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William Vance Rinehart

  • Birth 28 Dec 1835 Indiana, USA
  • Death 16 Oct 1918 Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
  • Burial Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
  • Memorial ID 77019269

William Vance Rinehart, Sr. was the eighth son and the eleventh child of David Rinehart born 15 December 1790 and Rosanna Coyner Rinehart born 7 Feb 1796.

OCTOBER 20, 1918



Ex President of Washington Pioneers' Association Resident in coast State s since 1856.

Major William Vance Rinehart, who died October 16, in Seattle, following a month's illness caused by grippe and subsequent pneumonia, was one of the best know pioneers of Washington and Oregon. In 1896 he was president of the Washington Pioneers' Association and was its secretary at the time of his death. He was a member of John F Miller Post, G.A.R., and the Washington Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion, of which he was a past commander. He was prominent also in Masonic orders and had written a number of poems, the principal one being a tribute of Joaquin "Poet of the Sierras," who was a neighbor of Major Rinehart in Canyon City, Or.
Major Rinehart was born near Clarks Hill, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, December 28, 1835, and was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools. He left home March 22, 1854, when he went to the gold fields of California and mined in the Feather River district for two years. Later he went to Crescent City and on March 8, 1856, went with troops en route to the Rogue Indian War, where he helped the miners build a stockade at Fort Briggs for the protection of families of the settlers.
In June, 1858, Major Rinehart was the Republican candidate for Clerk of Josephine County, but was defeated. He then entered the service of A.B. Melliwaine in the general store at Sailor Diggings (Now Waldo) and was active in Republican politics, voting for Lincoln in 1860. In January, 1862, he joined Company F., First Oregon Cavalry and was made First Lieutenant.
December 3, 1862, he was promoted to Captain and assigned to command Company A as Fort Walla Walla. He served with Colonel Currey's command of three companies in the Harney Lake Country.
Captain Rinehart was married October 18, 1864 to Amanda E. Gaines of Yamhill County, who services him. He is survived also by three children. William Vance Rinehart, Seattle; David E. Rinehart, of California, and Mrs. J.E. Chilberg, of Seattle.
In July, 1866 he was mustered out of the service. Soon after he joined with W.W. Beach in a general merchandise business in Jefferson, Or., where he remained until May, 1868, then removed to Canyon City and opened a general store. He was appointed postmaster July 1, 1869, serving as such until July 1874.
He moved soon after to Los Angeles, where he lived until 1876, when he was appointed United States Indian Agent in chare of the Malheur Agency, Oregon, serving until 1882, when the agency was discontinued. In the same year Major Rinehart went to Seattle and engaged in the hardware business and later opened a retail grocery store. Late he operated the Chilberg Agency, with his son as general manager. He continued in that office up to the time of his death.
The funeral was held at 1:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon in Seattle, being in charge of John Arthur and Rev. William A Major.

RINEHART WILLIAM V., was born December 28, 1835, at Clark's Hill, Tippecanoe county, Indiana. He was raised on a farm and educated at Farmer's Institute, a Quaker school located eight miles from La Fayette, Indiana. At the age of eighteen, he crossed the plains, driving an ox team, and entered the gold mines at Downieville, California, August 25, 1854. In March, 1856, he removed to Aulthouse creek mines, in Josephine county, in southern Oregon, arriving there in the midst of the Rogue river Indian war, and assisted in the protection of the settlers against Indian depredations, being one of the miners to help build the stockades for the protection of the families located in Illinois valley. In 1859 he left the mines and entered the general store of A. B. Mcllwaine, at Sailor Diggings, now the town of Waldo.
In December, 1882, Major Rinehart removed to Seattle and engaged in the grocery business but gave his attention principally to real estate matters. His abilities as a man of force and energy were soon recognized and he early became one of the trusted leaders of the Republican party and has repeatedly been selected to fill positions of honor and trust in city and state affairs. He was a councilman from the First ward in 1884-85. In 1888 he was elected a member of the territorial legislator but did not serve as before his term of service began the territory was admitted as a state. Under the first election for state officers he was elected state senator. Not desiring the office for a second term, he accepted the position of commissioner of public works. This is the most responsible position under the new municipal charter. Major Rinehart's appointment was warmly approved by the press and public irrespective of party lines.

An ardent Republican, he has taken an active and influential part in behalf his party ever since he has been in Seattle, and that it owes much to his sagacious counsel and untiring efforts is a conceded fact. Always using honorable means to accomplish his ends, he has the absolute confidence of his political friends and the respect of even his opponents. He is a forcible speaker, and the sincerity and candor which characterize his political addresses carry weight and influence. As a public officer he has ever been painstaking and efficient and characterized by broad minded and liberal views, while his well recognized integrity of character as a man has made him universally respected. He has for many years taken an active interest in the Masonic order and is now grand high priest of Royal Arch Masons of Washington, and also eminent commander of Seattle Commandary No. 2, K. T., the heading commandary of this jurisdiction.

Oregon City enterprise. (Oregon City, Or.) 1891-194?, October 25, 1918

SEATTLE, Wash., Oct. If. Major
William Vance Rinehart, Oregoa plon
eer, prominent Republican and veteran
of many wars, died here yesterday
He was S2 years of age. Major Rine
hart came West to California in 1S54
In 1860 he moved to Oregon, where he
joined Company F, Oregon Cavalry
and fought through many Indlaa wars.
On July 17, 1S65, he was made Maj
or of the First Oregon Infantry and
stationed at Fort Klamath, remaining
there until 1S66, when he was master
ed out of service. He was appointed
postmaster at Canyon City, Ore. He
disposed of his interests and moved
to Los Angeles for a brief period.
He again returned to Oregon to take
the agency for the Malheur Indian
Reservation. In 1882 Major Rinehart
moved to Seattle where he resided
until his death.
Major Rinehart was well known
In Oregon City by the old time real
dents. His wife, before her marriage
was Miss Amanda Gains, whose moth
er was a sister of the late Capt. Hed
ges, who formerly resided here. She
was also related to the Barlows, who
were well known al! over the state





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