Sometimes, when a patient asks Dr. Bob Hindman how old he is, he may smile and answer 49.
Or, how long has he been practicing dentistry? About 10 years, he will reply.
It is not hard to tell how much Dr. Hindman enjoys his profession or his patients. In fact, the camaraderie he has with his patients is one of the factors that has inspired his grandson, Joshua Hindman, to want to follow in his footsteps and become a dentist also.
Hindman was born in 1918 on a farm outside of Glasgow. He had four sisters and one brother. At the young age of 12, he lost his mother to cancer. His sisters went to stay with an aunt, while he and his brother stayed on the farm to help their dad.
Despite being raised during the Depression and watching his dad work his farm solely, he never heard a mention of his quitting school to help out in his home. He credits living through the Depression with teaching him some valuable lessons he would carry with him all through his life.
By the time Hindman was 10 years old, he knew he wanted to be a dentist. He had an uncle who was a dentist, and he influenced his desire.
After high school graduation, he had planned to work and save some money for college. He worked at Kroger for two years before entering a mandatory training program of a year and a day by the Army.
By the time his year was up, the United States was fully engaged in WWII and the young man became a soldier for four and a half years.
Dr. Hindman says he truly enjoyed his Army career.
He had always loved horses, so he requested to be in a Calvary unit. His request was granted, and Hindman went to Fort Riley, Kansas for his training. After leaving Fort Riley, he was transferred to Fort Meade, S. D.
He says the horses were just like everything else the government has, the best there was.
When the Army decided to disband the Calvary, Hindman was transferred to a ski patrol near the Continental Divide in Colorado. "They taught us how to ski and that was what we did-- ski those slopes seven days a week. It was great," Hindman says.
The purpose of forming the ski patrol was that the United States had planned to launch a third front through Norway and Russia, in which they would need skilled skiers. The war, however, ended before this became a reality.
Then Hindman was transferred to a pack mule unit, in which the soldiers learned how to use pack mules. "It was almost like being a cowboy," Hindman smiles as he remembers those days.
The next destination for the soldier was India. His troop of 150 men traveled on a small transport Liberty ship with 400 mules across the Pacific Ocean to India.
He remembers one day when an officer told him a submarine had been following them for a couple of days. Since they were never bothered, the officer decided that they had no idea what those crates of mules on deck were and decided to leave them alone.
In Calcutta, they loaded the mules on a train trip to Burma.
The Japanese had taken over the only airport in Burma, which needed to be taken away from them. Hindman and his men were able to regain control of the airport.
For 700 miles, the American troops followed the Japanese out, nudging them when they needed to be nudged, but making sure they left.
Returning home, Hindman attended Georgetown College for his pre-dental studies, where he met his future wife, Dorothy, who was from Owensboro.
The two married, and his dentistry studies were completed at the University of Louisville. He believes one of the proudest days of his life was when he received the letter notifying him he had been accepted into dental school.
After graduation, both were partial to settling in each one's own hometown. So, they decided to go for neutral territory. Russellville reminded Dr. Hindman of Glasgow; roots were put down, and the Hindmans have been a vital part of this community ever since.
Fifty years later, Dr. Hindman has no immediate plans for retirement. "Dentistry is such an honorable profession, and I am just having too much fun to even think about retiring," Dr. Hindman says. "I will know when the time comes when I need to go home."
Dr. and Mrs. Hindman already have one grandson who has followed in his footsteps; Susan's son, Christopher Watson, is practicing in North Carolina.
Their youngest child is daughter, Sara. Son Stephen resides in Schochoh.
Dr. Hindman never left his love of farming behind him, though; he has always owned a farm in Logan County. Steve inherited that love for the land and farms full-time.
If Joshua pursues his dentistry aspirations, he will be the fourth Hindman member to become a dentist.
The shingle still hangs. The shingle looks as if it will stay.