Ma Terry’s Boarding House – Selina Martin Terry (1873-1952)

My grandfather, Wallace Paul Cowan (1903-1988), moved from Springdale, Arkansas to Kansas City, Missouri in the late 1920s. The first picture is dated 1928, and Paul was standing outside of what he called Ma Terry’s Boarding House at 2512 Prospect in Kansas City.

I found this location on the 1930 US Census, and the proprietor was Selina Terry, age 56. She was born in Arkansas, and was widowed. She rented the house. There are 3 boarders listed, but my grandfather isn’t one of them. (The census was taken just around the time my grandfather married my grandmother, so he’d probably just moved out.)

The boarders were Frank Stradal (age 44, divorced, working as a foreman at a candy factory), Dallas Pickett (age 55, widowed, working as a baker), and Bertha Huff (age 44, widowed, assisting with the boardinghouse.)

I have a notebook where my grandfather Paul kept notes of his earnings, his payments to Ma Terry, and even the girls he was dating during this time period. When I find it I will update this story.

Since Paul kept these photos of Ma Terry, I knew she was important to him, so I wanted to learn more about her. I researched her further on She is found under many names: Salina, Selina, Selinia, Slenia.

Arkansas Marriage Index shows Selina Martin and James Terry married on June 3, 1892 in Scott County.

On the 1900 US Census, Selina was in Arkansas with husband James, age 26, a Teamster working for the railroad. Selina was 27, had been married 7 years, and had given birth to 5 children, 3 of which were living. Lou was 7, Sadie was 2, and Lancie was 4 months.

On the 1910 US Census, Selina was in Oklahoma with husband James, age 36, a carpenter. Selina was 37. They had been married 18 years and she had given birth to 8 children, 3 of which were living. Sadie was 12, Leone was 7, Ethel was 6. They had one boarder, a 21 year old carpenter named Thomas Josie.

On the 1920 US Census, Selina was widowed and was running a boarding house in Kansas City (a different address from her 1930 boarding house). Two daughters lived with her along with four boarders. Boarders were Felix Mueller (age 24, single, working as a clerk at a tractor company), Harold Mueller (age 28, single, working as a machine helper at a tractor company), Peter Boyle (age 48, married, working as a stonemason) and appearing again, Frank Stradal (age 34, single, and working as a candy maker.)

I’ve already covered the 1930 US Census. On the 1940 US Census, Selina was living alone in Kansas City. A Missouri Death Certificate shows that Selina died November 28, 1952 in Kansas City, Missouri. She is buried at Mt. Washington Cemetery in Independence, Missouri, but I can’t find a memorial on Find A Grave.

Thomas Macklin “Mack” Hinson


updated February 2019

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

On the 1880 US Census, Mack was 7. He lived in Prairie, Madison, Arkansas with his parents and 4 siblings.

In 1884, Mack’s brother Zimri died. In 1887, his brother Polk died.

In 1892, Mack married Emily Jane Seitz. Both were 20 years old. Their daughter Murriel was born in 1894, and their son Dock was born in 1898.

On the 1900 US Census, Mack was 28 and Emily was 27. They had been married 8 years and had two children. Daughter Murriel was 6 and and son Dock was 2. They lived in Prairie, Madison, Arkansas and Mack was a horse trader.

I think the older gentleman is his father Isaac Newton Hinson. On the 1910 US Census Newton was 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, Mack was 37 and Emily was 36. They were in Springdale, Arkansas. Their daughter Muriel was 16, and Dock was 12. Mack was working as a Liveryman.

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

In 1918, Mack’s mother died. In 1920, his sister Vernie died.

On the 1920 US Census, Mack was 47 and Emily was 46, and they lived alone. Mack’s occupation was horse dealer.

In 1925, Mack’s father died. I can’t find Mack on the 1930 US Census. It’s the Great Depression so he could be anywhere looking for work. Emily was listed on the census in Springdale, age 57, married, boarding with Chace and Lottie Hannah.

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

Mack died October 18, 1945 at age 73. 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.

Mack, his son Dock, and his daughter Murriel

The children of Thomas Macklin Hinson & Emily Jane Seitz:

Murriel H. Hinson – Muriel 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 lived in Springdale with 4 year old daughter Francis. Frank was a “dealer in apples, traveling salesman.” They divorced May 21, 1925. By 1926 Murriel was listed in the Pasadena, California directory as a widow of F L Farrar. On the 1930 US Census, Murriel and Frances were in Los Angeles, California. She had cut 5 years off her age and was listed as being 30 years old. Frances was 14. Murriel was a saleswoman at a dry goods store. (Her ex-husband Frank was also in Los Angeles, listed as divorced, lodging, and working as a carpenter.)

On the 1940 US Census, Murriel had gained back those 5 years. She was 46 and lived with married daughter Frances and her husband Joe Rollins in Los Angeles.  Joe’s occupation was “clerical, general office” and Frances was a “typist, collection office.” Murriel wasn’t working. (Ex-husband Frank was 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.

Dock Newton Hinson – Read about Dock here.

Dora Ada Hinson (1875-1959)

updated January 2019

Dora Ada Hinson was my grandfather Wallace Paul Cowan’s aunt, sister to his mother Myrtle Bertie Hinson (1879-1971). She was the 3rd of 10 children of Isaac Newton Hinson (1849-1925) and Louisa Cumi Harp (1852-1918). You can read about their family here.

Ada was born May 7, 1875 in Whitener, Arkansas. She grew up in Madison County, Arkansas. Two of her brothers died during her childhood, Zimri in 1884 and Polk in 1887.

She married Andrew Jackson Sanders on February 28, 1893 in Madison County, Arkansas. She was 17 and Andrew was 19. They had son Carnel in 1894 and he died in 1896. They had son Utah in 1896 and son Sam in 1898.

On the 1900 US Census, Ada was 25, and she had been married to Andrew, a farmer, age 26, for 7 years. She had given birth to 3 children, two of whom were living: Utah, age 3; Sam, age 2. They lived in Madison County, Arkansas.

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

Sonny Sanders (son of Albert Utah Sanders) sent me the portraits above and this group photo.  Ada and Andrew are mismarked as Mr. & Mrs. A. G. Sanders. I think the photo was taken around 1905-06. I haven’t identified all the siblings in the photo but Ada’s mother Cumi is in the center and her father Newton is marked G. Father Hinson.

(Update: Shiloh Museum of Ozark History has this photo in their archives and provided me with more information. It 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 this identification, 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.)

In 1901, they had son Ottis.

On the 1910 US Census, Ada and Andrew were both listed as being 35. They were still farming in Springdale. Utah was 13, Sam was 12, and Ott was 9.

“at their farm in Texas”

Utah’s Find A Grave memorial I know the family moved to Washington state in about 1911, and then to Texas in 1913. Ada’s mother died in 1918, and her sister Vernie died in 1920. I can’t find them on the 1920 US Census. Ada’s father died in 1925.

On the 1930 US Census, Ada and Andrew were listed as 55 & 56 years old. In the 1940 US Census, Ada was 65 and Andrew was 66. They were farming in Crosby, Texas.

Ada’s brother Mack died in 1945, her sister Cleopie died in 1946, her brother Dan died in 1949, and her brother Lin died in 1952.

Ada and Andrew both died at Poplar Grove Convalescent Home in Lubbock, Texas. Ada died on December 28, 1959 at age 84 and Andrew died June 30, 1962 at age 88. Find A Grave has memorials for Ada and Andrew are here and here. They are buried in Lorenzo Cemetery in Crosby County, Texas.

The children of Dora Ada Hinson & Andrew Jackson Sanders:

Carnel O. Sanders – Carnel was born April 11, 1894 and died March 20, 1896. His Find A Grave memorial is here.


Albert Utah Sanders

Albert Utah Sanders – Utah was born August 22, 1896. He married Anna Gladys Woodward in 1921 and they had 6 children. Utah was farming in Lubbock, Texas in 1930 and by 1940 was a contractor is Los Angeles, California. Utah died April 29, 1985. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Samuel Newton Sanders – Sam was born March 27, 1898. He married Jo B. Fugitt on June 29, 1921 and they had 3 children. He farmed in Lubbock, Texas (1930 and 1940). Sam died November 12, 1989. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

SANDERS Ottis Lee black and white

Ottis Lee Sanders

Ottis Lee Sanders – Ott was born April 16, 1901. He married Mallie McCall on June 5, 1927. They didn’t have children. They lived in Crosby, Texas. He worked as a teacher (1930) and a superintendent (1940). Ott died His Find A Grave memorial is here.

May Belle Hinson (1877-1970)

updated January 2019

May Belle Hinson is my grandfather Wallace Paul Cowan’s aunt, sister to his mother Myrtle Bertie Hinson (1879-1971). She was the 4th of 10 children of Isaac Newton Hinson (1849-1925) and Louisa Cumi Harp (1852-1918). You can read about their family here.

Belle was born September 24, 1977 in Whitener, Arkansas. On the 1880 US Census Belle was listed as Emily M Hinson, age 3.

In 1884, Belle’s brother Zimri died. In 1887, her brother Polk died.

She married Robert Blake Baggett in Washington County, Arkansas on December 24, 1897. She was 20 and he was 26. Their daughter Winnie was born in 1901, their son Ray was born in 1904, and their daughter Theda was born in 1907.

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

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History has this photo in their archives and provided me with information. It was taken at the Baggett residence in Springdale around 1904. The man in the middle row to the left of Cumi is Blake Baggett. With this identify confirmed, 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. Ada and her husband Andrew are mismarked as Mr. & Mrs. A. G. Sanders. I haven’t identified all the people in the photo but Ada’s mother Cumi is in the center and her father Newton is marked G. Father Hinson.

On the 1910 US Census in Springdale, Arkansas, Belle was 32, Blake was 39, and they had three children: Winnie was 9, Ray was 6, and Theda was 3. Robert’s occupation was “Teaming” and industry was “freight.”

COWAN Wallace Paul

Seated in buggy is Ada and her mother Cumi. Standing, right to left are Belle, probably her daughter Theda, then my grandfather Wallace Paul Cowan and Mrs. Gramblin and Faye. I thought Mrs. Gramblin and Faye were neighbors but I can’t find them on a census.

In 1912, their daughter Ada was born. In 1918, Belle’s mother died. In 1919, her son Ray died. In 1920, her sister Vernie died.

On the 1920 US Census, Belle was 42 and Blake was 48. Blake’s occupation was farmer and industry was “home farm.” They lived in Springdale. Theda was 12 and Ada was 8.

In 1925, Belle’s father died.

On the 1930 US Census, Belle was 53 and Blake was 59, living in Springdale, Arkansas. Ada was 18. Blake was a Laborer at the gas company and Ada was a Saleslady at a variety store.

On the 1940 US Census, Belle was 61 and Blake was 68. They were still in Springdale. A granddaughter, Maxine Moore, age 11, lived with them. Blake was a “common laborer” and industry was “odd farm work.”

In 1945, Belle’s brother Mack 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. At this point, her only living sibling was her sister Bertie, and they are pictured below.

Thanksgiving 1959, Belleand her sister Bertie

Blake died February 13, 1969 and Belle followed on October 26, 1970. They are buried in Bluff Cemetery in Springdale. Their Find A Grave memorials are here.

The children of May Belle Hinson & Robert Blake Baggett:

Winnie G. Baggett – Winnie was born October 12, 1900. She married John L. Main of Sebastian County, Arkansas on July 27, 1919 in Washington County, Arkansas. They had 4 children. She died January 14, 1983. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Andy Ray Baggett – Ray was born July 10, 1904 and died January 17, 1919. His Find A Grave Memorial is here.

Theda Gail Baggett – Theda was born April 25, 1907. She married Fern Eugene Moore in Washington County, Arkansas on August 20, 1927. They had a child in 1929. On the 1940 US Census she was divorced, lodging with a family and working as a waitress. Her daughter Maxine was 11 and living with her grandparents. Theda married Calvin Thomas Collins in Washington County on April 14, 1940. She died December 2, 2004 and is buried in bluff Cemetery in Springdale. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. (Maxine’s Find a Grave memorial is here, and it says she is the daughter of Theda and Calvin.)

Ada Catherine Baggett

Ada Catherine Baggett – Ada was born August 16, 1912. She married Harold Jenkins in Springdale, Arkansas on November 23, 1932. They had 2 children. She died February 15, 2010. Her Find A Grave memorial is 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.

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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.

Dock Newton Hinson (1898-1987) – Razorback Rooter

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:

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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.

My beautiful picture

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.

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 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.

Filling Stations in Springdale Arkansas 1920s

My grandfather Wallace Paul Cowan (1903-1988) always loved cars, and worked at filling stations as a young man in Springdale, Arkansas. These are some of his photos. I’ve captioned them with what Paul wrote on the back of each.

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Bearcat Oil Station – 1924 – Business good

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Filling Station, corner of Spring & Johnson. July 15, 1923

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Paul Cowan & ’22 Dodge (Lindley Filling Station) 1924

I think that is Wallace Paul Cowan sitting in the car, and I probably have the paperwork from when he bought it. I’ll update if I find it.

COWAN Wallace Paul worked her Lemleys Filling Station

Lemley’s Filling Station – Paul worked here

Gasoline was under 25c a gallon, and attendants pumped the gas, checked the oil and cleaned the windshield.

View From the Water Tower in Springdale, Arkansas 1917/1921

My grandfather Wallace Paul Cowan (1903-1988) apparently climbed the water tower in Springdale, Arkansas . . . at least twice. I doubt the dates on the photos are correct, but I’m reporting what is written on the back in my grandfather’s handwriting. Here’s a picture of him from around this time:

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Wallace Paul Cowan – around 1920

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“Looking SW from top of city water tower. X location of station where I work.
1917 Springdale Ark.”

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“Looking S from tower. X real estate I own. 1917 Springdale Ark.”

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“Looking north, a scene from top of water tower in city park, Springdale Ark. 1921. Welch Grape Juice factory on left.”

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This photo isn’t dated: “Looking SE from tower.”

I decided to Google search for pictures of Springdale from around this time, and I didn’t find much more than a postcard of the Welch’s Grape Juice factory and mention that it’s now Clements Processing. I can’t find where the water tower is or was in Springdale.

I’m going to work on these photos more, and try to figure out where exactly they were taken. If you information that could help me, I’d love to hear from you!

Update 8/29/2015 – Robert McClain commented below that the water tower was just to the right of the pin on this map.