Friday, January 20, 2012

Family history

hinkle discharge

Today’s mail brought a pleasant surprise – a family document I thought had been lost.

My ex said she found it while going through papers concerning her family and thoughtfully returned it to me.

It’s the receipt given my great-uncle Anthony Hinkle on July 11, 1897 when he bought his discharge from the U.S. Army for $100, as was the custom in those days. He was a private serving at Port Townsend, Wash. at the time.

I earlier published his Army sharpshooter certification.

Anthony married my mother’s paternal aunt Daisy Dietz. He was a rural mail carrier in Cass County, Ind., and died in 1930 at the age of 63. Daisy died in 1970 at the age of 91.

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