Ezra Bushong Hinshaw

                                                  ┌── Ezra Ira Hinshaw
                                                  │    1846-1877 
                        ┌── Milas Clark Hinshaw ──┤
                        │    1873-1955            │
                        │                         └── Glaphrey Goodman
                        │                              1847-1927 
Ezra Bushong Hinshaw ───┤
B: 1899                 │                         ┌── Joseph Long Bushong
D: 1981                 │                         │
                        └── Ida Letitia Bushong ──┤
                             1881-1942            │
                                                  └── Lydia Ann Zaring
M: Helen Chalfant
   ├── Katherine L. Hinshaw (c1926-) 1
   └── Milas Chalfant Hinshaw (1932-2004) 2,3

Ezra Bushong Hinshaw     [ID 01374] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Apr 4 1899, Windsor, Bertie County, North Carolina.4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13  

In 1908 the community of Greenleaf, Canyon County, Idaho, which was almost entirely a Quaker community, started a private school, Greenleaf Academy, headed by teacher Lorena Greenfield (who was paid $35 per month).  Among the students in the first class of 1909 were Ezra Hinshaw and his brother H. Corwin Hinshaw.14  Many years later Ezra remembered when he had been janitor of the lower room of the school, building fires on mornings when the icy air nipped his fingers and froze his breath, for 10 cents a day.15  

In the school year 1916-1917, the Greenleaf Academy baseball team was the outstanding team throughout the district, with Ezra Hinshaw the leading pitcher.16  

On Sep 12 1918, Ezra Bushong Hinshaw, age 19, registered for the World War I draft in Caldwell, Canyon County, Idaho.  He declared he was born April 4 1899, and he then resided in Greenleaf, Canyon County, Idaho where he was a farm laborer working for Milas C. Hinshaw.  He declared his nearest relative was Mrs. Ida B. Hinshaw of Greenleaf.  He was recorded as tall, medium build, blue eyes, dark brown hair.8  Ezra's father also registered on the same day.8  Being a Quaker, Ezra served as a conscientious objector in the Friends' Reconstruction, where he worked with Russian prisoners.17  

On May 3 1919 Ezra B. Hinshaw was issued a U.S. passport.  He declared he was born April 4th 1899 in Windsor, North Carolina, and his father, M. C. Hinshaw was born in Iowa and was then residing in Greenleaf, Idaho.  Ezra declared he was then residing in Greenleaf, Idaho, occupied as a farmer.  He declared he intended to depart, "Date Withheld", from the port of New York on board the "French Line, N.Y. to Bordeaux", intending to visit France and Great Britain for the purpose of "Friends Reconstruction Work".  Where the pre-printed form stated "I do solemnly swear" Ezra lined-through "swear", replacing it with "affirm".  He was recorded as age 20, 5' 11" tall, blue eyes, black hair, fair complexion, oblong face.11  

On Oct 9 1919 Ezra arrived in the Port of New York (Ellis Island) on the ship S.S. Rochambeau, having departed from Le Havre, France on Sep 30 1919:12

Hinshaw, Ezra, age 20, born Apr 4 1899, Windser, N.C..; single; residence: Wilder, Idaho.

He married Helen Chalfant, Apr 24 1923.5,6,18  Helen, daughter of Charles L. Chalfant & Blanche Mullholland, was born Jan 14 1899, Ohio.6,7,9,13  

Ezra and Helen lived in Boise, Idaho.6  

Ezra and family were shown in the 1930 census (Apr 16 1930), 121 Main St., Boise, Ada County, Idaho:1

Hinshaw, Ezra B., head-of-household, age 31, born in North Carolina; parents born in Iowa; first married at age 24; rented home ($75.00 rent); radio in home; occupation: general manager, chain store; not a veteran.
Hinshaw, Helen C., wife, age 31, born in Ohio; father born in Ohio; mother born in Pennsylvania; first married at age 24.
Hinshaw, Katherine L., daughter, age 4, born in Pennsylvania; father born in North Carolina; mother born in Ohio.

Ezra was with Montgomery Ward for some years.19  Later they lived in Whittier, Los Angeles County, California where he was president of the C.C. Anderson department store.6,18  

Ezra was also the namesake of two large department stores named "Hinshaw's", one in Arcadia and the other in Whittier, California.  Although he has sometimes been called the founder of these stores,20,21 the store chain reportedly was actually founded by Texas investor Benjamin Clayton, who then lured Ezra away from his position as president of an Idaho department store chain to run the new stores in California.  Part of the agreement was to name the stores Hinshaw's.  Ezra never owned more than a third of the company.22,23,24,25  The first Hinshaw's location was on the southwest corner of Baldwin Avenue and Duarte in the Arcadia Hub shopping area of Arcadia, California.  This store opened in 195222,23,24 (1951)21,26 and ultimately grew to contain 125,000 square feet (11,600 m2) of retail space.  It was the main anchor of the Baldwin Avenue shopping strip, and the only large department store in Arcadia until a branch of The May Company opened several years later.26  

In the mid-1950s, Hinshaw's opened a second branch, this in the new Whittier Quad Shopping Center in Whittier.  Hinshaw's was one of two anchor stores in the quad, its complement being another branch of The May Company.  The Whittier branch of Hinshaw's also had 125,000 square feet (11,600 m2) of space.  Both branches had multi-level parking garages despite their suburban locations.26  

The Whittier Quad shopping center was badly damaged by the Whittier Narrows earthquake of 1987, but Hinshaw's building suffered the least damage and remained open as the center's only tenant for several years.  Sales were poor, and remained down even after the rest of the Quad was rebuilt, and the company announced the store's closure in December 1991.  The company had been at that time the last surviving independent department store chain in Los Angeles County.  Hinshaw's Arcadia location remained open for a number of years after that, prospering for a while but ultimately closing in the face of competition from the nearby Westfield Santa Anita shopping center, which underwent a major expansion in the 1990s.26  

Helen died Dec 19 1979, Los Angeles County, California; buried Rose Hill Memorial Park, 3888 S. Workman Mill Road, Whittier, Los Angeles County, California.7,9,13,18  

In 1981 Ezra was living in Pico Rivera, Los Angeles County, California.7  

Ezra Bushong Hinshaw died Dec 2 1981, Los Angeles County, California; buried Rose Hill Memorial Park, 3888 S. Workman Mill Road, Whittier, Los Angeles County, California.7,9,13  

(photo)Photo: Ezra Bushong Hinshaw World War I 27

(photo)Photo: Ezra Bushong Hinshaw 1919 passport photo 11

(photo)Photo: Ezra Bushong Hinshaw & Helen Chalfant gravestone Rose Hill Memorial Park 13

(photo)Photo: Hinshaw's Department Store, Arcadia 28,29

(photo)Photo: Hinshaw's Department Store, Whittier 26,30

Social Security information for Ezra Bushong Hinshaw: 144-10-1493

Social Security information for Helen Chalfant: 573-68-5061


  1. 1930 census, Precinct 3, Boise, Ada County, Idaho; roll T626-395, ED 3, page 12A, line #28, dwelling #310, family #299.
  2. Contribution from Peggy Hinshaw.
  3. Contribution from Peggy Hinshaw.
  4. Contribution from Greg Hinshaw.
  5. The old family bible of Chester Edward Hinshaw, containing family lineage information recorded by Rosina Harriet Hinshaw, contributed by Marion Hinshaw and Heather Hinshaw-Tomas.
  6. "Hinshaw Family": a collection of family group sheets by Edna Harvey Joseph; LDS FHL microfilm #1572018 items 8-10 and #1572019 items 1-4
  7. "Social Security Death Index" (as it is commonly called), derived from the Social Security Administration "Death Master File". See: http://www.rootsweb.com/~rwguide/lesson10.htm
  8. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918; http://www.ancestry.com.
  9. RootsWeb California Death Index:
  10. 1900 census, Windsor, Bertie County, North Carolina; roll T623-1183, ED 22, page 24A, line #33, dwelling #470, family #475.
  11. U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925; http://www.ancestry.com.
  12. Ellis Island Foundation manifest database: http://www.ellisisland.org.
  13. http://www.findagrave.com.
  14. Contribution from Dennis McIndoo () citing:
    "From Sagebrush to Green Fields", a history of Greenleaf, Idaho by Dilla Tucker Winslow, 1984; pg 50-52.
  15. Contribution from Dennis McIndoo () citing:
    "From Sagebrush to Green Fields", a history of Greenleaf, Idaho by Dilla Tucker Winslow, 1984; pg 50.
  16. Contribution from Dennis McIndoo () citing:
    "From Sagebrush to Green Fields", a history of Greenleaf, Idaho by Dilla Tucker Winslow, 1984; pg 64.
  17. Contribution from Dennis McIndoo () citing:
    "From Sagebrush to Green Fields", a history of Greenleaf, Idaho by Dilla Tucker Winslow, 1984; pg 43.
  18. Query posting by Dixie Richardson () on http://www.genexchange.org.
  19. Posting Oct 11 2000 by Dennis McIndoo () to the Canyon County, Idaho GenConnect forum:
  20. Contribution from Sallie Anne Hinshaw Hayes.
  21. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinshaw's.
  22. "Los Angeles Times" (Los Angeles, California), Jan 2 1992:
  23. "Los Angeles Times" (Los Angeles, California), Jan 8 1992:
  24. "Los Angeles Times" (Los Angeles, California), Jun 27 1992:
  25. http://www.departmentstorehistory.net/disc.htm.
  26. Contribution from Sharon Hinshaw-Payne.
  27. Photo courtesy of Dennis McIndoo (), from:
    "From Sagebrush to Green Fields", a history of Greenleaf, Idaho by Dilla Tucker Winslow, 1984.
  28. http://abroshar.wordpress.com/2010/04/29/i-knew-hinshaws-and-hinshaws-knew-me/.
  29. "Arcadia", 2008, Arcadia Historical Society (ISBN 978-0-7385-5806-6)
  30. http://www.flickr.com/photos/44384446@N04/4078491197/.

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