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. This 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 but I can’t find a memorial on Find A Grave.

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.

Myrtle Bertie Hinson Cowan (1879-1971)

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(Scrapbook pages created in Close To My Heart’s Studio J.)

This is the final installment of my series on the children of my great great grandparents Isaac Newton Hinson (1849-1925) and Louisa Cumi Harp Hinson (1852-1918). You can read about their family here.

My great grandmother Myrtle Bertie Hinson Cowan (1879-1971) is the 5th of 10 children. She was born August 13, 1879 in Whitener, Arkansas. She married Albert Gibson Cowan on March 16, 1902 in Washington County, Arkansas. My grandfather Wallace Paul Cowan was born January 25, 1903. The marriage ended in 1904 but I haven’t found divorce records. You can read about my experience figuring out what happened to Albert Gibson Cowan here.

Bertie, age 29, is found on the 1910 US Census living with her son Paul, age 7, in Springdale. They live with her parents Isaac and Cumi, her sister Clopie, her brother Lin and his wife Annie. She is working at home as a dressmaker. She is listed as married.

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. I can’t find a divorce record for this marriage either, and I’m not 100% sure it’s her. But I am 90% sure since there is a Henry T Troutt buried in Bluff Cemetery, Springdale, with his wife Amanda who died in May 1911.

The 1920 US Census finds Bertie, age 33, and Paul, age 16, living with their father/grandfather Isaac in Springdale. Bertie is divorced and not working. Paul is a delivery boy for a grocery store.

The 1930 US Census finds Bertie, age 48, working as a saleslady at a variety store. Paul is 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.

Back to Bertie. She is found in the 1940 US Census at age 56, living alone, with no occupation listed. She 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.

HINSON BertieBertie died September 1, 1971 in Springdale and is buried in Bluff Cemetery. I have a letter from Paul’s cousin Theda Baggett Collins imploring him to purchase a headstone for her grave, but I don’t think he did. I can’t find a memorial for her on Find A Grave.



Her child:

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 and Ellen died February 2, 1990. 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.


Dora Ada Hinson Sanders (1875-1959)

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(Scrapbook pages created in Close To My Heart’s Studio J)

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

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    Dora Ada Hinson Sanders        Andrew Jackson Sanders

Ada was born May 7, 1875 in Whitener, Arkansas. By the 1900 US Census she had been married to Andrew Jackson Sanders, a farmer, for 7 years and had given birth to 3 children, two of which were living: Albert U, age 3; Samuel N, age 2. They lived in Madison County, Arkansas. I haven’t found a record of their marriage, but Andrew’s Find A Grave memorial says they were married February 28, 1893 in Madison County, Arkansas. It lists Dora A as 25 and Andrew J as 26.

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

Sonny Sanders (son of Utah Sanders) sent me the portraits above and the group photo below.  Dora and Andrew Jackson Sanders 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 Isaac 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 G. Baggett, who was born in 1900, and I believe that is his wife May Belle Hinson Baggett standing behind him to the left.)

On the 1910 US Census, Ada L and Andrew J are both 35. They are still farming in Springdale. Eutah S is 13, Samuel R is 12 and Otis C is 9.

I can’t find them on the 1920 US Census but from Utah’s Find A Grave memorial I know the family moved to Washington state in about 1911, and then to Texas in 1913.

Photo: “at their farm in Texas”

In the 1930 US Census, Ada and Andrew J are 55 & 56 years old. In the 1940 US Census, D Ada is 65 and Andrew J is 66. They are farming in Crosby, Texas.

Utah is married and farming in Lubbock, Texas in 1930 and by 1940 is a contractor is Los Angeles. Sam is married and farming in Lubbock (1930 and 1940). Ott is married and lives in Crosby. He is working as a teacher (1930) and a superintendent (1940).

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

Her children:

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

SANDERS UtahAlbert Utah Sanders (pictured on right) was born August 22, 1896. He married Anna Gladys Woodward in 1921 and they had 6 children. Utah died April 29, 1985. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

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

SANDERS Ottis Lee black and whiteOttis Lee Sanders (pictured on left) was born April 16, 1901. He married Mallie McCall on June 5, 1927. They didn’t have children. Ott died His Find A Grave memorial is here.

May Belle Hinson Baggett (1877-1970)

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(Scrapbook pages done in Close To My Heart’s Studio J.)

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

Belle was born September 24, 1977 in Whitener, Arkansas. She appears on the 1880 US Census as Emily M Hinson, age 3. She married Robert Blake Baggett in Washington County, Arkansas on December 24, 1899. She was 22 and he was 28.

HINSON Isaac HARP Louisa, HINSON Bertie HINSON Dora Ada SANDERS Andrew Jackson(Update: I had included this photo on some other pages, but wanted to add it here based on new information. 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. With this identify confirmed, 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 Baggett standing behind him to the left. Dora and Andrew Jackson Sanders 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 Isaac is marked G. Father Hinson.)

I find them next on the 1910 US Census in Springdale, Arkansas. Belle M is 32, Robert B. Baggett is 39, and they have three children: Winnie G is 9, Andy Ray is 6, and Theda is 3. Robert’s occupation is “Teaming” and industry is “freight.”

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Photo: Seated in buggy is Dora Ada Hinson Sanders and her mother Louisa Cumi Harp Hinson. Standing, right to left are May Belle Hinson Baggett, probably her daughter Theda Gail Baggett Collins, then 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.

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

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Photo: May Belle Hinson Baggett on the left, her sister Dora Ada Hinson Sanders on the right.

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

On the 1940 US Census, Belle is 61 and R. B. 68 and they are still in Springdale. A granddaughter, Maxine Moore age 11 lives with them. R. B. is a “common laborer” and industry is “odd farm work.”

Photo: Thanksgiving 1959, May Belle Hinson Baggett and her sister Myrtle Bertie Hinson Cowan.

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.

Her children:

Winnie G. Baggett Main 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 was born July 10, 1904 and died January 17, 1919. His Find A Grave Memorial is here.

Theda Gail Baggett Collins 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 is divorced, lodging with a family and working as a waitress. Her daughter Maxine is 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 Jenkins (see photo on the left) 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.



Cleopatra Ellen Hinson Johnson (1886-1946)

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(Scrapbook pages created in Close To My Heart’s Studio J. Her date of death noted on these pages is from her death certificate, and I don’t think it is correct.)

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A cousin, Sonny Sanders, sent me these photos of Cleopatra Ellen Hinson Johnson. In the photo on the left, she is on the left with her sister Vernie Jane Hinson Lloyd (1889-1920). In the photo below she is (I think on the left) with her sister Dora Ada Hinson Sanders.

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Cleopatra is my grandfather Wallace Paul Cowan’s aunt, sister to his mother Myrtle Bertie Hinson Cowan (1879-1971). She is the 9th of 10 children of Isaac Newton Hinson (1849-1925) and Louisa Cumi Harp Hinson (1852-1918). You can read about their family here.

It seems that Cleopatra used the name Clopie most of her life. As a child on the US Census with her parents, she appears as Clara Henson age 14 in 1900, and as Cleopie E Henson age 24 in 1910.

On December 23, 1912, Clopie married Sterling Oscar Johnson in Washington County, Arkansas. The index for Arkansas marriages has her name as Julia Cleopie Hinson and says she was 26 and living in Springdale, Arkansas. Sterling O. was 24 and living in Memphis, Tennessee.

On the 1920 US Census, they live in Memphis. Sterling is 32 and working as a Car Counter for the railroad. Clopie is 31 and they have three children: Maurice (age 6), Roena (age 4) and Thelma (age 9 months).

On the 1930 US Census, they are still in Memphis. Sterling is 41 and working as a Car Counter for the Missouri Pacific Railroad.  Clopie is also 41. Maurice is 15, Rowena is 13, Thelma is 12, and there are two more children, Jerome (age 9) and Audry Bell (age 4).

On the 1940 US Census, they still live in Memphis. Sterling is 50 and working as a Freight Cashier for the railroad, and Clopie is 51. All their children still live at home. Maurice is 27 and a Yard Clerk for the railroad. Rowena is 24 and an Operator for a telegraph company. Thelma is 21 and not working. Jerome is 20 and not working. Audrey is 14.

The next record I have of Clopie is her Tennessee Death Certificate where she is listed as Clopie Hinson Johnson. She died of mitral insufficiency on October 24, 1946 and she is buried in Memorial Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee. Her Find a Grave memorial is here.

Her children:

Maurice Sterling Johnson enlisted in the US Army on June 4, 1941, and served in World War II. He married Shirley Jacobson on September 5, 1944 in Kitsap County, Washington. He was in the US Army at the time. According to Social Security records he was born on November 16, 1913 and died on May 12, 1980.

Rowena Gussie Johnson married Francis Ray Nicholson in 1944 and they had 2 daughters. Her Find A Grave memorial says they lived in Tennessee until retirement in 1989 and then in Boulder, Colorado. According to Social Security records she was born November 13, 1915 and died November 28, 2007.

Thelma Louise Johnson, according to Social Security records, was born April 17, 1918 and died June 1, 2000.  She married Guy W. Canipe, and she died in Cordova, Tennessee. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.





Jerome Hinson Johnson, according to Social Security records, was born January 3, 1920 and died November 8, 1994 in Clayton, Georgia.

Audrey Bell Johnson married Raymond Joseph Percha on September 25, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan. I don’t have further information on them.

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.