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Catalog Number 2008.030
Object Name Bottle
Description Clear glass bottle marked "J. R. Kinghorn, Anacortes, Wash."

Kinghorn was a bartender in Anacortes in 1902...see information under notes.
Date 1898
Dimensions H-6.38 W-2.75 inches
Credit line Donated by Gary Storme, 2008
Notes Kinghorn was a bartender in Anacortes in 1902. Patent date on bottle is August 9, 1898.

John R. Kinghorn was the first "Worthy Secretary" of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie #249, Anacortes, WA. His name is listed in the "Grand Organizer's Report" on the Charter List of Officers and Members, which is dated August 19, 1902.

The 1900 issue of the ANACORTES AMERICAN "Souvenir" notes that John Kinghorn assists B. F. McCracken with the running of the eureka club, which numbers among the most popular saloons in the city.

Kinghorn is listed in the 1902 city directory as a bartender rooming at P Avenue (Commercial Avenue) and 5th Street along with Sam Kinghorn--probably his brother--who was a pile driver.

Kinghorn appears to have left Anacortes later that year, and he does not appear in any subsequent city directories. However, a J. R. Kinghorn is listed on a Pierce County Marriage Certificate as marrying Coral Bliss on August 23, 1902. A Birth Return and Supplemental Report of Birth indicate that a daughter Tessie Mary Maple Kinghorn was born on May 12, 1905 in Whatcom County to John R. Kinghorn and Coral Bliss Kinghorn. The Brith Return shows that Coral Bliss was 19 at the time of her last birthday and that Tessie was the second child born to her. Kinghorn was 30 at the time of the birth and his occupation is listed as bartender; presumably, he is the same person who tended bar in Anacortes. Both Coral and john are listed as having been born in New York. The supplemental Report states that Tessie was born in Bellingham, but the birth return shows that the place of birth was "Maple Blk, Elks." This may be a neighborhood or area in Bellingham and could explain the "Maple" in Tessie's name.

A Death Record on file in the Washington State digital archives shows that a John R. Kinghorn, husband of Ada Kinghorn, died at the age of 62 in Seattle on October 17, 1927. This individual would have been ten years older than the J. R. Kinghorn who is listed as the father of Tessie if his age is listed correctly on the birth Return. (Seattle Kinghorn born 1865; Anacortes Kinghorn born 1875). We have no additional records available at this time.

Samuel C. Kinghorn, probably the brother of John Kinghorn and who served as the first "Inside Guard" of the Eagles, was married to Alvina Rogers on July 1, 1902 by the minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Anacortes.

Compiled by Susan Rooks, February 10, 2011.
People KINGHORN, J. R.
Search Terms bartender
glass bottle
Subjects Tool & Equipment