THE KINKADE FAMILY IN CLARK COUNTY, MO.
A Postscript to "Our Book" ....... 1932
By Ben F.
6008 Arosa St., San Diego, Calif.
SUPPLEMENT TO "OUR BOOK"
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following chronology of the KINKADE FAMILY residence, from the time they left Stark County, Ill., until
E. S. Kinkade took up residence at Waterloo,
ancient capital of Clark
County, is prepared to
augment and correct the notes relative thereto in the pages of "OUR
consolidated this material from notes given me by Charles A.Kinkade and
Katherine Kinkade-Donnelly-Wadmore, in 1931-32; by E. S. Kinkade, Jr., in 1932;
notes by Mrs. R. M. Dixon in 1939 and before; and miscellaneous notes including
reference to dates in P. M. Dixon's Journal, written 11/24/1898,and before.
From Stark County, Ill., to Clark County, Mo.,
enroute to the Indian Territory. The family spent two weeks enroute, and
stopped at Joseph Cronin's, near Peakesville, for a rest. Here Jake Ball took a fancy to a team and
wagon which Grandpa Kinkade owned. A
deal was made. Jake Ball got the team
and wagon. E.S. Kinkade got a little
farm, a 1 room log cabin and stable. The
cabin had a loft, a door in the south, a window in the north, and a large
fireplace. The family lived in this
cabin through the winter.
To Sandusky, Iowa,
in the spring. Grandfather (E. S.
Kinkade) and the oldest boy, Charles Andrew, worked on the Government project
of construction of a ship canal and locks for the passage of the Des Moines
Rapids of the Mississippi.
1870, April 19
Dorsey Kinkade was born at Sandusky,
Iowa. The middle name was for James Darsie, of Toulon, Ill.,
a Campbellite preacher much admired by the Kinkades and Spilmans. During 1870, Grandfather worked most of his
time away from home at his calling of stone mason. He worked on the new Iowa State Penitentiary,
at Fort Madison.
He helped build the old Brick church (Congregational) at Kahoka, Mo.
the year of the great typhoid epidemic at Sandusky. This was a terrible experience that took
heavy toll in Lee County, Iowa and adjacent territory. Most of the Kinkade children had it. Perley Dixon, enroute from Northwest Missouri
to Illinois and Troy,
N. Y. in the fall of this year, visited the Kinkades at Sandusky while they were recuperating from
family moved back to the farm in Clark
County, Mo., late in
this year. They lived in the little
house owned by a Mr. Knox until spring.
The children went to school at Dumas.
Kinkade worked on construction of the New Court House at Kahoka, Mo...
Also farmed in Sweet Home Township, Clark Co.
Kinkade worked on the Brick
at Kahoka. Cornerstone laid July 4, 1872
.... This building is now used as the Masonic Temple.
Kinkade, Jr., was born at Peakesville, on the Sweet Home Farm.... He died
November 15, 1938, a sufferer from cancer in a hospital in Guthrie, Okla. He had been retired about four years from the
Railway Mail Service.
Kinkade Farm. This year the Kinkade
children went to school at the Caldwell, known
later as the McCabe
School. It was here that our Mother, Rachel Kinkade,
acquired her academic contact with the famous character, Berry Rebo, referred
to on Page 101 of "Our Book".
1874, April 17
Sarah (Spilman) Kinkade died at Peakesville.
She was buried in the Peakesville
Cemetery, by the side of
Aunt Mary (Cronin) Kinkade - - Uncle Dave's wife.
1874 or 75
after Grandmother's death, the Kinkade Family went back to Sandusky, Iowa. Two of the children were already married and
gone: Uncle Charley, the eldest married
Cordelia Atwood Nov. 24, 1872. Aunt Kate had married at Sandusky,
Pat Donnelly, on July 2, 1870, and now lived at Hope, Ark.
Kinkade, with little Eben and Jimmy, went to Hope, Ark.
where he spent four or five months of that winter with Uncle Pat and Aunt
Kate. For this trip he invested in a
suit of clothes that cost $25.00 -- "the only good suit of clothes I ever
had,” he used to say.
1875, April to December
P. N. Dixon,
on completing his apprenticeship at Troy, N. Y.
returned to Illinois
to look for work, and was engaged to help cut masonry for the Rock Island
Arsenal, then under construction. He
succeeded in getting a job on the same project for Charley Kinkade, and they
worked together through the summer of this year.
1876, May or June
Kinkade was back in Iowa,
at Montrose. He settled his family on
the old Pohlman Place,
in Lee County,
north of Keohuk, near Sandusky.
1876, December, about Christmas
Kinkade brought his family back to Clark
County from Sandusky, and moved into the upper story of
the "Red House" in the middle of the D.G. Moore Block on Johnson Street, north
of the railroad track. Charley Kinkade
also came to Kahoka with his family, and he and Grandfather set up a marble
shop in the ground floor of this same "Red House" . . . I believe
this is the same house that was later used by old Fay Hammond (or Harmon) for a photograph gallery. P. N. Dixon also had a tombstone shop in this
building in later years. The Kinkade
Family lived in this house until the spring of 1878.
1877 - 78
the year, according to Mother Dixon, that Uncles Jimmy and Eben went to school
to Miss Ludie Lehew.
year also, Rachel, Will and Mattie Kinkade attended public school in Kahoka.
December, 1877, Uncle Ben married Susan Wadmore, and Aunt Em married James
Wadmore - - both aided and abetted by old Squire Chappell of Williamston.
1878, Feb. 22
married Ed Messnier. She took Uncle
Jimmy and they went to Uncle Pat's place in Hope, Ark. (Aunt Cynt died at Dodge City, Kansas, May
1878, Charley Kinkade moved his family into the old DeWitt Place, about two miles northwest of
Kahoka. E. S. Kinkade broke up
house-keeping, took three of the younger children, and moved in with Uncle
1878, May or June
Kinkade married Rosanna Green-Lewis, widow, whose daughters Clarissa and Emma
married Tom Neal and Bill Otto. After
this second marriage, he moved with the younger children of both families, into
a house two blocks north of the Court House on Johnson Street, in Kahoka . . . This was
later the George Young property, where Peck and Maggie Young grew up. This house burned on a cold winter day in
1878 - 9
Kinkade's fourth residence in Kahoka was the old Gilbert property by the railroad. This was the little cabin where Aunt Becky
Spangler kept a little shop for so long.
Kinkade's fifth residence in Kahoka was the second floor of a frame house that
stood at the site of the present Montgomery Opera House block.
1880. Nov. 15. The sixth and last residence of the E. S.
Kinkade family in Kahoka was a corner house on Commercial Street (a southeast corner)
one block west of the public square.
Whether this house still stands I do not know. When Ford Wayne married Gladys Crawford, he
took the remains of this old Kinkade dwelling and remodelled it into a real
1880 - 90
Rachel Kinkade married Perley Dixon, and they started housekeeping at 265 East Maple St. Charley Kinkade lived in Kohoka during these
years. A part of the time Charley
Kinkade and Perley Dixon were in partnership in the tombstone business. E. S. Kinkade was Perley Dixon's agent for a
number of years. B. F. Kinkade, E. L.
Kinkade, James D. Kinkade, and E. S. Kinkade, Jr., all learned the rudiments of
stone-cutting in Perley Dixon's shop - - as did Tom Meeks, Bert Butler, and
others. All of Charley Kinkade's
children went to Kahoka Public Schools during these years.
1870 - 82
Kinkade, Sr., worked at his trade of stone mason most of this period. He helped put up most of the permanent
buildings at Kahoka which required stone foundation work. He and Charley Kinkade both worked on the
famous Spencer Monument (about 1878). I think both of them, and probably P. N.
Dixon also, worked on the masonry for the college building, 1884-5.
1882, April 2nd
Kinkade, and the remnants of his family, removed to Waterloo, where a dozen years before he had
said he hoped to live and to spend his last days. At Waterloo
he farmed and served as Justice of the Peace, preached occasionally, and made
himself handy generally as a member of this rapidly dwindling metropolis. In the latter years of his life, his family
and friends gathered in on his birthday annually, for a great feast of
felicitation. He died April 26, 1905,
and is buried at
E. S. KINKADE, SR.
his active work as a stone mason as he grew older. But for years he acted as the agent of P. N.
Dixon, and sold tombstones all over Northeast Missouri.
took agencies for the "Oxien Remedies" and for the George Rupp
Company (Junk Dealers) of Quincy,
Ill. With a little light covered spring wagon and
a tem [sic–submitter’s note–this is probably a typo for “team”] of mules that
become famous all over the four counties of Northeast Missouri; Clark, Scotland,
Lewis and Knox. He bought bits of zinc,
copper, brass and worn-out rubber goods.
He sold Oxien pills, ointment, tablets and plasters for all manner of
ills and ailments. And he dispensed a
never-failing supply of neighborly good cheer and quaint philosophy.
that did not find their way into "OUR BOOK" when it was produced in
1932, should be preserved for the local and family history. I will incorporate them in this little sketch
on the Kinkade Family in Clark
Charley Kinkade told me this one:
The Sunday before Grandpa left Hope, Ark., with Uncles
Jimmy and Eben, to return to the family in Sandusky, he went to church with Uncle Pat
and Aunt Kate. Remember that this was
away back in the spring of 1876, when every preacher still thought that he held
the only solution for salvation. The
sermon that day - - and it was a good one - - was on the text of Romans 8:1 --
is now therefore no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus."
following Sunday he laid over in St.
Louis, and went to church. He heard a fine sermon in a big city church,
and the text was Romans 8:1 - - "Now no condemnation" etc.
said he remembered a visit to a nice saloon in St. Louis - - a fine place to rest. But so many people were asking for a drink
that Uncle Jimmy got thirsty and started clamoring for a drink. He made so much fuss about it that Grandpa
finally had to seek out another place for rest and recreation.
following Sunday they were back in Sandusky. Uncle Charley was preaching at a little
church near there. He took Grandpa out
to hear his sermon. It happened to be on
the text of Roman 8:1. On the return to Sandusky he said,
"Well, Pa, what did you think of my sermon?"
had about enough CONDEMNATION!" said Grandpa. "I've heard it on three Sundays, and in
three different states. I wish somebody
would think up a new text for a new sermon the next time I go to church."
THE SANCTIFIED PREACHER
yarn that E. S. Kinkade, Jr. told me about his father was Grandpa's own version
of his experience at the Holiness Meeting at Chambersburg, Clark County, Mo.,
back around 1870. Mother doesn't recall
this one, but Uncle Eben remembered it vividly.
He gave it to me in 1932, when we stayed over a weekend with his family
on South Williams St.,
El Reno, Okla.
words of the Holiness Parson he repeated to me slowly so that I might take them
down for word for word.
Kinkade with his good wife Sarah Spilman, and a flock of little Kinkades, had
just become the proprietor of a little farm in Sweet Home Township, in a strong
"Campbellite" community. The
Sanctified People (Holiness Association) were in a big evangelistic campaign at
the nearby village
of Chambersburg. The Holiness folk didn't think much of the
Campbellites. They accused them of
having a hump on their back.
"True" proudly admitted the Cambellites. "Our Hump is a hump of faith!"
Uncle Eben Kinkade decided to take Sarah to the Chambersburg Temple of Holiness
to hear a good sermon. The Preacher - -
what a shame we do not have his name - - recognized Grandpa and other
Campbellites in his audience. He did not
hesitate to take advantage of a Golden Opportunity to show them where they had
laid hold of a Grievous Error in Theology.
laying them out and bowling them over in ranks, platoons and battalions in good
old-fashioned homiletic style, he proceeded to show, beyond the shadow of a
doubt, that the doctrine of FAITH, REPENTANCE, CONFESSION, BAPTISM, AND the
GIFT of the Eternal Salvation lay far short of the gentle beauty of
Holiness. He closed his eloquent sermon
"Although, My Brethren! A
may [sic–submitter’s note–this should probably have been “man”] may have been
converted, God may have pardoned his sins, and by acts of obedience this man
may have been initiated into the Kingdom
of Christ - -- this man,
My Brethren! has a perfect right to call
God his Father, and Jesus Christ his Elder Brother.
My Brethern! This man has not had the
will liken him unto the man that was put into a cage with the lion. The lion was cross and wanted to eat him, But
buy continually beating him with his cudgel, he could barely save his
life. Nor had he time to look to the
right nor to the left. By and By, my
Brethren! there came along a lot of other
lions, and they began to reach into the cage for the man!
. . what was to become of him?"
had but to say . . . . "Lord!
Sanctify me! . . . .
will the Lord come down! tear the roof
off of the cage! grapple with the Old Monster
Lion! . . . . and hurl him out! . . . . and in his place put a pitiful lamb!
. . . . Brethren"
heard Grandfather Kinkade tell this story many times. He remembered it so well that the closing
words of the preacher's sermon were seared upon his memory. And Grandpa would close the story as follows:
I, says I, Come on Maw! Let's go! We're in a den of Lions!"
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This postscript completed 1939.
Provided by Betty Latta
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