Louisa Cumi Harp Hinson (1852-1918) – Her Obituary

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Photo: Louisa Cumi Harp Hinson on the left, and one of her sisters





My grandfather Wallace Paul Cowan had a clipping of his grandmother’s obituary published in Springdale News (date unknown) and I have transcribed it:

Louisa Curry Hinson (nee Harp) was born November 30, 1852 near Hindsville, Madison County, Ark., and died April 10, 1918 at the family home on East Emma Avenue, Springdale Ark., at 5:20 am, age 65 years, 4 months and 10 days.

At age fifteen years she was converted and joined the Baptist church in the community of her childhood. She lived a consistent Christian life until the day of her death.

October 14, 1868, she was married to I.N. Hinson to whom she was a faithful and devoted wife until the day of her death. They had ten children, eight of whom still live. They are Mack of Springdale, Daniel of Iola, Kansas, Len of Camp Beauregard, LA, Mrs. Blake Baggett and Mrs. Bertie Cowan of Springdale, Mrs. Elmer Loyd of Van Buren, Mrs. S. O. Johnson of Memphis, TN, and Mrs. Andrew Sanders of Lorenzo, TX. All of these except Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Sanders were present at the funeral, sickness preventing their presence. Besides these she leaves one sister, Mrs. Martha Nail of Wichita Falls, TX and three brothers, Jim and Burden Harp of Hindsville and Allen Harp of Kirkland TX. The last named brother couldn’t be present at the funeral.

Mrs. Hinson was a beautiful patient Christian character. Her influences in the home meant much to the family. She was cheerful, pleasant and patient in all things. As a mother she was kind and gentle and devoted to the interests of her children. As a wife she was devoted and patient and helpful. The stars she will wear in eternity can alone reflect the kindly patience and gentle care which she showed in every realm of her life.

On the morning of April 4, she suffered a paralytic stroke while about the duties of the house. She did not think she was very sick, but soon sunk into unconsciousness. From this she never aroused. Gradually her condition grew worse, until on Wednesday morning, April 10, at 5:20 oclock she went away to meet her savior. Her place will not be filled here again. She is gone from us never to return but awaits us coming to her. The Lord grant that we should go to that way at the end of our days.

Funeral services were conducted at the home Thursday afternoon, April 11, by pastor W. I. Elledge of the Baptist Church in the presence of a large crowd of sorrowing friends and relatives. Her remains were laid away in Bluff Cemetary the same day. The friends of the family showed their appreciation of her excellent character in every possible way. The beautiful floral tribute spoke more eloquently than words can express the esteem in which she was held by those who knew her best.

Card of thanks: We take this method of extending our thanks and of expressing our deep appreciation to every person who so kindly helped us in the sickness and death of our wife and mother. The kindness of friends is worth more at such a time as this as any other thing we know. We thank you every one. I.N. Hinson and family.

Isaac Newton Hinson (1849-1925) & Louisa Cumi Harp (1852-1918)

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Isaac Newton Hinson and Louisa Cumi Harp are my 2x great grandparents. They were the parents of my great grandmother Myrtle Bertie Hinson.

Isaac Newton Hinson was born November 24, 1849 in Arkansas. He was the son of Daniel Hinson and Rhoda Vaughn.

Louisa Cumi Harp was born November 30, 1852 in Arkansas. She was the daughter of James Thomas Harp and Nancy Jane Hinds.

On the 1850 US Census, Isaac’s family was farming in Brush Creek, Washington County, Arkansas. Isaac was 1, his father Daniel was 40, and his mother Rhoda was 40. His siblings in the home were William, age 17; Margaret, age 14; Penelope, age 11; Thomas, age 8; and Daniel, age 5 – all were born in Arkansas. Only William had attended school the prior year. Their last name was listed as Hynson.

On the 1860 US Census, Isaac’s family farmed in Clear Creek, Washington County, Arkansas. Isaac was 10, father Daniel was 54 and mother Rhoda was 48.  Siblings in the home were Thomas, age 18; Phillip Daniel, age 15; Emily, age 1; Penelope, age 20, and her husband William Linley, age 23, and their daughter Mary, an infant. It is noted that Rhoda and Penelope can’t read. No one in the home attended school the prior year.

Also on the 1860 US Census, Louisa’s family farmed in War Eagle Walnut, Benton County, Arkansas. Louisa was 5, father James was 37, and mother Nancy Harp was 32. Siblings in the home were: William, age 16; Julia, age 14; Sarah, age 11; Mary, age 8; John, age 4; Martha, age 2; and James, age 1. Neither of Louisa’s parents could read, and no one in the home attended school the prior year.

Isaac & Louisa married in about 1869. Isaac was about 19 and Louisa was about 16.

On the 1870 US Census, Isaac & Louisa were both 20 years old. They farmed in Prairie, Madison County, Arkansas. Isaac was listed as Newton and Louisa was listed as Cumi. Isaac is marked as unable to read.

On the 1880 US Census, the family was still in Prairie, Madison County, Arkansas. Isaac was 30 and Louisa was 24. They had 5 children: Zimri, age 10; Thomas, age 7; Dora, age 5; May Belle, age 3; and Bertie, an infant. Isaac is marked as being unable to read or write, and Zimri had attended school the prior year.

On the 1900 US Census, the family was farming in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas. Isaac, listed as Newton, was 51 and Louisa was 47. Children in the home were: Bertie, age 20 and recorded as a son; Daniel, age 18; Lin, age 16; Cleopatra, age 14; and Vernia, age 10. Isaac and Louisa had been married for 30 years, and Louisa had given birth to 11 children, with 9 living. Vernia and Lin were attending school.

On the 1910 US Census, the family was in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas. Isaac was 60 and a driver in a livery barn. Louisa was 56, and had given birth to 10 children, with 7 still alive. Isaac and Louisa had been married for 40 years. Children in the home were: Cleopatra, age 24; Bertie, age 29 (married for 7 years but abandoned by her husband) was a dressmaker working from the home, and her son Paul, age 7; Lin, age 27, working as a brakeman on the railroad, and his wife Annie, age 20.

Louisa died on April 10, 1918 in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas. She was 65. Her Find a Grave memorial is here.

On the 1920 US Census, widowed Isaac was 70. He lived with daughter Bertie, age 33 and divorced, and her son Paul, age 16 in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas. Paul had attended school and was the only one employed. He worked as a delivery boy for a grocery store.

Isaac died July 12, 1925 in Washington County, Arkansas. He was 75. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

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Bluff Cemetery in Springdale, Arkansas

Photo: Isaac and Louisa are buried together in Bluff Cemetery in Springdale, Arkansas. The photo shows my great grandmother Bertie with her sisters Dora Ada and May Belle. The young girl is Dora Ada’s granddaughter Cleona Sanders.

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This photo was sent to me by Sonny Sanders, son of Utah Sanders and grandson of Andrew Jackson Sanders and Dora Ada Hinson (they are incorrectly labeled and Mr & Mrs A. G. Sanders in the photo.) In the center of the photo is Louisa and “G. Father Hinson” is Isaac. My great grandmother Bertie is in the top row at the far right, and my grandfather Wallace Paul Cowan is on the left in the front row. Shiloh Museum of Ozark History has this photo in their archives and provided me with more information. The photo was taken at the Baggett residence in Springdale around 1904. The man in the middle row to the left of Louisa is Blake Baggett. Based on that identification, I think he’s holding his daughter Winnie G. Baggett, who was born in 1900, and I believe that is his wife May Belle Hinson standing behind him to the left.

The children of Isaac Newton Hinson and Louisa Cumi Harp are:

Zimri Hinson – Zimri was born July 5, 1870 in Whitener, Madison County, Arkansas. He died July 30, 1884 in Waco, Texas according to family records.
Thomas Macklin Hinson – 1872-1945
Dora Ada Hinson – 1875-1959
May Belle Hinson – 1877-1970
Myrtle Bertie Hinson – 1879-1971
James Daniel Hinson – 1881-1949
Lin Walter Hinson – 1885-1952
Polk Wallis Hinson – Polk was born on February 16, 1887 in Whitener, Madison County, Arkansas, and died March 3, 1887 according to family records.
Cleopatra Ellen Hinson – 1886-1946
Vernia Jane Hinson – 1889-1920

Lin Walter Hinson (1885-1952) – Part 2 – Shiloh Rowdy!

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 is from the July 9, 1915 Fayetteville Democrat, and is headlined “SEND HIM AWAY.” It reads:

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 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 is in the Fayetteville Democrat on February 23, 1923, titled “Hold 3 for “Toting” Pistols; One Fights” and it reads 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 is still fighting.

In the Fayetteville Democrat on March 8, 1923, in an article titled “Local Officers Help Chase Okla. Thieves,” Lin Hinson is 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.

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 is the “officer of the day.”

Here are the photos I have of Lin’s later years:

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Lin & Fishing Buddies, with his dog

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Lin with his dog, about 1937

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Ernie Still with truck (E. D. Still Drilling Co), Lin with his Chevy

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Lin Hinson in Springdale, Arkansas

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 Hinson (1905-1995) and three sisters.

Lin Walter Hinson (1885-1952) – Part 1 – Military Service

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My grandfather Wallace Paul Cowan (1903-1988) left lots of photos of his Hinson side of the family. His mother Myrtle Bertie Hinson Cowan (1879-1971) had seven siblings who lived to adulthood, and I have photos of most of them and their children. I’ll be doing a post on each of them. I shared earlier about Dock Newton Hinson, and soon will share information about his father, Bertie’s sister Thomas Mack Hinson (1872-1945).

Today, I’ll tell you about Grandpa’s uncle Lin Walter Hinson (1885-1952) and his military service. In my next post, I’ll tell you about his rowdy behavior, including a newspaper article about him with the headline “Send Him Away.”

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Lin Walter Hinson

Lin is the son of Isaac Newton Hinson (1849-1925) and Louisa “Cumi” Harp Hinson (1852-1918). You can read about their family here. The 1910, 1920 and 1940 US Census lists his birthplace as Arkansas, but his obituary (Springdale News, October 20, 1952) says he was born in Wichita Falls, Texas. (This obituary misnames his mother as Nancy Harp Hinson, and misspells his name as Lynn.) His World War II Draft Registration Card also lists his birthplace as Wichita Falls, Texas. I suspect something took the family to Wichita Falls, Texas at the time of Lin’s birth, but all his siblings were born in Arkansas.

Lin married three times but had no children. On September 18, 1909 he married Annie Gramling (1888-1941) in Benton County, Arkansas. They were counted twice in the 1910 US Census, first living with Lin’s parents, two sisters including my Great Grandmother, and my grandfather on April 21 in Springdale. On May 2 they are recorded living alone, in Springdale. By 1920 Annie is found on the US Census, divorced and living with her father. A lot happened during that decade, and we will talk about that.

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Nadine and Lin Hinson

On April 4, 1922 he married Hazel Snowden in Washington County, Arkansas. I don’t know how long the marriage lasted, and I can’t find them in the 1930 US Census.

On August 2, 1938 he married Nadine Harris (1905-1995) in Washington County, Arkansas and he was married to her when he died.



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Marked “Lin in Army, Mexico”


The military photos I have of Lin are marked on the back in my grandfather’s handwriting saying he is in Mexico, and the dates are a bit off. He did serve in Company A of the Arkansas National Guard and went to Deming, New Mexico (Springdale News 1916: May 19, June 30, July 29, September 15) but not Mexico. From Wikipedia, I learned that the 142nd Field Artillery Regiment served in The Mexican Expedition, against the paramilitary forces of Francisco “Pancho” Villa:

In July 1916, the entire Arkansas National Guard was mobilized for federal service on the Mexican border.  Arkansas units began to assemble immediately at Fort Roots, near Little Rock. Of the 2,078 Guardsmen that answered the call, only 1,208 passed the new physical standards for entry into federal service. The Arkansas troops received orders on 29 June to move to Deming, New Mexico in order to replace regular troops joining the actual expedition into Mexico and prepare if Mexico reacted to the incursion. The Arkansas troops were not engaged in Mexico and returned to Little Rock in February, mustering out of service 19–24 February at Fort Logan H. Roots. This mobilization of the National Guard along the Mexican border was the training ground for many future leaders of the Arkansas National Guard. Many of the officers who led Arkansas National Guard units in the early years of World War I and World War II began their service on the Mexican border.

Sources used for the Wikipedia article provide more information if you are interested: Arkansas Army National Guard website and Arkansas National Guard Museum website.

Linn’s obituary (Springdale News, October 20, 1952) says that he served with the 142nd Field Artillery in France in World War I. From the Arkansas National Guard Museum website:

142nd Field Artillery Regiment (originally the 2nd Infantry) was delayed by training as it converted from infantry to artillery.  It sailed for France August 31st and arrived September 7th. The 142nd was certified for combat November 8th, 1918 and the armistice was signed on the 11th, preventing the 142nd from participating in combat.

Before he served the United States on the border with Mexico and in France, he was a wild young man living in Springdale, Arkansas. In my next post we’ll talk about his rowdy life before his military service, and his life after it.