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HINN, ALBERT G. (1880–1940). Albert Hinn, miller, was born in Fennimore, Wisconsin, on July 30, 1880, the son of Christopher and Annette (Hill) Hinn. While learning the milling business from his father, who operated a flour mill and mercantile business, he received a B.A. degree in 1904 from the University of Wisconsin, where he directed the band for two years. In 1907 his father responded to advertisements of the Texas Land and Development Company of Plainview and the following year invested in area farmlands. Hinn then moved to Plainview to enter the real estate business. On June 17, 1909, he married Lochie Ann Mayhugh; they had four children. Envisioning the tremendous potential for wheat culture in the region, Hinn purchased the Harvest Queen flour mill in 1910 and developed it into one of the major mills in Texas. Among its products were a special flour for commercial bakeries and a baking flour known as "Everlite" for household use. Hinn also built or acquired grain elevators at Plainview, Crosbyton, Ralls, Lorenzo, and Petersburg, and he introduced experimental varieties of wheat to the farms of the area. His investments became quite extensive before the Great Depression forced him to devote his energies to saving the Harvest Queen mill, rebuilt in 1926 after a fire, from economic disaster. Hinn died on July 19, 1940, in Temple and was interred in Plainview.


Seymour V. Connor, ed., Builders of the Southwest (Lubbock: Southwest Collection, Texas Technological College, 1959).

Seymour V. Connor

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