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 Timothy Kinney

Timothy Kinney

County Mayo, Ireland
Death 16 May 1923 (aged 76)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot O_172_5
Memorial ID 158110 · View Source
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Father of: Eudora M. Kinney Whitley, Mary T. Kinney Dougherty, Angela M. Kinney Murphy, Joseph C. Kinney and Raymond Kinney

Rock Springs Rocket, May 18, 1923
Aged Wyoming Pioneer Answered Final Summons

To have been a citizen of worth and merit in the history of your community is a legacy that Timothy Kinney left to posterity when his life's work was concluded in Los Angeles Wednesday, after an illness of three months.

Timothy Kinney was 76 years of age. He was one the best known men in the West, and was a strong figure in the early development of Rock Springs. Many lines of business now on a sound footing in Sweetwater county owe their start in life to this industrial builder.

Timothy Kinney is survived by one son, Joseph C. Kinney, a large sheep raiser of this city and Cokeville, and by three daughters, Mrs. C. W. Whiteley of Salt Lake City; Mrs. J. A. Dougherty and Mrs. Angela Murphy of Portland, Ore. Joseph C. Kinney was at the bedside of his aged father when death came.

Ill Since 1920

The elder Kinney had been in ill health since he underwent a major operation in June 1920. The body will be brought to Salt Lake City for burial, and a large concourse of former Rock Springs friends will pay their last respects to the departed.

Was Born in Ireland

Mr. Kinney was born in County Mayo, Ireland, September 24, 1846. He lived for a time in Minnesota, and then started west. He arrived in Rawlins, Wyo., in the early '70's, where he was employed for a time as a car inspector on the Union Pacific Railroad. He came from there to Rock Springs, where he worked as a freight agent. Later he was promoted to station agent. It was while working in this capacity that he met and married Margaret Crookston, a Rock Springs girl. They were married in the old cathedral at Salt Lake June 30, 1877.

While serving as agent for the Union Pacific he had an opportunity of going into the cattle business. Later he became interested in the sheep business with John W. Donnellan, cashier of a Salt Lake City bank. For three years he lived alone at sheep camps. He invested in Salt Lake property, and, though his city interests required much of his time, he gave his personal attention to his camps at shearing and shipping times.

Mr. Kinney was a member of the lower house of the Wyoming territorial legislature of 1877, being the representative from Sweetwater county. He introduced the first bill providing for the construction of a state hospital at Rock Springs.

Was in Public Service

In 1881 he was elected county commissioner of Sweetwater county, serving as chairman of the board. Previously he had served for two years as penitentiary commissioner for the state.

He was president of the First National bank of Montpelier for 14 years, resigning recently. He was still one of the directors at the time of his death.

He organized the First National Bank of Rock Springs, which he sold to Cosgriff Bros. Afterward, he became connected with the Rock Springs National bank, of which he was vice-president when he died.

Mr. Kinney was for many years manager of the Kinney Mercantile Co. at Rock Springs. He was also president of the Dougherty Shoe Co. of Portland. At one time he was counted among the largest individual sheep owners of America.

His wife died about 30 years ago. During her life she was actively interested in Catholic church circles in Rock Springs and Mr. Kinney has made a number of endowments upon the church in her memory.

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  • Maintained by: Angela Cable
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 158110
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Timothy Kinney (25 Sep 1846–16 May 1923), Find A Grave Memorial no. 158110, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Angela Cable (contributor 47277708) .