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 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.

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.