Melba Verna Hinshaw

                                                             ┌── Henry Alexander Hinshaw
                                                             │    1865-1927 
                              ┌── James Ezra Hinshaw ────────┤
                              │    1885-1958                 │
                              │                              └── Elvira Jeanette Andrew
                              │                                   1860-1935 
Melba Verna Hinshaw ──────────┤
B: 1918                       │                              ┌── John J. Hargrove
D: 2014                       │                              │
                              └── Augusta Frances Hargrove ──┤
                                   1887-1966                 │
                                                             └── Martha E. (Hargrove)
M: Fred Denham "Denny" Patton

Melba Verna Hinshaw     [ID 08543] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Jan 23 1918, near Boise, Ada County, Idaho.1,2,3,4  

She married Fred Denham "Denny" Patton1,4 [Denham Patton3].  Fred, son of Charles Marion Patton & Cora Jane Sweet, was born Apr 2 1911, Chenoa, McLean County, Illinois.3,5,6,7,8  


Frances Jean "Francie" Patton, born Nov 11 1942; married Ronald Dale Shoemaker, Aug 9 1968, Clackamas County, Oregon; [email: ]. 10
Carol Ann Patton, born Apr 16 1946; married 1) Leroy Baxter, Jun 30 1974, Multnomah County, Oregon [divorced Dec 7 1983, Clackamas County, Oregon]; 2) Charles Hatcher; 3) -- Sweet. 10,11

Melba and Denny were shown in the 1940 census (Apr 17 1940), Twin Falls, Twin Falls County, Idaho:3

Patton, Denham, head-of-household, age 29, born in Illinois; completed 4 years of high school; on Apr 1 1935 was living in the same place/area; rented home ($30/month rent).
Patton, Melba, wife, age 22, born in Idaho; completed 1 year of college; on Apr 1 1935 was living in the same place/area; occupation: laborer, canal co.; worked 52 weeks in 1939; $1100 wages in 1939.

Melba and Denny were shown in the 1953 city directory of West Linn [Oregon City], Oregon:12

Patton F Denham (Melba) 2 whsemn E Prtld Whse Prtld h 5462 Brdwy P O Bx 555 ph 7519
Melba and Denny were shown in the 1955 city directory of Portland, Oregon:12
Patton Fred D (Melba V) whsemn East Portland Whse r West Linn Ore
Melba and Denny were shown in the 1960 city directory of Oregon City, Oregon:12
Patton F Denham (Melba) whsemn East Portland Warehouse h5462 NW Broadway (WL)

Fred died Mar 30 2002, Clackamas County, Oregon; age 91.4,7,13  

Melba Verna Hinshaw died Dec 29 2014, age 96.4  

Melba's obituary was published in "The Oregonian" (Portland, Oregon) on January 6-7, 2015:4

Patton, Melba Verna (Hinshaw) 96
Jan. 23, 1918
Dec. 29, 2014

Melba Verna (Hinshaw) Patton passed away Dec. 29, 2014, at the age of 96.  Melba was born near Boise, where she met her husband, Fred "Denny" Denham Patton.  Together they moved to West Linn.  When Denny was in a near-fatal accident at work, it was up to Melba to keep the family going until Denny could return to his job.  Not wanting to leave her young daughters with strangers, she made a living by taking children into her home while their parents were at work.  She was a popular babysitter, so there were always many children in the house.  Melba was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Oregon City.  She was predeceased by Denny in March 2002; sisters, Doris and Dixie; and brother, James.  She is survived by her daughters, Francie Shoemaker and Carol Sweet; grandsons, Peter and Adrian Baxter; and granddaughter, Shanti Shoemaker.  A service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at First Baptist Church, 819 John Adam St., Oregon City, OR 97045, 503-656- 3854.

Social Security information for Fred Denham "Denny" Patton: 519-07-9000


  1. Contribution from Frances Patton Shoemaker ().
  2. 1930 census, Nyssa, Malheur County, Idaho; roll T626-1945, ED 37, page 2B, line #51, dwelling #39, family #40.
  3. 1940 census, Twin Falls, Twin Falls County, Idaho; roll T627-754, ED 42-36, page 3B, line #75. household #62.
  4. Obituary of Melba Verna (Hinshaw) Patton; "The Oregonian", Jan 6-7 2015:
  5. Ancestry Family Tree data "Coombs Doucette Henderson Family Tree" posted by "mpweber_1".
  6. Contribution from Frances Patton Shoemaker.
  7. "Social Security Death Index" (as it is commonly called), derived from the Social Security Administration "Death Master File". See:
  8. U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1;
  9. Contribution from Frances Patton Shoemaker.
  10. Oregon, Marriage Indexes, 1906-1924, 1946-2008;
  11. Oregon, Divorce Records, 1961-1985;
  12. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989;
  13. Oregon Death Indexes, 1971-2008;

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