, c. 1)

     OUR esteemed friend, Mr. C. F. Kindred, has recently been appointed Assistant Land commissioner for the Canada Pacific Railroad Company, a position which the wide experience of Mr. Kindred renders him eminently well qualified for. This is a fitting tribute to the past successful career of this gentleman while connected with the Northern Pacific, and the C. P. is to be congratualted upon securing his services in a similar capacity. Mr. Kindred will have control of the Land Department business, which will warrant a very extensive field in this branch of labor. (Brainerd Tribune, 18 June 1881, p. 1, c. 2)


     It is announced by Col. Newport, auditor of the Northern Pacific, that the suits against Messrs. Power and Kindred are to be prosecuted vigorously by the Northern Pacific company. (Brainerd Tribune, 23 July 1881, p. 6, c. 2)

      Mr. C. F. Kindred is bustling about, getting initiated into the mysteries of his new position as assistant land commissioner of the Canada Pacific. (Brainerd Tribune, 06 August 1881, p. 5, c. 3)

      Mr. C. F. Kindred now has charge of the sale of Canada Pacific railroad lands. (Brainerd Tribune, 26 November 1881, p. 5, c. 4)

      C. F. Kindred, Esq., has been elected president of the First National bank of Valley City, D. T. (Brainerd Tribune, 21 January 1882, p. 4, c. 5)

      C. F. Kindred is endeavoring to prove to the citizens of Philadelphia that unless they get their drinking water through a canal, of which he owns a controlling interest, they will be liable to sickness and death from impurities. There are no flies roosting on Charles' clothes even in that large city. (Brainerd (Minnesota) Dispatch, 02 August 1889, p. 1, c. 5)

      C. F. Kindred, general agent of the Philadelphia & Reading railroad passed through the city Tuesday in his private car accompanied by Daniel Buck, select councillor, ex-Harbor Master Klemmer, his son Alfred and his sister, the latter stopping in Brainerd until the return of the party to visit her sister, Mrs. [Cornelia J. Kindred] Merritt [See Judge George W. Holland's Will]. At this city the party was joined by J. H. Koop who will journey with them to the National Park and from there to Vancouver and other points on the Pacific coast, returning to this city in about three weeks when Mr. Kindred will take his party to Sylvan lake for a few days fishing and will also introduce them to other interesting summer outing places in this vicinity. (Brainerd (Minnesota) Dispatch, 05 August 1898, p. 8, c. 4)

      C. F. Kindred and party from Philadelphia returned Wednesday from a trip to the coast in a special car. J. H. Koop accompanied the party from this city and reports a very pleasant trip. Last evening the band serenaded Mr. Kindred's party and spent a very pleasant evening in the "Reading" which has been standing on the track at the Sixth street crossing since its arrival in the city. The party leaves today for Philadelphia. (Brainerd (Minnesota) Dispatch, 26 August 1898, p. 8, c. 4)

               Kindred Gets Attention.

      The Minneapolis Times speaks editorially of a former Brainerd citizen as follows:
      The Philadelphia papers are at the present time paying a good deal of attention to Charles F. Kindred. The matter may interest some people in this state, who in their idle moments have wondered what has become of Mr. Kindred and what he has been doing since he attempted to break into congress eighteen years ago as a representative from the fifth district of Minnesota. It will be remembered that the Nelson-Kindred Campaign of 1882 in "the bloody fifth" was an exceedingly spirited affair. Both men claimed to have been regularly nominated by the republican convention at Detroit [Lakes]. Knute Nelson was generally recognized as the regular candidate, but Kindred also had many friends and remained in the fight until he was defeated at the polls. In 1884 the rivals patched up their quarrel and Kindred presided over the convention that renominated Nelson. Shortly after that event Kindred left Minnesota and was lost sight of by the people of these parts. There were occasional rumors to the effect that he had made a large fortune as a promoter of some gigantic land schemes in Mexico, and that he had become an important person in eastern railroad circles.
      Mr. Kindred has not been idle since he left Minnesota. He has at different times made something of a stir in the politics of Philadelphia. Of late years he has been the political manager for the Reading railroad, and his principal duty has been to guard the interests of the road in the city council of Philadelphia. His friends in this state will be pained, but hardly surprised, to learn that he is under suspicion of having tried to corrupt the council in a recent attempt to secure the passage of a measure of importance to the railroad. He seems to have lost his influence. One of the Philadelphia papers now calls him a "maladroit bosslet" whose methods were discredited long ago and "whose compulsory retirement by his employers is demanded by a decent regard for public opinion." The paper admits, however, that the turning down of Kindred does not mean that boodle politics have been abandoned by the council; it means only that he and his friends are not in the new deal and will not have any share of the rich spoils in sight. Finally, it sees the one feeble ray of hope that the road "may yield to self-interest what it has obstinately denied to decency and get rid of Charles F. Kindred, the discredited and useless political agent without a pull." (Brainerd Dispatch, 13 April 1900, p. 5, c. 1)

1900 US Census, Philadelphia, 29th Ward:
KINDRED, Charles, born Mar 1847, NJ, married 24 years, publisher
KINDRED, Sara, born July 1855, England, wife, four children, 3 living, immigrated 1857
KINDRED, Jessie, born July 1879, MN, daughter
KINDRED, Lalla, born Jan 1881(sic), MN, daughter, college
KINDRED, Arthur, born July 1882, MN, son, at school
GUEST, Helena, born July 1862, England, sister-in-law, immigrated 1857, academy pupil
HOPKINS, Lydia, born April 1877, SC, black, cook
PROCTOR, Lydia, born May 1875, NC, black, servant
[Contributed by Meges.] (NOTE: Jessie should be born about 1876 and Lalla about 1878 if the 1880 census is reasonably accurate.)

      C. F. Kindred, who is as well known perhaps as any man in Crow Wing county having lived here for years, arrived in the city last night from Philadelphia accompanied by his two daughters, Misses Jessie and Lalla Kindred. They went out to Gull Lake this afternoon where they will enjoy an outing for a time. (Brainerd Dispatch, 04 October 1901, p. 8, c. 1)

      Hon. C. F. Kindred and his two daughters, Misses Jessie and Lalla, were in the city for a short time Sunday and renewed acquaintances with old friends. When Mr. Kindred was land agent for the Northern Pacific at Brainerd in the early 80's, he took quite an important part in the development of Valley City, being one of the organizers of the First National bank. He also opened up what is now known as the Nester farm. For a number of years he has resided in Philadelphia. He and his daughters have been traveling through the west for some time and are now on their way home.—Valley City Times-Record. (Brainerd Dispatch, 11 October 1901, p. 4, c. 3)

KINDRED—Oct. 26, CHARLES FIRMAN, husband of the late Sara Elizabeth Kindred. Funeral services and Int. private, 1500 N. 15th st., Tues., 11 A. M. St. Paul, Minn. papers please copy. (Philadelphia Inquirer, 28 October 1918) [Contributed by Meges]

                   OF PHILA. TIMES
       Chas. Firman Kindred, Long Active
            in Politics and Rail-roadings

     Charles Firman Kindred, one of the most prominent figures a score of years ago in the political and journalistic life of Philadelphia, died yesterday, at his home, 1500 North Fifteenth street. He had been ill for two months with a complication of diseases. He was about 70 years of age.
     Mr. Kindred was born in Clifton Valley, New Jersey, and went west as a young man accepting a position with the Northern Pacific. Later he became assistant agent of the Great Northern and when he came to the Philadelphia and Reading, it was a general agent. Mr. Kindred was actively interested in the extension of the Northeast Penn branch from Hartsville to New Hope, and when that line was completed, he bought a farm at Grenoble, some ten miles north of Willow Grove. During this time he maintained a home in this city and was soon a Republican leader in the Twenty-ninth ward, of which the late Israel Duncan was the head. He never held office, though he was one of the "306" "old guard" delegates to the Republican National Convention, which voted to give Grant a third term.
     In 1909 Mr. Kindred, who, meantime had left the Republican Party to espouse the cause of free silver under Bryan, purchased the Philadelphia Times, and as the owner of that paper, he is chiefly remembered in this city. He was, however, unable to make much headway with his new enterprise, and sold it about a year later to Adolph S. Ochs, of the New York Tines, Later the Times ceased to exist as a separate publication, being merged with the Public Ledger. (Philadelphia Inquirer, October 27, 1918) [Contributed by Meges]

Laurel Hill Cemetery interment book at Ancestry has Interment No. 6386c: Kindred, Charles Firman 1918 Interment Book 4 Page 2364. (The "c" means the central cemetery vs. south or north.)

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