|DANIEL C. KINNAMAN.|
Along various lines of activity Daniel C. Kinnaman has
contributed to the development and progress of the west and is now an
active and valued representative of business interests of
Rawlins, where he is widely known as the manager of the Wyoming
He was born in Logansport, Indiana, December 6, 1865, a son of Solomon Kinnaman, who was likewise a native of that state and a representative of one of the old families of Indiana. The ancestral line, however, is traced back to Scotland. The first of the family to come to the new world settled in North Carolina prior to the Revolutionary war and among the ancestors have been those who have fought in every war in which the country has been engaged from the conflict to establish the independence of the nation down to the present time. In a word the family has ever been noted for patriotic loyalty to the country. Solomon Kinnaman was a successful Indiana farmer but at the time of the Civil war put aside all business and personal considerations in order to espouse the Union cause, serving in a regiment of Indiana Infantry, as a private during the latter part of the conflict. He then returned to the Hoosier state and again became an active factor in its agricultural development. There he passed away May 8, 1916, at the age of seventy-five years. His wife bore the maiden name of Susan Wagner and was a native of Indiana, belonging to an old Pennsylvania family of Holland Dutch descent that was founded in America at New Amsterdam between 1620 and 1630. Mrs. Kinnaman passed away in 1899, at the age of fifty-one years.
Daniel C. Kinnaman. who was the eldest in a family of seven children, pursued his education in the public schools of Logansport and spent his early life upon the home farm, dividing his time between the duties of the schoolroom, the pleasures of the playground and the work of the fields. At the age of eighteen years he started out to earn his living independently and entered upon an apprenticeship to the carpenter's trade, which he thoroughly mastered. He afterward worked at the trade as a journeyman for twelve years and during that time he took up the study of civil engineering, in which he attained marked proficiency without the aid of college instruction, passing the required state examination with one of the highest grades ever made. In 1896 he became associated with the Union Pacific Railroad Company on its Wyoming division in the hydraulic engineering department and did splendid work in that connection until 1907 save for one year which he spent as an active representative of his profession in Alaska, taking the longitude and doing other highly scientific work. Mr. Kinnaman has made Rawlins his permanent abode since 1896. He was employed for a time by the Union Pacific in its general offices in Omaha and in July, 1907, entered into his present business relations, the Wyoming Supply Company being organized and incorporated as the successor to the business of W. H. Wickham. This business was originally established by William Jungquist, and was the first store of the kind in Rawlins. They carried a large line of hardware and with the passing years the business has been developed until the Wyoming Supply Company has today the largest and best equipped store in its line in Rawlins. Mr. Kinnaman was one of the original incorporators and stockholders and is the company's manager. Under his direction the trade has gradually grown and developed and his activities have placed him in the ranks of the leading merchants in his adopted city.
On the 7th of July, 1901, in Rawlins, Mr. Kinnaman was united in marriage to Miss Karin Esbenson, a native of Sweden, who came to America in her girlhood days with her parents when fifteen years of age, the family home being established in Carbon county, Wyoming. She is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Swan Esbenson, who are still living but have returned to their native land. Mr. and Mrs. Kinnaman have become parents of three children: Elmer D., who was born in Rawlins, April 6, 1902, now serving in the United States navy; Corinne. born in 1904; and Martha J., February 22, 1911.
Politically Mr. Kinnaman is a democrat and in 1910 was elected county surveyor of Carbon county, which position he acceptably filled for one term. Fraternally he is a Mason, belonging to the lodge and to various departments of the order, having also become a Noble of the Mystic Shrine. He is connected with the Modern Woodmen of America and he and his family are members of the Methodist church. He is interested in all that pertains to the material, intellectual, social, political and moral progress of his community and for nine years he served on the school board and was the architect of the manual training school and high school of Rawlins. The development of the latent powers with which nature endowed him has brought him to a prominent position in professional and in commercial circles in the west. He has held to high standards in what he has accomplished and while busily engaged in the conduct of his private interests he has at the same time found opportunity to cooperate in all those well defined plans and measures which have to do with the upbuilding and progress of city and state. He is indeed a public-spirited man and one whose labors have been far reaching, resultant and beneficial.