James W. Hinshaw

                                             ┌── James Rennie Hinshaw
                                             │    1853-1927 
                    ┌── Ezra Meter Hinshaw ──┤
                    │    1884-1962           │
                    │                        └── Sarah A. Redding
                    │                             1852-1940 
James W. Hinshaw ───┤
B: 1930             │                        ┌── John Willard Boone
D: 2006             │                        │
                    └── Priscilla E. Boone ──┤
                         1899-1970           │
                                             └── Bezzie (Boone)
James W. Hinshaw     [ID 18037] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Nov 2 1930, Montgomery County, North Carolina.1,2,3  

James W. Hinshaw died Nov 5 2006, age 76.1,2  

James' obituary was published in the "Peninsula Daily Times" (Port Angeles, Washington) on November 29, 2006:1,2

James W. Hinshaw
Nov. 2, 1930 -- Nov. 5, 2006

James W. Hinshaw of Port Angeles died of age-related causes. He was 76.  

Born in rural North Carolina, he was the son of Abe Hinshaw, who owned and operated a small sawmill on Scrivner Road, south of Port Angeles.  

Vera Melick of Port Angeles recalls that he and his sister, Polly, were the first visitors to sign her baby book in November 1938.  

He graduated from high school in Port Angeles, then worked for Loop Auto Wrecking and in the timber industry as a heavy-equipment operator and truck driver on the North Olympic Peninsula.  

Some of Mr. Hinshaw's jobs included modernization of U.S. Highway 101, west through Indian Valley, and installation of the water line between the Elwha River and Port Angeles.  

He enjoyed country and bluegrass music and was master of ceremonies of musical gatherings.  His emcee work included shows featuring country-western greats Tex Ritter, Little Jimmy Dickens and Bonny Guitar.  

He was also noted for his storytelling, recalled Peninsula Daily News music columnist John Nelson, and his booming basso voice recited the poems ``Logger's Prayer'' and ``The Winner'' at many events.  

Mr. Hinshaw, who has no known family survivors, was a lifetime member of the Eagles.  

Services: Dec. 17, 2 p.m., memorial in the Eagles Hall, 110 S. Penn St., Port Angeles.  

Drennan-Ford Funeral Home, Port Angeles, is in charge of arrangements.  

Memorials: Sign the guest book for his friends at www.drennanford.com.

Another obituary was published in the "Sequim Gazette" (Sequim, Washington) on December 7, 2006:4

James W. Hinshaw

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17 for Port Angeles resident James W. Hinshaw.  Mr. Hinshaw died Nov. 5, 2006 at the age of 76 in Port Angeles.  

He was born Nov. 2, 1930 to Mr. and Mrs. Abe Hinshaw in North Carolina to a saw-milling family.  His family can be traced back deep into North Carolina history, as his mother was related to famous frontiersman Daniel Boone.  Mr. Hinshaws [sic] father followed the lumber industry to the West Coast, where he built a small sawmill and raised his family on Scrivner Road, south of Port Angeles.  Mr. Hinshaw began his education in mechanics logging and truck driving to help his father make a living in the 1930s and 1940s.  He completed his schooling in Port Angeles and worked full time immediately following his graduation.  Throughout the years, he worked at Loop Auto Wrecking, various logging companies, construction companies and as an equipment operator and truck driver.  He worked on projects including the modernization of U.S. Highway 101 west through Indian Valley and the installation of the waterline between the Elwha River and Port Angeles.  

His love of country music and old time music was a life-long pursuit, even though he didnt play an instrument.  His sense of tone and rhythm was phenomenal, but his real love was being master of ceremonies at music gatherings, large and small.  He MC-ed shows for greats such as Tex Ritter, Jimmy Dickens and Bonny Guitar, as well as local bands and gatherings.  His bass voice was used with great effect on the recitations of the poems The Winner and his ever popular Loggers Prayer.  In later years, he enjoyed old-time music gatherings, drinking coffee with friends, and having peaceful dreams in his car on Ediz Hook while his many memories brought him comfort.  He will be sorely missed by all.  Memorial service will be held at the Eagles club, 100 Penn St., Port Angeles.


  1. Obituary of James W. Hinshaw; "Peninsula Daily News", Nov 29 2006:
  2. Obituary of James W. Hinshaw; Drennan & Ford Funeral Home and Crematory:
  3. North Carolina Birth Index, 1800-2000; http://www.ancestry.com.
  4. Obituary of James W. Hinshaw; "Peninsula Daily News", Nov 29 2006;
    "Obituary Collection", http://www.ancestry.com.

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