CPT John Kinzie


CPT John Kinzie

Burlington, Coffey County, Kansas, USA
Death 10 Aug 1914 (aged 63)
Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
Burial Medical Lake, Spokane County, Washington, USA
Plot Sec C, Row A, Site 7
Memorial ID 176646896 View Source
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Per Federal Census & other official records,John was the third of six children (siblings: Julia, Robert A. Jr, Francis Xavier, Walter Henry & Elenore D aka "Nellie") born to Civil War Major Robert Allen & Gwinthlean Harriet (Whistler) Kinzie.
On 18 April 1872, John married Myra Grace Bowles in Washington, Vermont; he was age 21, she was 20. This was just before he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Stationed: Mobile Barracks, Alabama during the post-Civil War reconstruction era, then Fort Lapwai, Idaho Territory; Camp Chelan & later Fort Spokane, Washington Territory; Fort Coeur D’Alene in the Idaho Territory & Fort Omaha, Nebraska. In the 1880 Federal Census; living with his wife & three children in West Durferin (Township) of Stevens County, Washington.
-o- Grace S. [1874-1931]
-o- Robert [1875-??] -- he died as a youth --
-o- Gwendolyn H. [1879-1936]
-o- Eleanor D. [1883-1961]
-o- Julia W. [1887-1927]

NOTE: Myra (8 January 1851 -- 1 November 1912) died at home in Seattle from lobar pneumonia, complicated by kidney nephritis; preceding John in death by two years. In the 1910 Federal Census, she stated that she had seven children but only four lived to adulthood.
OBITUARY: published in the Pullman Herald, August 14, 1914
"Captain John Kinzie, for four years the ROTC Commandant at the Washington State College, died at his home in Seattle last Monday.

"Captain Kinzie was born in Kansas in 1850, receiving his appointment to West Point from Illinois. He came to Washington with the Second Infantry in 1874, being stationed at Fort Chelan.

"He retired from the army in 1897; from 1898 to 1902 he was Commandant of the ROTC unit at the Washington State College. In 1902, he was appointed by the federal government as inspector-instructor of the National Guard of Washington State and stationed at Olympia.

"Captain Kinzie had seen considerable active service in the early days of the West and took part in quelling the Indian outbreak at the Pine Ridge agency in northern Nebraska."

NOTE: Army reports show Kinzie was wounded in the foot at the Battle of Wounded Knee, while serving as adjutant of Colonel Frank Wheaton’s 2nd Infantry Regiment. He probably came out the evening before the battle with Colonel James W. Forsyth & the 2nd Battalion of the 7th Cavalry. Regardless of the reason for being at Wounded Knee that day, Kinzie was shot at the onset of hostilities. His injury caused him to return to Fort Omaha, Nebraska, for treatment/recuperation.
"He received his captaincy by civil appointment from President Ulysses S. Grant, who was a personal friend of his father, who had served with Grant during the Civil War.

"He had lived in Seattle 10 years, going there from Olympia in 1904. He had acted as the first inspector of the Washington National Guard during the greater part of this decade.

"He leaves four daughters, Miss Eleanor and Miss Quinn Kinzie and Mrs. Julia Halley of Seattle and Mrs. Paul Holbrook of Raymond."

A 1872 graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, he went on to serve 25 years with the Army's 2nd Infantry Regiment until he was medically retired on 3 December 1897.

The 1898 US Army Register contains a partial synopsis of his career:
-o- 2nd Lt. [2nd Infantry] 27 July 1872
-o- Accepted 1 August 1872
-o- 1st Lt. accepted on 7 June 1879
-o- Capt. of Infantry [2 Inf.] 2 January 1892
NOTE: In close collaboration with staff of Seattle's Lake View Cemetery, volunteers from the Missing In America Project found his unclaimed cremains which had been held for 103 years in storage at Lake View Cemetery "Community Storage" in Seattle, WA. After verification of his eligibility by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, based on his US Army service, they picked up his cremains & arranged for a 150+ motorcycle escorted "Final Honors Ride" across the state to Medical Lake for interment with military honors at their "Forgotten Heroes Ceremony".
Laid to rest on 3 October 2017.
NOTE: Life details in this "BIO" were confirmed/added based on a well-crafted blog article done by Sam Russell. Posted 3 December 2014; it was based on a first-person report of The Battle at Wounded Knee, submitted by then 1st Lieutenant John Kinzie, US Army, 2nd Infantry Regiment.


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