Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
FREDRICK S. KINER. For
more than a decade the subject of this article has been one of the energetic
and substantial agriculturists of Lincoln county and has certainly done
well his share in the development and upbuilding of the country.
He was born in Iowa on January 24, 1863, the son of William H. and Sarah
A. (Wheeler) Kiner, natives of Ohio. The father followed coopering
and farming. Our subject was educated in the common schools and spent
the interims in working on the farm. After the days with school books
were over, he remained with his father until twenty-two, being engaged
on the farm. Then he went to farming for himself and continued with
success there until 1892, when he came to Wilbur, taking a homestead about
sixteen miles southwest of Wilbur. Later he bought a quarter section
about five miles southeast from Wilbur, where his home is at present, and
here he has devoted himself to farming and stockraising since that time.
During these years, Mr. Kiner has been adding to his estate, until he now
has four hundred and eighty acres of fertile wheat land, which is laid
under tribute to produce annually dividends in excellent crops.
In 1886, Mr. Kiner married Miss Idella J.,
daughter of Levi A. and Mary J. (Latta) Courtney, natives of Iowa.
Mrs. Kiner was born in Iowa on January 28, 1865. She has one sister,
Mrs. Anna Greenhard, at Birmingham, Iowa; two half sisters, Mrs. Amelia
Kuhn, in Washington, Iowa; Mrs. Clara Peterson, in Batavia, Iowa; and one
half brother, Alvin Cassidy, of Fairfield, Iowa. Mr. Kiner has the
following brothers and sisters: James M., Rosa A., deceased, Joseph L.,
Frank S., Edward A., Rebecca J., and Mary E. Mr. Kiner has prospered
well since coming to Lincoln county owing to his energy, skill, and sagacity
in handling the resources of the country. He stands well among the
residents and is a man of good ability. Fraternally, he is affiliated
with the W. W.
Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs.
Kiner, Iva P., Maida M., Glenn F., Lilla I., and Blanche H.