John E. Henshaw

                        ┌── John Henshaw
                        │    1837-1914 
                        │
                        │
John E. Henshaw ────────┤
B: 1867                 │                  ┌── George Hilton
D: ?                    │                  │
                        └── Ann Hilton ────┤
                             1839-1901 
M: Florence Breitemeyer
   ├── Etta L. Henshaw (1905-) 1,2,3
   └── John H. Henshaw (1909-1964) 1,2,3,4,5

John E. Henshaw     [ID 16841] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Jan 27 1867, Port Huron, St. Clair County, Michigan.2,3,6,7,8  (Jan - 1866).9  

He married Florence Breitemeyer, Jan 11 1894, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan.8  Florence, daughter of Charles Breitemeyer & Mary Aames, was born Jun - 1877, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan.8  (Apr - 1877).2,3,4,5,9  

John and Florence were shown in the 1900 census (Jun 1900), living with his parents at 221 Monrow St., Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas:9

Henshaw, John, head-of-household, age 63, born Aug 1836 in England; parents born in England; immigrated 1860, U.S. resident 40 years; married 43 years; occupation: blacksmith; rented home.
Henshaw, Anna, wife, age 61, born Aug 1838 in England; parents born in England; immigrated 1860, U.S. resident 40 years; married 43 years; 1 child, 1 living.
Henshaw, Jr. John, head-of-household, age 34, born Jan 1866 in Michigan; parents born in England; married 6 years; occupation: "macheanest".
Henshaw, Florance, wife, age 23, born Apri 1877 in Michigan; parents born in England; married 6 years; no children.

John and family were shown in the 1910 census (Apr 23 1910), 817 Pacific Street, Springfield, Greene County, Missouri:2

Henshaw, John E., head-of-household, age 43, born in Michigan; parents born in England; second marriage, married 15 years; occupation: foreman, R.R. shops; rented home.
Henshaw, Florence A., wife, age 33, born in Michigan; parents born in Michigan; first marriage, married 15 years; 2 children, 2 living.
Henshaw, Etta L., daughter, age 4, born in Missouri; parents born in Michigan.
Henshaw, John H., son, age 1 year 3 months, born in Missouri; parents born in Michigan.
Henshaw, John, father, age 73, born in England; parents born in England; immigrated 1863, naturalized; widower.
Brant, Mary A., servant, age 55, born in Illinois; father born in Kentucky; mother born in Tennessee; single; occupation: house keeper, general work.

John and family were shown in the 1920 census (Jan 2 1920), Springfield, Greene County, Missouri:3

Henshaw, J. E., head-of-household, age 52, born in Michigan; parents born in England; owned home; occupation: "supt shops", "frisco shops".
Henshaw, Florence, wife, age 42, born in Michigan; parents born in Michigan.
Henshaw, Etta, daughter, age 14, born in Missouri; parents born in Michigan; attended school.
Henshaw, Hilton, son, age 10, born in Missouri; parents born in Michigan; attended school.

Florence remarried c1924 to an Elbert R. Lewis4,5 (it is unknown if John died or if they were divorced).  

Florence and family were shown in the 1925 city directory of Denver, Colorado:10

Henshaw Jno messgr MMCo r 324 S Penn
Lewis Elbert (Florence) mtrmn Tram Co h 324 S Penn
Florence and family were shown in the 1927 city directory of Denver, Colorado:10
Henshaw Jno H clk MMCo r 324 S Penn
Lewis Elbert (Florence H) mtrmn Tramway h 324 S Penn
Florence and family were shown in the 1928 city directory of Denver, Colorado:10
Henshaw John H clk MMCo r 324 S Penn
Lewis Elbert (Florence H) mtrmn Tramway h 324 S Penn
Florence and family were shown in the 1929 city directory of Denver, Colorado:10
Henshaw John H r 324 S Penn
Lewis Elbert (Florence H) mtrmn Tramway h 324 S Penn
Florence and family were shown in the 1930 city directory of Denver, Colorado:10
Henshaw John H emp PSCo r 324 S Penn
Lewis Elbert (Florence H) mtrmn Tramway h 324 S Penn

Florence and family were shown in the 1930 census (Apr 8 1930), 324 South Pennsylvania Street, Denver, Colorado:4

Lewis, Elbert, head-of-household, age 49, born in Iowa; parents born in Scotland; first married at age 43; owned home ($4000 value); radio in home; occupation: motorman, street car; not a war veteran.
Lewis, Florence, wife, age 52, born in Michigan; parents born in Michigan; first married at age 46.
Henshaw, John, step-son, age 21, born in Missouri; parents born in Michigan; occupation: meter reader, public service; not a war veteran.
Darling, Phillis J., step-granddaughter [?unclear], age 3 years 6 months, born in Kansas; father born in United States; mother born in Missouri.

Florence and family were shown in the 1931 city directory of Denver, Colorado:10

Henshaw John H meter reader PSCo r 1737 S Emerson
Lewis Elbert (Florence H) mtrmn Tramway h 1737 S Emerson
Florence and family were shown in the 1933 city directory of Denver, Colorado:10
Henshaw John H meter reader PSCo r 1737 S Emerson
Lewis Elbert R (Florence H) h 1737 S Emerson

Florence and family were shown in the 1940 census (May 4 1940), 611 Burlington, Los Angeles, California:5

Lewis, Elbert, head-of-household, age 63, born in Iowa; completed 6th grade; on Apr 1 1935 was living in the same place/city; rented home ($25/month rent); occupation: laborer, public garage; worked 26 weeks in 1939; $312 wages in 1939.
Lewis, Florence, wife, age 63, born in Michigan; completed 4th grade; on Apr 1 1935 was living in the same place/city.
Henshaw, John, step-son, age 30, born in Missouri; completed 8th grade; on Apr 1 1935 was living in Denver, Denver County, Colorado; single; occupation: asst. mechanic, public garage; worked 30 weeks in 1939; $360 wages in 1939.

A biographical sketch of John E. Henshaw was published in the c1914 "Past and Present of Greene County, Missouri":8

JOHN E. HENSHAW.  The success that has been attained by John E. Henshaw, general superintendent of the new Frisco shops in Springfield, in the mechanical world has been well deserved and his example is worthy of emulation by the ambitious youth who would rise to the top of that vocation, for it indicates that merit alone, after all, wins the prizes in this uncertain human existence, especially is this true in our great republic of the West, where positions of responsibility and adequate financial reward are open to all who are worthy to fill them, regardless of birth, rank, station or caste.  

Mr. Henshaw is of English descent and has inherited many of the sterling traits of that noble race.  He was born in Port Huron, Michigan, January 27, 1867.  He is a son of John and Ann (Hilton) Henshaw, both natives of Manchester, England, the birth of the father having occurred in 1837, and the mother was born in 1839.  There they grew to maturity, were educated in the common schools and were married in 1860.  When only a little over nine years of age the father of our subject began working in the mines in his native land, helped to shoe horses, and finally became an expert blacksmith which trade he followed until he left England for America in 1861.  He and his wife located first in New York, and he secured employment in the Brooklyn navy yard, and worked on the old Alabama, which warship was brought there for repairs during the Civil war.  In 1866 he left New York for Michigan, and went to work in a marine shop, but later worked for George F. Pullman in the first Pullman car shops built in that state.  In 1870 he secured employment with the Chicago & Grand Trunk Railway in Port Huron, that state as hammer man and blacksmith.  In 1881 he removed with his family to Detroit where he again secured employment with the Pullman company, with which he remained there for about ten years, then worked for the Detroit, Grand Haven & Milwaukee Railroad in its shops at Detroit until 1891.  In 1897 he moved to Topeka, Kansas, where he went to work for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Company as blacksmith.  In December, 1900, he came to Springfield and worked as spring maker in the Frisco shops, and remained in charge of that department in the north side shops until he retired from active life July 1, 1904, and is now living in quiet in his cozy home in this city.  He gave eminent satisfaction, in all the positions he held, for he was regarded by his employers as an expert in his trade and a man that could always be relied upon implicitly, who was faithful and conscientious in all his work.  He became a well-read man and still keeps well up with the times on current topics.  He is one of the oldest members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Missouri, if not in the United States, having joined that order when twenty years old in 1857, in Manchester, England, the lodge being known as the Manchester Unity.  Politically he is a Democrat and has long been active in political matters.  His wife was called to her eternal rest on August 3,1902.  To these parents three children were born, namely: Jane is deceased; Tilly is also deceased, and John E. of this review.  

John E. Henshaw received a common school education in Port Huron and Detroit, Michigan, also attended a business school in Detroit, known as the Goldsmith, Bryant & Stratton University, later attended a school for drawing in that city.  Following in the footsteps of his father he became a machinist by trade, and has worked in many different shops, and, being a keen observer, has gained many new ideas in each place he has worked until today he is one of the most highly skilled men in his line in the country and is a man of progressive and advanced ideas.  He has worked his way up from the bottom rung of the ladder until today he stands at the top.  He came to Springfield Missouri, in 1900 as pit foreman in the north side Frisco shops, later was gang foreman, also erecting foreman, and on June 25, 1909, was made general foreman of the Springfield shops.  On October 7, 1910, he became superintendent of the new shops which position he still holds, and is discharging his duties in a manner that is reflecting much credit upon himself and to the eminent satisfaction of all concerned.  

Our subject studied music a number of years and is a talented musician.  Mr. Henshaw was married on January 11, 1894, in Detroit, Michigan, to Florence Breitemeyer, who was born in that city in June, 1877, and there reared and educated.  She is a daughter of Charles and Mary (Aames) Breitemeyer.  Her grandfather was the oldest German florist in Detroit at that time.  

Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Henshaw, namely: Etta L., born on July 1, 1905; and John H., born on January 3, 1909.  

Politically, he is a Democrat, and fraternally belongs to the Masonic Order, including the Chapter.


Sources

  1. Biographical sketch of John E. Henshaw.
  2. 1910 census, 5th Ward, Springfield, Greene County, Missouri; roll T624-782, ED 33, page 10A, line #41, dwelling #3, family #3.
  3. 1920 census, Springfield, Greene County, Missouri; roll T625-915, ED 49, page 1A, line #25, dwelling #168, family #169.
  4. 1930 census, Denver, Denver County, Colorado; roll T626-235, ED 64, page 8B, line #67, dwelling #156, family #176.
  5. 1940 census, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California; roll T627-420, ED 60-994B, page 7B, line #59, household #247.
  6. 1870 census, Detroit P.O., Hamtramck Township, Wayne County, Michigan; roll M593-709, page 165, line #27, dwelling #43, family #42.
  7. 1880 census, Port Huron, St. Clair County, Michigan; roll T9-605, ED 388, page 405D, line #40, dwelling #182, family #188.
  8. "Past and Present of Greene County, Missouri" (Jonathan Fairbanks & Clyde Edwin Tuck, 1914);
    The Springfield-Greene County Library
    http://thelibrary.springfield.missouri.org/lochist/history/paspres/henshawj.html.
  9. 1900 census, 2nd Ward, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas; roll T623-500, ED 146, page 6B, line #97, dwelling #151, family #159-160.
  10. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989; http://www.ancestry.com.


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