This well known and representative business man is now in charge of the Sweetwater warehouse one and one half miles south from Lapwai. He is a man of stability and has the respect and confidence of all.

Harry D. Kinsman was born in Canada, on December 28, 1864, being the son of Ezekiel and Sophia (Forsyth) Kinsman. The father was born in New Hampshire, in 1809 and died in 1896. His ancestors were in the Revolutionary war and many relatives participated in the Civil war. The mother of our subject was born in Canada, in 1820, and is still living there.

Harry was reared in Canada and at the age of fifteen went to Massachusetts. He enjoyed the privilege of a public school education and when twenty-four went to Central America and thence through Mexico to California. Afterwards, he came to Walla Walla and there did a warehouse business for twelve years. Next we see him in Lewiston in the same business for two years and then he assisted to erect the building where he is doing business at the present time. He does a good business for the owners, the property being the Kitteubach Company’s warehouse.

On October 10, 1898, at Spokane, Washington, Mr. Kinsman married Miss Annie, daughter of James and Anna (Conway) Williamson, natives of Scotland and New York, respectively. The father was a fruit raiser in California. Mrs. Kinsman was born in Sacramento County, California, and has one sister, Julia, and one brother. James. Mr. Kinsman has the following brothers; Lamont, Robert, George and Frank. To our subject and his wife there has been born one daughter, Julia F.

Mr. Kinsman is a member of the I. O. O. F. and of the Masonic fraternity. Mrs. Kinsman is a member of the Catholic Church. Mr. Kinsman is justice of the peace in Lapwai and he is active in political matters, being a Republican.

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Source: An Illustrated History of Northern Idaho, Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903