Arza Alonzo Hinckley (1870-1936)

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Arza Alonzo Hinckley
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Elder Alonzo A. Hinckley
Born: 23 Apr 1870 Cove Fort, Millard, Utah
Died: 22 Dec 1936 Salt Lake City, Utah
Father: Ira Nathaniel Hinckley
Mother: Angeline Wilcox Noble
Siblings: Emily Angelina Hinckley
Laverna Noble Hinckley
Ira Noble Hinckley
Amelia Clarisa Hinckley
Harvey Noble Hinckley
Bryant Stringham Hinckley
Arza Alonzo Hinckley
Elmer Eugene Hinckley
Spouse: Rose May Robison
Married: 31 Aug 1892 Manti, Sanpete, Utah
Children: Lois Edna Hinckley
Harold Alonzo Hinckley
Rose Afton Hinckley
Rulon Tennyson Hinckley
Mabel Lynn Hinckley
Leah Susannah Hinckley
Angeline Hinckley
Ethel Hinckley
Benjamin Ira Hinckley
Mary Hinckley
Arza Athaniel Hinckley
Nellie R. Hinckley
Beulah Hinckley
Zina Hinckley

Ancestry, LDS Family History Suite 2, LDS Vital Records Library, Infobases, 1998 , Obituary Scrapbook, p. 28:

Life Sketch Of Alonzo A. Hinckley

Merchant, educator, farmer, stock-raiser, stake president for 27 years, legislator, civic official, missionary and mission president, Alonzo A. Hinckley, president of the California mission, is an able addition to the Council of the Twelve Apostles.

His Church activities, his pioneering endeavors and livestock raising have brought him recognition througout the west. He is a man of humble and kindly disposition, of sharp intellect, and rare sense of humor. As president of the Millard and Deseret stakes for a total of 27 years, and as president of the California mission, he has won a host of followers and associates who wish him happiness and joy in the new position to which he has been called.

Born In Utah

He was born April 23, 1870, at Cove Fort. Utah a son of Ira Nathaniel and Angeline Noble, New Englanders who helped pioneer Utah. His ancestry is traced back to the early settlers of the American continent, who came to the Atlantic seaboard in 1635. His father was a prominent pioneer and patriot, and his mother was one of the first school teachers in Salt Lake City, having taught in the old First ward, and among her pupils was the mother of Maud Adams, world famed actress.

In his boyhood he worked on his father's farm, together with his brothers, one of whom is President Bryant S. Hinckley of Liberty stake. As a boy, at one time, he was herding horses, to keep them off the haylands, and after working for some hours, stopped to rest. Having no place to which he could tie his horse, he looped a line from the horse to his own foot, and lay down to rest. The horse became frightened, and ran away, pulling the boy through brush and cocks, an experience which nearly cost the life of the youth.

Reared at Fillmore, his father and mother came to Salt Lake in 1850, but had not met each other at this time. Subsequently, however, Brigham Young called the father to Cove Creek to supervise the building of the fort there. This was in 1867. Three years later, this new apostle was born. His early life was spent in Cove Fort and Fillmore, Millard county, his father having moved to Fillmore when appointed president of Millard stake in 1877.

When but a lad of 14 years, he went to work for his brother-in-law, Lafayette Holbrook, in Frisco, typical mining town of Beaver county. There he gained the basic training in merchandising which led to the establishment of the Hinckley Co-op, in Hinckley, Utah. As founder of this institution, the name of A. A. Hinckley first became prominent.

Former Teacher

A graduate of Fillmore grammar school and Brigham Young university, Elder Hinckley taught school for a number of years in Deseret, Millard county. It is an interesting commentary that the town of Hinckley, noted as a center of alfalf a seed raising was named in honor of his father Ira N. Hinckley. As a dairyman, Elder Hinckley aided his father and carried on his stock-raising interests after his death. At the present time he owned a dairy farm in Salt Lake county. He also became known in Millard as a successful alfalfa seed grower. He operated and owned three large farms in that county, one in Hinckley, one in Delta, and one in Lyndyll.

In 1892 he married Rose May Robison, and lived in Deseret one year before moving to Hinckley, where he made his home. Five years after his marriage he was called to fill a mission to the Netherlands, return ing in 1900.

Made Stake President

Prominent in Church and civic circles in Millard county he was chosen in 1902 to succeed his father as president of Millard stake, and he conducted the affairs of this office until the stake grew to such an extent that it became advisable to divide it, and make two stakes. In 1912 this division was offected. Millard and Deseret stakes being organized, and he became president of the latter one. He served in this position until 1929, at which time he was honorably released after more than 27 years continuous service as executive.

He then removed to Salt Lake City, making his home on Wall street, but shortly after coming here he was called to succeed President Joseph W. McMurrin as head of the California mission, with headquarters at Los Angeles.

Elder Hinckley served two terms in the legislature representing Millard county, and when Governor Charles R. Mabey was elected he appointed him as state commissioner of agriculture. He was retained in this position for some months after the election of Governor George H. Dern.

Father of Fourteen

A father of 14 children, 12 of which are living, his family is an unusual one. His eldest son, Harold Hinckley, is a practicing physician in Corcoran, Cal., having graduated from the University of Utah and University of Chicago medical schools and fulfilled a mission to New Zealand. Rulon T. Hinckley, the second eldest son, is a graduate of the Brigham Young university, has fulfilled a mission to Germany and is now teaching seminary at Hinckley high school. Arza, the youngest son, is at present laboring in the Northwestern States mission.

Of the daughters, Afton Badger of *** holds a master's degree in domestic arts from the Brigham Young university. The other daughters, Mabel, Suzanne, Angelina, Ethel, Mary, Nelly, Beulah and Zina have all received high school diplomas.

Resembles Pres. Ivins

Alonzo Hinckley bears not only a striking resemblance in physical appearance to the late President Anthony W. Ivins, but his career parallels that of the distinguished first counselor in many ways. Both were more or less self-made; both were ardent spreaders of the gospel as missionaries and mission presidents; both were in the stake presidency, one as the first citizen of St. George stake, the other as the first citizen of Millard stake; both led well-balanced lives with a hand in an amazing number of business, economic and industrial ventures; both were outdoor men. It is a parallel that is at once striking and significant.


  • Name variations:
Alonzo A. [bio, signature]
Brigham [1870 census]
  • Black, Susan W. E. Early LDS Membership Data (Infobases, 1995)
  • Ranney, Lucretia Lyman. American Ancestry of Joseph Robison and his wife Lucretia Hancock, p. 10.
  • LDS Family Group Record Collection [Patron Section]
Submitted by: Rulon T. Hinckley
Family of: Arza Alonzo Hinckley & Rose May Robison
Occupation: Farmer, Apostle
Note on back:
Christmas Greetings for 1935.
from mother and father.
Read carefully and prayerfully the life of this great prophet. To know God and Jesus Christ whom he has sent - is life eternal, to that Joseph Smith was raised up of God to stand at the head of this dispensation stabalizes you in your testimony. Bear your testimony by deed and word, in all honesty, that Jesus is the Christ the son of the living God & that Jos. Smith is His prophet.
Alonzo A. Hinckley Rose R. Hinckley
Another note: Alonzo Hinckley, Miss Rose May Robison, Married, August 31st., 1892.
  • Deseret News. Church Almanac, 1999-2000, p. 60:
58. Alonzo Arza Hinckley - Born April 23, 1870, at Cove Fort, Millard Co., Utah , to Ira Nathaniel Hinckley and Angeline Wilcox Noble. Ordained apostle Oct. 11, 1934, by Heber J. Grant, at ag e 64; died Dec. 22, 1936, at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah, at age 66.
  • Stout, Wayne. A History of Hinckley, Utah, 1858-1973, pp. i, 36, 64.
p. i. Picture, p. 36. 1899 Picture.
President Millard Stake, 1902-1912
First President, Deseret Stake, 1912-1929
  •, Sunday, February 04, 2001, Obituary: Ethel Hinckley Irvine.
  • Archives, Tuesday, April 16, 2002, p. B05, Obituary: Angeline H. Solomon
  • Hughes, Karen May Moorehouse. Descendants of Joseph Robison and Lucretia Hancock, pp. 3, 4.
  • Stout, Wayne. A History of Hinckley, Utah, 1858-1973, p. 166.
1890 Arrivals. 14 children.
  • Hinckley, Lorin A. Arza Erastus Hinckley - Ira Nathaniel Hinckley, Descendants and Ancestors, p. 652
  • The Salt Lake Tribune, Sunday, 22 Jan 2006, Obituary: Ashton, Zina Hinckley
  • Birth variant: Mar 1870 [1870 census]
  • 1870 Federal Census, Utah, Millard County, Town: Cove Creek, Enumerated 5 Jul 1870, page 1, Dwelling 1, Family 1:
Hinckley, I. N.
Brigham, 2/12, m, w, Utah, born: Mar
  • 1880 Federal Census, Fillmore, Millard, Utah, Page 464B:
Alonzo, Son, Male, Single, W, 10, At School, UT, CAN, MI
Hinckley, Alonzo
Class of 1892? Alonzo Hinckley appears in a photograph held by the BYU Archives purporting to be "the first class to graduate from the new Academy Building, 1892." (UAP 2 Folder 037)
  • Marriage: Western States Marriage Record Index:
ID Number: 212973
Groom: Arza Alonzo Hinckley
Age: 22
Bride: Rose May Robison
Age: 21
Married: 31 Aug 1892, Manti
County of Record: Millard, Utah
Volume: B
Page: 16
Burial Information:
Birth: //1869
Death: /22/1936
Burial: 12/24/1936
Place of Birth: COVE FORT, UTAH
Place of Death: SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
Cause of Death:
Grave Location: Salt Lake City Cemetery , X_2_151_1W