JOHN C. MCGINNESS               GRAVESTONE PHOTO                      

William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas





JOHN C. McGINNES, manufacturer of harness and saddlery, was born near Danville, Montour Co., Pa., January 18, 1842. Engaged in harness making for three years at Pottsgrove, Northumberland Co., Pa. and in 1870 and 1871, he was engaged in farming. He enlisted July 6, 1862, in Company E. One Hundred and Thirty-first Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, served nine months, which was the term for which he enlisted. Mr. McGinnis came to Parsons, Kan., April 5, 1872. After spending some time prospecting he began his present business here in October, 1873. He has been Alderman of the First Ward, and is a member of the A., F. & A. M. and I. O. O. F. He was married at Lewisburg, Union Co., Pa., January 10, 1868, to Clarinda W. Fegley, a native of that place. They have five children living - Anna, Adelia, James Allen, John Bond and Guy. They have lost two children: Minnie died at the age of six years, and Harry was two years old at the time of his death.