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George Dillow McKinnon Jr. Obituary


Well Known and Respected Citizen Whose Parents Were Pioneers of Columbiana County.


George D. McKinnon, aged 60 years, died at his home, Mulberry and Railroad street, East End, at 7 o'clock this morning from the results of an injury sustained on the morning of the Fourth of July. Due was due to paralysis, which developed from the shock of the accident and from nervous collapse. The funeral services will be held at the late home Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. J.N. Swan, who was a close friend of Mr. McKinnon, has been selected to conduct the services, but owing to ill health he may not be able to respond, in which event Rev. N.M. Crowe, of the Second Presbyterian church, will be called upon. The interment will be made in Riverview cemetery.

Mr. McKinnon was one of the best known and most respected man in this city. He was universally liked. His frankness of speech, abrupt manner and keen sense of the right brought him out prominently among men and won for him the confidence and friendship of all. Mr. McKinnon was noted for his promptness in relieving distress among the needy but he was just as quick in refusing assistance to the unworthy. He never wronged a man and never suffered an injustice to be dealt out to him.

Mr. McKinnon was born at the old McKinnon homestead, which still stands in the East End, in what is now the Midway addition. He was one of the children died 60 years ago and his the first death since. His father was George McKinnon, who was said to be the first white child born in Columbiana County. This fact is recorded in several Ohio Valley histories. He died in 1880 at the age of 85.

For a number of years Mr. McKinnon followed the occupation of a stationary engineer. He spent all his life here and upon giving up his trade became a merchant in the place he was conducting at the time of his death. It is stated that many of the people who began to trade with him when he started 14 years ago were his customers until his death.

In connection with his establishment Mr. McKinnon conducted an ice cream parlor and for 14 years had made ice cream in freezers operated by hand. About a month ago he had installed an electric motor and it had been in use only three weeks when the accident occurred that cost him his life. On the morning of July Fourth his right hand was caught between the cogs and before he could stop the machine the third and fourth fingers and the hand up to the wrist had been ground to a pulp.

The shock of the accident was so great that a nervous condition followed and his general health began to break gradually. The wound was healing nicely, but Sunday paralysis of the throat developed, since which time recover was hopeless.

Mr. McKinnon was a soldier during the civil war, serving in the 115Th Ohio volunteers, the regiment commanded by Col. William R. Hill. He was a charter member of the Peabody lodge, No. 19, Knights of Pythias, a charter member of the Buckeye Castle, No. 98, Knights of the Golden Eagle,and a charter member of Ohio Valley Council, Sr. Order of American Mechanics. He was at one time a member of the Methodist Protestant church, but at the time of his death had no church affiliation.

The family connection is quite large, of the immediate relatives there survive his wife and two children, George D. and his wife Effie McKinnon, of the East End; the following brothers and sisters; Addison of Los Angeles, Cal; John of his city; Joseph B. of this city; Michael, of Holliday's Cove; Mrs. Samuel Stewart, of the Calcutta road; Mrs. Rebecca Dobbs, of Dixonville, Mrs. Addie Price, of this city; Mrs. John Glasure, of Penrith, West Virginia, Mrs. Zilla Davidson, of this city, and two half brothers and a half sister, as follows; Leonidas McKinnon, of Braddock; Harry McKinnon of Freedom, and Mrs. Joseph (?) of New Brighton.

The Evening Review
July 19, 1904 - Tuesday
Front Page & page 5

B. June 13, 1844
D. July 19, 1904

Contributed by Deborah Wall

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