updated February 2019
Dock Hinson is the son of Thomas Macklin Hinson (1872-1945) and Emily Sietz (1872-1959), and he is my grandfather’s (Wallace Paul Cowan 1903-1988) cousin. I have this photo from when he was very young:
My grandfather wrote on the back that this is Ray Baggett (1904-1919), Dock Newton Hinson and Sam Newton Sanders (1898-1989), all cousins of my grandfather, and grandchildren of Isaac Newton Hinson (1849-1925). He doesn’t note who the girl is. Since Dock and Sam were born just a month apart, I suspect the photo is mismarked, with Dock and Sam of similar height and the taller boy unknown.
Here’s the photo that sparked my interest today, because I figured someone would appreciate a Springdale High Football Team photo. On the back my grandfather wrote: Dock Hinson and Football Buddies, 1913 Springdale High
On October 19, 1965 Northwest Arkansas Times published an article titled “Dock Hinson Publicizes Hogs in Cartoons.” The photograph with the article, accessed through Newspapers.com, is too dark to see. Times Staff Write Wes Holt wrote:
Folks living in and around Springdale may be familiar with signs and posters similar to the one pictured here with its creator, but how many know anything of the person who produces them?
Dock Hinson, a retired postal employee, who for the past six years has resided in Springdale, has made a life-long hobby of drawing cartoons and posters.
About a dozen of Hinson’s posters decorate various stores and eating establishments in Springdale, and at least one was used in a publication from the University last year.
Most of Hinson’s drawings during the last two years depict the University football team as No. 1.
Needless to say, Dock is a avid Razorback rooter, and his background in football is not to be taken lightly.
He played his high school ball at Springdale from 1912-1915 where he was the first player from the school to be name All-State.
In 1916 he played professional for the Cleveland Browns (then known only as Cleveland Professional Football Team), returning to Springdale in 1918 as coach.
Regardless of the rules, Hinson remembers “I got in a little playing time at my old halfback slot during that year too.”
The following year Hinson attended the U. of A., earning a letter in football playing halfback.
“This was during the war years,” Hinson said, “and at that time they were allowing freshman on the varsity team.”
In the ensuing years, Hinson coached in Chandler, Okla. 1920, Pocatello, Idaho 1921, and in Cheyenne, Wyo. in 1922. In 1923 he again returned to coach at Springdale.
Soon after this Hinson went to work as a postal employee in Florida, where he remained until retiring and settling permanently in Springdale.
The Springdale Bulldogs website lists Louis Hinson as Head Coach in 1923 and 1924, so perhaps the name is wrong on the website. The website does show Dock Hinson as Head Coach in 1916 (0-0-3 Conference Champions) and 1917 (3-3) which conflicts with the years stated in the article.
The index of Razorbacks: A Story of Arkansas Football (1996) lists Dock Newton Hinson as ’18, which conflicts with the article, and also his World War I draft card.
His World War I draft card says he is a student at Springdale Business College (not University of Arkansas), and that he is of medium height, medium build, has blue eyes and light hair. He registered on September 7, 1918. US Department of Veteran Affairs records show he enlisted on October 21, 1918 and was released December 13, 1918. (The war ended November 11, 1918.)
In 1927 he married Lois Louise Lowe in Dade County Florida. This photo is of her with her father-in-law Thomas Mack Hinson.
The 1930 and 19400 US Census show them living in Miami, Florida. Dock was a mail carrier for the United States Post Office. Lois died in 1941. They had no children.
In 1942 he married Reba Lillian Mabry in Crawford County, Arkansas. The 1945 Florida Census shows them living in Dade County, Florida. He was 47 and working as a mail clerk. Dock and Reba divorced in Florida in 1953.
By 1958 & 1960 Reba was found in the Hollywood, Florida City Directory with her cousin George Mabry. George is a salesman and Reba had Reba’s Beauty Salon. Reba’s Find A Grave memorial addresses her relationship with George. According to Social Security records she went by Reba Blowers in 1970, Reba Reynolds in 1973, and was back to Reba Mabry by 1994. She died December 22, 1994 in Palmer, Alaska.
Dock died June 20, 1987 in Springdale, Arkansas. He is buried with Lois in Bluff Cemetery in Springdale. His Find A Grave memorial is here.
Hognation says that Dock Hinson was inducted into the Springdale High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.