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Kinnick 2003 Genealogy Book

Prepared as Part of The Kinnick Project,
from the works of hundreds of people by
Compiler, William L. (Bill) Smith


W.B. and Jennie Front Page

Biography published in:

Wood, Prof. R.F. "Past and Present of Dallas County, Iowa." Chicago: The
S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1907, pp. 425-426.


William B. Kinnick, one of the most extensive landowners of Dallas county and vice-president of the Adel State Bank, has manifested in his business career the spirit of enterprise and progress which has gained him a distinctive position in business circles. He was born in Johnson county, Indiana, March 20, 1849, his parents being William and Sarah (Clark) Kinnick. The father was born in North Carolina, March 20, 1793, and the mother in Kentucky, February 6, 1804. They were married in Indiana, in which state Mr. Kinnick followed the occupation of farming until 1854, when he came to Iowa, settling in Adel township among the pioneer residents of Dallas county. He first built a log house and broke the wild prairie with ox teams, bringing the land under a high state of cultivation, so that he annually gathered rich harvests as the result of the care and labor which he bestowed upon his fields. At the time of his death he owned five eighty-acre tracts of land and his prosperity was due to his own labors and careful management. His political support was given to the democracy until after the election of Franklin Pierce as president, and upon the organization of the new republican party he became one of its stalwart advocates. He belonged to the Christian church and his life was a most honorable and upright one. He died in April, 1863, while his wife passed away at the advanced age of eighty-six years. In their family were twelve children but only four are now living: Ann, J. T., R. R. and William B.
In taking up the personal history of William B. Kinnick we note that he was but five years of age when he came with his parents to Iowa, so that his education was acquired in the district schools and he was reared amid the wild scenes and environments of pioneer life. He early became familiar with the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturist and when about twenty years of age he began farming on his own account. He has since followed the business and has attained a position as one of the most prominent and successful agriculturists of this part of the state. When he started out on his own account he had but forty acres of land of his own but he rented the remainder of the old homestead, thus having charge of one hundred and sixty acres in all. He carefully managed his finances, made the best use possible of his opportunities and as the years passed by was enabled to purchase more land from time to time until he now owns twelve hundred and forty-five acres. He has not only successfully tilled the fields but has also raised many hogs and has been an extensive buyer and feeder of cattle and hogs. He has also bought and sold about five thousand acres of Canada lands in the past few years. In 1902 he was elected vice president of the Adel State Bank, which office he is still filling.

On the 3d of March, 1875, Mr. Kinnick was married to Miss Mary Jane Stump, who was born in Indiana, August 6, 1851, [but her tombstone in Oakdale Cemetery says 20 October 1852] and who died on the l5th of April, 1896. She was the daughter of Jacob and Mary (Dunn) Stump, both natives of Indiana. [But other sources say Jacob's wife's name was Mary Troxel]. Her father was a farmer of that state and removed to Iowa in the early '50s, settling in the eastern part of Dallas county. He aided in reclaiming the region for the purposes of civilization, breaking the wild prairie and otherwise aiding in the early development of this part of the state. He also kept a station on the old stage line between Des Moines and Council Bluffs. At one time he owned between five and six hundred acres of land but later he sold his first home and bought near Van Meter. In 1902 he took up his abode in that town, where he is now living in the enjoyment of well earned and honorable retirement from labor. He has acted as a member of the county board of supervisors and has been active in township affairs, serving at one time as township trustee. He exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the republican party. In his family were nine children, three sons and six daughters, of whom seven are now living. The home of Mr. and Mrs. Kinnick has been blessed with eight children, of whom five survive, namely: Frank B., Mary B., Ruth, Nile C. and Marguerite.
Mr. Kinnick votes with the republican party and has been called to some local offices. He has filled the position of township trustee and at the present time is one of the county commissioners. He has also been a member of the city council of Adel and he exercises his official prerogatives in support of many movements and measures for the public good. He belongs to Adel lodge, No. 80, A. F. & A. M., and also to the Knights of Pythias fraternity. In business life he has made an excellent record for success and for honorable methods which he has followed. He may truly be called a self-made man, for he had little assistance when he started out in life on his own account. Gradually, however, he has worked his way upward until he occupies a foremost position among the leading agriculturists of this section of the state, his life proving conclusively that success may be attained by determination and honorable methods.

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