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Richard George Hinshaw

Appointed April 1, 1937
End of Tour Saturday, October 2, 1937

Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota
[Minnesota Death Certificate No. 1937-MN-026077]

Fatally injured in a traffic accident while on motorcycle patrol.


Photo of Richard Hinshaw

On Monday, September 20, 1937, Motorcycle Patrolman Richard George Hinshaw1, Badge No. 414 & 479, was traveling westward on his motorcycle on Rondo Avenue at Mackubin Street in the City of Saint Paul. A pedestrian, William Kirschbaum, 54, of 900 York Street, who was apparently going to board a waiting eastbound Rondo-Maria electric streetcar, ran out and into the path of Hinshaw’s motorcycle and was struck, causing the motorcycle to go out of control. Hinshaw continued for about 25-yards but could not regain control and was thrown to the pavement. Both men suffered fatal skull fractures and were taken to Ancker Hospital. Kirschbaum died at about 2100 hours (9:00 pm) that same night, and Patrolman Hinshaw succumbed to his injuries twelve days later, on Saturday, October 2, 1937.

Born on March 4, 1914, in Illinois, twenty-three year old Richard George Hinshaw had been with the Bureau of Police since April 1, 1937… just six months, when his life was taken. Single, he was survived by his parents and brother. Patrolman Hinshaw’s funeral was held on Monday, October 4, 1937, at Kessler & Maguire Funeral Home, and he is buried at Roselawn Cemetery, in what is now Roseville, Minnesota.

1 Richard George Hinshaw was appointed Patrolman April 1, 1937; was later assigned to Motorcycle Patrol; was fatally injured in a traffic accident while on motorcycle patrol September 20, 1937, and died Saturday, October 2, 1937.