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O.C. Hinman Papers

Identifier: Ms-0063

Scope and Contents

The O. C. Hinman Papers consist of two ledgers and numerous invoices which concern the furniture store and undertaker’s business of O. C. Hinman. The first ledger covers his accounts from 1886-1899 while the second ledger contains only an alphabetical listing of accounts. The invoices date from 1900-1905. The 1903 invoices are the most complete. Two funeral director’s magazines contained in the collection have articles about an undertaker’s convention in Las Vegas during 1928. Invoices have been arranged chronologically.


  • 1886-1928

Biographical / Historical

O.C. Hinman was bom July 18, 1859, in Monona, Iowa. Hinman learned telegraphy and worked for the railroad for three years before moving to Silver City, New Mexico, in June 1883. There Him-nan served as Deputy Postmaster for one year. In 1884, Hinman married Minnie Stanley. The couple had two children, Ruth and Gifford Thomas. Hinman operated a fruit store in 1885 and in 1886 he opened his furniture store. He became the leading dealer of furniture and undertaking goods in Silver City and the surrounding area. Hinman later served as the town coroner.


.5 Linear Feet (1 Box)

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Silver City, New Mexico, businessman. Ledgers, invoices and magazines of 0. C. Hinman, furniture dealer and undertaker
Guide to the O.C. Hinman Papers
Updated June 2004
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Repository Details

Part of the New Mexico State University Library Archives and Special Collections Repository

Branson Hall
PO Box 30006
MSC 3475
Las Cruces New Mexico 88003 USA