Randolph County, Indiana
Benjamin E. Hinshaw
of the worthy citizens of Winchester, Randolph county, who has proven that he
can make a living at many different things, doing well what ever he turns his
attention to is Benjamin E. Hinshaw. It has been this readiness and
ability of the American citizen to turn from one occupation to another that has
brought this nation to the forefront of the world's business. He is at present
a railway mail clerk between Indianapolis and St. Louis, on the Big Four.
Mr. Hinshaw was born April 2, 1864, in White River
township, this county, two miles north of Winchester, a son of Edmund and Irene
(Hiatt) Hinshaw, and a brother of Seth Hinshaw, whose sketch appears
elsewhere in this work.
The subject of this review was reared on the home farm and was educated
in the district schools. His early education has been augmented by a broad and
liberal course of reading of the world's best authors in various branches of
literature, and he has from time to time collected books until he now has a
valuable library of several hundred choice volumes. When nineteen years of age
he went to Vermilion and Champaign counties, Illinois, and engaged in farm
work, studying during the winter months. He obtained a teacher's certificate
and engaged successfully in teaching in these two counties for a period of five
years. In January, 1886, he went to Colorado and proved up on a government
claim, remaining there one year. He then returned to Vermilion county,
Illinois, where he found employment with J. G. Hull & Company, as
shipping clerk, in their wholesale hardware store, however, he had been with
them but a short time when he was appointed to the rail way mail service, and
was given a run between Chicago and Burlington, Iowa. Later he was transferred
to the Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad, running between Chicago and
Evansville, Indiana, which run he retained for a period of ten years, then in
1903 was transferred to the Big Four lines between Cleveland and St.
Louis, which position he still retains. Since that time he has made his home in
Winchester. He has given the utmost satisfaction to the department, being alert
and conscientious. He is also interested in the general insurance business with
his brother Seth. However, he does not do any active work in this line,
giving all his time to the railway mail service.
was married on October 5, 1905, to Mary Stakebake, a daughter of
J. and Ann E. (Jaqua) Stakebake. The father was for many years a prominent
attorney, and was also for a number of years a member of the state legislature.
He is now deceased, but his widow survives, making her home with our subject.
The union of Benjamin E. Hinshaw and wife has been without issue.
is a member of the Masonic Order, having taken all the degrees up to and
including the thirty-second. He is also a member of the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America. He has been active in Masonic
work. Politically he is a Republican. He and his wife are members of the
Presbyterian church, of which he is one of the trustees. Mrs. Hinshaw is
active in church and Sunday school work and prominent in the social life of the
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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