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Hinchman, Walter A., 419 E. 36th Street

Kansas City, Missouri Its History and Its People 1800-1908 by Carrie Westlake Whitney, vol. III, 1908

Walter a. Hinchman, vice-president of the Kemper Grain company, was born in Winchester, Jefferson county, Kansas, on the 8th of November, 1868, his parents being Cary and Mary S. (Simmons) Hinchman, both natives of Indiana, who in early manhood and womanhood removed to Kansas in which state they were married. The father followed agricultural pursuits in the sunflower state until the time of his death, which occurred May 6, 1907, but the mother is still living and resides on the old homestead.

419 E. 36th Street

419 E. 36th Street


Walter A. Hinchman acquired his education in the public schools, and remained under the parental roof, assisting his father in the work of the home farm until the year 1896, when he came to Kansas City. Here he secured a minor position with the Kemper Grain Company at a salary of ten dollars per week. Under the preceptorship of this grain firm he soon became acquainted with the business in principle and detail, and after three years acquired a working interest in the concern, and two years later, in connection with D. F. Piazzed, he purchased the business from W. T. Kemper. Since 1901 the enterprise has been conducted and developed by the present management, and the success of the company is due in no small degree to the sound business judgment and executive ability of Mr. Hinchman. Entering the establishment in a humble capacity, he soon passed on to positions of executive control, subsequently bending his energies largely to organization, to constructive efforts and administrative direction. In 1899 or 1900 he secured a seat on the board of trade, is now serving for the second term as a member of the board of directors, and is one of the leading members of that body.

On the 3d of December 1902, Mr. Hinchman was united in marriage to Miss Grace Saner, of Chicago, Illinois, a cousin of Mrs. George M. Pullman. To this union has been born one child, Walter Sanger, whose natal day was April 10, 1904. In his political views Mr. Hinchman is a republican but without desire for public office, preferring to give his undivided attention to his business affairs. He is a member of the Elm Ridge Club and a man whose genial, kindly nature and cordial disposition has gained him a large circle of friends. He is now erecting a modern and commodious dwelling at the corner of Thirty-sixth and Locust streets. He possess untiring energy, is quick of perception, forms his plans readily and is determined in their execution, and his close application to business and his excellent management have brought to him the high degree of prosperity which is today his, making him one of the well known and representative business men of Kansas City. It is true that he became interested in a business already established, but in controlling and enlarging such an enterprise many a man of less resolute purpose would have failed, and he has demonstrated the truth of the saying that success is not the result of genius, but the outcome of clear judgment and experience.