updated January 2019
In my last post I introduced you to my Great Great Uncle Lin Walter Hinson (1885-1952.) He served our country on the border of Mexico with the Arkansas National Guard, and then went to France during World War I.
Prior to his military service, he was quite a rowdy guy! I found numerous newspaper articles describing his antics and arrests, and I know there are more out there that I didn’t find.
The earliest article I found was from the July 9, 1915 Fayetteville Democrat, and was headlined “SEND HIM AWAY.” It read:
Lin Hinson, formerly of Springdale, is now a resident of Fayetteville; his change of residence was not altogether through his own desire in the matter and it is certain that Fayetteville expressed no such choice. The fact is, Hinson is supposed to be a prisoner at the County Jail and is supposed to be serving time by reason of convictions on several counts as a result of his leadership in a Sunday debauchery near Springdale last April. He is now free to go where he likes and is classed as a trusty.
Hinson wandered back to Springdale last Sunday and his appearance there caused a big commotion in municipal affairs. As a result of the agitation Mayor Lane has expressed a desire that City Marshall Alvis be discharged from office. The main trouble with Alvis seems to be that he had nerve enough to stop the desperado – Hinson.
Only a few days ago Hinson was heard to call across the street to a friend, and say “Red, let’s get drunk and get in jail again.” Hinson should be behind bars – he is a pest to society and a menace to the youth of our city.
The Democrat has no fight to make on Sheriff Morton. We have commended his administration of affairs throughout his tenure of office and shall continue to do so as far as is consistent with good government. But cattle like Hinson deserve no sympathy, no consideration and certainly no privileges. If he is to be turned loose – send him back to Springdale.”
Just a few days later, on July 17, 1915, the same paper published an article titled “HOLOSPRINGDALE OFFICER FOR ASSAULT ON HINSON.” It’s too good to not include the whole thing:
There is no such thing as peace for Springdale. “There ain’t no such animal,” if the good citizens of that city are to be believed.
Lin Hinson, concerning whom much has been said of late, is fast becoming an issue in Shiloh. His many escapades in our neighbor city, ever-recurring fights and debaucheries are having a telling effect on Springdale’s quietude and matters have now reached a definite crisis. Diplomatic relations between the Hinson’s and Anti-Hinson’s have been severed.
Marshall Alvis of Springdale, also Deputy Sheriff, had the audacity to attempt to control one of Hinson’s frolics on a Sunday last April and there has been trouble ever since. Feeling has been running high. After a severe fight on that memorable Sunday Hinson was arraigned before a justice at Springdale and was adjudged guilty of several minor offenses.
Hinson has been in Fayetteville serving time for the past few weeks and was released Thursday. He went back to Springdale on that day and was at the train this morning on his way back to Fayetteville when he and Marshall Alvis met at the station, and there was the beginning of the end.
Alvis claims that Hinson drew a knife and advanced on him. Hinson claims that he made no hostile move. Anyway, Alvis pulled the trigger of a 38 calibre pistol three times and it was only the fault of the gun that there was no serious damage done. The cartridges failed to go off.
About this time the train pulled in and Hinson left for Fayetteville. As soon as he got here he reported the trouble to Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Flowers who directed Justice W. W. Bishop to issue a warrant for the arrest of Alvis on a charge of assault with the intent to kill.
The warrant was served this morning by Deputy Sheriff Homer Jackson and Alvis was released on $750 bond which was given by Carl Ownhey and Lee Sanders, both connected with the Farmers and Merchants Bank at Springdale. A preliminary hearing will be held before Justice Walker Monday at 10:00 am.
A petition is being circulated in Springdale asking Sheriff Morton to discharge Alvis from the office of deputy sheriff, and on the other end there are two petitions being circulated which urge the Sheriff to retain Alvis as deputy and which highly praise his work as an officer. Merchants of Springdale are raising money by popular subscription to pay Alvis’ Attorney’s fee.
The conflict between Lin Hinson and Marshall Alvis continued. An article titled “SHILOH ROWDIES ARE PLACED UNDER ARREST” appeared in The Fayetteville Democrat on September 15, 1915. Lin Hinson, Charlie Nail, Hunter Nail, and Bill Nable were “arraigned before Mayor Lane on a charge of assult and battery on the person of City Marshall Bud Alvis and were released on bond of $500.00 each pending a preliminary hearing.”
Two days later the Fayetteville Democrat reported “HINSON GOES FREE; NAIL FINES $50.00.” Charlie Nail was “fined $50.00 and costs in Mayor Lane’s court on the charge of assault and battery on City Marshall Bud Alvis. Similar charges against Bill Noble and Hunter Nail, Charlie Nail’s father, were dismissed by the court and Mayor Lane transferred a similar charge against Lin Hinson because of blood relation with the defendant. Hinson appeared before Justice of the Peace Fred Reed and the case against him was dismissed.” Lin Hinson and Mayor Isaac Tolbert Lane (1849-1918) were first cousins once removed (Isaac the son of Lin’s paternal grandmother’s sister). I don’t know what became of the case.
The April 16, 1916 Springdale News reported “A little disturbance on Emma Avenue Tuesday evening, between Lin Hinson and M. O. Perkins, a transient strawberry picker.” The law had to get involved. “Hinson was fined $1 and the costs for fighting, and Perkins drew $2.50 and costs for disturbing the peace.”
The next month Lin went with Company A of the Arkansas National Guard to serve at the Mexico border, and then to France at the end of World War I.
On April 4, 1922 Lin married Hazel Snowden in Washington County, Arkansas. They divorced, and Hazel was listed as divorced on the 1930 US Census. She was in CA and lived with her sister.
On July 29, 1922, Fayetteville Daily Democrat reported that Lin W. Hinson was a candidate for Constable. I haven’t found information about the outcome of the race.
The next article I find about Lin Hinson was in the Fayetteville Democrat on February 23, 1923, titled “Hold 3 for “Toting” Pistols; One Fights” and it read in part:
“Ivan (Brownie) Martin, Lloyd Tunnell and Tom Samuel were arrested for carrying weapons by officers in a visit to a dance near the fair ground last night.
Martin made the mistake of hurling vile epithets at Lin Hinson and inviting him to resent it. Hinson, who was with the officers, took off his coat and the two came to blows, with Martin getting the worst of it, according to officers.”
I like that he went from fighting Marshalls to hanging out with officers. But he was still fighting.
In the Fayetteville Democrat on March 8, 1923, in an article titled “Local Officers Help Chase Okla. Thieves,” Lin Hinson was one of three “Washington County officers” who captured six men breaking into a warehouse. So now he’s on the law’s side and has a badge.
In 1925, Lin’s father Newton died.
On August 2, 1938 he married Nadine Harris (1905-1995) in Washington County, Arkansas and he was married to her when he died.
On the 1940 US Census, Lin was 55 and he lived in Springdale with wife Nadine. No occupation is listed.
The last article I find regarding Lin (prior to his obituaries) is an announcement about V. F. W. Installation Services in the Northwest Arkansas Times on April 20, 1944. He was the “officer of the day.”
Here are the photos I have of Lin’s later years:
Lin died October 19, 1952 in Springdale, Arkansas at age 67. From obituaries published in Springdale News and Northwest Arkansas Times, we know he was a retired truck driver for Jones Truck Line, and he died at the home of his sister, and my great grandmother, Myrtle Bertie Hinson (1879-1971.) He was a member of First Baptist Church. He was survived by his wife Nadine Harris (1905-1995) and three sisters.