Sunday, January 23, 2011

1892 flashback

hinkle sharpshooter

This 1892 U.S. Army sharpshooter certificate was another unexpected discovery as I probed some of my parents’ long neglected family records this morning.

It was issued to 25-year-old Pvt. Anthony Hinkle of Logansport, Ind., while he was serving at Vancouver Barracks, Vancouver, Wash.

Uncle Tony was my maternal great-uncle, having married the sister of my mother’s dad. He was a rural mail carrier. I never knew him because he died in 1930 at the age of 63 – 15 years before I was born. His widow, Daisy Hinkle, lived into her 90s and I recall visiting her at her Logansport home with my parents many times.

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