J. J. Kinney. The virile characteristics of the American people as a whole, their enterprise and progressiveness is often ascribed to the complex mingling of races from the various European nations, the individuals of which by intermarriage transmit to their offspring the better and more forceful qualities of the races to which they respectively belong, this process being repeated and the result intensified in succeeding generations. A still more interesting process may be witnessed in some parts of the great West, where men of white blood have intermarried with the original proprietors of the soil–the American Indians. That the red man possessed, and still possesses, certain noble and praiseworthy characteristics will not be denied by the unprejudiced student of ethnology, and the mixture of Indian blood with that of Northern whites especially has produced a new race which is already developing in a highly interesting and satisfactory manner and giving evidence of power and capacity that may make it an important factor in shaping the destinies of this country. In any event it seems bound to take a worthy place as a component element of American civilization. A majority of intermarried citizens in Oklahoma came from the southern states. In the person of J. J. Kinney, however, we have the grandson of a former governor of the Chickasaw Nation and the son of a Peunsylvanian who nearly half a century ago drove out into the West in search of adventure and fortune. Mr. Kinney was born January 13, 1889, near Sulphur, Idaho Territory, his parents being John H. and Minnie (Harris) Kinney. The father was an interesting figure of the early territorial days. For four years he drove a stage coach through the wild country of the Chickasaw Nation, between Boggy Depot and Pauls Valley, and for several years he was a deputy United States marshal when outlaws and thieves were overrunning the territory. Mr. Kinney’s mother was a daughter of former Governor Cyrus Harris of the Chickasaw Nation, who died over forty years ago, near the old capital.
J. J. Kinney in his boyhood acquired the elements of knowledge in the common schools of the Indian country, his education being continued by a subsequent course in the Selvidge Business College at Ardmore, in which he prepared himself for the banking business. He then became assistant cashier of the Bank of Commerce at Sulphur, and afterwards was assistant cashier for three years in the Farmers State Bank at Holdenville. In 1914 he went to Ardmore. where he was engaged in banking for one year, remaining there until December, at which time he removed to Mill Creek, becoming assistant cashier of the First State Bank. Mr. Kinney is recognized as a successful business man, and he is also an accomplished musician, having unusual talent, which is being constantly developed. As a tenor singer he has made a number of public appearances, his voice and style winning him unstinted praise and admiration. His appearance once before the Baptist State Convention at Shawnee was an event, and it is probable that his talent may lead him to the Chautauqua platform, and that later, after the close of the present war, he may seek advanced instruction from some of the great vocal masters of the Old World. The principal part of his vocal training hitherto was received from Prof. Fred H. Poulter. Mr. Kinney is also an accomplished violinist, having received instruction on the king of instruments from Professor Brower of Mill Creek, one of the most talented violinists in the state. Mr. Kinney is a member of the Baptist Church and of several fraternal orders, including the Homesteaders, the M. W. A., the K. L. of S. and the Praetorians. He is interested in valuable properties in the Healdton oil fields and takes a lively interest in the development of his farm near Mill Creek. Mr. Kinney has three brothers and four sisters: James C. Kinney is engaged in the grocery business in Oklahoma City. Levi Kinney lives in Sulphur. Ludie E. Kinney is connected with the Roberts, Johnson & Rand Shoe Company at Buckhannon, West Virginia. Mrs. Nannie Polk is the wife of a ranchman near Sulphur. Mrs. Ida Jackson is the wife of an oil operator at Muskogee, and Mrs. Lillie Cozby is the wife of a farmer near Mill Creek.
In July, 1909, J. J. Kinney was united in marriage with Josephine Kuykendall of Cleburne, Texas, daughter of a well known missionary Baptist preacher, who followed his sacred calling for a number of years in Texas, was a missionary in Mexico for seven years, and who now lives in Hornbeck, Tennessee. Mr. and Mrs. Kinney have two children: Maurice Julia, aged four, and William Randolph, aged two years.