Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
WILBUR HINSHAW was born in Walla
Walla county, Washington, on December 9, 1860, the son of Luke and Isabel
(McKinney) Hinshaw, both now deceased. At the age of three years
he was taken by his parents to Washington county, Oregon, where he later
attended the common schools as he grew to manhood on a farm. In the
spring of 1879 he came to Walla Walla, and the following year he, with
his father and mother, his brother, John D. and sister, Endora, came to
Lincoln county, where his father took a homestead in the vicinity of the
present site of the town of Mohler. Here they engaged in the stock
business, having an abundance of open grazing land,--in fact their nearest
neighbor lived distant ten miles. In 1891 Wilbur Hinshaw took a homestead,
which he still owns. He has added to his original claim until he
now owns three hundred and twenty acres, about one half of which is cultivated
farm land, and the remainder used for pasturage of live stock, the raising
of which is one of the leading branches of his agricultural business.
In this business he is in partnership with his
Mr. Hinshaw was married to May Lacey, a native
of Indiana and daughter of John B. and Martha Lacey, both now living in
Stevens county, Washington. This union has been blessed with four
children: Edna M., Floyd K., Martha and Vera.
Mr. Hinshaw is a prosperous and prominent
farmer, and it is the general supposition that he was the first male white
child to be born in Walla Walla county.