Randolph County, Indiana
Albert C. Hinshaw
It is a good sign
when so many of the residents of a county are found to have been born within
her borders. It indicates that they have found right at home all the
opportunities necessary for the gratification of their ambitions in a business,
political and social way, and it also indicates stability. One is reminded that
ďA rolling stone gathers no moss." That young man is evidently the wisest
who, when conditions will permit, remains in his native locality and addresses
himself to the improvement of conditions he finds there and to his personal
advancement along such lines as he may choose, selecting those things for which
he is best fitted by nature. One such is Albert C. Hinshaw, the present
able superintendent of Fountain Park cemetery, at Winchester, Randolph county.
was born at Lynn, Randolph county, October 28, 1873. He is a son of Rev.
Simpson S. and Rachael (Peele) Hinshaw. The father was born near
Lynn, this county, but the mother was a native of North Carolina, from which
state she came to Randolph county, Indiana, with her parents when about three
years old. The father was an earnest minister in the Friends church and served
various charges in Randolph county with much satisfaction to his congregations,
and was pastor of the Winchester church of this denomination for about seven
years. His death occurred June 26, 1901, in Winchester, in which city his widow
still resides. To these parents three daughters and two sons were born who are
still living and three children died in infancy, namely: Millie A.,
formerly Mrs. Grant Ward, of Muncie, Indiana, married second to John
Best; Albert C., of this review; Myrtle, now Mrs. Charles
Albright, of Winchester; Lillie is the wife of Porter Chenoweth,
of Lynn, Indiana; and Dr. H. E., of Richmond, this state.
Albert C. Hinshaw
was nine years old, when he came with his parents to Winchester and here he has
remained to the present time. He received a public school education. He began
life for himself as clerk which occupation he followed several years. On
November 21, 1893, he married Mary Weaver, who was born September 16,
1873. She is a daughter of John and Caroline (Henizer) Weaver, of
Winchester, both parents still living here.
Three children have
been born to our subject and wife, namely: Merle R., Thelma C.,
and Ralph C., all at home with their parents.
learned the painter's trade, becoming quite an expert and for a period of ten
years he was in the employ as painter of Knecht and Thomas, pump
manufacturers, then became a house painter with the firm of Coats & Kem,
of Winchester, with whom he remained for several years, giving eminent
satisfaction as he, had his former employers. For awhile he was in business for
himself, then, in 1912 he was elected superintendent of Fountain Park cemetery
at Winchester and has since devoted his attention to this with fidelity and
energy which have proven him to be a good man for the position. This cemetery
is one of the most artistically platted and beautifully kept of all the
cemeteries in the Middle West, and Mr. Hinshaw has a just pride in the
tasty appearance of his charge.
Politically, he is a
Republican, and while interested in public matters is not especially active. He
is a member of the Improved Order of Red Men, and the Modern Woodmen of
America. He and his family are members of the Friends church and are active in
church and Sunday school work.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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