Kenneth Eldon Kinman was born in 1951, St. Rose Hospital, Great Bend, Barton County, Kansas, and raised in nearby Hoisington, Kansas.
My parents drove from Hoisington to Great Bend at 2:00 A.M. during a blizzard, and I was born at 7:40 A.M. (birth weight 8 lbs. 5 oz.). During my first 6 months, we lived at 464 West 1st in Hoisington, but about August 1951, my father bought our residence at 665 West 3rd. My Aunt Gloria LaOrange moved in with us, so she was one of my first baby-sitters.
I attended Roosevelt Elementary School, and then Hoisington Jr. and Sr. High Schools. Only hospital stay was in the summer of 1966 (Hoisington Lutheran Hospital) for pneumonitis. Dismissed from that hospital on 03 July 1966 (source: 05 July 1966 issue of Great Bend Tribune, page 2). Graduated from Hoisington High School in May 1969 and was "Outstanding Senior Boy" of the class of 1969.
Attended the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, and first lived for three years at Grace Pearson Scholarship Hall (served as Secretary during my Sophomore year and Treasurer my Junior year). I was elected to membership in the K.U. Owl Society, and also elected President of the K.U. Chemistry Club. Classes were disrupted in May 1970 by a big fire in the Student Union, protests, bombing of the Computer Center, and the Governor sending in the National Guard. In the summer of 1971, I drove to the Black Hills and Badlands (South Dakota), Glacier National Park (Montana), and Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming). Stopped by Gillette, Wyoming, on my way back to visit with Uncle Jimmy LaOrange and Aunt Kay.
I graduated in March 1974 with a B.A. in Chemistry. Worked as both a chemist and biologist (mostly the latter). Worked at various jobs, including work for E. Raymond Hall on 2nd Edition of Mammals of North America. I started a species checklist of Mammals of World in 1975, eventually expanded it to a catalogue of all species and subspecies of mammals of the world. Moved back to Hoisington in the summer of 1977. Poisoned by chlordane fumes from termite pest control in May 1978 and developed severe anxiety and OCD. Returned to Lawrence later in 1978 (worked again for E. Raymond Hall), but due to horrible neighboring tenants, I moved back to Hoisington in April 1979.
Back to Lawrence in September 1979 to Co-author a reference book, Mammal Species of the World (First Edition; published in 1982). Also co-authored scientific papers on Kansas spiders after many years of collecting. But most of my time has largely been devoted to doing genealogical research (since 1979), including three trips to Salt Lake City (1982, 1985, and 1986). Enjoyed babysitting nephews and nieces in Hoisington during the 1980's. The 1985 trip to Salt Lake City lasted from late February to late May. Life in Hoisington became a struggle, so I moved to Hays, Kansas, in September 1989. Still here in Hays.
Origin of the surname KINMAN: either an occupational name for a cowherd, from the Middle English kineman (cattle man), or from a Middle English survival of the Old English personal name Cynemann (royal man; the king's man).
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