John E. Hinshaw Papers
NA1957.0001

Summary Information

Repository
Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives
Creator
Hinshaw, John E. (John Embree) , 1862- .
Title
John E. Hinshaw Papers
ID
NA1957.0001
Date
1880-1945.
Extent
1.0 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
Consists of published books, scrapbooks, notebooks, envelopes containing leaves of handwritten poetry, and assorted personal items.

Preferred Citation note

John E. Hinshaw Papers, Emporia State University Archives, Emporia State University.

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Biographical/Historical note

John E. Hinshaw

John E. Hinshaw was born in Emporia, Kansas, on June 24, 1862. His father, Andrew Hinshaw, moved to Lyon County in Kansas late in the fall of 1856. After Andrew arrived, he married Sarah Ann Hiatt in 1857 by the first preacher in the area, and settled as the first family in Emporia. John had 3 brothers and 4 sisters, Stephen Curtis, Sabina Elma, Laten Robert, Mindie Jane, Ruth Anna, Unettie Valettie, and Frederic Andrew. John was raised on his parents’ farm in Emporia, and he helped his father on the farm. He did not attend school with any regularity, instead acquiring his education from dictionaries, good literature, and observing everyday life. When he was 17, he attended the Westtown boarding school, which was a Quaker institution near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for a year. After the school work, John came back to Emporia. He bought land and farmed it. He married Elizabeth Bertha Smith on December 26, 1894, in Emporia. They were the parents of 3 daughters and 3 sons, Howard Barclay, Bertha Anna, Elba Mabel, Lena Nettie, Arthur Embree, and Edwin Andrew. John and Elizabeth were married for 36 years and obtained a divorce in 1930.

John developed a lifelong interest in poetry. He was well known as the Emporia farmer-poet. He wrote many poems which were published in newspapers and magazines, including The Emporia Gazette. He was also intensely interested in both his family history and local history. He made a trip to Ireland, where his forebears were born, and researched the origin of the Hinshaw family. He published books about Emporia, Lyon County, and his family history.

John’s various community activities included membership in the Emporia Commercial Club, Kansas Author’s Club, and Kansas Historical Society. He served as President of the Lyon County Farmer’s Institute, President and Secretary - Treasurer of the Lyon County Good Roads Association, Treasurer of the Lyon County Old Settler’s Association, and Secretary and Treasurer of the Kansas Branch Red Polled Cattle Club. He was also one of the donors to the Newman Memorial County Hospital in Emporia, and donated land for a school building and a playground park. This collection illustrates the personal interests and experiences of John E. Hinshaw. The collection consists of 4 published books, 5 scrapbooks, 3 notebooks, a number of envelopes of unbound of materials, and assorted personal items. All materials were created or collected by John E. Hinshaw. The majority of the collection consists of unbound volumes of handwritten poetry. Each poem is written on the back side of various kinds of sheets of paper such as handbills, letters, and calendars. Each volume is arranged in used envelopes on which a volume number, date, and the number of poems in the volume are noted. The first book is Thomas Hinshaw, “the Little Irish Weaver” and Others (cover title: Thomas Hinshaw and Others) by John E. Hinshaw, published in 1911, which contains a single leaf of paper with a handwritten memo titled “Dear Charles”. There are two copies of Thought-Buds for Beth, and Other Poems by John E. Hinshaw, published in 1912; copy 1 contains a pressed leaf. The third book is Remembering by James Ernest Howard, published in 1917, which contains a single leaf of paper with a handwritten poem. The first scrapbook is titled “Westtown, 1880”. This scrapbook consists of newspaper clippings of his interests and contains a single leaf of paper with a handwritten poem. The second scrapbook is titled “Poems, 12-10-1924”. This scrapbook also consists of newspaper clippings. These clippings are mainly poems and articles written by John, and his activities such as the Old Settlers celebration of the founding of Emporia and the program of a presentation of artifacts at the City Library which were connected with the early history of Lyon County. The third scrapbook consists of newspaper clippings of poems and articles written by John, containing articles about his children and relatives, his divorce from Elizabeth, and his donations to the school. This scrapbook is not titled, but its front cover provides the date “4-1-27”. The fourth and fifth scrapbooks are also not titled, but the front cover of the fourth scrapbook gives the date “2-14-1936” and the front cover of the fifth scrapbook gives the date “6-24-37”. Both scrapbooks consist of mainly newspaper clippings of his interests. The first notebook is titled “Westtown 1880” and consists of essays written by John. This notebook contains a newspaper clipping, single leaves of paper with handwritten essays, and assignment sheets. The second notebook has no title, but the name “John E. Hinshaw” is written on the front cover. This notebook contains essays written by John, and the first essay is dated 8-5-1880. The last notebook consists of mainly handwritten poetry on individual sheets of paper, and the book cover is not attached to the body of the notebook. These poems include ones written in the early 1930s. This notebook also contains newspaper clippings of other writers, published poems, and assignment sheets. There is one envelope titled “Poems” which consists of handwritten poetry on individual sheets of paper. Most of these poems are dated 1939. There are envelopes labeled volume 98 through volume 103. Each envelope contains leaves of paper with handwritten poetry by John; a volume number, the number of poems in the envelope, and the date are written on each envelope. Most poems have been given a poem number by John. Volume 98 consists of 3 envelopes. The first envelope of volume 98 contains 41 poems which were written during May 1943. Poem numbered 25 is missing. The second envelope of volume 98 contains 27 poems which were written during June 1943. The third envelope of volume 98 contains 30 poems which were written during July 1943. The last envelope of volume 98 contains 37 poems which were written during August 1943. Poem numbered 25 is missing. Volume 99 consists of 4 envelopes. The first envelope of volume 99 contains 34 poems which were written during September 1943. The second envelope of volume 99 contains 32 poems which were written during October 1943. The third envelope of volume 99 contains 35 poems which were written during November 1943. The last envelope of volume 99 contains 56 poems which were written December 1943. Poems numbered 6 and 37 are missing. Volume 100 consists of 6 envelopes. The first envelope of volume 100 contains 38 poems which were written during January 1944. Poem numbered 31 is missing. The second envelope of volume 100 contains 25 poems which were written February 1944. The third envelope of volume 100 contains 26 poems and newspaper clippings which were written or collected March 1944. Poem numbered 8 is missing. The fourth envelope of volume 100 contains 19 poems which were written April 1944. The fifth envelope of volume 100 contains 26 poems which were written May 1944. Poem numbered 7 is missing. The last envelope of volume 100 contains 30 poems which were written June 1944. Volume 101 consists of 6 envelopes. The first envelope of volume 101 contains 28 poems which were written during July 1944. The second envelope of volume 101 contains 31 poems which were written during August 1944. The third envelope of volume 101 contains 31 poems which were written during September 1944. The fourth envelope of volume 101 contains 39 poems which were written during October 1944. Poems numbered 9, 29 and 32 are missing. The fifth envelope of volume 101 contains 38 poems which were written during November 1944. This envelope also contains The Omnigraph published by First District Kansas Authors Club, volume 1, number 1, October 1944, and a letter dated November 9, 1944, from Laurence C. Jones to John. The last envelope of volume 101 contains 50 poems which were written during December 1944. Poems numbered 44 through 48 are missing. Volume 102 consists of 6 envelopes. The first envelope of volume 102 contains 18 poems which were written during January 1945. The second envelope of volume 102 contains 24 poems which were written during February 1945. The third envelope of volume 102 contains 14 poems which were written during March 1945. The fourth envelope of volume 102 contains 14 poems which were written during April 1945. The fifth envelope of volume 102 contains 16 poems, dated 1945 which were written during May 1945. In these envelopes, some of the poems do not have a poem number. The last envelope of volume 102 contains 20 poems which were written during June 1945. Poem numbered 4, 10 and 15 are missing. Volume 103 consists of 2 envelopes. In these envelopes, poems are not organized and some of them do not have a poem number. The first envelope of volume 103 is dated June, July, August, and September 1945. The second envelope of volume 103 is dated October, November, and December 1945. The rest of the collection contains assorted personal items, including newspaper clippings, leaves of paper with handwritten poetry, receipts, a school brochure for the library school of Kansas State Teacher College of Emporia, and a name card identifying John’s membership in seven organizations.

John died on January 16, 1954, in Emporia, and is interred at Maplewood Cemetery in Emporia.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection illustrates the personal interests and experiences of John E. Hinshaw. The collection consists of 4 published books, 5 scrapbooks, 3 notebooks, a number of envelopes of unbound of materials, and assorted personal items. All materials were created or collected by John E. Hinshaw.

The majority of the collection consists of unbound volumes of handwritten poetry. Each poem is written on the back side of various kinds of sheets of paper such as handbills, letters, and calendars. Each volume is arranged in used envelopes on which a volume number, date, and the number of poems in the volume are noted.

The first book is Thomas Hinshaw, “the Little Irish Weaver” and Others (cover title:  Thomas Hinshaw and Others) by John E. Hinshaw, published in 1911, which contains a single leaf of paper with a handwritten memo titled “Dear Charles”. There are two copies of  Thought-Buds for Beth, and Other Poems by John E. Hinshaw, published in 1912; copy 1 contains a pressed leaf. The third book is  Remembering by James Ernest Howard, published in 1917, which contains a single leaf of paper with a handwritten poem.

The first scrapbook is titled “Westtown, 1880”. This scrapbook consists of newspaper clippings of his interests and contains a single leaf of paper with a handwritten poem. The second scrapbook is titled “Poems, 12-10-1924”. This scrapbook also consists of newspaper clippings. These clippings are mainly poems and articles written by John, and his activities such as the Old Settlers celebration of the founding of Emporia and the program of a presentation of artifacts at the City Library which were connected with the early history of Lyon County. The third scrapbook consists of newspaper clippings of poems and articles written by John, containing articles about his children and relatives, his divorce from Elizabeth, and his donations to the school. This scrapbook is not titled, but its front cover provides the date “4-1-27”. The fourth and fifth scrapbooks are also not titled, but the front cover of the fourth scrapbook gives the date “2-14-1936” and the front cover of the fifth scrapbook gives the date “6-24-37”. Both scrapbooks consist of mainly newspaper clippings of his interests.

The first notebook is titled “Westtown 1880” and consists of essays written by John. This notebook contains a newspaper clipping, single leaves of paper with handwritten essays, and assignment sheets. The second notebook has no title, but the name “John E. Hinshaw” is written on the front cover. This notebook contains essays written by John, and the first essay is dated 8-5-1880. The last notebook consists of mainly handwritten poetry on individual sheets of paper, and the book cover is not attached to the body of the notebook. These poems include ones written in the early 1930s. This notebook also contains newspaper clippings of other writers, published poems, and assignment sheets.

There is one envelope titled “Poems” which consists of handwritten poetry on individual sheets of paper. Most of these poems are dated 1939.

There are envelopes labeled volume 98 through volume 103. Each envelope contains leaves of paper with handwritten poetry by John; a volume number, the number of poems in the envelope, and the date are written on each envelope. Most poems have been given a poem number by John.

Volume 98 consists of 3 envelopes. The first envelope of volume 98 contains 41 poems which were written during May 1943. Poem numbered 25 is missing. The second envelope of volume 98 contains 27 poems which were written during June 1943. The third envelope of volume 98 contains 30 poems which were written during July 1943. The last envelope of volume 98 contains 37 poems which were written during August 1943. Poem numbered 25 is missing.

Volume 99 consists of 4 envelopes. The first envelope of volume 99 contains 34 poems which were written during September 1943. The second envelope of volume 99 contains 32 poems which were written during October 1943. The third envelope of volume 99 contains 35 poems which were written during November 1943. The last envelope of volume 99 contains 56 poems which were written December 1943. Poems numbered 6 and 37 are missing.

Volume 100 consists of 6 envelopes. The first envelope of volume 100 contains 38 poems which were written during January 1944. Poem numbered 31 is missing. The second envelope of volume 100 contains 25 poems which were written February 1944. The third envelope of volume 100 contains 26 poems and newspaper clippings which were written or collected March 1944. Poem numbered 8 is missing. The fourth envelope of volume 100 contains 19 poems which were written April 1944. The fifth envelope of volume 100 contains 26 poems which were written May 1944. Poem numbered 7 is missing. The last envelope of volume 100 contains 30 poems which were written June 1944.

Volume 101 consists of 6 envelopes. The first envelope of volume 101 contains 28 poems which were written during July 1944. The second envelope of volume 101 contains 31 poems which were written during August 1944. The third envelope of volume 101 contains 31 poems which were written during September 1944. The fourth envelope of volume 101 contains 39 poems which were written during October 1944. Poems numbered 9, 29 and 32 are missing. The fifth envelope of volume 101 contains 38 poems which were written during November 1944. This envelope also contains The Omnigraph published by First District Kansas Authors Club, volume 1, number 1, October 1944, and a letter dated November 9, 1944, from Laurence C. Jones to John. The last envelope of volume 101 contains 50 poems which were written during December 1944. Poems numbered 44 through 48 are missing.

Volume 102 consists of 6 envelopes. The first envelope of volume 102 contains 18 poems which were written during January 1945. The second envelope of volume 102 contains 24 poems which were written during February 1945. The third envelope of volume 102 contains 14 poems which were written during March 1945. The fourth envelope of volume 102 contains 14 poems which were written during April 1945. The fifth envelope of volume 102 contains 16 poems, dated 1945 which were written during May 1945. In these envelopes, some of the poems do not have a poem number. The last envelope of volume 102 contains 20 poems which were written during June 1945. Poem numbered 4, 10 and 15 are missing.

Volume 103 consists of 2 envelopes. In these envelopes, poems are not organized and some of them do not have a poem number. The first envelope of volume 103 is dated June, July, August, and September 1945. The second envelope of volume 103 is dated October, November, and December 1945.

The rest of the collection contains assorted personal items, including newspaper clippings, leaves of paper with handwritten poetry, receipts, a school brochure for the library school of Kansas State Teacher College of Emporia, and a name card identifying John’s membership in seven organizations.

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Arrangement note

The collection is arranged by types of documents: published materials, unpublished materials, and assorted personal items. Chronological order is used within document types.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives January – April 2012

1200 Commercial St
Campus Box 4051
Emporia, KS, 66801
(620) 341-6431
archives@emporia.edu

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

The Emporia Gazette contains obituaries and a report on John’s funeral in the issues published January 18 and 21, 1954. Information about John’s parents and his donation to the Newman Memorial County Hospital in Emporia can be found in  Pioneers: A Memorial to Pioneers of Lyon County 1855-1875, by Old Settlers’ Association, published in 1922, which is available via the William Allen White Library reference collection. The book  Thought-Buds for Beth, and Other Poems, by John E. Hinshaw, published in 1912, is available via the William Allen White Library reference collection. Information about the early history of Lyon County and Emporia can be found in  Our Land: A History of Lyon County, Kansas commissioned by the Lyon County Bicentennial Commission, published in 1976, The Early History of Emporia, Kansas by Virginia W. Forbeck, published in 1942,  The Lyon County Historical Museum by Orville W. Mosher, published 1965, and  Annals of Emporia and Lyon County: Historical Incidents of the First Quarter of a Century, by Jacob Stotler, published circa 1898. These books are available via the William Allen White Library reference collection or the Emporia State University - Archives. The Walter M. Anderson Collection, which is available via the Emporia State University - Archives, contains a photograph of the Hinshaw Family, created in circa 1885, and a photograph of Quaker House of Worship, Hinshaw House, created in 1861.

Separated Materials note

None.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Kansas Authors Club. First District. The Omnigraph.
  • Old Settlers’ Association (Lyon County, Kan.).
  • Westtown Boarding School.

Family Name(s)

  • Hinshaw family.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Emporia (Kan.) -- Centennial celebrations, etc.
  • Emporia (Kan.) -- History.
  • Emporia (Kan.) -- Newspapers.
  • Lyon County (Kan.) -- History.

Personal Name(s)

  • Hinshaw, Andrew, 1829-1911.
  • Hinshaw, Elizabeth Bertha Smith, 1869-1939.
  • Hinshaw, Frederic Andrew.
  • Hinshaw, John E. (John Embree), 1862- -- Correspondence.
  • Hinshaw, John E. (John Embree), 1862- -- Family.
  • Hinshaw, John E. (John Embree), 1862- -- Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.
  • Hinshaw, John E. (John Embree), 1862- -- Written works.
  • Hinshaw, John E. (John Embree), 1862- . Thomas Hinshaw, the little Irish weaver and others.
  • Hinshaw, John E. (John Embree), 1862- . Thought-buds for Beth, and other poems.
  • Hinshaw, Laten Robert.
  • Hinshaw, Mindie Jane.
  • Hinshaw, Ruth Anna.
  • Hinshaw, Sabina Elma.
  • Hinshaw, Sarah Ann Hiatt, 1839-1917.
  • Hinshaw, Stephen Curtis.
  • Hinshaw, Unettie Valettie.
  • Howard, James Ernest. Remembering.

Subject(s)

  • Authors.
  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Emporia (Kan.) -- Social life and customs.
  • Frontier and pioneer life -- Kansas -- Emporia.
  • Frontier and pioneer life -- Kansas -- Lyon County.
  • Frontier and pioneer life -- Kansas.
  • Letters.
  • Lyon County (Kan.) -- Genealogy.
  • Lyon County (Kan.) -- Social life and customs.
  • Poetry.
  • Poets -- Genealogy.
  • Poets -- Kansas -- Emporia.
  • Poets -- Kansas -- Lyon County.
  • Poets.
  • Quakers -- Kansas -- Emporia.
  • Quakers -- Kansas -- Genealogy.
  • Quakers -- Kansas -- History.
  • Quakers -- Kansas -- Lyon County.
  • Scrapbooks.

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Book – Thomas Hinshaw, “the Little Irish Weaver” and others, by John E. Hinshaw, 1911.  

1 1

Book (copy 1) – Thought-Buds for Beth and Other Poems, by John E. Hinshaw, 1912. 

1 2

Book (copy 2) – Thought-Buds for Beth and Other Poems, by John E. Hinshaw, 1912. 

1 3

Book – Remembering, by James Ernest Howard, 1917. 

1 4

Scrapbook – Westtown 1880,  1880. 

1 5

Scrapbook – Poems 12-10-1924, 1924. 

1 6

Scrapbook – , April 1, 1927. 

1 7

Scrapbook – ,  February 14, 1936. 

1 8

Scrapbook – , June 24, 1937. 

1 9

Notebook – Westtown 1880, 1880. 

1 10

Items found in Notebook – Westtown 1880, 1880. 

1 11

Notebook – untitled, 1880-1881. 

1 12

Notebook – untitled, 1930-1937. 

1 13

Poem – Poems, 1932 and 1939. 

2 1

Poem – Volume 98, May 1943. 

2 2

Poem – Volume 98, June 1943. 

2 3

Poem – Volume 98, July 1943. 

2 4

Poem – Volume 98, August 1943. 

2 5

Poem – Volume 99, September 1943. 

2 6

Poem – Volume 99, October 1943. 

2 7

Poem – Volume 99, November 1943. 

2 8

Poem – Volume 99, December 1943. 

2 9

Poem – Volume 100, January 1944. 

2 10

Poem – Volume 100, February 1944. 

2 11

Poem – Volume 100, March 1944. 

2 12

Poem – Volume 100, April 1944. 

2 13

Poem – Volume 100, May 1944. 

Box
2
Folder
14

Poem – Volume 100, June 1944. 

2 15

Poem – Volume 101, July 1944. 

2 16

Poem – Volume 101, August 1944. 

2 17

Poem – Volume 101, September 1944. 

2 18

Poem – Volume 101, October 1944. 

2 19

Poem – Volume 101, November 1944. 

2 20

Poem – Volume 101, December 1944. 

2 21

Poem – Volume 102, January 1945. 

2 22

Poem – Volume 102, February 1945. 

2 23

Poem – Volume 102, March 1945. 

2 24

Poem – Volume 102, April 1945. 

2 25

Poem – Volume 102, May 1945. 

2 26

Poem – Volume 102, 

3 1

Poem – Volume 103, June, July, August, and September 1945. 

3 2

Items found in Poem – Volume 103, June, July, August, and September 1945. 

3 3

Items found in Poem – Volume 103, June, July, August, and September 1945. 

3 4

Poem – Volume 103, October, November, and December 1945. 

3 5

Assorted personal items, 1880-1944. 

3 6

Item found in Assorted personal items, 1880-1944. 

3 7