Biographical Sketch of Price Witter Kinney
Lyons, Wayne County, NY
Pictured is Price Witter Kinney (1884-1964), son of long-time Lyons High School principal Worthy Hanks Kinney, taken in the mid-1890s by Gehring, Lyons, N.Y. Price's parents weren't originally "from around here." A History of Old Tioga Point and Early Athens, Pennsylvania, has a brief biographical sketch of his maternal great-grandfather, Samuel H. MacAfee. His parents were Annie MacAfee, daughter of Joel MacAfee and Sybil Gates, and of Tioga County PA, and Worthy H. Kinney of Allegany County NY. Already on our site is a short biographical sketch about his father, who was Lyons High principal for many years from the 1890s through first quarter of the 20th century.
Price first appears in the 1900 census of Lyons. The household was made up of "Warren" H. Kinney (age 44, b. April 1856, fa. b. CT, occupation not given), Annie M. Kinney (age 41, b. April 1859, married 18 years, 2 children, 2 living), Price W. Kinney (age 15, son, b. Oct. 1884), and Edith Kinney (age 14, daughter, b. April 1886).
Price W. Kinney was valedictorian and the only male graduate of the Lyons High School Class of 1901, at which time his father was Principal. Price attended Cornell University between 1902 and 1905/6, and graduated from Cornell in either 1905 or 1906.
In April 1910, 24-year-old Price W. Kinney was a boarder in the home of Andrew J. and Emma Hull in the city of East Orange NJ, his occupation a clerk in insurance. That year he either moved back closer to home or was working in Rochester on a job assignment:
Lyons Republican, November 25, 1910
Price took a position with consultants Clinton H. Scovell & Co. of Boston, and somewhere met and courted high school teacher Miriam Rice, daughter of Stillman Rice and Martha A. Smith of Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Lyons Republican, June 21, 1912
Price and Miriam might have delayed taking a honeymoon to Bermuda. On April 21, 1913, Price W. Kinney, age 28, and Miriam Kinney, age 26, arrived from Bermuda in New York City on the ship Bermudian. Price declared that he was born 1884 at Cuba N.Y., and his address in the U.S. was 15 Gibson St., Leominster, Mass. Miriam was born in 1886 in Gloucester N.Y. [should be Mass.]
Price had one other sibling that can be determined so far. The accomplished Edith, who was two years his junior, passed away two weeks prior to her impending nuptials. Her death probably took place July 30, and funeral August 2.
The Buffalo Express, August 1, 1913
[Note: The Edith Kinney Memorial English Prize was set up by her parents in her honor.]
Lyons Republican, August 8, 1913
A week later, her parents returned with Price and Miriam to Leominster MA for a visit.
Lyons Republican, August 15, 1913
In the 1914 directory of New Bedford, Massachusetts, Price W. Kinney is listed under the city of Fairhaven, working as a manager for the Atlas Tack Co., his home on Centre St.
Price Witter Kinney registered for the WWI draft in September 1918 in Rochester, NY, where he resided at 38 Berkshire St. He was an employment manager at the Gleason Works at 1000 University Ave. Price stated that he was born October 9, 1884 and his closest contact was his wife, Miriam R. Kinney. Price was tall with blue eyes and brown hair.
In the 1920 census, enumerated January 2, 1920, Price was erroneously listed as "Pierce" W. Kinney and still resided at 38 Berkshire St., Rochester. Age 35, he was an employment manager at "Gleasons." Wife Miriam R., age 33, was born Massachusetts, father same, and mother born New Hampshire. Daughter Edith was 4 months old.
Little can be found on line about Price's life after this time. Further research should be done in Allegany County NY, where there were other Kinney relatives and where he was born, and Warsaw, Wyoming County NY, where he appears to have permanently relocated.
* Lyons Republican, unknown date in December 1924
The Lyons Republican, March 4, 1927, has a long article about his father Prof. Worthy H. Kinney resigning the principalship of Lyons High School after 39 years. The article mentions that on Dec. 22, 1920, a day before Christmas vacation, the Lyons Union School building burned and "there was nothing left except the principal, teachers and pupils, there being not a record or scrap of paper remaining in the building." Also, "When Mr. Kinney first came to Lyons, he rented the house where he still lives for one year and then bought it of the late Dr. Sutherland and has resided there ever since. A few days ago he sold the house ot Mrs. Frederic E. Foster. It is one of the landmarks of this village. The house was constructed by the late Deacon Newell Taft, who was a prominent figure in Lyons during his life time and his home was the center of social activity. The house was constructed by Deacon Taft nearly one hundred years ago."
An article in the March 17, 1927 Rochester Democrat & Chronicle noted that Prof. Kinney was principal of the Cuba (N.Y.) Union School from 1881 to 1888. Both Price and his sister Edith were born in that village. Mr. Kinney was principal of the Victor Union School for one year following his graduating from University of Michigan in 1880. He was also a graduate of Geneseo Normal School.
By 1930 Price was proprietor of the box factory in Warsaw, which was in existence at least a quarter of a century before this time. He probably owned the company as his employment status is "E" or Employer. There is currently a Fairview Paper Box Corporation located in Warsaw, but info on line says the company was started in 1979. In the 1930 census of Warsaw, Price W. Kinney, age 45, owned a $6000 home, and stated his mother was born in Pennsylvania. Miriam R. Kinney, age 43, was born in Massachusetts, parents same. Daughter Esther G. Kinney was age 10. I was unable to find out a thing about what became of Esther, through any online resource. A June 25, 1953 Lyons Republican article about commencement awards mentions an Esther Kinney Memorial English Prize, but all other mentions, for years before and after, refer to the Edith Kinney prize.
In the 1930 Census, Worthy H. Kinney and his wife resided at 109 Winton Rd. South, owned a $10,000 home, and he was retired.
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Feb. 14, 1932
The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, January 2, 1933, lists the death of Prof. Kinney under the heading "Chronology of Outstanding Events in City of Rochester in 1932."
Feb. 12 - Worthy H. KINNEY, 75, a leading educator in Western New York.
A gap of just over 20 years in his life history. Price W. Kinney and his wife Miriam arrived at the port of New York on April 7, 1954, traveling as first class ticket passengers on the ship Oslofjord. Price was 69 years old, resided at 51 Genesee St., Warsaw N.Y., and said he was born in N.Y. Miriam, age 67, same address, was born in Massachusetts.
Price Kinney, no middle initial, last residence NY State, is listed in the Social Security Death Index as born October 9, 1884, and passing away in April 1964. He might rest with his parents and sister in the family plot in Riverside Cemetery, a cemetery of over a quarter million burials in northwest Rochester NY.
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