Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
CHARLES M. MCKINLEY, M. D.
There is something in the human breast that always finds expression in
words of approval and commendation when one is brought face to face with
a person who has entered the struggle of life young and has, unaided, made
his way to a good standing in one of the leading professions. Dr.
McKinley is certainly deserving of much encomium for the manly way in which
he has met the obstacles and hardships that beset the path of the aspiring
youth who would gain the upper rounds of the ladder by his own efforts.
Left fatherless at a tender age he was industrious in gaining a good literary
education from the high school and state normal at Centerville and Ypsilanti,
Michigan. At the age of eighteen he received his diploma from the
state normal and in August, 1893, he arrived in Spokane, Washington, with
ten dollars in cash. He soon secured the position of assistant principal
in the Sprague high school where he taught with excellent success.
In the fall of 1895 he entered the medical department of the Oregon University
at Portland and studied for three years. Then he commenced practice
at Reardan, Washington, whence he shortly went to Edwall and there operated
a drug store and gained a fine practice. In 1900 he returned to the
medical college and received in the following spring his degree of Doctor
of Medicine. After another year's practice in Edwall he repaired
to Brewster, opened a drug store and commenced the practice of medicine.
Unbounded success has rewarded the wise efforts of Dr. McKinley and he
stands at the head of a thriving practice today. In addition to his
drug store at Brewster he has one at Bridgeport, Washington. He carries
a large and well assorted stock and is doing a fine business. Dr.
McKinley is also a registered pharmacist of the state of Washington.
Charles R. McKinley was born in the south
of Michigan on August 7, 1873, the son of Archie and Jennie D. (Thoms)
McKinley, also natives of the same state. The father died when our
subject was but a small child, and the mother now resides at Ypsilanti,
Michigan. Dr. McKinley has one brother, Archie G., of New York state.
The marriage of Dr. McKinley and Miss Eunice
Hinkley was celebrated on October 25, 1900. Mrs. McKinley's father,
Joseph Hinkley, is deceased, while her mother, Eunice (Colburn) Hinkley,
is living at Edwall with two daughters, Stella and Nita. Dr. McKinley
is a member of the K. P. and the Red Men. In 1898 he was elected
coroner of Lincoln county and served in that capacity for two years.
A thorough knowledge of the profession, manifestation
of upright principles and integrity, together with conscientious attention
to every detail of business, has given Dr. McKinley a standing with the
people and a lucrative practice, which he justly deserves. Not content
with simply having his degree from the medical college, he has given good
attention to close and careful reading in every department of the profession
which keeps him abreast with the advancing times and in possession of the
rapidly accumulating knowledge that has placed the medical profession at
the head of the scientific world today.