|MARVIN A. HINKSTON.|
Marvin A. Hinkston, living in Thermopolis, is one of the
honored pioneer settlers of Wyoming, having arrived in this state in
1867. A half century has since come and gone, throughout which period
he has been closely identified with the stock industry, which has
been the basic element in the growth, progress and prosperity of the
state, constituting for many years its chief source of wealth. He was
born in Lee county, Illinois, September 27, 1847, a son of Danforth
and Ursula (French) Hinkston, both of whom were natives of Ohio. They
removed to Illinois in 1846 and established their home upon a farm in
Dekalb county but later became residents of Lee county, where they
were living at the time of the birth of their son, Marvin.. They
afterward returned to Dekalb county, where their remaining days were
passed. In their family were five children, three of whom survive.
Marvin A. Hinkston was reared and educated in Dekalb county, Illinois, where he acquired a common school education. He was a young man of twenty years when in 1867 he made his way to the west with Cheyenne, Wyoming, as his destination. He turned his attention to the cattle business, in which he has since been engaged, and he is yet active in that line. He has a large ranch in Hot Springs county upon which he is pasturing two hundred and fifty head of Hereford cattle. His business interests are wisely and carefully conducted and his sound judgment and indefatigable energy have been the salient features in his growing success. He is also interested in oil lands in Wyoming, having two hundred and eighty acres in one of the oil fields of the state.
In 1876 Mr. Hinkston was united in marriage to Miss Julia Lannen, a native of Kansas, and they became the parents of two daughters: Irene M., who is now principal of the Corlett school at Cheyenne; and Mona E., who is the wife of Porter Wardleigh, now a resident of Nevada. The wife and mother passed away at Ogden, Utah, in 1911 and was there laid to rest. She left a husband and two children to mourn her loss and there were many friends who felt the deepest regret at her parting.
Mr. Hinkston is a member of the Episcopal church and is well known in fraternal circles, being identified with the Knights of Pythias and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He has filled all the chairs of the local lodge in the latter organization and is also identified with the Daughters of Rebekah. Politically he is a republican and gives earnest support to the party but has never beet, an office seeker, preferring to concentrate his time and attention upon his business affairs, which have been carefully and intelligently directed and have brought to him a substantial measure of success. He has never had occasion to regret his determination to come to the west, where he took up his abode at the age of twenty years and where through the intervening period he has made steady progress, winning eventually a place among the substantial and prosperous citizens of Hot Springs county.