Edwin N. Phinney was born in
Winterport, Main December 21, 1839. On May 20, 1858, he
was united in marriage to Julia A. Howse of Dixmont, Maine.
To this union were born six children; Frank W. Phinney, who
preceded him in death a few months ago, Snow H. Phinney, of
Kelso, Washington, Elisha I. Phinney, who died in 1884, Mrs.
Katie M. Taylor of Campbell, California, William C. Phinney of
Huston, Idaho and Don C. Phinney of Melba, Idaho. In
1872 he immigrated to the west, locating near Rochester,
Minnesota, and in 1874 he came to Nebraska, and took a
homestead two miles south of Plainview. In the early
days he took an active interest in local and Political
affairs, and in the building up of the community. In
1891 he sold his farm and moved to town, and for a number of
years was one of the leading contractors of Pierce county.
Among the buildings which he erected were Plainview's first
brick school house. The brick block containing the First
National Bank and when Pierce county needed a man to
superintend the construction of a new court house, he was the
man chosen for the position. In 1909 he moved to
Chadron, and two years later Caldwell, Idaho, where several of
his children were living. Here he bought and improved a
farm in the irrigated country. The death of his wife in
1915 broke up his home and since then he has made his home
with his children in Idaho, Washington and Colorado, and since
1918 with his son Frank W. Phinney of Plainview, Nebraska.
Desiring to see his children in the west, and thinking that it
would be better to spend the winter in a warmer climate, he
left here the last of August for Idaho. After a few
weeks visit with his sons there, he went to Kelso, Washington.
It was while there at the home of his son Snow that he was
taken with a stroke, and after a short illness, passed away on
November 5, 1925. He body was taken to Caldwell, Idaho,
where he was placed beside the one who had been his companion
through life. He leaves to mourn his loss his four
children, thirteen grandchildren and seven great
grandchildren, besides other relatives and a large number of
friends and acquaintances. Grandpa Phinney, as he was
generally called, was a grand old man in many ways, held in
high esteem by neighbors and friends. A man of high
ideals, and Christian character, he was known by all and loved
by all. He will be greatly missed. The bereaved
family will have the sincere sympathy of the whole community.