About Daisy and the Hinkle Family

Daisy and Her Farmstead

The Hinkle-Garton Farmstead was given to BRI by the estate of Daisy Garton. Daisy’s grandfather, John Henry Hinkle, first settled the farmstead property in 1886 with his wife, Laura Ann Rawlins Hinkle. They lived in a log structure until their Queen Anne style home was constructed in 1892.

John Henry Hinkle was a farmer by trade. Over time, his farm grew to more than 80 acres of land. John and Laura had one child, Henry Ernest. In 1906, Henry married Bertha Elizabeth Rogers. The smaller house was built for the young couple. Henry was a prolific potato farmer, known as the “Potato King of Monroe County.” He also had a cut flower business, called “Hinkle’s Dahlia Gardens.”

In the early 1900’s, John and his wife Bertha had two surviving children — Daisy and her brother John Henry. Both children grew up on the farm. Daisy went on to earn degrees in composition and music education. She married Joseph Garton, who was also a music performer and teacher. In 1943, Daisy and Joseph moved to the farmstead. Daisy spent many years teaching music to children living in and around Bloomington.

For detailed information about the ancestors of Daisy Hinkle, click here. Please note: The information contained in the linked page is based almost exclusively on research conducted by Daisy during her lifetime. Therefore, we urge you to conduct your own research to verify any information before adding to your own family tree.

TOP LEFT John Henry Hinkle, shown here in an undated portrait photo, settled the farmstead in 1886.
MIDDLE By the 1920’s, John had a grandson, also named John Henry. Both are pictured here in front of a silo that was once on the farmstead.
BOTTOM LEFT Daisy and her brother John grew up on the farm. In this photo, Daisy is shown with her Uncle John as she feeds the farmstead chickens. 


Daisy’s father, Henry Ernest, is pictured here in a five-frame photo, a popular format in the early 1900’s.      


FAR LEFT The photo of John Henry Hinkle, standing with his grandson John Henry in front of a silo, reveals the condition of the farmstead in the early 1900’s.
LEFT The back of the photo reads: “John Henry Hinkle I b. Sept. 13, 1854, Monroe Co., In. son of Catherine Lentz &
Jonathan Jefferson Hinkle (he b. 6/2, 1802 Lincoln Co., North Carolina) and John Henry Hinkle II b. Aug. 8, 1914* son
of Bertha Eliz. Rogers & Henry Ernest Hinkle *on family farm (in 1970s, the address was 2820 E. Tenth, Bloomington, In.) This silo had been through a fire — a barn next to it burned.”