Jack Wendell Hinshaw

                                                             ┌── Charles Newton Hinshaw
                                                             │    1849-1918 
                                     ┌── Walter A. Hinshaw ──┤
                                     │    1892-1952          │
                                     │                       └── Anna Ella Smith
                                     │                            1852-1947 
Jack Wendell Hinshaw ────────────────┤
B: 1916                              │                       ┌── William Franklin Doty
D: 1992                              │                       │
                                     └── Natalia Ann Doty ───┤
                                          1890-1972          │
                                                             └── Martha Glendora Johnstone
M: Lillian Catherine Cecelia Forster
   ├── Jan Allen Hinshaw (1952-) 1,2
   ├── Jeannine Louise Hinshaw (1940-) 1
   ├── Judith Ellen Hinshaw (1943-) 1
   ├── Jay Brian Hinshaw (1947-) 1
   ├── Joy Marie Hinshaw (1949-2001) 1
   └── Jill Ann Hinshaw (1959-) 1

Jack Wendell Hinshaw     [ID 00003] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Mar 31 1916, McLean County, Illinois.1,3  

Sometime near his 5th birthday, Jack spent about six months on the Hinshaw farm (his grandparents' farm) near Danvers, Illinois.  He recalled the family having driven their Model T in the fall all the way from Chicago, only to have it become embedded in thick mud on the road leading up to the farm house.  After trying to drive, dig, and pull the car out, it soon became entombed in the ground as the mud froze over.  With no other good alternatives, the family decided to spend the winter at the farm.  When spring arrived and the ground again thawed, they used a team of horses to free the trapped auto.  

Jack's family was very poor through most of the Depression, and lived in apartments in the Hyde Park area of Chicago.  Later they were finally able to afford a home, settling at 101st & Lowe, close to his aunt's house.  

Jack met his future wife at a roller rink on the south side.  

He married Lillian Catherine Cecelia Forster, Oct 5 1939, St. Mary's Rectory, Joliet, Will County, Illinois.1,4  Jack's friend, Dick Croak, was a witness.4  Lillian Catherine Cecelia Forster, daughter of Philip Clemens/Charles Forster & Marie Witt, was born Apr 24 1918, at her parents' home, 7621 Morgan St., Chicago, Illinois.1,3,5,6,7  

Jack and Lil were married in Will County, neighboring Cook County where they both lived, apparently in order attain some level of secrecy, as Lil was about two months pregnant at the time (daughter Jeannine was born the following April).  Since such events were a social embarrassment in 1939 (especially for a good Catholic girl), the Catholic Church issued them a false marriage certificate bearing the date June 9, 1939, and Jack & Lil always told the family that June 9 was their marriage date.  It was only shortly before Lil's death that she revealed their actual marriage date was October 5, and the family later found in her personal papers a state-issued marriage certificate bearing the actual October 5, 1939 date.1  

All of the other marriage entries in the Forster family bible recorded details such as the date and the name of the church where the ceremony was performed.  Lillian and Jack's entry is simply "Lillian Katherine to Jack" (with "Hinshaw" written in later in a different hand in different ink).8  Apparently the Forsters were not pleased with her marrying a protestant "heathen" (plus the circumstances of the marriage).  

Initially Jack and Lil lived for a short time with Lil's parents at 76th & Morgan on the south side of Chicago.  They soon settled into an apartment at 76th & Stewart.  About 1945 they joined with Lola in the purchase of a three-story apartment building at 10934 S. Vernon Avenue (phone: COmmodore 4-4392).  Jack and Lil raised their family in the first-floor apartment, Lola and Tootsie lived in the second-floor apartment, and the third floor was converted into two small rental units.  The family's first-floor apartment was originally two small bedrooms, a living room, dining room, kitchen, and single bathroom, but an enclosed porch addition provided a third bedroom.  They also purchased an adjacent empty lot, which doubled the usable yard space and made the Hinshaw yard the favorite gathering place for many of the neighborhood kids.1  

Jack initially held various jobs laying carpet, tile and linoleum.  At one time he worked for Mandell's department store, where he did floor covering installations.9  During World War II, he was initially exempted because he had a young child, Jeannine.  Later in the war he was again exempted because by then he was performing what was considered nationally important work - he was installing flooring at a factory which made war materials.9  

In the 1950s Jack partnered with his first cousin Bill Davison (son of his mother's sister Beatrice Doty Davison) and they started a floor covering business called Fernwood Flooring.  They had a retail store in the Fernwood neighborhood on the south side of Chicago (10159 S. Halsted St.).  They later expanded the business to include general construction, under the name Fernwood Builders.  They at one time also partnered with a few other associates in a business called Lakestates Construction.9  

On Feb 2 1959 Jack & Lil departed Chicago on American Airlines flight 69210 (probably bound for Mexico, as they liked to vacation in Mexico during the winter).  

In 1964 Jack & Lil purchased a residential lot in what was then the far south suburb of South Holland.  Fernwood Builders built a new four-bedroom two-bath home there (15665 Gouwens Ln., phone: 339-9013) and the family moved-in about October, 1964.1  

Later in the 1960s, Fernwood Builders built several new homes on Shore Drive in the nearby suburb of Harvey, one of which became the new home for daughter Jeannine and her growing family.1  

In the latter part of his career, Jack found the income from Fernwood Flooring and Fernwood Builders to be not any better than what he could have earned working as an installer, so they dissolved the businesses and Jack began working again as an installer (not always full-time, as he gradually phased into semi-retirement).  During this period he was a foreman working on the flooring for the construction of the Sears Tower.9  

About 1980, having fully retired and their children all married, and no longer needing their large house, Jack & Lil bought a house in the neighboring suburb of Dolton (15423 Sunset Dr.)1

Jack Wendell Hinshaw died May 16 1992, Dolton, Cook County, Illinois.1  Medical: Jack died from lung cancer.1  No funeral service or burial was performed as he had donated his body for medical research.1  

Lillian later sold the house in Dolton and moved into a condominium in the south suburb of Mokena.1  

Lillian Catherine Cecelia Forster died Nov 6 2002, Will County, Illinois.1,3,7  Lillian died from a stroke.1  No burial was performed as she donated her body for medical research.1  

A memorial service was held for her on Saturday, November 9, 2002 at St. Mary's Church in Mokena, Illinois, with many friends and family in attendence.1  

Lillian's death notice was published in the "Chicago Tribune" on Sunday, November 10, 2002:1,11

Lillian C. Hinshaw

Lillian Catherine Hinshaw, nee Forster, 84, died Nov. 6, 2002.  Loving wife of the late Jack W. Hinshaw; beloved mother of Jeannine Charnota, Judy Majcher, Jay Hinshaw, Jan Hinshaw, Jill Pudwell and the late Joy Danovsky; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  Private service.

(photo)Photo: Jack Wendell Hinshaw about age 7 12

(photo)Photo: Jack Wendell Hinshaw and Lillian Catherine Forster 1975 12

(photo)Photo: Jack & Lillian Hinshaw and family 1977 12

(photo)Photo: Jack & Lillian Hinshaw and family about 1990 12

(photo)Photo: Extended family of Jack & Lillian Hinshaw 1997 12

(photo)Photo: Lillian Forster birth certificate (incorrectly showing "Foster") 12

(photo)Photo: Lillian Catherine Forster birth certificate 6

(photo)Photo: Lillian Catherine Forster baptismal certificate 12

(photo)Photo: Jack Hinshaw & Lillian Forster marriage certificate as issued by the Catholic Church 12

(photo)Photo: Jack Hinshaw & Lillian Forster marriage certificate as issued by the State of Illinois 12

(photo)Photo: Jack Wendell Hinshaw & Lillian Catherine Forster passenger record Feb 2 1959, American Airlines flight 692 10

Social Security information for Jack Wendell Hinshaw: 340-14-3480

Social Security information for Lillian Catherine Cecelia Forster: 339-01-8328


  1. Personal knowledge of Jan Hinshaw.
  2. Personal knowledge of Jan Hinshaw.
  3. "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
  4. Jack Hinshaw & Lillian Forster marriage certificate, State of Illinois.
  5. Lillian Forster birth certificate; Jan Hinshaw family files.
  6. Cook County, Illinois, County Clerk's Office, Vital Records:
  7. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007; http://www.ancestry.com.
  8. The Philip Forster family bible; Jan Hinshaw family archives.
  9. Interview with Jack Hinshaw.
  10. Illinois, Passenger and Crew List, 1943-1963; http://www.ancestry.com.
  11. http://www.chicagotribune.com.
  12. Photo from Jan Hinshaw family photos.

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