SHINN, Hugh Irving

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SHINN, Hugh Irving (1919-1958)[SS#442-09-0454], 39, drowned while SCUBA diving off Anacapa November 23, 1958. He was born in Oklahoma, one of eight children born to Arthur Shinn (1878-1941) and his wife, Josephine Margaret Comer Shinn (1888-1986).

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November 24, 1958 [OPC]: “El Rio man dies while skindiving. Other divers pull victim from ocean. A member of a skindiving group on an outing off Anacapa Island yesterday died of undetermined causes moments after plunging into 35 feet of water, Coroner Virgil Payton said today. Hugh Irving Shinn, 39, of 750 Simeon Way, El Rio, was only in the water two to five minutes when his companions detected something was wrong from the way bubbles from diving apparatus rose to the surface, witnesses told Payton. Several other divers leaped into the water and found him on the bottom, face up. He was brought to the surface by Wayne Fletcher of Ventura. Companions applied artificial respiration to no avail, Mr.Payton said. Mr. Payton doubted that Mr. Shinn could have drowned in such a short time, and he has scheduled an autopsy today to determine cause of death... He is survived by his wife, Marge, one daughter, Linda, 8, and twin son and daughter, Terry and Theresa, both 1, and a sister, Mrs. Tom Hess of Oxnard. Payton Mortuary is handling funeral arrangements.”

March 3, 1961 [OPC]: “A tragedy got Burton Norbury into the lumber business as a one-man owner-operator of the Hugh-Burt Lumber Co. in EL Rio. Mr. Norbury was a partner in the firm with Hugh I. Shinn. Mr. Norby had come up here from Santa Monica where he had spent manyyears in the building trades and went into the business with Mr. Shinn. The partnership was a logical one. Mr. Shinn had been a manager of the Wagon Wheel Lumber Company and knew the merchandizing and operating end of the business. Mr. Norby contributed his knowledge of the lumbering needs of builders, and the two of them had a nice arrangement. ‘Suddenly I had it by myelf,’ Mr. Norbury said this week. Mr. Shinn, a skin-diving enthusiast was accidentally drowned off Anacapa Island during the first year of their partnership…”