Alfred Stephen Hinshaw

                                                            ┌── Elias Hinshaw
                                                            │    1827-1893 
                          ┌── John Randolph Hinshaw ────────┤
                          │    1857-1935                    │
                          │                                 └── Martitia Macon
                          │                                      1830-1877 
Alfred Stephen Hinshaw ───┤
B: 1892                   │                                 ┌── Joshua Chance
D: 1932                   │                                 │
                          └── Hannah Ludora "Dora" Chance ──┤
                               1865-1951                    │
                                                            └── Mary Lydia Jessup
M: Ella Mae Paxson
   ├── Cleo Gilbert Hinshaw (1910-1984) 1,2,3
   └── Zelma Lucile Hinshaw (1912-1987) 1,2,4

Alfred Stephen Hinshaw     [ID 06439] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Alfred Stephen Hinshaw1,4,5,6,7 [Fred Hinshaw1].

Born Mar 10 1892, Leclanan County, Michigan.1,2,7,8  

He married Ella Mae Paxson1,4 [Ella Mae Paxton3,6], Jun 22 19101,4, Sedgwick County, Kansas1,4.  Ella was born about 1892, Kansas.2  

Alfred and family were shown in the 1920 census (Jan 8 1920), Pleasant Township, Butler County, Kansas:2

Hinshaw, Alfred S., head-of-household, age 27, born in Michigan; father born in South Carolina [sic]; mother born in Indiana; rented home; occupation: blacksmith, own shop.
Hinshaw, Ella M., wife, age 28, born in Kansas; parents born in Ohio.
Hinshaw, Cleo G., son, age 9, born in Kansas; father born in Michigan; mother born in Kansas; attended school.
Hinshaw, Selma L., daughter, age 7, born in Kansas; father born in Michigan; mother born in Kansas; attended school.

Alfred and Ella were divorced between 1920 and 1930.8  

Alfred was shown in the 1930 census (Apr 28 1930), Chester, Plumas County, California:8

Hinshaw, Alfred S., head-of-household, age 38, born in Michigan; father born in North Carolina; mother born in Indiana; divorced; first married at age 18; rented home ($5 rent); no radio in home; occupation: logger, lumbering; not a veteran.

Alfred Stephen Hinshaw died Aug 11 1932, Westwood Hospital, Westwood, Lassen County, California.9,10,11,12,13  

Alfred was murdered, killed by a rifle shot from a Bob Thompson.9  The Lassen County, California Coroner held an inquest into his death, reporting the following:9

State of California
County of Lassen

In the matter of the Inquisition upon the body of Alfred S Hinshaw, deceased, before David E Endenholm, Coroner.  

We, the undersigned jurors summoned to appear before David E Edenholm, Cororner of the County of Lassen, at Westwood, on the 11 day of August 1932 to inquire into the cause of death of Alfred S Hinshaw, having been sworn according to law, and having made such inquisition, after inspecting the body, and hearing the testimony adduced, upon our oaths, each and all do say, that we find the deceased was named Alfred S Hinshaw, that he was a native of Kansas, aged about 42 years and that he came to his death on the 11 day of August 1932, in this county, by shock resulting from a wound inflicted by a bullet fired from a rifle by Mr. Bob Thompson in the lobby of the Westwood Club Newstand approximately 7:45pm August 10, 1932.  Homicide.  

All of which we certify by this inquisition, in writing, by us signed, this eleventh day of August 1932.  

[... Signed by nine jurors ...]

Alfred's death was reported in the "Nevada State Journal" (Reno, Nevada) on Saturday, August 13, 1932:11


Shot Fired at Girl
Misses Its Mark;
Try at Suicide
Is Failure

Constable Takes Gun
From Crazed Man,
Makes Arrest

Westwood, Cal., Aug. 12. -- Running amok during a drunken orgy, Bob Thompson, lumberjack and mining man, was taken to the Lassen county jail at Susanville today as a result of shooting and killing one man, dangerously wounding another and terrorizing this lumber town.  

Thompson appeared at the Westwood Club with a 30-30 caliber rifle and opened fire on Deputy Constable Neil Merrill, who dodged but was struck in his arm, the bullet nearly severing it.  The bullet glanced and struck Alfred E. Hinshaw, who was fatally wounded.  

Fires at Girl

The killer made an unsuccessful attempt to commit suicide but failed and then he turned his gon [sic] on Miss J. Almeda, waitress.  The shot went wild.  

He entered the Westwood Club, a crowded place, which has a lunch counter, barber shop, pool tables, library and recreation for the hundreds of Red River Lumber Company employes.  After eating he refused to pay.  

Merrill, who in the past had often put Thompson to bed at his home or when necessary in jail, when he was intoxicated, told Thompson to go home.  The officer and others believed that Thompson would readily pay for the meal the next day when the effects of the liquor was gone.  

Enters and Shoots

Instead, he returned with the heavy caliber rifle.  He fired almost as he entered, the officer hardly realizing he was the object of a murderous attack.  He was wounded before he had time to draw his own weapon.  

After the second shot went wild, Thompson placed the rifle beneath his chin.  His injured shoulder, for which he had been drawing compensation, prevented him from reaching the trigger.  Apparently changing his mind he directed his fury against the waitress who had served him.  He fired and missed.  

Overpowered by Officer

Constable Jim Small, attracted by the shooting and fleeing men, came on the run.  He rushed Thompson, twisting the gun from him.  Thompson then meekly submitted to arrest, all fight and fury gone.  

Hinshaw was taken to the hospital, where he died yesterday.  

Thompson had been in Westwood for the past nine years.  While he drank heavy at times, he had never been regarded as dangerous or had never been involved in serious trouble.  

Merrill's wound is serious.

Alfred's death was also noted in the "Lassen Advocate" (Susanville, Lassen County, California) on Sunday, August 12, 1832,14 and in the "Lassen Mail" (Susanville, Lassen County, California) on August 12, 1832,15 and in the "Westwood Sugar Pine" (Westwood, Lassen County, California) on August 15, 1832,16 and in the "Big Valley Gazette" (Bieber, Lassen County, California) on August 18, 1832.17  

The following article was published in the "Reno Evening Gazette" (Reno, Nevada) on Wednesday, October 19, 1932:12


SUSANVILLE, Cal., Oct. 19 -- (Special) -- Bob Thompson, charged with the murder of Alfred Henshaw, pleaded guilty to second degree murder in court here yesterday morning.  

A jury of two women and ten men had been selected to try Thompson, who shot and killed Henshaw on August 10, at the Westwood club, when he intended to kill Deputy Sheriff Neil Merrill.  

Merrill received a bad wound in his arm, from which he has only recently recovered.

The following article was published in the "Reno Evening Gazette" (Reno, Nevada) on Monday, October 24, 1932:13


SUSANVILLE, Cal., Oct. 24 -- (Special) -- The jury in the case of Bob Thompson returned a verdict Saturday of "not guilty of murder by reason of insanity."  

Thompson was on trial for the murder of Alfred Henshaw at the Westwood Club August 10, when he shot Deputy Sheriff Neil Merrill, wounding the deputy in the arm.  The bullet entered the thigh of Henshaw and he died a few hours later in the Westwood hospital.  

Dr. T. H. Stecl and Dr. P. A. Cushman of the medical staff of the state hospital were called here to examine Thompson and their testimony was that Thompson was sane when they talked with him Friday.  

Judge H. D. Burroughs instructed the jury that they were only to consider the examiner's verdict.  

Thompson will be taken to Napa.


  1. "The Hinshaw Family", an extensive family history manuscript by Heather Hinshaw-Tomas
  2. 1920 census, Pleasant Township, Butler County, Kansas; roll T625-524, ED 31, page 3A, line #39, dwelling #50, family #50.
  3. RootsWeb California Death Index:
  4. Contribution from Steve Leslie ().
  5. Contribution from Wende Dragoset () citing:
    Obituary of John Randolph Hinshaw.
  6. Sedgwick County, Kansas Marriage Index, May 9 1870 - May 24 1922;
    Kansas State Library Archives:
  7. 1900 census, Richland Township, Butler County, Kansas; roll T623-473, ED 18, page 5A, line #7, dwelling #223, family #225.
  8. 1930 census, Chester, Saneca Township, Plumas County, California; roll T626-183, ED 9, page 7B, line #96, dwelling #280, family #348.
  9. Coroner's Inquest into the death of Alfred S. Hinshaw; courtesy of Lois Hinshaw Jump.
  10. VitalSearch California Death Index 1930-1939:
  11. The "Nevada State Journal", Aug 13 1932;
  12. The "Reno Evening Gazette", Oct 19 1932;
  13. The "Reno Evening Gazette", Oct 24 1932;
  14. Lassen Advocate Obituary Index, 1930-1939; USGenWeb Archives:
  15. Lassen Mail Obituary Index, 1930-1932; USGenWeb Archives:
  16. Westwood Sugar Pine Obituary Index, 1930-1932; USGenWeb Archives:
  17. Big Valley Gazette Obituary Index, 1907-1956; USGenWeb Archives:

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