Harry Forrest Henshaw

 1. William Henshaw (c1799-1870) m Mary Ann - (c1802-1880)
 2.. Thomas C. Henshaw (c1825-1874) m Amelia L. Underener (c1828-1891)
 3... Alfred Thomas Henshaw (c1862-1943) m Mary Gertrude Little (c1861-1881)
 4.... Harry Forrest Henshaw (1879-1964)
       +Nellie E. - (c1881-1928)
       +Dorothy Josephine "Dee" Stransky (1895-1987)
 5.....  John Forrest Henshaw (1929-) 1,2,3,4
 5.....  Victor Herbert Henshaw (1932-2006) 1,3,4
Harry Forrest Henshaw     [ID 16560] Click here to switch to Ancestror Tree view: Tree View

Born Nov - 1879, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.1,5,6  (Nov 9 1881).7  

Harry was named after his uncle, Forrest Henshaw, who died during the Civil War.1  

After his mother died, Harry was raised by a grandmother, and spent at least some of his childhood in Boston and in New York.1  

Harry was the Superintendent of the Temple of Music in New York, and was an eye witness to President McKinley's assination.  He was a witness in the trial.1  See: http://dwardmac.pitzer.edu/Anarchist_Archives/critics/mckinley/chap27.html
and: http://www.eriebar.org/about/mckinley/mckinleydramatis.html

He married Nellie E. -, about 1901.6  Nellie was born about 1881, Illinois.6  

Harry moved to San Francisco, California, and never returned to the east coast.1  

Harry and Nellie were shown in the 1910 census, 1312 Jackson Street, San Francisco, California:6

Henshaw, Harry F., head-of-household, age 30, born in Illinois; father born in New York; mother born in Illinois; first marriage, married 9 years; occupation: salesman, retail store; rented home.
Henshaw, Nellie E., wife, age 29, born in Illinois; parents born in Illinois; first marriage, married 9 years; no children.

Harry and Nellie had a daughter.1  

Nellie died Dec 31 1928, San Francisco County, California; age 54.8  

He then married Dorothy Josephine "Dee" Stransky, 1929.1  Dorothy, daughter of Joseph Stransky & Mary Thomann, was born Feb 26 1895, Riverside, Washington County, Iowa.2,7,9,10,11  

Harry and Dorothy were shown in the 1930 census (Apr 3 1930), living in a boarding/rooming house at 830 Bush St., San Francisco, California:2

Henshaw, Harry F., head-of-household, age 45, born in Illinois; father born in New York; mother born in Illinois; first married at age 21; rented home; occupation: salesman, insurance.
Henshaw, Dorthy, wife, age 35, born in Iowa; parents born in Iowa.
Henshaw, John F., son, age 6 months, born in California; father born in Illinois; mother born in Iowa.

The following article was published in the "Press-Citizen" (Iowa City, Iowa) on Tuesday, April 25, 1939:12

Return from West

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Stransky have returned to their home in Riverside after passing four months in California visiting their daughter, Mrs. Harry Henshaw and family in San Francisco, and Mrs. Stransky's brother, August Thomann, in Oakland.  One thing marred their visit.  Mr. Stransky was seriously ill for several weeks but is now completely recovered and feeling fine.  

While there they visited the Golden Gate Exposition on Treasure Island and report that what has been said about the beauty of the exposition is no exaggeration.  Another impressive sight, according to the Stranskys, is the Golden Gate bridge with its long suspension span.

The following article was published in the "Press-Citizen" (Iowa City, Iowa) on Friday, October 17, 1941:13

Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Stransky, accompanied by the former's sister, Mrs. Dorothy Henshaw, of San Francisco, Calif., were visitors in Davenport with their sister, Sister Mary Magdalen, at Mercy hospital.  Sister Mary Magdalen was formerly Miss Irene Stransky of Riverside.

The following article was published in the "Press-Citizen" (Iowa City, Iowa) on Saturday, October 18, 1941:14


Riverside -- Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Stransky of Riverside, above, will observe their golden wedding anniversary Monday.  Dinner will be served at noon at the home of their son, Alvin, on the Stransky homestead, southwest of Riverside.  The immediate members of the family will be present.  Mr. and Mrs. Stransky are among the pioneer families of this vicinity and have passed their entire lives here.  

Joseph Stransky and Miss Mary P. Thomann were married in St. Mary's church in Riverside on October 20, 1891.  The pastor, Rev. A. J. Drexler, now of Dubuque, was the officiating clergyman.  Following their marriage they went to housekeeping on a farm two miles southwest of Riverside which was their home until 21 years ago when they moved to Riverside where they have since resided.  

Mr. Stransky is 74 years of age, a son of the late Wenzel and Mary Stransky.  He was born April 6, 1867, on a farm southwest of Riverside and is one of a family of five children.  He and his sister, Mrs. Josephine Thon, of Healy, Kan., are the only ones living.  Mrs. Stransky was the former Miss Mary Phillippine Thomann and is 73 years old.  She was born November 13, 1867, on a farm near Riverside, the daughter of Mathias and Marguerite Thomann.  She is the only daughter in a family of nine children.  

Mr. and Mrs. Stransky are the parents of four children, all of whom will be present for the celebration Monday.  They are Sister Mary Magdalen of Mercy hospital, Davenport; Mrs. Dorothy Henshaw, of San Francisco, Calif.; Mrs. Eva Fjetland, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Alvin Stransky of Riverside.  In the family circle are eight grandchildren, Mary Fjetland, Elaine, Rita, Patricia, Dorothy and Dwayne Stransky and Jackie and Victor Henshaw.  

Mr. and Mrs. Stransky are members of the local St. Mary's church and Mrs. Stransky belongs to the Rosary society of the parish.

The following article was published in the "Press-Citizen" (Iowa City, Iowa) on Wednesday, October 29, 1941:15

Riverside Personals

Mrs. Dorothy Henshaw and sons, Jack and Victor, of San Francisco, Calif., accompanied Mrs. Eva Fjetland to her home in Cincinnati, Ohio, where they will visit.  They will also visit in Chicago, then will take the southern route to their home in California.  Mrs. Henshaw and sons and Mrs. Fjetland were visiting here with relatives and attended the golden wedding anniversary celebration of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Stransky on October 20.

When fairly young Harry was a piano salesman.  The shop he worked for would put a small portable piano out on the street, and Harry would play it to entice customers.  He could play anything he'd ever heard.  He could go to a brand new show and come home and play the entire score on the piano.  He never learned to read music.  His sons never got to hear him play, as they couldn't afford a piano.10  

Harry Forrest Henshaw died Nov 7 1964, San Francisco County, California; age 82.7  

Dorothy died Jan 1 1987, Solano County, California; age 91.7,9  

Social Security information for Dorothy Josephine "Dee" Stransky: 567-54-5751


  1. Posting Oct 31 2004 by Laura (Henshaw) Patterson to HINSHAW-L.
  2. 1930 census, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California; roll T626-208, ED 356, page 1A, line #46, dwelling #36.
  3. VitalSearch California Birth Index 1905-2001:
  4. California Birth Index, 1905-1995; http://www.ancestry.com.
  5. 1880 census, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois; roll T9-0184, ED 5, page 102C, line #4, dwelling #101, family #149.
  6. 1910 census, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California; roll T624-101, ED 294, page 184B, line #59, dwelling #82, family #113.
  7. RootsWeb California Death Index:
  8. VitalSearch California Death Index 1905-1929:
  9. "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
  10. Contribution from Laura (Henshaw) Patterson.
  11. 1920 census, Iowa Township, Washington County, Iowa; roll T625-516, ED 131, page 10B, line #83, dwelling #240, family #244.
  12. The "Press-Citizen", Apr 25 1939; http://www.ancestry.com.
  13. The "Press-Citizen", Oct 17 1941; http://www.ancestry.com.
  14. The "Press-Citizen", Oct 18 1941; http://www.ancestry.com.
  15. The "Press-Citizen", Oct 29 1941; http://www.ancestry.com.

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