Thursday, December 22, 2011

Betty Zane (Kinnick) Sheer Obituary

Betty Zane (Kinnick) Sheer Obituary

From Coon Rapids Enterprise, Thursday, December 4, 2008, page 2:

Services for Betty Sheer

Services for Betty Sheer of Bayard will be Thursday (today), December 4 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Bayard with Reverend Larry Monthei officiating.
Casket Bearers will be Betty's grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Interment will be in the Highland Township Cemetery south of Bayard.


Betty Zane, daughter of Robert and Edna (Pierce) Kinnick, was born June 8, 1922, on a farm west of Coon Rapids, Carroll County. She moved with her family to a farm near Glidden where she attended county school. They then purchased a farm south of Bayard where Betty completed her education, graduating from Bayard High School. Betty worked in a grocery store for a short time before her marriage. On November 1, 1942, Betty was united in marriage with Howard Sheer at Bethany, MIssouri. When her husband quit working in Nebraska and South Dakota building electrical high lines, they farmed in the Bagley and Bayard area.

After they retired from farming in 1987, they moved into Bayard. Betty and Howard took great pleasure in spending their winters in Texas. Betty was a member of the United Methodist Church in Bayard and the United Methodist Women, as well as the Rebekah Lodge.

She enjoyed garage sales, auctions, and antique/junk stores. Betty enjoyed singing, fishing from a boat, gardening and cooking for her family and friends. She and her sister Gretchen spent time at the local nursing home sewing and mending for the residents. Above all, she had a special place in her hear for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

After the death of her husband in 1993, Betty was able to remain in their  home until mid-October 2008 when she became a resident of the Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids. She died there on Monday, December 1 at the the age of 86 years, 5 months and 23 days.

Preceding her in death are her parents; husband; brothers Burdette Kinnick and Lyle Kinnick; and sister Ila Jean Buhr.

Betty is survived by her three children: Stephen Sheer and wife Cheryl of Bayard; Calvin "Kelly" Sheer and wife Linda of Bayard and JoAnn Moses of Ankeny; five grandchildren: Mike Sheer and wife Tricia, Karen and husband Tracy Gotto, Morgan and husband Tony Maurth, Jason Sheer and wife Elaine and Robert "Bobby" Moses, nine great-grandchildren: Gentry, Dakota and Rachel Sheer; Samantha, Tayonna and Tanner Gotto; Carson and Davis Maurth and William Sheer; sister Gretchen Vaughn of Bayard; other relatives and friends.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

FamilyTreeDNA Year-End Promotion 2011

Year-End Promotion 2011

The KINNICK DNA Project participants are encouraged to take advantage of the Year-End Promotion announced by FamilyTree DNA, our project sponsor.

For direct line KINNICK males, the desired Y-DNA 37 group price is now $119 compared with the normal group price of $149.

To order a new kit, go to:

Be sure to specify The KINNICK DNA Project in order to receive the year-end promotion price.

Thank you for your participation.

Bill  ;-)

Happy to answer any questions, in the comments or directly at:
billsmith2003 at - using this form to avoid spam.  ;-)

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Excerpt from forthcoming non-fiction book

Excerpt from the forthcoming non-fiction book:

The World of Sergeant Major
William Kinnick
(Revolutionary War Era)


Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith

William Kinnick was born April 1719 in Prince George’s County, Maryland. At the age of two, his mother deceased and his father, Jasper Kinnick, unable to care for him properly, placed the boy in the care of his brother-in-law, Richard Brightwell, until the age of 21 under the order of the County Court. In his fourteenth year, young William habitually ‘ran away’ from the home of his uncle, Richard Brightwell, his lawful guardian, to the home of John Brightwell, the younger brother of Richard Brightwell. Richard Brightwell filed a petition in the County Court to clarify his responsibilities under the earlier Guardianship order of the Court.

From the Court Record:

Consideration thereof had It Ordered by the Court here that the same be Reflected:

William Kinnick aged (as tis said on Courts horo) fifteen years next April in his proper person prays the Justices thereof that he may be Admitted to Choose his Guardian which is granted him. Whereupon he makes Choice of John Brightwell who upon his Declaring in Court how his Willingness to accept the same is admitted accordingly and the said John Brightwell in his proper person in Court now obliges himself to give his said Ward Two years Schooling or to Learn him to Read and Write and afterwards to Bind him to Some handy Craft Trade until he arrives to the age of Twenty one years.

William Kinnick reached the age of 21 in April 1740.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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The following discount applies to any books at this bookstore:

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Coupon expires December 14, 2011
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Great for Holiday Gift Giving!  ;-)
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

Guest Post - Rene M. (KINNICK) Coffelt Family

 Guest Post
Rene M. (KINNICK) Coffelt Family Memorials

 Today we have a 'guest post' from a KINNICK Researcher who has been very active on, Rene M. (Kinnick) Coffelt. I am pleased to work with her to help share her important contributions to our family history.

We will start with a nice family photo she has shared, on the memorial of Grethel Kinnick. Rene's comments, below, on the description, are most helpful. Following that, we have listed the memorials of her ancestors. Each of them has additional useful links.

From the far right, Grethel Kinnick (wife of John B. Kinnick); John B. Kinnick (son of John Wishard); third from the right is Jean C. Kinnick (wife of Therell R. Kinnick), my Grandmother. Next, the tall young man is Robert Morris Kinnick (son of Robert Emmett Kinnick). The lady in the center is Martha Ann (Willis) Kinnick (wife of Robert Morris Kinnick). The gentleman in the hat, in back is Everett D. Kinnick (son of John Wishard) Kinnick. This is about 1954, give or take a year.

My Grandfather Therell Russell Kinnick is second from the left, first row. He was born in 1917, not 1916. The little boy on the right is Mike Kinnick son of Orville Kinnick who was raised by his Grandfather and Step-Grandmother John B. Kinnick and Grethel Kinnick. Mike still lives and owns the original Kinnick farm of about 7 acres in Mountainburg, AR. He was called by the family "Little Mike" by his family since he had a first cousin that lived in Fort Smith that was about 5 years his Senior.
Added by: Rene M. Coffelt (Kinnick and Fox)


Additional Memorials by Rene: – John Kinnick (son of George and Hannah so on and so forth)
Thank you for sharing, Rene!  ;-)
Families are Forever!  ;-)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Welcome Visitors - How are you related to KINNICK?

Welcome Visitors
How are you related to KINNICK?

If you stop by to peak at this site, it would be nice if you would leave a note, or even better, contribute a KINNICK story to be posted here. Happy to put it up for you, just leave a comment, or send to me by email at: billsmith2003 at

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

Ron Herron Obituary information

From the Boys Town National Alumni Association website

Ronald "Ron" Herron, Former Family Teacher and Staff Writer at Boys Town passed away on August 20, 2011.

Ron Herron  
Sep 2, 1949 [Coon Rapids, Iowa] - Aug 20, 2011 [Omaha, Nebraska]

[Ron was the son of Donald and Jennie (Betts) Herron and the grandson of Wilson and Lucile (KINNICK) Herron of Coon Rapids, Iowa area]

Survived by wife Annette (Savago) Herron; son Justin Herron; daughter Amy Herron; grandson Mason Fleming; 2 brothers.

Ron and his wife Annette were among the first family teachers at Boys Town and for many years he wrote both training and behavioral health books and manuals in support of the mission at Boys Town and for sale with the Boys Town Press.

After Boys Town, Ron and Annette managed Senior Care facilities.
SERVICES Saturday, August 27th, 4pm at the John A. Gentleman Pacific Street Chapel, 14151 Pacific Street, Omaha, NE.

Memorials to Boys Town.

Families are Forever! ;-)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Eileen KINNICK Diary - 75 year ago

Began a weekly comment on 1936 Diary of Eileen KINNICK on my other blog. Come on over!  ;-)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

KINNICK Cousins at play

KINNICK Cousins at play

Did you play 'cowboys' in the 1940s? Roy Rogers was my hero. My KINNICK cousins were my 'henchmen' - what more could a young guy ask?

Have come to enjoy the backgrounds of these old black and whites almost as much as the people. Do you have some family photos to share? Happy to post KINNICK family photos. Send to email; see profile.
We love to get comments from readers, of course.

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

FamilyTreeDNA Surname Project

FamilyTreeDNA Surname Project

I have initiated the process of creating a Kinnick Surname Project with the Family Tree DNA testing facility - this group tests more people than any other.

I have the first Kinnick volunteer, from the 'John and Mary' - MD>OH>IL>IA group.

I now need to identify a Kinnick male from the 'John and Ann' - MD>NC>IN group.

Please leave a comment, or send me an email, if you are a direct male descendant with a surname: KINNICK from that second group. Thank you!

For references see:

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Mrs. Nettie Kinnick dies - in 1936

From 75 Years Ago, June 26, 1936 - in 16 Jun 2011 Coon Rapids Enterprise:

Mrs. Nettie Kinnick, one of the best known and best loved women of this community died at St. Anthony hospital at Carroll Wednesday morning following an operation for mastoid trouble with which she had suffered for some weeks. Funeral service in charge of the Rev. W.F. Clayburg of Villisca
assisted y the Rev.O.E. Cooley will be held at the local Methodist Episcopal church this Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Interment will be in the local cemetery. Mrs. Kinnick’s maiden name was Margaret J. Williams. The daughter of Elias and Ann Duncan Williams, she was born at Rock Island, IL. September 29, 1868. Her mother died when she was quite small and shortly afterwards she came to Coon Rapids with her father.
She grew up here, attended the local schools and taught for some years in this community. On July 6, 1890, she married Alanzo P. Kinnick and to this union five children were born; Paul and Robert, the latter of Glidden; Mrs. Wilson Herron (Lucille) of Coon Rapids; Mrs. Everett Bridson (Gertrude)
and Mrs. Delbert Ford (Lillian) of Bayard. Besides these children she
is survived by 20 grandchildren and other relatives.

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Monday, June 13, 2011

More candid photos from Sunday Coon Rapids gathering

More candid photos from Sunday Coon Rapids gathering

Here are some more candid photos with more people, and, a good look around the nice 'shelter house' near the Coon Rapids, Iowa, aquatic center:

First three on far side are Lillian Kinnick Ford descendants present, Eugene Ford, Bill Keister, and Dennis Ford; Buzzy Kinnick at far end, behind the food counter; handsome couple center, Marcus Lewis and his girl friend. Colleen Kinnick, near far left, of course.

Lonnie and Donna Kinnick, Sid and Cindy Franzeen, in center of row, facing us. Lonnie introducing.

A group of Herron folks... wish I could name them all!  ;-)

It was a good gathering. The group plans to meet again, same place, same time, next year - hope to have others come who couldn't make it this year!  

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Photos from HERRON-KINNICK potluck in Coon Rapids, Iowa

Photos from HERRON-KINNICK potluck in Coon Rapids, Iowa

Here a couple of group photos: 

Buzz and Colleen Kinnick clan plus Bill and T.K. Smith, sons of Eileen

Here is a photo of the Wilson and Lucile HERRON descendants, mostly Mildred's, I believe:

There are also at least this many more, that I fear didn't get in these photos.

I'll post some further candid photos, around the room, a little later. Love to hear your comments!

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Surname Saturday - HERRON

Surname Saturday

Helen Lucile KINNICK (My maternal grandfather, Paul KINNICK's, sister) was born on 28 Mar 1894 in Iowa. She died on 13 Mar 1956.

Wilson Cleveland HERRON son of Thomas Lafayette HERRON and Keturia L. Elizabeth HEATER was born on 12 Dec 1890 in Iowa. He died in 1976 in Iowa.

Wilson Cleveland Herron and Helen Lucile Kinnick were married on 18 Sep 1912. They had the following children:

i. Margaret Elizabeth HERRON was born on 09 Jul 1914. She married Emmert Martinus NELSEN on 21 Oct 1933. She died on 29 Nov 1991.

ii. Wilbur Elias HERRON was born on 23 Jan 1916 south of Coon Rapids, in Guthrie Co, Iowa. He married Pauline Jeanette BOWER on 13 Apr 1941 in the Methodist Parsonage, Guthrie Center, Guthrie Co, Iowa. He died on 25 Feb 1999 in Iowa Meth Med Ce, Des Moines, Polk Co, Iowa.

iii. Donald Alonzo HERRON was born on 09 Sep 1917. He married Jennie Adelia BETTS on 25 Dec 1942. He died on 23 Apr 1997.

iv. Thomas Duane HERRON was born on 28 Nov 1919. He married Mildred Mae BETTS on 21 Oct 1940. He died on 08 Oct 1996 in Iowa Meth Med Center, Des Moines, Polk Co, Iowa.

v. Pauline Roberta HERRON was born on 28 Jul 1921 at home south of Coon Rapids, Iowa. She married Clayton Cleveland ROLLER on 30 Sep 1939. She died on 04 Dec 1994 in Thomas Rest Haven, Coon Rapids, Carroll Co, Iowa.

vi. Wilson Cleveland (Ping) HERRON Jr. was born on 10 Jul 1923 in Coon Rapids, Carroll Co, Iowa. He married Lucille Grace DILLIVAN on 28 Aug 1946 in Carroll, Carroll Co, Iowa. He died on 28 Mar 1992 in Des Moines, Polk Co, Iowa.

vii. Naomi Lucile HERRON was born on 26 Nov 1925. She married Robert Earl KEPPLE on 11 Aug 1945 in Carroll, Carroll Co, Iowa.

viii. Violet Geneva HERRON was born on 28 Apr 1927 on the family farm south of Coon Rapids in Guthrie Co, IA.. She married Norman "Gene" CROUCH on 18 Mar 1950 in Bayard, Iowa. She died 11 Oct 2005.

ix. Vera Genevieve HERRON was born on 28 Apr 1927 on the family farm south of Coon Rapids in Guthrie Co, IA. She married Thryl Gene HILGENBERG. She died on 07 Feb 2002 in St. Anthony
Hospital, Carroll, Carroll Co, Iowa.

x. Shirley Ann HERRON was born on 30 Dec 1929. She married Lyle Howard SEIVERS on 21 Jul 1949. She died on 07 Apr 1999.

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Let's talk about the KINNICK-HERRON Connection

Let's talk about the KINNICK-HERRON Connection

In mid-April I posted a note on the KINNICK-HERRON Potluck Reunion in Coon Rapids, Iowa, on June 12. Alonzo (Lon) KINNICK (1870-1923) and his wife, Nettie (1869-1936), had five children, two boys and three girls. Follow the last link to see all their children and grandchildren, briefly summarized, below.

Paul, the oldest son (my grandfather), married and had three children, a girl (my mother) and two boys. Robert, the other son, married and had five children, two sons and three daughters. The younger two girls each married and each had a  boy and a girl. From these four of the five children, then, there were 12 grandchildren, with only four boys carrying the KINNICK name.

Lucile, the oldest daughter of Lon and Nettie, married Wilson HERRON. They had 10 children, themselves, 4 sons and 6 daughters. These 22 grandchildren of Lon and Nettie became, the 'Kinnick Cousins,' as they called themselves (they had many, many gatherings, over the years); with each having a spouse, this group, alone, numbered 44 ... and there were some second marriages. It is the survivors of these 44 and their children and grandchildren (and great-grandchildren) that make up the 'pool' of persons for the June 12 reunion gathering.

In coming days, and weeks, I will be posting more information about this group of 'KINNICK family descendants' - this post will anchor those posts for the links above as useful details.

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Our Lowery Cousins - three served in the Civil War

 Our Lowery Cousins
Three served in the Civil War

My 3rd great grandfather, Walter Kinnick (son of John and Mary), had six sisters. It has been fun finding each of them and following their descendants. One of the sisters was Ann (1812-1872), who married Frederick Lowery (b. 1789, VA) on 18 May 1832 in Belmont Co, OH.

Three of the four Lowery boys served in the Civil War:

Walter Kinnick Lowery (1835-1914)- Co I, 69th Indiana Infantry

Frances Marion Lowery (1844-1932) - Co I, 69th Indiana Infantry

Philander Lowery (1847-1914) - Co F, 57th Indiana Infantry

I recently received some Lowery information from a cousin in Winterset, Iowa. Here is a copy of  one of the pages. We are currently discussing some of the spellings of names, etc.

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Friday, April 22, 2011

B. Jo Kinnick - Poet, Author, Teacher

B. Jo Kinnick - Poet, Author, Teacher

Beulah J. (B. Jo) (Wichard) Kinnick was born in Maxwell, Story County, Iowa, to Clayton and Margaret (Tufts) Wickard in 1908. William B. KInnick, Jr. was born in 1907, in Adel, Dallas County, Iowa, to Frank Butler and Mabel (Vaughn) Kinnick. William and Beulah were married 24 Jun 1936.

For many years, B. Jo was an English teacher at Oakland  High School in Oakland, California. Her award-winning poems were published in newspapers and magazines (see a list in the obit, below). She published several books, also listed, below, and are still available from, Amazon. com among other sources.

B. Jo passed away in 2003, at age 95. William, her husband, preceded her in 1974.

From the Oakland Tribune - Tuesday October 14, 2003

B Jo Kinnick
BEULAH "B. JO." KINNICK 95, of Oconomowoc, formerly of Piedmont, CA, passed away October 8, 2003 at Waukesha Springs Health Center. Born April 28, 1908 in Maxwell, IA to the union of Clayton Wickard and Margaret Tufts. She was an English teacher at Oakland High School in Oakland, CA. Her award-winning poems have been published in numerous newspapers and magazines including "The Oakland Tribune", "The Saturday Evening Post", "English Journal" and "The Saturday Review". Her poetry collections include "Time is the Stream", "Miss Honky. The Black Flamingo and The Blue Guitar", "Crying for Guyana" and "To Say That Tigers". She co-authored an anthology of literature for high school students, "Adventures in American Literature" published by Harcourt, Brace and Jovanovich as well as "Let Us Be Men" and "I Have A Dream", published by Addison-Wesley. She was a former President of the Central California Teachers of English and of the Diablo Valley branch of the National League of American Pen Women. She was a member of the Poetry Society of America, the Ina Coolbrith Circle, Browning Society of San Francisco, Chaparral Poets, California State Poetry Society and Plymouth Congregational Church of Oakland, CA.
B. Jo. is survived by her daughter, Marty Kinnick of Oconomowoc, sons, Paul (Liza) Kinnick of Truckee, CA and Stephen (Patty) Hackney of Chico, CA, sister, Myrle Fisher of Raleigh, NC and five grandchildren, Brett, Amanda, Troy, Lance and Max. She is preceded in death by her husband, William Kinnick, one son, one brother and one sister. Graveside services 2 p.m., Saturday, October 18, 2003 at Maxwell Cemetery, Maxwell, IA. Rev. Donald Burket officiating. Burial at Maxwell Cemetery in Maxwell, IA. In lieu of flowers, donations to Boys and Girls Clubs of Oakland, P.O. Box 23203, Oakland, CA 94623 or American Cancer Society, preferred.

Oakland Tribune, February 11, 1974 (via East Bay Genealogical Society)

Berkley Hill Chapel, KINNICK, William Butler, Jr., in Oakland, February 9, 1974, beloved husband of B. Jo Kinnick; loving father of Martha Jo Kinnick, Paul Clayton Kinnick and the late Karl William Kinnick and a foster son, Stephen Michael Hockney; brother of Louise Wilson of Citrus Heights and John B. Kinnick of Berkley; uncle of Nile Kinnick; also survived by many nieces and cousins. A native of Adel, Iowa; aged 66 years. A member of Beta Theta Phi Fraternity. Private funeral services were held Saturday. Memorial contributions to the Fred Finch Youth Center, 3800 Coolidge Ave., Oakland, or to Plymouth Church, 777 Oakland Ave., will be deeply appreciated.

Families are forever!  ;-)

Monday, April 18, 2011

KINNICK-HERRON Potluck Reunion in Coon Rapids, Iowa

KINNICK-HERRON Potluck Reunion 
in Coon Rapids, Iowa
June 12, 2011

Buzz has arranged for a Kinnick-Herron potluck reunion in Coon on June 12 at noon.  It will be at the shelterhouse by the new swimming pool.

Family is Forever!  ;-)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Glenna Sue Kinnick, RN - Additional Information

Yesterday, I published a report on cousin Glenna
Today, we have a copy of the article, and a photo, from VAguard

VAnguard, Department of Veterans Affairs (2003)
March/April 2003  March/April 2003  March/April 2003   2003
Title: The Legacy of VA Women Pioneers. (p.16)

Sue Kinnick

Using scanners and bar codes to reduce medication mix-ups helped launch VA into the leading edge of patient safety. The core idea for the project can be traced back to 1992 when Sue Kinnick, a registered nurse at the Topeka, Kan., VA Medical Center, saw a Hertz rental car employee use a hand-held scanner to read a code in the trunk of the car she was returning. If Hertz can track cars nationwide this way, she thought, couldn’t VA track patients’ medications in the same way?

She shared the idea with supervisors at the Topeka VAMC, planting the seed for what would become VA’s Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA) program.

Kinnick died in 1997 after a prolonged battle with breast cancer, but not before working with a VA team developing a system to implement her idea in a 1994 pilot project at the Topeka VAMC. The pilot project was so successful it was extended throughout the hospital and later within the Eastern Kansas Health Care System. Ultimately, it was adopted VA-wide. Now, it appears the rest of the nation may follow suit. Under a March 13, 2003, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposal, hospitals nationwide would be asked to adopt a medication bar code scanning system to help reduce medical errors.

News of the FDA proposal brings a smile to the faces of those who knew Kinnick. Colleagues say she
worked on the project right up to her death and was concerned it might never extend beyond Topeka. Her last words were to “keep fighting to keep the project going,” according to pharmacist Chris Tucker, national BCMA project manager at the Topeka VAMC, in a VAnguard interview.

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Glenna Sue Kinnick, RN

Today I received a very kind note from Rhonda Flynn, a family historian and nursing student. Her team of fellow students prepared the following report for a class project and she knew I had researched the family and kindly sent me a copy along with some supporting documents. I share it with you, with her permission, for our family records.
If anyone who reads this knows more about "Gee Sue" I would love to hear from you. The nickname comes from the note of a co-worker I found in my research, that is posted following the student report, below.

North Georgia College State University
Nursing School

Group Members:
Rhonda Flynn
Ginger Pence
Linsey Baker
Kala Cain
Brittany Fain

Historic Leader:  Glenna Sue Kinnick, RN

Date of Birth:  August 20, 1946

Date of Death:  July 18, 1997

Training/Education:   Unknown

Practice:  Registered Nurse practicing at the Topeka VA Medical Center in Kansas

Contribution to Nursing:  BCMA

The Bar Code Medication Administration system (BCMA) has saved thousands of lives and reduced medication administration errors by 54%.  Ms. Kinnick is the reason the BCMA exists.  She was concerned about medication errors, and was struck with the BCMA idea when returning a rental car.  The clerk scanned the car, and she realized then that patients could be scanned.   She fought long and hard for this project despite her battle with breast cancer, from which she died after seeing only the pilot program working.  She did not live long enough to see the incredible results of her idea and efforts.

We chose Glenna Sue Kinnick, RN, as our historical figure because of her ingenuity, devotion, and passion.  While on her death bed she is quoted as saying, “Keep fighting to keep the project going.”  She fought a long hard battle and was possibly one of the most effective patient advocates.

Glenna Sue Kinnick, RN

Glenna Sue Kinnick, RN, was born on August 20, 1946.   She was an amazing lady with an inspiring story.  She was concerned with patient safety, and though she was terminally ill with breast cancer at the time, she fought for a program she believed would decrease patient medication errors.   She lived to see the pilot program and realize the amazing results of the reduction in medication errors.  Unfortunately, she died in 1997, at the age of 51, without first seeing her program not only in the VA Hospital where she worked, but all VA hospitals and eventually throughout the country in several hospitals.  She may have never dreamed that in 2003 the Food and Drug Administration would propose hospitals nation-wide be asked to adopt her system, which came to be known as the Medical Bar Code Scanning System.

As first year nursing students, we were introduced to Ms. Kinnick by Craven (2008) on page 498 where we are told that she was the mastermind behind the Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA) system.  Ms. Kinnick was a registered nurse who practiced for many years at the Eastern Kansas Veterans Administration Health Care system.  In 1992, she was returning a rental car and noticed the attendant scanning the vehicle.  It was then that she began to wonder if bar coding could be used to reduce patient medication errors.

The positive effects the BCMA has had on patient care and nursing satisfaction are significant.  Coyle, G., & Heinen, M. (2005) state, “BCMA has had a major positive impact on daily practice of licensed nursing staff.”  Paoletti (2007) states that there has been a 54% reduction of medication administration errors was observed after implementing the BCMA.

We chose Glenna Sue Kinnick, RN, as our historical figure because of her ingenuity, devotion, and passion.  While on her death bed she is quoted as saying, “Keep fighting to keep the project going.”  She fought a long hard battle and was possibly one of the most effective patient advocates. 


Coyle, G., & Heinen, M. (2005).  Evolution of BCMA within the Department of Veterans
    Affairs. . . Bar Code Medication Administration.  Nursing Administration
    Quarterly, 29(1) 32-38.  Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

Craven, Ruth F. & Hirnle, Constance J. (2008).  Fundamentals of Nursing, 6th ed. In J.
Rodenberger & D. DiPalma. (Eds), China:  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Department of Veterans Affairs (2003).  The Legacy of VA Women Pioneers.  [Link has article and photo] VAnguard March/April 2003.  Washington, D.C. 20420,  p.16

Paoletti, R., Suess, T., Lesko, M., Feroli, A., Kennel, J., Mahler, J., & Sauders, T. (2007).
    Using bar-code technology and medication observation methodology for
    Safe medication administration. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy,
    64(5), 536-543. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

Scheer, Chris.  “The Legacy of VA Women Pioneers,” Vanguard Mar.2003; page 16.

Tappen, R., Weiss, S., & Whitehead, D. (2010). Essentials of Nursing Leadership
    and Management (5th ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.   


There Was More to Sue Kinnick than BCMA

Most of us should be so fortunate to leave such a legacy as Glenna Sue Kinnick,
R.N., in your “Legacy of VA Women Pioneers,” March/April 2003. “Gee Sue,” as we
all called her, was a multi-dimensional woman, for which the wireless, hand held bar
code administration program was only one achievement.

While working on that project, she was also working on her Ed.D., teaching 16 hours a week at the LPN school, and teaching various classes in the Nursing Education Department. She was truly a pioneer in nursing informatics. As an aside, she was also an active grandmother, and served as a personal mentor to myself and countless others.

As pointed out in the article, she set a high standard, working until the day before her death.
Traveling down life’s road, I meet many people, but only rarely someone of the caliber of Gee Sue.

To the many of us who knew and worked with her, she was an example and a blessing.

Walter L. Hall
Administrative Officer
Atlanta VAMC

Family is Forever!  ;-)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Surname Saturday - KINNICK-SHEEK Connection

Surname Saturday 

This morning I got a nice note from Steve Dennis, my 6th cousin-2x (2 generations) removed that has again piqued my interest in examining in more depth some of the fascinating family history of the KINNICK-SHEEK, KINNICK-BARLOW, KINNICK-BONER, KINNICK-HARRIS, KINNICK-GROSS connections. These all relate to a multi-family migration from North Carolina to Indiana in 1850-1851. Thirty-seven of the family members making that 'wagon train' trip (many simply walked the whole way, also, of course, along with the wagons) were listed in the 1951 KINNICK Genealogy book, and recorded in the 2003 KINNICK Genealogy Book Online.

To demonstrate the complexity of the relationships of just the SHEEK-KINNICK connections, Steve and I are actually related in 8 different sets of relationships according to my Family Tree Maker for Mac software, including:

2nd great grandson of wife of 3rd cousin-3x removed, and
6th great grandson of husband of 4th great grand aunt... along with others.

Our common ancestor is Sergeant Major William KINNICK (1719-1785) of the Revolutionary War era - the feature figure of my next non-fiction book. I descend from William (and Sarah) KINNICK's son, John. Steve descends from their daughter Ann. Ann's son, George (and his wife, Hannah) KINNICK's daughter, Sarah, married John B. SHEEK. They had 12 children, 7 of whom lived to adulthood, married and mostly also had large families, largely in Indiana, including William H. SHEEK, Steve's 3rd great-grandfather.

Steve has a copy of a great photo, from about 1912-1913, of the William H. SHEEK family, including each of their children and a four grandchildren. I hope to post it when we have verified each of the persons in the photo with more certainty.

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Paul KINNICK elected to School Board

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to see story of Paul KINNICK elected to Coon Rapids School Board in 1936!

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Friday, March 4, 2011

The Kinnick-Fletcher Connection

The Kinnick-Fletcher Connection

I was reminded of this very interesting story as I wrote the recent Fearless Female story:

Hope you enjoy it. The Fletcher relatives were very helpful in much of my Kinnick research, including some priceless photos!

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

KINNICK women noted

Over on another blog:

I have started a Women's History Month series of posts that start with stories of two Kinnick women. You may want to check them out, and check back regularly.

Bill  ;-)
The KINNICK Project

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Gregorian article on Buzz and Colleen Kinnick

The Gregorian is Published Quarterly by the Residents of the St. Gregory Retreat Center, Bayard, Iowa - Winter 2010-2011

From page 1, second column (and continued on page 2):

From the Court to Courtship, Marriage and Beyond:
the Journeys of Buzz and Colleen Kinnick

submitted by John R. & John D.

Fans of basketball are well aware of the drama that can unfold on the hardwoods. Victory, adversity, comebacks and comic mishaps abound. But any true fan will tell you that togetherness, teamwork and friendship are the key ingredients to any championship team. The story of Buzz and Colleen - their marriage, family, work, travels and community involvement - is the story of one such team. Both grew up in the area and have lived here all their lives; they currently reside off of Highway 141 between Bayard and Coon Rapids. Colleen remarked that it was a different time when she was in school; there were no school buses so she had to walk, presumably back and forth through the proverbial two feet of snow during the Iowa winters.  She grew up on a farm and has good memories of driving a tractor, shocking oats and riding horses. At Coon Rapids High School, she was on a state championship basketball team her senior year and made all-state her junior and senior years. Buzz grew up in Coon Rapids, the son of a banker. He had what he described as a "Huck Finn" environment growing up, with plenty of hunting and fishing and a fair amount of time spent helping his sister and her husband with their farm. He was also a basketball player for the men's team at Coon Rapids.

Unsurprisingly, one of their first interactions was on the basketball court during high school. While some courtship ensued, the United States' entry into the Second World War temporarily changed things. Buzz enlisted in the Army and at the close of the War was sent to Japan in the occupation forces. As a non-commissioned officer, he was charged with inspecting POW camps and mine sites as part of an intelligence unit. "Not that I was so smart, just lucky." One of the things he saw in this tour of duty was the training camp where the Japanese taught kamikaze pilots how to dive bomb U.S. targets.

Following the war, Buzz looked Colleen up. As Colleen recalled "He phoned and said 'Can I come see you? I didn't say 'no'." They courted and got married in 1948 - they have been together for 62 years. Their philosophy on how to make their marriage work for so long? Both agree that it starts with doing everything together - working, playing, praying, traveling, and raising kids.

With his war earnings, they purchased a tractor and began farming. Kids followed soon after. They have four children, 13 grandchildren, and five great-granchildren. All of the children have moved back to the area. The grandchildren are spread out all over the country. The success of their offspring stems from some basic principles Buzz and Colleen followed when bringing up their kids. "Be good citizens and stay out of environments that lead to trouble."

As in the case today, farming was very hard work and the times were not always easy. Buzz remembers that in the 1980s it as difficult for farmers to borrow money due to high interest rated, but they somehow persevered. Buzz took on a position with a fertilizer sales business and was involved with building the first fertilizer plant in the late 1960s located in Bayard at the east side of Highway 25. He later worked at a real estate office in a building that how houses the Bayard Hall of Fame. Colleen went back to school and became a nurse and enjoyed practicing for 20 years, in spite of it being emotionally taxing and physically demanding work. Buzz and Colleen saved enough during these challenging years that they were able to retain the family farm.

With children to raise and careers to worry about it would be easy to assume that they had little time for much else. But they actively involved in community organizations, committee work for their church and hospice for many years. Additionally, Buzz has held many appointed county positions and Colleen was active in P.E.O., a women's philanthropic organization.

Both are very fond of living in the Bayard/Coon Rapids area. Colleen summed it up well: "It felt like you knew almost everyone for many years."

In their opinion, St. Gregory fits right in. Colleen remarked "I think it's a wonderful, beautiful addition; I think it qualifies for altruism. Your group here exemplifies it." Buzz agreed, adding "Of all the 'isms', altruism is the best." A winning combination from a winning team. 

[Full disclosure: Buzz Kinnick is my mother's brother, my uncle.]

Saturday, February 5, 2011

William Kinnick Inventory - December Court 1786

William Kinnick Inventory - December Court 1786

Extracted from a transcription of Will Book A H No 9, page 393: Charles Co, Maryland

Inventory of the goods & chattels of William Kinnick late of Charles County deceased appraised by us in current money of Maryland (dollars at seven shillings & sixpence)

[I am recording here in descending order of value, value first, followed by the items in the inventory]

[This activity is part of the analysis of the written records of William Kinnick as a part of the research for the forthcoming book: The World of Sergeant Major William Kinnick]

17 15 0  3 cows & calves; 1 cow & 1 yearling
16 10 0  1 sorrel horse 2 years old; 1 black mare 9 years old
08 07 6  11 heifer; 17 sheep
08 00 0  2 indifferent feather bed furniture & bedstead
06 00 0  1 middling good feather bed furniture & bedstead
05 10 0  1 small white horse 3 year old
04 10 0  1 large bull 7 year old
03 10 0  8 goats 10 months old; 4 pigs 3 months old
03 07 6  30 ea feathers & 1 quilt
01 12 6  1 old sow; 1 younget {finall} (?) [sic]
01 10 0  3 bushels Indian corn; 20 lbs bacon
01 08 3  1 horse coat {cart} [sic]; 16 lb Wool; 1 lb Cotton
01 04 0  1 tablecloth & towel; 2 hides; 1 old sampler
01 01 3  8 good pewter plates; 1 doz. old pewter plates (damaged)
01 00 0  8 flag botom chairs; 4 pewter caskets
00 19 0  2 old ploughs; 2 sets of harrow hoes
00 15 0  8 quart bottles; 3 iron wedges; 1 hand (poker)
00 12 9  2 old axes; 4 old hoes; 1 old horse plow
00 12 9  3 pewter basings large; 1 small pewter basin
00 10 9  1 pr sheep shears; a small parcel of carpenter old tools
00 10 9  1 horse bell; 1 old horse bell; 3 old cotton wheel mach.
00 10 0  1 old loom & gear mach. (damaged)
00 10 0  weaving appearal
00 10 0  1 old hand mill stone grinder & frog
00 09 9  3 Beafe hooks; 2 pr old {cards}; 1 old chest
00 08 9  1 pigin; 1 wash tub; 1 iron pot
00 05 3  1 Dutch oven; 1 old frying pan
00 05 3  11 pewter spoons; 2 small butter pots
00 04 9  2 pr laces; 1 pr beading line
00 04 6  1 pr good pot hooks; 2 pr pot hooks; 1 iron skillet
00 04 0  1  bone iron; 3 heaters; 1 old iron pot (damaged)
00 03 6  2 flag botom chairs; 1 old poplar table (damaged)
00 02 6  1 old box; a parcel of old books
00 02 0  1 old sad clock; 1 old pocket book

89 [lbs] 10 3

given  under our hands and seals this 6 day of September 1786
Joseph Kennick, John Kennick - Kin
George Morton - Creditor

Edwd. Semmes
Alex. McPerson - appraisors

At the foot of which inventory is thus written
Viz: Charles County Ct. 23rd October 1786
Then came Ann Kinnick Admin. D.B.N. of William Kennick late of Charles County dec'd. and made oath on the holy Evangels of Almighty God that the foregoing is a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods and chattels of the said dec'd. that came to her hands or possession at the time of making thereof that what since or shall hereafter come to her hands or possession she will return in an additional inventory that she knows of no concealment of any part or parcel of the dec'd. estate by any person whatsoever that if she shall hereafter discover any concealment or suspect any to be she will aquaint the Orphans Court or the Register thereof with such concealment or cause of suspicion that it may be inquired into according to law.

Cert. by John Mufchett, Reg of Wills


[ My personal observations are these:
1) Most of the value was in the livestock.
2) Aside from Wool, any crops beyond winter food, had already been sold,
3) Only one table listed - the old poplar (damaged) - curious (*), and
4) No tool sets identifiable beyond that of a middling farmer.]

*One likely explanation - it is believed he lived and worked with his daughter, Ann, and her husband, John, and their children (ages 8, 6, 4, 2, 1 mo); These items would be those he owned, not Ann and John and their family.

Your comments or observations welcome!  ;-)

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Kinnicks in Tennessee

Kinnicks in Tennessee

When I compiled the 2003 Kinnick Genealogy Book Online, I was pleased to include the whole David R. Kinnick line that Mrs. Waggoner failed to recognize in her 1953 Kinnick Genalogy Book.

David's grand-daughter Sarah L., by his son, George (and his wife Catherine Parker) is shown as married to George W. Barr. At the time of the publication, I had no further information on this family to include. In response to a recent query at ancestry. com, I did some further census research and came up with some more generations of this family (much more can and will be done).

First Generation
George Washington Barr (b. about 1820, TN) married Sarah L. Kinnick (b. abt 1838, TN) on 24 Jan 1861 in Washington Co, TN. [He was listed as Washington G. in the 1870 census and George W. in the 1880 census.]

Children listed in these two U.S. Census files (as I have listed them-may be others)[All b. TN]:
It is believed, pending further research, that the first four children are from prior marriages of George Barr.]
1. Asa Barr (b. 1856)
2. David B. (b. 1858)
3. John J. (b. 1860)
4. Rachel E. (b. 1854)
5. Mary C. (b. 1865
6. Wood M. (Woody) (b. 1862)
7. Alfred Carrol (b. 1866)
8. Martha Erva (b. 1869)
9. Sidney S. Barr (b. 1873)

Second Generation
Wood M. (Woody) Barr (b. abt 1862, TN) married Mary N. Martin (b. Sept 1855, TN) on 28 May 1881 in Smith County, TN. [Woody's middle initial varies by census.]

Children listed in 1900 and 1910 U.S. Census (as I have listed them-may be others)[All b. TN]:
1. Johnnie Bell (b. 1885)
2. Oscar S. (b. 1890)
3. Tabitha (b. 2 Jul 1892, TN; d. Oct 1984, TN - per SSDI)
4. Mattie May (b. 1895)
5. Lucy Jane (b. 1899)

Third Generation
Tabitha Barr (b. 2 Jul 1892, TN) married Luther Johnson Williams (b. abt 1895, TN)

Children listed in 1920 and 1930 U. S. Census (as I have listed them-may be others)[All b. TN]:
1. Mary M. (b. 1917)
2. James L. (b. 1920)
3. Brooksie L. (b. 1922)
4. Geraldine (b. 1924)

If you have additional (or better) information on this set of Barr-Kinnick descendants, I would love to hear from you via comments or my email address.

Bill  ;-)
The KINNICK Project

Thursday, January 6, 2011

John Wishard KINNICK family update

John Wishard KINNICK family update
(This family was based in Mountainburg, Crawford Co, Arkansas - just drove past there on I-540 over the holidays - we do have a lot of information on this family - thanks to all those who contributed)

From time to time, I get emails for KINNICK family researchers with updates to information we published in the 2003 KINNICK GENEALOGY BOOK online. This year, I will endeavor to get permission to share these update here on The KINNICK Project blog, so that all of you with interest will be able to check it out and add it to your database.

Also, I hope we can manage to get a few more of the family interested in our family history.

Following is a note from Duane Thompson with updates on his family (with permission):


If it is any help, here is some update information for the page:

Children to John David Thompson and (subsequently divorced) Martha Morris

1 - Lennon Rose Thompson, b 18 Nov 1988 in Denver
2 - Duane Scott Thompson, b 1 Dec 1989 in Denver

BTW, there is a reunion trying to be planned for the Thompson side
of this family in Pittsburg, Kansas for June 2011.  I've tried to
post information to which includes a tree
and family information showing the Kinnick link through our Mother,
Mescal Jeane Kinnick Thompson (daughter of Emmett Robert Kinnick
and Mary Ruth Snadon).


Duane Thompson
Centennial, CO

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year 2011!

Writing plans for 2011

As a retired 71+ year old person (professor), making "New Years Resolutions" is really not especially useful.

First, I am retired; I can do pretty much as I wish (if my wife doesn't object) most any time I wish.

Second, family comes first - grandpa, husband, father, brother, uncle, etc.

Third, I have a contract to teach an/my on-line university course in the Spring.

Finally, with the time left, I write.

1. I expect to complete and publish my second novel in the Spring of 2011. I will continue to promote both novels through appropriate activities throughout the year.

2. I will continue to write weekly articles for on both my topic areas: Springfield Genealogy Examiner and Ozark Cultural Heritage Examiner.

3. I will continue to research and begin to write the non-fiction Revolutionary War family history book on Sergeant Major William Kinnick.

4. I will continue to research and write the non-fiction family history book on my great-grandfather Michael Smith.

5. I will continue my primary blogs, with most entries related to the research, writing and promoting I am doing at the time:

Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories
Dr. Bill on Retirement
Dr. Bill's Book Bazaar
The Homeplace Series Blog
The KINNICK Project

6. As mid-year approaches, I will step up the Civil War research and writing for my young adult Civil War novel and "The Beginnings" novel in "The Homeplace" series.

Have a Great New Year! ;-)