┌── 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 Moore Chalfant ├── Katherine L. Hinshaw (1926-2008) 1,2 └── Milas Chalfant Hinshaw (1932-2004) 2,3,4
|Ezra Bushong Hinshaw [ID 01374]||Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view:|
Born Apr 4 1899, Windsor, Bertie County, North Carolina.2,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15
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.16 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.17
In the school year 1916-1917, the Greenleaf Academy baseball team was the outstanding team throughout the district, with Ezra Hinshaw the leading pitcher.18
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.9 Ezra's father also registered on the same day.9 Being a Quaker, Ezra served as a conscientious objector in the Friends' Reconstruction, where he worked with Russian prisoners.19
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.13
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 1919:14,20
He married Helen Moore Chalfant, Apr 24 1923, Pittsburg, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.6,7,21,22 Helen, daughter of Charles Latta Chalfant & Clara Blanche Mulholland, was born Jan 14 1899, Ashtabula County, Ohio.2,7,8,10,23,24,25,26,27
Helen's father was a Presbyterian minister,24,25,28 and later vice-president of the College of Idaho.26,29
Ezra and Helen's marriage was reported in the "Idaho Statesman" (Boise, Idaho) on April 29, 1923, page 13 (see scan below).22
Ezra recieved a bachelor's degree form the University of Idaho, and a master's degree from the University of Pittsburg. In 1925 he recived a bachelor of law degree from Blackstone Institute. He later served on the board of Directors of Whittier College (Whittier, California).30
Ezra and Helen later lived in Boise, Idaho.7
Ezra and family were shown in the 1930 census (Apr 16 1930), 121 Main St., Boise, Ada County, Idaho:1
Ezra and family were shown in the 1940 census, 1505 Harrison St., Boise, Ada County, Idaho:2
Ezra and family were shown in the 1941 city directory of Boise, Idaho:31
In 1942 Ezra bought a house at 1615 E, Warn Springs Avenue in Boise, a Federal-style house constructed 1919-1921, purchased from the original owner, Harry H. Bryant (brother of Clara Bryant and brother-in-law of Henry Ford). Ezra was then president of the C. C. Anderson Company. In 1954 Ezra sold the house to Dr. and Mrs. Richard Forney.32 See photo below.
Ezra and family were shown in the 1948 city directory of Boise, Idaho:31
Ezra was with Montgomery Ward for some years.33 Later they lived in Whittier, Los Angeles County, California where he was president of the C.C. Anderson department store.7,21
The following article was published in the "Idaho State Journal" (Pocatello, Idaho) on Thursday, January 17, 1952:34
Ezra Hinshaw Wins Ada Endorsement
BOISE (UP) -- A resolution endorsing Ezra Hinshaw of Boise as Republican national committeman for Idaho was approved by the Ada County GOP Central Committee Wednesday night.
Chairman Charles Link said the vote was 19 to 12 in favor of Hinshaw. He said that 34 of the county's 53 precincts were represented at the meeting.
The following article was published in the "Post-Register" (Idaho Falls, Idaho) on Monday, April 13, 1953:35
Hinshaw Refuses To Resign Post
By The Associated Press
Ezra B. Hinshaw, Republican National Committeeman from Idaho, Saturday said he does not intend to resign as long as he is a resident of Idaho.
A movement to force his resignation broke out in the open Friday when the Twin Falls County Republican Central Committee passed a resolution recommending that Hinshaw resign "in interest of party solidarity."
Hinshaw, now in California, told the Idaho Daily Statesman, "As long as I am a resident of Idaho I will continue the term of National Committeeman voted me by the unanimous voice of the Republican state convention a year ago in Idaho Falls.
"If and when I do change my residence, I will immediately resign from the office. This is the position I have always taken and will continue to take."
Hinshaw became general manager for two large department stores in Arcadia and Whittier, Calif., about two years ago but has retained his financial interest in a Boise furniture store. He still maintains his residence in Boise.
Hinshaw has been criticized by some Republican Party leaders for spending too much time in California and not attending to party affairs in Idaho.
The following article was published in the "Post-Register" (Idaho Falls, Idaho) on Wesnesday, August 11, 1954:36
Hinshaw Quits Idaho GOP Job
BOISE (AP) -- Ezra Hinshaw resigned Wednesday as Republican national committeeman for Idaho because "business developments have made a change of residence necessary." Hinshaw is now in business at Whittier, Calif.
He disclosed his resignation in a letter to Republican National Chairman Leonard Hall, with a copy to GOP State Chairman William S. Campbell.
His resignation leaves the GOP with both a national committeeman and state chairman to be picked at the platform convention here Aug. 23.
Hinshaw was elected in 1952, having served as state chairman in the 1948 election.
He operated the Standard Furniture Co. here before moving to California to operate shopping centers at Whittier and Arcadia.
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,37,38 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.39,40,41,42 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 195239,40,41 (1951)38,43 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.43
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.43
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.43,44,45
Ezra and family were shown in the 1959 city directory of Whittier, California:31
Helen died Dec 19 1979, Los Angeles County, California; buried Rose Hill Memorial Park, 3888 S. Workman Mill Road, Whittier, Los Angeles County, California.8,10,21,27
In 1981 Ezra was living in Pico Rivera, Los Angeles County, California.8
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.8,10,11,15
Photo: Ezra Bushong Hinshaw 15
Photo: Ezra Bushong Hinshaw World War I 46
Photo: Ezra Bushong Hinshaw 1919 passport photo 13
Photo: Ezra Bushong Hinshaw & Helen Chalfant marriage article "Idaho Statesman" (Boise, Idaho), Apr 29 1923 22
Photo: Ezra Bushong Hinshaw & Helen Chalfant house, 1942-1954 1615 E, Warn Springs Ave., Boise, Idaho 32
Photo: Ezra Bushong Hinshaw & Helen Chalfant gravestone Rose Hill Memorial Park 15,27
Photo: Hinshaw's Department Store, Arcadia 47,48
Photo: Hinshaw's Department Store, Whittier 43,49
Social Security information for Ezra Bushong Hinshaw: 144-10-1493
Social Security information for Helen Moore Chalfant: 573-68-5061
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