Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Ink-Slinger Profiles by Alex Jay: K.L. McKinsey

Katherine L. McKinsey was born in Maryland in November 1891 according to the 1900 U.S. Federal Census. She was the fourth of five children born to Folger, a newspaper editor, and Fannie. The family resided in Baltimore at 3014 Baker Street.

In the 1910 census the family lived on a farm in Anne Arundel County, Maryland on Baltimore and Annapolis Road. McKinsey was unemployed.

Baltimore city directories for the years 1914 and 195 listed McKinsey working at the Baltimore Sun newspaper. Beginning November 11, 1917, McKinsey was editor of the Sun’s Yarns for Youngsters Sunday page.

 Art by Clarence R. Gettier

McKinsey continued to live with her parents as recorded in the 1920 census. Their address was 3401 Holmes Avenue in Baltimore. McKinsey’s occupation was assistant Sunday editor. 

McKinsey was enrolled at the University of Maryland’s law school, and in John Hopkins University’s Russian language class.

The Sun began publishing Clarence R. Gettier’s From Sue to Lou, with Love on August 1, 1920. McKinsey’s byline appeared on the strip from October 17, 1920 to September 11, 1921.


According to the Baltimore Death Index, McKinsey passed away February 23, 1923.

—Alex Jay


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