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.
FRANK KINER. Although the
subject of this article has not been a resident of Lincoln county as long
as some of the pioneers, still, he has manifested such industry, sagacity
and business ability that he has won an excellent holding for himself.
He came to the country with no capital and now has a fine estate of four
hundred acres about ten miles south from Wilbur. Part of this he
acquired by homestead right and part by purchase from the railroad.
Frank Kiner was born in Jefferson county,
Iowa, December 27, 1865. His father William Kiner was born in Pennsylvania
and came from Dutch stock. He moved from his native state to Wayne
county, Ohio, when a young man and a few years later, came to Burlington,
Iowa, and was engaged in the hotel business; thence he moved to Jefferson
county, Iowa, and settled on a farm. In 1890, he came to Washington
with our subject and his death occurred three years later. Frank's
mother, Sarah A. (Uhler) Kiner, was born in Ohio of Pennsylvania Dutch
stock. An uncle of our subject, Fred F. Kiner, was an officer in
the Civil War, and languished a long time in the prison pens at Macon,
Georgia, and at Andersonville. Following the war, he took up the
profession of the law and wrote a book, entitled "One Year Soldiering,"
which was quite popular.
Our subject was educated in the district schools
of Iowa and worked with his father on a farm until twenty-one years of
age. Then he rented a farm for two years after which he came to Washington
in the year mentioned above. He secured a homestead, bought railroad
land and went to work to become one of the substantial men of Lincoln county.
He now has good buildings, fine orchard and other improvements of value.
In 1886, Mr. Kiner married Miss Luella, daughter
of John and Hannah (Neal) Coppock, natives of Ohio. The father built
and operated a large flour mill and saw mill at Coppock, Iowa, and was
a prominent and wealthy man. To Mr. and Mrs. Kiner the following
children have been born, Sadie L., Maude O., Myrtle E. and Ruby E.
Mr. Kiner has the following brothers and sisters, James, Joseph L., Fred
S., Edward A., Mrs. Rebecca J. Frazier, Mrs. Rose Frazier, deceased, and
Mrs. Ellen Loonen. Mr. Kiner was road supervisor of districts number
thirty-four, thirty-five and thirty-six, for six years. He is a man
who has won the respect and confidence of all who know him and his standing
in the community is exceptionally fine.