Carl Franz Hinshaw, Jr.

                                                        ┌── Amos S. Hinshaw
                                                        │    1839-1930 
                           ┌── Carl Franz Hinshaw ──────┤
                           │    1877-1931               │
                           │                            └── Edith C. Mill
                           │                                 1847-1908 
Carl Franz Hinshaw, Jr. ───┤
B: 1922                    │                            ┌── Oscar B. Hutchens
D: 1997                    │                            │
                           └── Bertha Louise Hutchens ──┤
                                1884-1973               │
                                                        └── Clara B. Reed
M: Vita Claire Petersen
   ├── Christina Hinshaw  1,2,3,4
   ├── Carl Franz "Tres" Hinshaw, III (c1951-1951) 3,5,6
   ├── Eric Carl Hinshaw (1956-) 1,3,4
   └── Heidi Claire Hinshaw (c1959-1959) 3,5,6

Carl Franz Hinshaw, Jr.     [ID 08580] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Aug 22 1922, Maquoketa, Jackson County, Iowa.1,5,7,8,9,10  

During World War II Carl served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps.8,9  

He married Vita Claire Petersen, 1947, Dade County, Florida.1,2,11  Vita, daughter of Thomas Petersen & Claire Bulwan, was born Nov 10 1922, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska.12,13  

Carl Franz Hinshaw, Jr. died Sep 4 1997, Lake Wales, Polk County, Florida; age 75.1,5,7,8,9  

Carl's obituary was published in "The Sun-Sentinel Ft. Lauderdale" (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) on September 14, 1997:1

Carl Franz Hinshaw Jr., a self-taught chef who transformed Chalet Suzanne of Lake Wales, Fla., from a small but well-known family-run bistro into a critically acclaimed restaurant, died Sept. 4 at his home near the restaurant just north of here.  He was 75.  The cause of death was cancer, his family said.  Mr. Hinshaw, who joined his mother, Bertha, in managing the family business in the 1940s, helped bring wider attention to the restaurant by introducing European traditions to its management and menu.  He also began a line of fine soups, including its signature romaine soup.  The soups were later sold under the Chalet Suzanne label in supermarkets nationwide.  Chalet Suzanne dates to 1931, eight years after Bertha and Carl Hinshaw Sr. moved to Lake Wales from Maquoketa, Iowa, where Carl Jr. was born.  The elder Hinshaw died in 1931, leaving his family nearly penniless, having lost his life savings in the stock market crash of 1929.  But Bertha Hinshaw had her house, which was ornately decorated with European-style spires and towers.  She decided to support her family with her culinary talents and soon opened the restaurant as a bistro catering mainly to tourists.  Carl Jr. grew up at the restaurant and joined the family business when he returned from overseas duty as a pilot in World War II.  The same year, in 1947, he married his high school sweetheart, Vita Peterson.  Mr. Hinshaw had no formal training as a chef but learned by watching his mother.  His cuisine soon began to win acclaim, and the restaurant became a Florida institution.  In addition to his wife, Mr. Hinshaw is survived by a son, Eric; a daughter, Tina Farewell; a sister, Suzanne Otto, of Tiburon, Calif.; and eight grandchildren.  In recent years, as his illness progressed, Mr. Hinshaw began delegating the culinary duties at the Chalet to Farewell.  His son said last week that family members intended to take over management of the restaurant.  "It's something that is going to endure," Eric Hinshaw said.  "It's not going to die with my dad."

Vita died Jun 16 2012, at her daughter's home, Chalet Suzanne, Lake Wales, Polk County, Florida; age 89.13  

Vita's obituary was published in the "Ledger" (Lakeland, Florida) on June 20, 2012:13

Chalet Suzanne

LAKE WALES - Mrs. Vita Hinshaw, 89, passed into Heaven on Saturday morning, June 16 2012, in her daughter's Lake Wales home at Chalet Suzanne, surrounded by her loving family.  

Vita was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1922 then moved to Hollywood, Florida, with her parents.  Lake Wales was their destination in 1928.  She graduated from Lake Wales High School in 1939 at sixteen years old.  Her father died suddenly the week before Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1941.  Soon the patriotic young woman enlisted in the Navy WAVES (acronym for Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), where she remained throughout World War II.  

She was the matriarch of the world renowned Chalet Suzanne.  

Mrs. Hinshaw is survived by her sister Elizabeth (Pete) Petersen Levy, daughter Christina (Tina) H. Farewell and her husband Bob, their five children and four grandchildren, as well as her son Eric Hinshaw and his wife Denise (Dee), their three children and one grandchild, and four nieces and three nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Thomas and Claire Bulwan Petersen, her brother John E. Petersen, son Carl F. Hinshaw, III, daughter Heidi Claire Hinshaw, several babies born into heaven, and her husband of fifty years, Carl F. Hinshaw, Jr.  

A public Celebration of Life will take place on Friday, June 22 at 9:00 AM on the grounds of Chalet Suzanne.  Private interment will be that afternoon at the Hinshaw Family's Memory Garden.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dunklin Memorial Camp, where a Christian approach to alcohol and drug addiction produces effective and enduring results. , 3342 S.W. Hosanna Lane, Okeechobee, FL, 34974, or to Lake Wales Care Center, a faith based community service organization which demonstrates Christ's love by building bridges between people in need and people with a desire to serve, , 140 E. Park Avenue, Lake Wales, FL, 33853.

(photo)Photo: Vita Claire Petersen 13

Social Security information for Carl Franz Hinshaw, Jr.: 009-20-1808


  1. "The Sun-Sentinel Ft. Lauderdale", September 14, 1997, pg 7B;
    (UMI Obituaries 1990-1997. Orem, UT: Ancestry Incorporated, 1998).
  2. Contribution from Tina Hinshaw Farewell.
  3. Obituary of Vita (Petersen) Hinshaw.
  4. Obituary of Carl Franz Hinshaw, Jr..
  5. Florida Death Index, 1936-1998;
  6. Contribution from Eric Carl Hinshaw.
  7. "Social Security Death Index" (as it is commonly called), derived from the Social Security Administration "Death Master File". See:
  8. U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006;
  9. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration, Nationwide Gravesite Locator:
  10. 1930 census, Starr Lake, Polk County, Florida; roll T626-331, ED 62, page 4A, line #23, dwelling #78, family #82.
  11. Florida Marriage Collection;
  12. U.S. Public Records Index;
  13. Obituary of Vita (Petersen) Hinshaw; the "Ledger", Jun 20 2012:

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