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Information for Edwin Nelson Phinney
21 December 1839 - 5 November 1925
From The Caldwell Tribune
13 November 1928
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Phinney Funeral Sunday

     Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Peckham undertaking parlor for Edwin N. Phinney, father of W. C. Phinney.  The Rev. J. Edgar Baker of the Methodist Church had charge of the service and burial took place in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery.


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     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.


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