Biography of Thomas Hinch
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THOMAS HINCH. - The life which gave visible expression to the mind and spirit of Thomas Hinch began in 1838 in a humble Canadian home near the lumber woods of Enterprise, became identified with California through a westward trip via Panama in 1863, and came to an end on earth February 23, 1913, after an association of almost fifty years with Humboldt county. Without question one of the best known men of Eureka, he was also highly honored for devotion to duty, stanchness in friendship and capacity for business affairs. One of his leading characteristics was his faith in the future of Humboldt county. No one surpassed him in optimistic views concerning local affairs and this enthusiasm continued unabated in times of stringency as well as in seasons of prosperity, his first thought always being for the advancement of those enterprises which represented so large a part of his life. Inheriting from a sturdy Canadian parentage the qualities noticeable in that people, he added to these the self restraint and discipline learned through hardships and contact with an unfavorable environment. His life work was based upon principles of justice to himself and others, and an unswerving integrity characterized all of his transactions.

From 1863 to 1865 a resident of San Francisco, principally engaged in teaming, during the latter year Mr. Hinch came to Humboldt county and took up land on the Elk river about six miles south of Eureka, where he gradually drifted into the dairy business. At that time no roads had been opened to his farm and he had to haul through the woods all of the lumber used in the building of his ranch house and barns. Ultimately he became the owner of three ranches in the same neighborhood. Developing the land from its primeval condition, he made it a source of profit and even at the present time these holdings still remain in the possession of the family. During 1873 he left the country and moved into Eureka, where he started a grocery on the corner of California and Cedar streets. Later the firm of Hinch, Salmon & Walch was organized. In a few years he sold out his interests to his partners and embarked in the real estate business, buying lots, building houses and selling on the installment plan, an enterprise justified by his faith in the city and by subsequent results. The children of his first wife, who was a Miss Spratt of Canada, were named as follows: Margaret, the wife of Thomas Shanahan; William J., an employe of the Hammond Lumber Company; Edward and John, both of Oakland; Elizabeth, who married Elmer Young, of Scotia; and Joseph, of Oakland. The second marriage united him with Miss Mary Lynch, a native of Dundee, Scotland, who, with their children, Vera, Thomas and Eugene, survives him, occupying the old homestead at No. 1610 California street, and who is at the head of a home life and social connection permeated with the spirit coming from long association with high ideals.

From:
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915


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