Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
W. EDWARD HINMAN, a leading public-spirited
and progressive citizen of Mission, Chelan county, was born in Whiteside
county, Illinois, December 10, 1859. His father, Henry V. Hinman,
is a native of Kinderhook, New York, descendant of a family prominent in
that state for many generations. He was a member of the Sixty-fourth
Illinois Infantry, served four years in the Civil war, and was wounded
in battle. At present he is register of the land office at North
Yakima. The mother, Jane L. (Brakey) Hinman, was born in Pennsylvania,
her father of Irish ancestry, her mother a New Englander. She resides
at North Yakima.
Until he was eight years of age, our subject
lived in Illinois, then in Missouri, for five years, and from there he
went to Kansas, where he resided until he gained his majority, attending
district schools and working on a farm. He then traveled in Colorado
and California, engaged in mining, and thence to Puget Sound, where he
found employment in the lumber business. In 1884 he came to Mission,
Washington, and filed on one hundred and sixty acres of land. With
but a small capital he prosecuted his work on the property, and finally
proved up and settled permanently, and, as it eventually proved profitably.
This was in 1891. He retains forty acres of the original claim, which
is devoted to fruit, garden and alfalfa. He has a six-room, story
and a half house, and winters forty head of cattle. He has one brother
and five sisters, Charles H., Laura Cash, Mamie Clark, Sadie Dix, Agnes
At Mission, January 1, 1893, Mr. Hinman was
married to Miss Alice Burns, a native of Crawfordsville, Indiana.
Her father, Paul Burns, was also an Indianian. She has two brothers
and one sister, Henry, Hugh, and Anna. Two children, Carl, aged four
years, and Paul, aged two, have come to brighten her home.
Mr. Hinman is a reliable Republican, one of
the commissioners of Chelan county, and at all times manifests a lively
interest in local politics. He is frequently elected a delegate to
county conventions, and has represented his party in Washington Republican
State conventions. Mrs. Hinman is a member of the Presbyterian church.