Thomas Macklin “Mack” Hinson

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(Scrapbook pages were done in Close To My Heart’s Studio J. Edited to remove incorrect names. They had 2 children.)

Thomas Macklin Hinson is my grandfather Wallace Paul Cowan’s uncle, brother to his mother Myrtle Bertie Hinson Cowan (1879-1971). He is the 2nd of 10 children of Isaac Newton Hinson (1849-1925) and Louisa Cumi Harp Hinson (1852-1918). You can read about their family here.

On the 1900 US Census, Thomas M is 28 and Emily J is 27. They have been married 8 years and have two children. Daughter Henry M, age 6 and an unnamed son is 2. They live in Springdale and Mack is a horse trader.

Photo: “Mack at Mule Barn” I think the older gentleman is his father Isaac Newton Hinson. On the 1910 US Census Isaac is listed as a driver at a livery barn. I think the boy on the horse is Mack’s son Dock.

On the 1910 US Census, Thomas M is 37 and Emily J is 36. They are in Springdale. Their daughter Muriel H. is 16, and Dock N is 12. Mack is working as a Liveryman.

Photo: “Mack at Vernon Brook’s barn in Mill Street, 1918”

On the 1920 US Census, Mack is 47 and E Janie is 46, and they live alone. Mack’s occupation is horse dealer.

I can’t find Mack on the 1930 US Census. It’s the Great Depression so he could be anywhere looking for work. (His obituary published October 4, 1945 in Springdale News says he was a lifelong resident of Northwest Arkansas.) Emily is found on the census in Springdale listed as Emma J Henson, married, boarding with Chace and Lottie Hannah. (Chace does special delivery for the US Mail. Mack and Emily’s son Dock, who is about the same age as Chace, is a mail carrier in Florida.)

I can’t find Mack on the 1940 US Census either, but Emily is listed as a widow living along in Springdale. That is very curious, because Mack wasn’t dead!

Mack died October 18, 1945. His Find A Grave memorial is here. Emily died in July of 1959 in Dade County, Florida. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. They are buried next to each other in Bluff Cemetery in Springdale.

Photo: Mack, his son Dock, and his daughter Murriel

Their children:

Murriel H. Hinson was born in August of 1894. She married Frank Leslie Farrar in Washington County, Arkansas on April 29, 1914. She was 20 and Frank was 25. On the 1920 US Census they are living in Springdale and have a 4 year old daughter Fracis L. Frank is a “dealer in apples, traveling salesman.” They were divorced May 21, 1925. By 1926 Murriel is listed in the Pasadena, California directory as a widow of F L Farrar. On the 1930 US Census Muriel H and Frances L are living in Los Angeles, California. She has cut 5 years off her age and is listed as 30. Frances is 14. Murriel is a saleswoman at a dry goods store. died. (Her ex-husband Frank is also in Los Angeles, listed as divorced, lodging, and working as a carpenter.)

On the 1940 US Census Murriel has gained back those 5 years. She is 46 and living with married daughter Frances and her husband Joe Rollins in Los Angeles.  Joe’s occupation is “clerical, general office” and Frances’ is “typist, collection office.” Murriel isn’t working. (Ex-husband Frank is still in Los Angeles, lodging, with no occupation listed. Frank died January 31, 1949.)

I know from her obituary (Northwest Arkansas Times, October 24, 1950) that Murriel married Sam Pine. She died October 10, 1950 in Los Angeles, and according to her obituary it was following a major operation. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Her name is misspelled and her birth year is incorrect on her memorial page, and on the California Death Index. Murriel, Frank and Sam are all buried in the very large Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

For more information on Dock Newton Hinson see my previous post about him.

Dock Newton Hinson (1896-1987) – Razorback Rooter

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:

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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.

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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, 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.

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History has a photo of a football hand-lettered by “local legend Dock Hinson, Springdale’s first-ever all state football player (chosen in 1915) and also the first player from Springdale to be offered a scholarship to play college football.”

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.)

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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 is 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 is 47 and working as a mail clerk. Dock and Reba divorced in Florida in 1953.

By 1958 & 1960 Reba is found in the Hollywood, Florida City Directory with her cousin George Mabry. George is a salesman and Reba has 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.

In my searching for information, I decided to search Facebook and found that the Springdale History Museum posted a photo on April 12, 2013 of Mack Hinson, from the Dock Hinson Collection. I’ve contacted the museum for more information.