Albert Gibson Cowan (1884-1963) & Myrtle Bertie Hinson (1879-1971)

updated January 2019

Albert Gibson Cowan & Myrtle Bertie Hinson are my great grandparents, the parents of my grandfather Wallace Paul Cowan.

Bertie was born August 13, 1879 in Whitener, Arkansas. Her parents were Isaac Newton Hinson and Louisa Cumi Harp. You can read about them here. When Bertie was born, she joined older brothers and two sisters, and three more brothers and two more sisters followed. Bertie, age 9 months, was found on the 1880 US Census, living in Prairie, Madison County, Arkansas. She lived with her parents and four siblings. In 1884, her brother Zimri died, and in 1887, her brother Polk died. Bertie was found on the 1900 US Census in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas. She was 20 years old lived with her parents and four siblings.

Albert was born March 27, 1884 in Benton County, Arkansas. His parents were Thomas B. Cowan and Martha Josephine Johnston. You can read about them here. When Albert was born, he joined two brothers, and a sister followed. Albert, age 16 and working as a day laborer, was found on the 1900 US Census living in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas with his parents and his sister.

Bertie and Albert married on March 16, 1902 in Washington County, Arkansas. Albert was only 17 years old, and Bertie was 22. My grandfather Wallace Paul Cowan was born January 25, 1903. The marriage ended in 1904 but I haven’t found divorce records. (Albert’s parents divorced sometime between 1904 and 1907. His mother married two more times.) You can read about my experience figuring out what happened to Albert Gibson Cowan here.

Bertie, age 31, was found on the 1910 US Census living with her son Paul, age 7, in Springdale. They lived with her parents Newton and Cumi, her sister Cleopie, her brother Lin and his wife Annie. She was working at home as a dressmaker. She was listed as married.

Albert, age 26, was found on the 1910 US Census living in Lawton Ward 3, Comanche County, Oklahoma. He was a boarder, working as a telephone lineman.

My grandfather never mentioned that his mother remarried, but in the Arkansas Marriage Index I found Bertie Cowan marrying Henry T. Troutt on April 7, 1912. Bertie was 32 and Henry was 52. I can’t find a divorce record for this marriage either, but it apparently didn’t last long.

On September 3, 1912, Albert married Izora Beatrice Shirley in Custer County, Oklahoma.  Albert was 28 years old going into this marriage, and Izora was 20. They had a son in 1915 and a daughter in 1918.

In 1918, Bertie’s mother Cumi died, and in 1920, her sister Vernia died.

On the 1920 US Census, Bertie, age 41, and Paul, age 16, lived with Bertie’s father Newton in Springdale. Bertie was marked as divorced and not working. Paul was a delivery boy for a grocery store.

Albert was found on the 1920 US Census living in Kiowa, Roger Mills, Oklahoma. He was 36 and worked as a manager at a telephone company. That year, his mother Martha died.

In 1925, Bertie’s father Newton died.

Albert and Izora had daughters born in 1921, 1923. By 1923, they had moved from Oklahoma to Chilhowee, Johnson County, Missouri.

The 1930 US Census found Bertie, age 51, working as a saleslady at a variety store. Paul was 27 with no occupation listed. They were enumerated in the census on May 19, 1930 and Paul married Ellen Cecelia Barber in Platte County, Missouri later that same year. He spent time in Kansas City during 1929 and 1930, working various jobs, and living in what he referred to as Ma Terry’s Boarding House at 2512 Prospect.

Albert lived in Chilhowee, Johnson County, Missouri on the 1930 US Census. He was 46 and worked as a lineman at a telephone company. Sometime over the previous decade, their daughter Ada had died. Albert’s father Thomas died in 1930.

In 1938, Albert’s brother Thomas died. Albert and his family moved to California.

Bertie was found on the 1940 US Census at age 60, living alone, with no occupation listed. In 1945, her brother Thomas died; in 1946 her sister Cleopie died;  in 1949 her brother Dan died; in 1952 her brother Lin died; in 1959 her sister Ada died; and in 1970 her last living sibling, sister Belle, died.

Albert was found on the 1940 US Census at age 56, was a “trouble shooter”, and lived in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California with his wife and three children. In 1943, Albert’s wife died. In 1960, his last living sibling, sister Charlotte, died.

Albert returned to Missouri sometime after his wife’s death. He died on December 17, 1963 at age 79. He was a patient at the Missouri State Hospital in Nevada, Missouri at the time of his death. His Find a Grave memorial is here.

Bertie spent her last years in a nursing home in Springdale. I know from letters she wrote to Paul that Albert Cowan’s relatives visited and cared for her throughout her life. Tom Cowan served as a pallbearer at her funeral, but I don’t know where it fits into the family tree. Cora Cowan (married to brother-in-law John Henry Cowan) sent her dresses while she was living in the nursing home, and Mildred Cowan Stiles visited and wrote to Paul that she wasn’t happy with the conditions. I don’t think Paul visited much if at all, and I know that my great grandmother never met me. I was 3 when she died.

Bertie died September 1, 1971 in Springdale at age 92. She is buried in Bluff Cemetery. I have a letter from Paul’s cousin Theda Baggett imploring him to purchase a headstone for her grave, but I don’t think he did. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The child of Albert Gibson Cowan & Myrtle Bertie Hinson:

Wallace Paul Cowan – My grandfather Paul was born January 25, 1903 in Springdale, Arkansas. He married Ellen Cecelia Barber in 1930 and they had 2 children. He died February 2, 1988 at age 85 and Ellen died February 2, 1990 at age 81. His Find A Grave memorial is here. I’ve done other posts about Paul, including filling stations he worked at, photos he took from the water tower in Springdale, and Marshall Auto Store where he worked.

The children of Albert Gibson Cowan & Izora Beatrice Shirley:

Albert Gibson Cowan, Jr. –  He was born June 16, 1915 in Oklahoma. He married Grace Irene Redfield on September 7, 1940 in Los Angeles, California. They had a son. Albert died October 24, 2002 in California at age 87.

Ada M. Cowan – She was born about 1918 in Oklahoma. The only record I have of her is the 1920 US Census.

Sonora Joe Cowan – She was born about 1921 in Oklahoma. She married Addison L. Chrisman on April 27, 1946 in Los Angeles, California. They had two children. Sonora died November 15, 1973 in Issaquah, King County, Washington at age 52.

Marjorie B. Cowan – She was born July 5, 1923 in Missouri. She never married and had no children. She died October 15, 1997 in San Bernadino, California at age 74.  Her Find a Grave memorial is here.

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

HARP Louis Cumi Left Her Sister HARP black and white cropped

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)


updated February 2019

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, the 6th of their 7 children.

Louisa Cumi Harp was born November 30, 1852 in Arkansas. She was the daughter of James Thomas Harp and Nancy Jane Hinds, the 6th of their 11 children.

On the 1850 US Census, Newton’s family was farming in Brush Creek, Washington County, Arkansas. Newton 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, Newton’s family farmed in Clear Creek, Washington County, Arkansas. Newton 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, Cumi’s family farmed in War Eagle Walnut, Benton County, Arkansas. Cumi 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 Cumi’s parents could read, and no one in the home attended school the prior year.

Sometime in the 1860s, Cumi’s father died, as did Newton’s. The Civil War likely played into both.

Newton & Cumi married on October 14, 1868. Newton was 18 and Cumi was 15.

On the 1870 US Census, Newton & Cumi were both said to be 20 years old, but Newton was 21 and Cumi was 18. They farmed in Prairie, Madison County, Arkansas. Newton was marked as unable to read. That year they had their first child, a son named Zimri.

In 1872 they had son Mack. In 1875 they had daughter Ada, and Cumi’s brother John died. In 1877 they had daughter Belle and in 1879 they had daughter Bertie.

On the 1880 US Census, the family was still in Prairie, Madison County, Arkansas. Newton was listed as 30 (he was 31) and Cumi was listed as 24 (she was 28). They had 5 children: Zimri, age 10; Mack, age 7; Ada, age 5; Belle, age 3; and Bertie, an infant. Newton was marked as being unable to read or write, and Zimri had attended school the prior year.

In 1881 they had son Dan. In 1884, their son Zimri died at age 14. In 1885 they had son Lin. In 1885 they had daughter Cleopie. In 1886 Cumi’s mother died. In 1887 they had son Polk Wallis, and he lived only 15 days. In 1889 they had daughter Vernie.

Sometime after 1880, Newton’s mother died, but we don’t have records.

On the 1900 US Census, the family was farming in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas. Newton was 51 and Cumi was listed as 47 (she was 48). Children in the home were: Bertie, age 20 and recorded as a son; Dan, age 18; Lin, age 16 and recorded as a daughter named Lena; Cleopie, age 14; and Vernie, age 10. Newton and Cumi had been married for 30 years, and Cumi had given birth to 11 children, with 9 living. Vernie and Lin were attending school.

In 1905, Cumi’s sister Sarah died and in 1906 her sister Julia died.

On the 1910 US Census, the family was in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas. Newton was listed as 60 (he was 61) and a driver in a livery barn. Cumi was listed as 56 (she was 58), and she had given birth to 10 children, with 7 still alive. Newton and Cumi had been married for 40 years. Children in the home were: Cleopie, 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.

Cumi 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 Newton 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. In 1920, Newton’s daughter Vernia died.

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

My beautiful picture

Newton and Cumi are buried together in Bluff Cemetery in Springdale, Arkansas. The photo shows my great grandmother Bertie with her sisters Ada and Belle. The young girl is Ada’s granddaughter Cleona Sanders.

HINSON Isaac HARP Louisa, HINSON Bertie HINSON Dora Ada SANDERS Andrew Jackson

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 Cumi and “G. Father Hinson” is Newton. 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 Cumi is Blake Baggett. Based on that identification, I think he’s holding his daughter Winnie, who was born in 1900, and I believe that is his wife Belle standing behind him to the left.

The children of Isaac Newton Hinson & Louisa Cumi Harp:

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. He was 14.

Thomas Macklin Hinson – Mack was born May 23, 1872 in Whitener, Madison County, Arkansas. He married Emily Jane Seitz in 1892. They had 2 children. He died October 18, 1945 in Whitener, Madison County, Arkansas at age 73. His Find a Grave memorial is here. Read more about him here.

Dora Ada Hinson – Dora was born May 7, 1875 in Whitener, Madison County, Arkansas. She married Andrew Jackson Sanders on February 28, 1893. They had 4 children. She died December 28, 1959 in Lubbock, Texas at age 84. Her Find a Grave memorial is here. Read more about her here.

May Belle Hinson – Belle was born September 24, 1877 in Whitener, Madison County, Arkansas. She married Robert Blake Baggett on December 24, 1897 in Washington County, Arkansas. They had 4 children. She died October 26, 1970 in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas at age 93. Her Find a Grave memorial is here. Read more about her here.

Myrtle Bertie Hinson – Bertie was born August 13, 1879. She married Albert Gibson Cowan on March 10, 1902 in Washington County, Arkansas. They had a son, and Albert left shortly after. Bertie married Henry Thomas Troutt on April 7, 1912 in Washington County, Arkansas. It was another short marriage. She died September 1, 1971 at age 92. Her Find a Grave memorial is here. Read more about her here.

James Daniel Hinson – Dan was born July 6, 1881 in Whitener, Madison County, Arkansas. He married Capitola Lester on July 18, 1905 in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas. They had 7 children. He died May 31, 1949 in Iola, Allen County, Kansas at age 67. His Find a Grave memorial is here. Read more about him here.

Lin Walter Hinson – Lin was born January 19, 1885 in either Whitener, Madison County, Arkansas, or in Wichita Falls, Texas. He served in World War I. He married Annie Gramling on September 18, 1909 in Benton County, Arkansas. They divorced. He married Hazel Snowden on April 4, 1922 in Washington County, Arkansas. They divorced. He married Nadine Harris on August 2, 1938 in Washington County, Arkansas. He died October 19, 1952 in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas at age 67. His Find a Grave memorial is here. Read more about him here.

Cleopatra Ellen Hinson – Cleopie was born December 5, 1886 in Whitener, Madison County, Arkansas. She married Sterling Oscar Johnson on December 23, 1912 in Washington County, Arkansas. They had 5 children. She died October 24, 1946 in Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee at age 60. Her Find a Grave memorial is here. Read more about her here.

Polk Wallis Hinson – Polk was born on February 16, 1887 in Whitener, Madison County, Arkansas, and died March 3, 1887 according to family records. He was 15 days old.

Vernia Jane Hinson – Vernie was born December 1, 1889 in Whitener, Madison County, Arkansas. She married Robert Elmer Lloyd in 1909 and they had 3 children. She died February 5, 1920 in Van Buren, Crawford, Arkansas at age 30. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Read more about her here.

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

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.

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


updated January 2019

My grandfather Wallace Paul Cowan (1903-1988) left lots of photos of his Hinson side of the family. His mother Myrtle Bertie Hinson (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 brother 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.”

Lin is the son of Isaac Newton Hinson (1849-1925) and Louisa “Cumi” Harp (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 were recorded living alone, in Springdale. By the 1920 US Census, Lin and Annie had divorced and Annie lived with her father. A lot happened during that decade – rowdiness and military service – and we will talk about that. Also, Lin’s mother Cumi died in 1918, and his sister Vernie died in 1920.

My beautiful picture

Lin Walter Hinson

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.