Biography of William J. Hinman
Madison County, NY Biographies





Hinman, William J., who has been in the jewelry business in Oneida since 1886, was born in the town of Augusta, Oneida county, July 4, 1858, a son of William and Abbie (Vaughn) Hinman. The family is of old New England stock and his great grandfather, Grove Hinman. came from Connecticut to Oneida county among the earliest settlers. Mr. Hinman was educated in the Knoxboro Union School, and until he reached his majority assisted in the conduct of his father's farm. During the year 1880 he conducted a saw mill and lumber yard owned by his father in the town of Lee, Oneida county, and in 1881 went to Fonda to begin an apprenticeship to the jewelers' trade. The following year he came to Oneida and for about four years was employed in the jewelry store of C. J. Wells. He began his present business in 1886. Mr. Hinman has served as village trustee two terms; is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Royal Arcanum. He married, in 1885, Cora Harp, daughter of Christian Harp, of Macedon, Wayne county, N. Y. Two children have been born to them: Ethel M., and Alta M. Hay, Arthur, son of Alexander and Ann (Stanbury) Hay, was born in Jersey City, N. J., March 6, 1859. His father was a native of Scotland and followed the business of expert accounting. For a short time he was engaged in Oneida with the Banking House of Barnes, Stark & Munroe, and subsequently removed to Chicago where he died in 1874, leaving a widow and three children Arthur Hay was educated in the public schools of New York City and Oneida. In his fourteenth year he began an apprenticeship to the machinist's trade in the Westcott Chuck Works where he was employed ten years. Following this period he was associated with his brother, John S. Hay, in a florist and seed business in Oneida for a short time. In the fall of 1886 he established a small variety store, out of which has grown his present business. Ever since he reached his majority Mr. Hay has been actively interested in the cause of temperance. For a number of years he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Oneida Y. M. C. A., and an active member of the First Presbyterian church; is superintendent of the North Side Chapel Sunday School, and an active official member of the Y. P. S. C. E. He married in June, 1886, Helen D. E. Dodge, daughter of the late George W. Dodge of the town of Augusta, N. Y. Although he began in a small way, Mr. Hay's business has developed rapidly, especially in the department of books and stationery. In the latter trade he now conducts an extensive wholesale business.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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