In 1880 Kit Carson (KC) Bucklin was just 17 years old and was already an apprentice blacksmith working for Daniel Guptil. By 1890 he had his own blacksmith shop in Rockford. Two years later he married Josephine Farnham (daughter of Daniel Farnham who was the editor of the Delano Eagle and noted historian). Together they had one son, Percy Bucklin in 1899. KC would move with his family to Lake Creek, Idaho where he worked at a logging camp as a blacksmith from about 1910-1920. His final move was to Hood River, Oregon where he continued his blacksmith work.