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John Newton Hines

Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, USA
Death 23 Mar 1952 (aged 93)
Fresno County, California, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 184663703 · View Source
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JOHN NEWTON HINES No class of California pioneers came to better understand the early conditions peculiar to the Pacific Coast than such business men as John Newton Hines men who saw the inside as well as the outside of the cup, and who, adapting themselves to changing circumstances succeeded in much that they attempted, and became masters in more than one
field of endeavor. Mr. Hines' grandfather was Isaac Hines, a native of Maryland and a soldier in the War of 1812, who settled in Tennessee and
there built both flour and saw-mills. His father was Archilaus D. C. Hines, who was born in the same vicinity and followed the same line of business. He had a saw-mill on the Tennessee River, at the mouth of Chook Creek, where he
obtained his water power; and he furnished lumber for building up much of Knoxville. He continued the industry for fifteen years after the Civil War, and then sold out and moved to Carthage, Mo., but returned to Tennessee to look after his father's farm. Still later in life, in 1892, he came to California, and since then he has made his home in Fresno. He is now ninety-four years old and lives at 333 Blackstone Avenue. During the Civil War, he passed through some very trying times due to his Union sentiments at a time when he was among or near so many Southerners. He believed that the Union must be upheld, and discountenanced Secession; and even his life was
threatened in consequence. He was willing at any time to give up his property to save the Union, and he was proud of the fact that a brother was
a captain in the Union Army. Mrs. A. D. C. Hines was Margaret P. Bowman before her marriage, and she came of an old Southern family. She was born
near Whitesburg, Ala., and died at Fresno in April, 1915. She was the mother of six boys, all but one of whom are still living, and three girls.

Those living are: Dr. J. B. Hines, a practicing physician of Fresno, the eldest; John N., the subject of our sketch; F. M. Hines, a farmer at
Tranquillity; Samuel B. Flines, who resides at Fresno; Dr. A. Don Hines, of San Jose; Edith M., and Mrs. Mary L. Lane, both of Fresno; and Alice, now Mrs. Williams, of the Temperance district.

Born at Knoxville, Tenn., on November 14, 1858, John Newton Hines was brought up in Tennessee, where he attended a private school until he was twelve years old, when he removed to Missouri ; and after finishing with the elementary and secondary schools, he attended the State Military School at Knoxville. Finally he entered the
East Tennessee Wesleyan University, from which he was graduated in 1884 with special honors and received the degree of Bachelor of Arts.

In 1885, Mr. Hines came West to California and to Fresno, where he was soon engaged as bookkeeper for Kutner, Goldstein & Co., which position he held to everyone's satisfaction for a couple of years. Then he was advised by Dr. Rowell, on
account of illness, to give up all indoor work, or he would not recover. He therefore resigned, and with his brother, F. M. Hines, bought teams and engaged in teaming, hauling lumber from Pine Ridge. The outdoor work agreed with him, and he again became robust. Before the flume on which they were working was completed, they sold their teams, and John, with John Albin as a partner, then ran the Pleasanton, now the California Hotel. 'After that, with his brothers, F. M. and S. B.. he started a grocery business, under the
firm name of J. N. Hines and Bros., at the corner of I and Fresno Streets, and soon built up a very prosperous business.

This interest he sold in 1906 in order to give his attention to his vineyard and farm; for some years before he had purchased 160 acres nine miles northeast of Fresno. He began to improve the holding by setting out a vineyard and planting alfalfa ; and later he erected a brick residence and other buildings. As the acreage is under the old Gould ditch, the grapes and
alfalfa do well, and always there is a bumper harvest: and it is little wonder that, wishing to retire from farming to devote his attention to his other business affairs, Mr. Hines readily sold his home place of eighty acres for the magnificent sum of $70,000. At present the place is used largely for a vineyard for table and raisin grapes. Mr. Hines also owns other valuable lands, including twenty acres near Roeding Park and eighty acres at Wahtoke. He has valuable business and residence lots in Richmond, some of which are in the Inner Harbor, and he holds the title to considerable real estate in Fresno.

Believing in cooperation, he is a member of the California Associated Raisin Company. In Fresno, Mr. Hines was married to Miss Annie May Owens, said to have been the first girl baby born in that city. She was the daughter of William and Julia Owens, and her father was a well-known pioneer contractor, who died here. Mrs. Owens resides at Santa Rosa. Mrs. Hines was educated at the Fresno High School. All too soon, in 1906, she passed to her eternal reward. She was the mother of six children : Dorris E., attending
Junior College at Fresno ; Archie B., Gertrude E., and Margaret, attending the Fresno High School ; and John B. and Mary J.

Mr. Hines is a member of Lodge No. 186, I. O. O. F., of Fresno. In politics he favors the policies of the Republican party.

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