|PETER J. KINNEY.|
Peter J. Kinney is proprietor of the Antlers Hotel and
also of the Park Hotel, both of Newcastle, Wyoming, and as such is
well known in hotel circles in the state. He is likewise the
president of the Weston Printing Company and is prominently
identified with the stock business in Weston county. His interests
are thus broad and varied and he is one of those forceful and
resourceful men who accomplish results that prove of benefit to the
community at large as well as a source of individual success. Mr.
Kinney is numbered among the native sons of Massachusetts. He
was born in Brighton on the 25th of December, 1861, his parents being
Peter and Katherine (Norton) Kinney, who were natives of Ireland and
came to the United States in young manhood and womanhood.
Peter J. Kinney was educated in the public schools of Brighton and in January, 1881, removed westward to Colorado, settling at Fort Collins, on the Cache la Poudre river. He remained there, however, for only three months and in April of the same year came to Wyoming, establishing his home in Cheyenne. Through the following four years he rode the range around Cheyenne and in the fall of 1885 he went to Spearfish, South Dakota, where he continued to make his home for four years. In July, 1889, he went to Field City, Wyoming. and two months later, when the town of Newcastle was founded, he removed to the new village, working in the first building there erected. From 1892 until 1903 he was engaged in the retail liquor business and in the latter year he purchased the Antlers Hotel, which he has since conducted. He has become well known as a capable hotel host, closely studying the wishes of the public and putting forth every effort for their comfort and convenience. In 1917 he bought the Riordan Hotel of Newcastle, which he is now conducting as the Park Hotel. Further extending his business connections and activities, he became the president of the Weston Printing Company, which publishes the News-Journal of Newcastle and the Weston County Gazette of Upton. Mr. Kinney likewise has mercantile interests in Thermopolis, Wyoming, and is prominently identified with the live stock industry in Weston county. He is a man of resourceful ability, constantly watchful of opportunities pointing to success, and in their utilization he has steadily worked his way upward.
In 1896 Mr. Kinney was united in marriage to Miss Ethel Bailey, of Iowa, and to them has been born a daughter, Ruth R.
Mr. Kinney has figured prominently in public affairs of Newcastle, serving for three terms as mayor of the city, in which connection he gave a most businesslike and progressive administration, fruitful of good results along civic lines. Although he is a strong democrat and the town has a large normal republican majority, he was reelected at the second term without opposition. He has served as a member of the democratic stake central committee continuously since 1890 and in 1912 was chosen democratic presidential elector from Wyoming and cast the state vote in the electoral college at Washington, D. C., in 1913. Fraternally he is identified with Sheridan Lodge, No. 520, B. P. 0. E., and in religious faith he and his wife are connected with the Catholic church. He is widely recognized today as one of the prominent men of northern Wyoming. In addition to his other business activities he established and operated as owner the first electric light plant of Newcastle and the first telephone system of Newcastle. He has always stood for advancement and improvement and has instituted many interests which have been of the greatest public worth, including the two public utilities just mentioned. His judgment is sound, his enterprise unfaltering and what he undertakes he carries forward to successful completion.