Biography of Louis T. Kinsey
Humboldt County, CA Biographies





LOUIS THOMPSON KINSEY. - Especial interest attaches to the lives of the native sons of the west, the men who in early years became familiar with privations and inured to hardships; who through intelligent foresight rose from poverty to independence; whose friends have increased in number with the passing years and now give honor and companionship to the pioneers identified with the beginnings of a western civilization. One of the influential men now residing in Eureka is Louis Thompson Kinsey, whose birth occurred in Siskiyou county, this state, December 17, 1852, and who has been familiar with the growth of Humboldt county from his early childhood, contributing after he attained manhood to the development of local resources.

A son of the late Charles and Annie F. (Cornog) Kinsey, natives of Pennsylvania, Mr. Kinsey is a member of a pioneer family, for his father crossed the plains during the summer of 1850, settled temporarily at The Dallies, Ore., thence came to California in 1852, and engaged in mining and stock raising in Siskiyou county. On coming to Humboldt county in 1857 he drove a band of two hundred head of cattle across the mountains and took up range land suitable for the pasturage of the stock. It was not until 1878 that he disposed of his stock and retired from the business. Thereafter he lived in retirement from business cares. His death occurred February 22, 1900, at the age of eighty seven years. During young manhood Louis T. Kinsey became closely identified with official affairs. For three terms he filled the position of county treasurer with recognized efficiency and for one term he served as county clerk. Appointed mayor of Eureka to fill an unexpired term, he later was chosen for the office by the vote of the people.

While the filling of important offices has taken much of the time of Mr. Kinsey, his principal interests in the world of affairs have been in connection with banking and stock raising. He was one of the original stockholders .of the Bank of Eureka and its associate, the Savings Bank of Humboldt County, and served these institutions as assistant cashier, cashier, and in later years filled the office of vice president of the Bank of Eureka, and president of the Savings Bank of Humboldt County.

Mr. Kinsey is a firm believer in the future advancement of Eureka, which he has seen develop from a town of one street to a city of considerable dimensions, and believing also in the future of the back country, he has given practical evidence of his faith by making investments in local property and at this writing owns a stock ranch of four thousand acres located in the southern part of Humboldt county. Besides his holdings in the county he owns a valuable ranch near Kenwood, Sonoma county, and is a stockholder in the large land holdings of Mott & Co., of Oakland. Fraternally he is connected with the Odd Fellows and has been a member of the Knights of Pythias since 1876. By his marriage in 1872, to Miss Jennie Hart he has an only son, Charles H. Kinsey, whose sketch will be found on another page. Mrs. Kinsey is a native of California and a member of one of the earliest American families of the state, for her maternal grandparents, Moses A. Meader and his wife, both Vermonters, left the east early in 1846, and sailed in a vessel around Cape Horn, landing in San Francisco some years before that port had become the destination of gold seekers from every section of the world.

From:
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915


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