William W. Hinsey, manager of the Fair Oaks Fruit Company at Fair Oaks, Sacramento county, himself the owner of a fruit ranch and in various ways identified sith the business and civic affairs of this part of the state, was born at Ottumwa, Iowa, November 18, 1862. His father was Dr. J. C. Hinsey, late of Ottumwa.

Educated in the Ottumwa public schools and in the Ottumwa Business College, since 1888 Mr. Hinsey has been connected, in positions of increasing responsibility, with the fruit industry, gaining his first knowledge of the business at Ottumwa, where he spent ten years in that line of work. He came to California in 1898, and from February, 1899, to September 15, 1902, was George D. Kellogg's assistant manager in the latter's fruit packing and shipping house at Newcastle, Placer county. October 1, 1902, he accepted the position of manager of the Fair Oaks Fruit Company. This company manufactures high-grade olive oil, pickles and ripe olives, and handles the fruit business in general of the Fair Oaks Colony, the packing house and plant being located in the village of Fair Oaks. He is also a member of the board of directors and secretary and treasurer of the Fair Oaks Fruit Company. On his own fruit ranch at Fair Oaks he grows a variety of fruits.

Mr. Hinsey takes a prominent part in fraternal and social affairs. He affiliates with the Modern Woodmen of America at Fair Oaks, with the Ancient Order of United Workmen at Newcastle, with Omikron Council of the Royal Arcanum at Ottumwa, and with the Masonic order. In politics he is a Republican. An active church worker, he is a member of the Methodist church at Fair Oaks, a member of the board of trustees of the same, and vice president of the Christian Endeavor of the church. A thorough believer in general education, he has done much to improve the standard of schools in his community, and is now serving as clerk of the board of trustees of the Fair Oaks school district.

September 29, 1886, Mr. Hinsey married Miss Carrie E. Logan, a native of Iowa. They have a fine family of six sons, Charles M., George L., Walter B., Donald M., Philip H. and Ralph R.

Source: History of the New California - Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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