Some Hawkins References in the Americus Recorder 1881-1921

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S.H Hawkins is Samuel Hugh Hawkins
S.B. Hawkins is Sion Boon Hawkins
E.A. Hawkins is Eugene Alston Hawkins
W.A. Hawkins is Willis Alston Hawkins
C.J. Hawkins is Charles Joel Kelsey Hawkins
A.L. "Gus" Hawkins is Augustus Longstreet Hawkins
W.E. Hawkins is William Ezekiel Hawkins
C.C. Hawkins is Christopher Columbus "Lum" Hawkins
H.E. Hawkins is Henry Estes Hawkins
Si Hawkins is Sion Boon Hawkins Jr.

December 2, 1881 (also the 4th and 6th)
Ten Valuable Plantations
The following described real estate is offered for sale by the bank of Americus.
No. 1, The Schumpert building and lot owner Forest and Lamar streets, at the head of Cotton Avenue.
No. 2, The Phil West place, on Flint river, in 14th district, Lee county, containing 1,000 acres - six or eight mule farm open.
No. 3, The Mrs. E.V. Cottle lot of land near Wigginsville, Marion county, containing 202 acres, two mule farm open on it and fresh.
No. 4, 1 lace (??) on Americus and Lumpkin road, six miles from Americus, and adjoining the Jas A. Wilsons farm, containing some 225 acres - hall(??) cleared, and balance in timber.
No. 5, Fifty acres in 15th district, near Jackson Flowers, well improved.
No. 6, The Phillips place, near Alexander Bass containing 202 1/2 acres, it being improved and having two mule farm open.
No. 7, The Adams place: adjoining, Stansill Barwicks farm in the 15th district, some 600 acres of land, six or seven mule farm in cultivation.
No. 8, The Crocker place, near Smithville, some 600 acres, _____ five or six mule farm open on the place.
No. 9, some 300 acres in Dooly county, just below Flint river bridge.
No.10, The Weston place on Railroad, three miles from Dawson, containing 800 acres, five mule farm, open land, this, or any other place will be offered, divided to suit purchasers.
S. H. Hawkins, President.

December 11, 1881
Lawful Physicians
Under the new law physicians are not allowed to practice in this State without having passed graduation in some reputable college, and must register themselves in the office of the Clerk of the Superior Court. The following have complied with the law and are duly authorized to practice in Sumter County.

James B. Hinkle, G. L. Clark, B. L. Joiner, Jubilee Smith, Joseph Stephenson, E.K. Bozeman, B. J. Head, J. A. Fort, S. B. Hawkins, A.J. Logan, Wm. M. Hardwick, Geo. F. Cooper, Thomas E. Smith, J. W. Migrath, W. B. Harrison, J.M.R. Westbrook, H.A.C. Bagley, G. Harper, A. H. Ogletree.

December 18, 1881
Prize Drill and Hop.
It is announced that on Friday evening, the 23d inst., a grand prize drill and hop will take place at the Barlow House, under the management of Owen Burnette and J. C. Nicholson. The prize to the best drilled man of the Americus Light Infantry will be a gold badge, and members of that company have been diligently reading up their drilling tactics, so as not to be confused by strange commands. Prof. Kessler's orchestra, of Macon, will furnish the music for the dance, which is a sufficient guarantee of good music. Col. N. A. Smith, Col W. A. Hawkins, Hon. Allen Fort, Dr. W. P. Burt, Hon. J.B. Felder, H. H. Collier, J.A. Davenport, Hon. C. F. Crisp, W. H. Clay, A. Hirsch, Capt Geo. S. Watts, Judge D. B. Harrell, Dr. J. B. Hinkle and Dr. E. J. Eldridge compose the various committees.

December 20, 1881
Items and Ideas
The Methodist Sunday school will have a Christmas tree in Hawkins hall. It was announced at the Sabbath school last Sabbath that it would be held at the parsonage, but the committee have decided to hold it in the hall. All are invited to attend.

December 25, 1881
We announced about a week ago that Sunday we would publish a list of those who intended receiving New Year calls, and requested all to hand in their names. So few responded, however, tht we had to go out and solicit the aid of Mr. O. D. Burnette, Mr. Jo. Davenport, and many others, in an effort to give our readers a list. Below we give the list as near as we can remember, and we hope it is an accurate one:
At W. A. Hawkins, Jr., Mrs. Bussey, and Misses Lew and Mattie Hawkins, Miss Bird and Miss Laura Allen at the usual hours.
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Personal Paragraphs
Miss Hattie Warner, of Kirkwood, and Miss Raimey, of Augusta, are visiting Miss Mattie Hawkins.

January 10, 1882
There will be a domino ball at the residence of Col. W. A. Hawkins tonight and society in general is invited to attend. The young men haven't had time to issue invitations and this method is taken to invite the young ladies and gentlemen.

January 13, 1882
A pleasant and numerous company assembled at the residence of Col. W. A. Hawkins's on last Tuesday night to participate in the domino party that is given at the residence once every year. Fun was the motto of the evening, and everybody enjoyed theirselves. A number of curious mistakes were made while the dominoes were being worn, that caused a good deal of amusement and some embarrassment. The dancing was kept up until a late hour by the young people. Col. Hawkins is widely noted for his hospitality, and nobody ever regrets being his guest.

Personal Paragraphs
Messrs, W. A. Hawkins Jr., and J. W. Walker, of this city, were registered at the Brown House in Macon on Thursday.

Hawkins-Hill Marriage

January 20, 1882
Orange Blossoms
On Wednesday last at the residence of her father, Mr. Alma C. Hill led to the alter Miss Ella T. Hawkins, daughter of Dr. S. B. Hawkins. Dr. G. F. Cooper performed the ceremony. Both parties to this contract are well known in our community. Mr. Hill, the son of Hon. Eli Hill of Terrell, is one of the leading and progressive farmers in his section, and his high character and worth well merit the beautiful and lovely wife he has won. Only the intimate friends of the family were at the wedding, which took place about eleven o'clock that morning. After an elegant luncheon the happy pair left on the down train for Mr. Hill's house near Dawson. We extend our congratulations and best wishes.

January 27, 1882
Personal Paragraphs
Miss Annie Raimey, of Augusta, who has been visiting the Misses Annie Lue and Mattie Hawkins the past month or more, left on Tuesday for her home. While here Miss Raimey acquired the reputation of being one of the most fascinating young ladies that ever visited Americus.

February 5, 1882
Georgia, Sumter Co., Personally appeared S. H. Hawkins, President and M. Speer, Cashier, of the Bank of Americus, who being duly sworn depose and say that the foregoing is a just and true statement of the condition of the Bank of Americus on the 31st day of December, 1881, and that the bad and doubtful debts of the Bank will not amount to over forty-seven thousand dollars.
S. H. Hawkins
M. Speer
Note: Assets were $381,595.84

February 5, 1882 - February 7, 1882 - February 12, 1882 - February 19, 1882
Seed Corn for Sale
I offer for sale Seventy-Five to One Hundred Bushels of SEED CORN of the little cob variety. It was selected in advance of gathering the crop of corn by plucking the top corn of stalks having not less than two ears. For sale by Harris, James & Williford, and Hawkins & Taylor.
S. H. Hawkins

Items and Ideas
If you want to buy any seed corn, read S. H. Hawkins advertisement. He has from seventy-five to one hundred bushels of the "little cob" variety for sale.

February 7, 1882
House Blown Down
Quite a strong gale passed over the city on Friday night last. Little or no damage was done however, except to fences. At the new residence being built by Col Hawkins on Lee street an out house which had just been framed was scattered to the four winds.

February 12, 1882
Amateur Amusement
The entertainment given by the amateurs of this city at the Opera House, on Friday night, was not as largely attended s it out to have been, considering that it was for the benefit of the Light Infantry. However, there was a very fair audience and an appreciative one. The programme was good and varied in character.

Mr. Eugene Byrd's bass solos were of the highest order of musical composition and rendered in a manner that did credit both to the singer and composer. Mr. Byrd has a find voice and sings with good expression.

The play of "Turn Him Out" was ludicrous in its situations, and with the exception of a few lapses was well played, especially when we take into consideration the fact that the actors had only three days in which to commit their parts and rehearse. Geo. Wheatley, as Nicodemus Nobbs, acted well the part of the rough and ready English countryman; and handled his fists in a manner that would do credit to Sullivan or Ryan. Wm. Hawkes as Macintosh. Made did his part splendidly and seemed to appreciate his part of the jealous and injured husband. L. O. Cowan as Eglantine Roseleaf seemed overwhelmed with his personal charms and made a tine Cockney swell - we said he would, and he did, upon ouah sacwed honah. (Note the last three words are spelled as originial. I don't know what they mean.) Miss Anne Lew hawkins as Julia made a wife of whom any husband might feel proud and jealous, and exhibited remarkably fine acting, especially as she and her sister, Miss Mattie, had only forty-eight hours in which to learn their parts. Miss Mattie E. Hawkins as Susan was as charming a little waiting maid as ever flirted with and broke the heart of one of the stener sex.

February 19, 1882
Personal Paragraphs
Lieutenant Gus Hawkins, who has been in Philadelphia attending a dental college, returned home Saturday. His many friends in this city will be glad to see him.

March 5, 1882
Our Fire Department
Some Facts in Regard to It
. . .
The city has five large cisterns. Three on the square; one on Church street near Col. Hawkins, and one on Jackson street, near Wheatley's variety works. The authorities are very careful about having plenty of water in these cisterns at all times, as it is shown by the fact that none have yet given out when needed. During the summer months, when water is scarce, no water is used out of them for drilling purposes. . . .

March 10, 1882 - March 12, 1882
Official Council Proceedings
Minutes of last meeting read and adopted
Complaint of John Jefferson and others in regard to closing street in rear of E. H. Hawkins, was referred to Street Committee.

County Officers
Commissioners, S.K. Taylor, C.A. Huntington, J.H. Black, S.H. Hawkins, J.W. Wheatley.

March 12, 1882
Marion County Items
Dr. Hawkins, of Americus, was in Buena Vista Sunday.

March 12, 1882
Mechanics No. 2.
At a meeting of the Mechanic fire company on Friday night the following officers were elected:
Foreman, H.D. Watts,
Ass't Foreman, W.W. Guerry,
Sec'y, John L. Albritton,
Ass't Sec'y, S.B. Hawkins, Jr.
Treasurer, J.F. Bolton,
Engineer, B.J. Sloan,
1st Ass't Eng., Chas. Hawkins,
2d Ass't Eng., Jas Wilkins,
Hose Director, L.J. Blalock,
Ass't Hose Director, J.W. Cotney, Surgeon Dr. S.B. Hawkins

Our Library
The present officers of the Association are:
Secretary - E. A. Hawkins

March 14, 1882
The Baptist State Convention
The Georgia Baptist Convention meets in our city on the 20th of next month. It will be the largest and most important body of its kind that has met here for several years, and our citizens are making active preparations for its entertainment. The following named gentlemen compose the committee of arrangements from the church at this place.
F.E. Burke, Chairman,
Dr. G.F. Cooper,
T. Wheatley,
A.C. Bell,
S.H Hawkins,
U.S. Locket,
John Windsor

March 17, 1882
Official Council Proceedings
We recommend that the Council, having no right in the premises, decline to interfere to prevent E. A. Hawkins enclosing the vacant lot on the east side of his residence on Church Street.

March 24, 1882
Items and Ideas
Beware of unlawful kerosene. Every barrel that does not bear the name of the inspector, Samuel Hawkins is unlawful for the State of Georgia. Persons selling or offering for sale "uninspected" or "rejected" kerosene, are liable to a fine of not less than $250 or more than $500, and the person reporting and prosecuting such gets half the fine.

March 28, 1882
Sunday School Picnic
At the several different Sabbath Schools last Sunday committees were appointed for the purpose of consulting together and arranging a plan, making arrangements, and setting aside a date for the annual picnic. The committee appointed by the Methodist Sunday School included H. Hanly, J. Perry and C.S. Cutts; by the Baptist, Jno. Windsor, S.H. Hawkins and Geo Seig; by the Presbyterians, J.W. Wheatley and D.P. Holloway.

March 31, 1882
The Citizens Meet
And Provide Relief for the Sufferers
Yesterday morning a call was issued by Mayor Felder for a meeting of the citizens to take into consideration the immediate relief of the sufferers from the late cyclone in our county. A good number of the citizens responded yesterday afternoon at the Court House. The meeting was organized, Dr. Geo. F. Cooper, Chairman, Rev. J.W. Jordan, Jr., Secretary. Col. S.H. Hawkins who with Mr. H.C. Huntington had visited the scene of devastation, addressed the meeting. He explained that the extent of damage was hardly appreciated without seeing it. The loss of some families was very great. It was then proposed that the County Commissioners appropriate a sufficient amount of the county funds for the immediate relief of the suffers.

Some discussion took place as to the advisability of this plan, when Col. Hawkins, who is a member of this Board, explained that they could not do any more than they had already done, that of appropriating a hundred dollars $100.00 to those of the sufferers who were in actual and extreme want. On motion of Mr. John Windsor a committee was appointed to receive subscription for the sufferers.
The following gentlemen were appointed on this committee: John Windsor, Col. S.H. Hawkins, Mr. U.B. Harrold, Mayor J.B. Felder.

April 2, 1882
Personal Paragraph
Hon. W. A. Hawkins of Americus is in the city. - Albany News

April 14, 1882
Library Association
At the regular meeting of the members of the Library Association last night, the following officers were elected:
President - B.P. Hollis
1st Vice President - C.H. Wooten
2nd Vice President - J.A. Davenport
Treasurer - D.P. Holloway
Secretary - E. A. Hawkins

The "Arion" Farwell
To Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Fricker
Last Monday evening the "Arion Club" gave Mr. and Mrs. Jas Fricker who are soon to depart for Danville, Va., a farewell entertainment, in the room of Prof Carl Schnieder, at the College building.
. . .
The main rendition of the evening was the piano solo by Miss Mattie Hawkins, the selections from "Il Trovatore," by the orchestra, the piano solo by Miss Annie Lew Hawkins, and the vocal solo by Mrs. Belle DeJarnett.
The piano solo of Miss Annie Hawkins and the vocal solo by Mrs. DeJarnette are worthy of more than ordinary mention.

Official Council Proceedings
. . .
Report of Street Committee recommending that the following named gentlemen he appointed a Board of Health for the present year was received and adopted, viz:
Dr. S.B. Hawkins, Chairman
. . .
First Quarter Report of Clerk and Treasurer, Showing Receipts and Disbursements from December 24th, 1881, to April3, 1882.
. . .
By W. A. Hawkins balance salary 1881 ..... $50.00

April 16, 1882
Surprise Party
Last Thursday evening a rather impromptu surprise party was given to Misses Annie Lew and Mattie Hawkins at the residence of their father, Col W.A. Hawkins, and was the largest attended party given in this city for some time, although it was late in the afternoon when it was gotten up. Conversation, music and games was the order of the evening, and at a late hour the young folks dispersed. A general good time was had.

April 18, 1882
Georgia Baptist Convention
The Georgia Baptist State Convention will hold its sixtieth annual session in this city, beginning on Thursday next. Our citizens have made ample provision for the entertainment of all who may be present and keep up the reputation of our city for generous hospitality. . . .
Below will be found a partial list of the delegates accredited to the convention, with the house to which they have been assigned: ... G.W. Bass, Mayfield, S.H. Hawkins ... Rev A.J. Cheeves, Montezuma, S.H.Hawkins ... Rev. J.H. DeVotie, Griffin, Col. W.A. Hawkins ... Robert Harris, J.J. Higdon, Coliary, Dr. S.B. Hawkins ...R E Murrow, Macon, Dr. S.B. Hawkins ... Rev G.R. McCall, Griffin, Col. W.A.Hawkins ... J.C. Sims, Taylorsville, S.H. Hawkins ... Maj. G.C. Sellman, Monroe, E.A. Hawkins ...Rev. A.J. Taut, Taylorsville, S.H. Hawkins ... Prof. J.E. Willet, Macon, S.H. Hawkins ...

April 28, 1882
The Montezuma Weekly wants Col. Willis A. Hawkins, of this city, for Congressman at Large, and therein displays excellent taste and judgment.

May 5, 1882
A Bad Damage
Col. W.A. Hawkins had been having his house repaired for several days previous to the big rain on Thursday, of last week, and the roof was not quite finished when the rain came, the consequence being that he had a fine $300 carpet ruined by the water coming through the roof. It's a good wind that blows nobody harm.

Society Notes
Last Monday evening a party was given at the residence of Col. A.S. Cutts by his daughter Miss Inez, in honor of Miss Mollie Taylor, of Thomasville, who was visiting Miss Inez, and who left for her home on Tuesday morning. Quite a number of young people were present, and a pleasant evening was passed. Miss Taylor made numerous friends during her stay here, who were loth to have her leave, and who hope, ere long, to receive another and longer visit from her.
Tonight, at the residence of Col. W.A. Hawkins, his daughters will give a party which will no doubt be enjoyable and well attended.

May 12, 1882
Those Young Men Again
Mr. Editor: We rarely ask the indulgence of newspaper space, and offer the importance of the subject as an excuse in the present instance. A communication which appeared in Wednesday's issue of the Republican, over the signature of "Voter" touched upon a timely and well taken point, viz. our next representatives in the Legislature. Voter has seen fit to name a list of young men from our county to any of whom he thinks could with safety be entrusted with our interest. Just here lies the whole question. For one we fully concur with "voter" in all he has said, and take this opportunity of adding our voice in favor of the movement. Old Sumter represented by representative men like E.A. Hawkins, Esq., Robert Stewart, Esq., Mr. C.S. Cutts or indeed, others of the list would be a matter of pride to her citizens. . . .

May 12, 1882
Items and Ideas
Willie and Si Hawkins caught 36 fish in Muckales the other day. And yet they would turn this beautiful river into a canal!

Board of Health
Board of Health met in the Council Chamber Tuesday, May 9th, 1881 Present - Dr. S.B. Hawkins, Chairman, C.T. Furlow, W.C. Hardy, J.B. Dunn and T.F. Logan.
The city was divided into wards and assigned as follows:
. . . 7th Barlow House Block to Dr. S.B. Hawkins . . .
Dr. S.B.Hawkins, Ch'm

Official Council Proceedings
. . .
On motion of Ald. Harper, it was ordered that Dr. S.B. Hawkins be paid fifteen dollars for services as Chairman of the Board of Health for the year 1881.

May 21, 1882
Society Notes
On Friday evening the younger portion of the young people enjoyed a nice little party at the residence of Dr. Hawkins and a pleasant time is reported by those in attendance.

May 23, 1882
Si Hawkins editor Georgia Enterprise, went to the press convention and left the "old machine to be run according to Hoyle." While he was absent somebody poisoned his pointer dog.

May 26, 1882
Personal Paragraph
Mrs. A.C. Hill, of Terrell, is visiting her kindred, Dr. S.B. Hawkins and family.

May 28, 1882
From Friendship
Prof. A.G. Drane will have his exhibition on the 23d of June. The professor is exerting himself to make it a good one, and as he never fails when he tries, of course it will be a success. Your Americus amateurs had better look to their laurels. Charley Hawkins will be on hand and give us some of his famous soul stirring music.

May 30, 1882
Will Harrison, Jimmy Davenport, Henry Collier and Si Hawkins will go out today for a dove hunt. The boys are weary of love making and its vicissitudes, and propose to try some of the stem realities of life.

June 9, 1882
Another Scare
Wednesday a case of small-pox was reported to be in town on the west side of the railroad, but the exact locality we did not learn. Policeman Wheeler informed us that Dr. Hawkins had examined the child that was supposed to have the disease and pronounced it a case of cerofula. There need be no danger, as the authorities are vigilant in watching every suspected case.

The Mechanics' Fair
. . .
For the handsome gold watch to be given to the most popular young man but few candidates are in the field, among the foremost being Gus Hawkins, Will Hooks, Henry Collier, with a strong under current feeling for a dark horse.

Railroad Meeting
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When on motion of Judge J.A. Ansley, Judge W.A. Hawkins was called on to preside, and on motion of J.C. Roney was appointed secretary.

Remember! Well, Yes
Wednesday night we were the recipients of the most delightful serenade it has ever been our pleasure to hear, through the kindnes and courtesy of Messrs. W.A. Hawkins Jr., Jno Watters, of Albany, W.W. Hooks, and J.W.Furlow, who were accompanied by Kessler's band.

June 11, 1882
The Mechanics' Fair
Most Popular Young Man
W.W. Hooks ...........1902
A.L. Hawkins ........27
H.H. Collier ............12
J.C. Nicholson .......39
Jo. Davenport ........3

June 13, 1882
The Concert
The scholars who are to take part in Prof. Schneider's class concert next Thursday night have been practicing diligently, and will present to our people such an entertainment as is rarely seen here. We believe the people will be thoroughly surprised at the handsome manner with which they will perform their duties. Below we present the Programme - Part 1
. . . 4. Wildfang Gallop (Piano) - Cordie Hawkins ... 5. Gipsy Waltz (Piano) - Cordie Hawkins ... (a) Sperl. Polka - Master Will Hawkins, Flute; Cordie Hawkins, Piano (b) Mocking Bird - N.L. Hawkins, Drum; Sam Hawkins Triangle.
Drum and Triangle - Mannie Lou Hawkins
Cornet - W.A. Hawkins, Jr.

June 25, 1882
Personal Paragraphs
Misses Anna Lew and Mattie Hawkins leave Monday for a summer visit in North Georgia.
W.A. Hawkins, Jr., who has been in Atlanta and Macon this past week, returned home Saturday morning. He reports having a jolly time in Macon.

Society Notes
Misses Ann Lue and Mattie Hawkins leave tomorrow for Atlanta, in the neighborhood of which city they will spend the summer months. There does not seem to be the usual disposition displayed about leaving for summer resorts during the summer, a fact for which I am unable to account for.

"It never rains, but it pours" seems applicable to fires which have occurred in our county. Col. S.H. Hawkins lost his dwelling house on the Horn plantation in the eastern portion of Sumter on Tuesday last. The occupants barely escaped with a few articles of clothing. Cause of fire unknown.

July 11, 1882
Out of Town
Misses Anna Lew and Mattie Hawkins are at Holland Springs.

July 16, 1882
Personal Paragraphs
Gus Hawkins and Jack Walker are reported to be out at Magnolia Springs, where they will rusticate for the summer.

July 18, 1882
Drill and Concert
Capt. Lyman Hall and Prof. Carl Schnieder are preparing to give an exhibition drill and concert between the 15th and 30th of next month, and are already engaged in preparing for it. . . .
Following are the names of the ten men composing the drill squad, as furnished us by the Captain: L.T. Stallings, Wm. Jones, W.A. Hawkins, Jr., R.S. Head, T. Stallings, J.W. Webb, S.B. Stanfield, John Miller, H.J. Guerry, H.C. Mitchell

July 25, 1882
To Indian Springs
The Americus Light Infantry, under command of Capt. Burnette left yesterday afternoon for Indian Springs, where they will remain until Friday. Last night they were the guests of the Macon Volunteers, who gave them a banquet and a ball. The number who went on the trip was not as large as was expected or as we could have wished. Following are those who went:
... A.L. Hawkins ...Willis Hawkins ... S.B. Hawkins, Jr. ...

August 4, 1882
Items and Ideas
-See notice of store rooms and office-rooms for rent, by Mr. S. H. Hawkins.

August 6, 1882
On Tuesday, the 3d inst., the President withdrew the name of Judge Mckay, of Atlanta, to be Judge of the United States Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Judge Mckay was for over a quarter of a century a resident of Americus, and for several years a partner of Judge Willis A. Hawkins in the practice of law. He is a man of ability and honesty and his appointment will give general satisfaction.

August 13, 1882
Personal Paragraphs
Among the arrivals at new Holland Springs on the 11th we notice the names of J.W. Walker, A.L. Hawkins, Miss Mattie Hawkins, Miss Anna Lou Hawkins and Miss Ella Hawkins, of this city and G. M. Byne, of Lee county.

August 18, 1882
Farming on Wheels
The tendency of the age is to economize time and labor in the production of all things, through improved machinery. In manufacturing this has been carried to the highest degree of perfection; but until a few years ago there had been but little improvement in the methods of agriculture, the farmer seeming to be content to plod along in the slow way of his forefathers. But a new era has opened and we find the farmer taking advantage of improved machinery to economize his time and labor. One of the greatest aids to the planter that has been invented is the application of steam as a power to run his gins, mills and threshers. ..... Some of our planters have not been slow to see the advantages of this engine - men, too, who are careful and successful in their dealings - and already Messrs. Byrd & Co, have sold them to such men as S.H. Hawkins . . .

August 20, 1882
Crops In Webster
A Visit to the Plantations of Pink Jowers - The Progressive Farmer of Southwest Georgia.
Columbus Times
Preston, Ga., Aug. 14 '82
Dear Times: Seeing that your valuable paper has a pretty extensive circulaton in this county, I thought probably you would not object to a local from us occasionally. Crops in our section are as could be desire, especially corn, and the consequence is every man you meet is in the best of spirits.
But the greatest sight in the way of crops can be seen just three miles from Preston, on the plantation of Mr. W. P. Jowers. On Wednesday of last week one of our merchants and three of our most prominent and successful farmers, John B. Nicholson, John J. Dixon and J.W.A. Hawkins went over and looked at a portion of Mr. Jowers' cotton crop, but not the best part of it, hardly by half; and three of them decided a field of twenty acres would average at least two bales of cotton to the acre, and the other one thinks it will make three bales. Hearing these men talk about the crop, (as I had seen such cotton,) I, in company with the sheriff and ordinary of this county, and some others, went over to Mr. Jowers' the following day and went over a portion of the cotton crop, and we are all compelled to say, as I have heard others say, that we never expected to see such cotton growing. ...

Personal Paragraphs
Miss Ella Hawkins, of this city, is mentioned by the New Holand correspondent of the Atlanta Herald as being one of the most elegantly attired ladies at a ball recently given at that fashionable summer resort.

September 3, 1882
Sumter Superior Court
The following is a list of the Grand and Traverse Jurors drawn to serve for the first and second weeks of Sumter Superior Court, October Term, 1882: Grand Jurors - 1st week . . . Dr. S.B. Hawkins . . .

September 8, 1882
August 20th. Buried Mattie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Hawkins, age three years, twelve days, on lot No 152 S. E. D. City

September 12, 1882
The Store
The Damage It Did in this Vicinity
The dreary rain of Friday night and Saturday proved to be only an advance guard of a worse storm. As the indications and predictions had shown, the State was visited by a terrible wind and rain storm on Saturday night last, and one that the people, and farmers particularly, will have cause to remember for many years to come.
The back part of Col. W.A. Hawkins' yard was literally torn up, every tree in it being blown down, while the front yard got off without a scratch. ...

September 15, 1882
Hon. Willis A. Hawkins having been appointed Vice President of the Hill Mounment Fund for this section of the State, he has appointed B.P. Hollis, A.P. Lingo and E.A. Hawkins to collect subscriptions to the fund from our people, and Moses Speer treasurer of the fund. As it is designed that this fund shall represent the people of the State, no one is allowed to subscribe more than ten dollars, while every one is allowed to contribute any amount smaller than that sum, even if it be but a few cents. It is hoped that all will contribute some thing to erect a fitting monument to the honor of the pure patriot and eminent statesman who did so much to honor Georgia. Any one of the above committee will receive subscriptions at any time.

Items and Ideas
-Wednesday morning, as Miss Eva Flotard was getting out of a buggy in front of the Barlow House her dress caught, causing her to fall to the ground. It was feared for a time that she was seriously injured and Dr. Hawkins was summoned, but in half an hour she was all right.

September 19, 1882
Personal Paragraphs
Misses Anna Lew, Mattie and Ella Hawkins, with their brother Gus, returned from an all summer visit in North Georgia Sunday.

September 22, 1882
Items and Ideas
-Si Hawkins will soon branch out in the fine cigar business, and if he keeps anything as good as the one we sampled yesterday, he can find a ready sale for them.
Personal Paragraphs
Mr. Henry McClosky, of Athens, is visiting his sister, Mrs. Eugene Hawkins, in this city.

September 29, 1882
Personal Paragraphs
Lieut. Gus Hawkins was in Macon this week.

October 3, 1882
Judge W.A. Hawkins came back Sunday from Atlanta, Georgia, where he had been attending Supreme Court, and left Monday for Irwin county, where he has been engaged in a murder case.

October 6, 1882
Bank of Americus
The resignation of Col. S.H. Hawkins as President, which office he has held continuously for eleven years, necessitated a considerable change in officers. Under Col. Hawkins' Presidency the bank has been carefully conducted and today is one of the most solid institutions in Georgia ...

October 8, 1882
Personal Paragraphs
Miss Mattie and Willis Hawkins are both very ill.

October 10, 1882
Personal Paragraphs
We were in error as to the announcement of the illness of Miss Mattie and Mr. Willis Hawkins although at one time they were so sick as to be in bed.

October 20, 1882
An Aeathetic Ball
Tuesday night of next week an aesthetic ball and party will be given at Judge W.A. Hawkins' residence by Misses Annie Lew, Mattie and Ella, and Messrs. Willis and Gus Hawkins, and they desire to invite their friends to attend. All who attend are expected to appear in costume. Dancing will be indulged in, and other amusements will be introduced, in accordance with the spirit and dress of the occasion.

October 22, 1882
Society Notes
I suppose it is my duty, as a compiler of society news, to state that the aesthetic wave has arrived and is quartered at headquarters. I don't mean by this that nobody would have known it unless I had announced it, for the fact remains that every one in town knows it who has taken the trouble to cast their eyes about them. The wave's season will be fully inaugurated on Tuesday night by a party at Col. Hawkins when the disciples will be on hand in full dress. Should the cold weather remain, it is supposed that a great rush will be made for padding . . .

October 27, 1882
The Aesthetic Party
Tuesday night a guy assembl6y congregated at the residence of Col. W.A. Hawkins, per invitation, to participate in the mazes and festivities of a genuine last century party, or, in fashionable words, an aesthetic one. The guests began assembling about 9 o'clock, and as they came in their grotesque costumes the exclamations were varied and interesting. When all had assembled, almost anything from a clown to a polished aesthete could be seen. Dancing was the principle amusement of the evening, the music being furnished by Prof. West's band, of Andersonville, assisted by home talent, and was very good. Later in the evening, a royal collation was served, and the guests did hearty justice to it . . .

October 31, 1882
Pen Points
Si Hawkins and four or five other "boys" went out possum hunting Saturday night and returned with five big, fat ones. They should now have a supper and invite their hungry friends in to feast.

One Day In Americus
The aesthetic hop on the 24th, given by the Misses Hawkins was an elegant affair.
The Misses Hawkins are welcomed home after an extended visit to North Georgia

November 10, 1882
Pen Points
Fine beef at Si Hawkins' this morning
Tennessee beef raised in Georgia at Si Hawkins this morning.

A New Deal In Meat
Si Hawkins & Co. have opened a meat market in Si's store on Lamar street, and 11 beeves, fine ones, two, have been bought this week for it, and one of them will be cut up this morning. If you want steak or roast that will make you feel like a new being, give the new firm a call this morning. Si will serve you well, as he does all his customers.

November 19, 1882
It is well known on street corners and among a good many business men that Americus is to have another bank. It will be a national and Col. S.H. Hawkins will be president. The stock is all taken, and I understand arrangements all made, and it will be opened about Jan. 1st in Hawkins' new building on Lamar Street.
I think about ten years ago Mr. Hawkins came here, comparatively a poor man. I have often wondered how he amassed his wealth, and a friend of mine a few days ago told me the secret of it.
"You can never get him to promise you anything shall be done," he said, "unless every arrangement is made, and there is not the slightest doubt of its accomplishment. He is a slow man about many things, but awfully sure. He is a great friend of the farming people, and is always ready to help them. He is not much of a speculator, but is always ready to take a hand in anything that looks toward the building up of Americus."

Personal Paragraphs
Misses Mattie Hawkins and Ella Oliver came back Saturday from their visit to Brown's Station.

November 28, 1882
Pen Points
Si Hawkins pointer dog has disappeared. See notice in another place.

Strayed or Stolen
On Friday evening of last week I missed my pointer dog. He had a liver head and ears; big liver spot on right side; big liver spot on left hip; little liver spots all over him. I will pay a liberal reward for his return to me.
Si Hawkins

Personal Paragraphs
Col. S.H. Hawkins and lawyers B.P. Hollis and Dupont Guerry left Sunday to attend Supreme Court in Savannah.

December 1, 1882
The New National Bank
The People's National Bank of Americus organized on Saturday last by the election of the following Directors: S.H. Hawkins, H.C. Bagley, C.H Wooten, R.T. Byrd, G.M. Byne, G.W. Glover, A.C. Bell, F.M. Cooker. S.H. Hawkins was elected President, but the election of Cashier has been deferred. The capital stock is $100,000, of which $50,000 is paid up.

December 3, 1882
Wedding Bells
(Anna Davenport and S.W. Dickson) The attendants were: ... Miss Annie Lew Hawkins

December 5, 1882
Pen Points
"Si" Hawkins has found where his dog is. It was seen in Grangerville, Marion county, and Si left Monday afternoon to hunt him up.

December 8, 1882
Building Boom
... Col. S.H. Hawkins will put up a brick building eighty feet deep, on Lamar street, which will be fitted up expressly for the accommodation of the Recorder Printing Establishment, and it is probable that all the vacant space between M.H Ford & Co's and Chapman's will be built up at the same time. ...

December 10, 1882
Cream Agitator
Mr. A. L. Hawkins is agent for Sumter county for the Curtis Cream Agitator - in other and plainer words, it's a churn. From what we know of it, and from what others have told us, it is a first-class article, and will product butter even from a dairyman's milk. He will call on our people soon and will explain the mysteries of this what-everybody-should-have article. In the meantime, rest patient.

Personal Paragraphs
Mr. W.A. Hawkins, Jr., and sister Mattie left Friday for a visit to Augusta.

December 12, 1882
List of Registered Voters of the city of Americus for the Year 1882
...E.A. Hawkins ... C.C. Hawkins ... C.J. Hawkins ... S.B. Hawkins Jr ...

December 24, 1882
Open House
Who Will Receive, Their Hours, and at Whose Residence
Judge W.A. Hawkins
Misses Annie Lizzie Ramey, Augusta, Ga; Amanda Smith, "Dawson; Virne Richards, Atlanta; Leola Harrison, Ellie Oliver, Florrie Allen, Hattie Brinson, Nellie Butts, Bassie DeJarnett, Varina Hawkins, Mrs. J.W. Wheatley, Jr., will receive at the usual hours with Misses Anne Lew, Mattie and Ella Hawkins.
. . .
D.P. Hollis
Mrs. D.P. Hollis, Mrs. Dupont Guerry, Mrs. E.A. Hawkins, Mrs. S.W. Dickson of Eufaula, Ala, Misses Ruth Brown, Leola Harrison, Alice Worthy, Gussie Brannon, Maggie Brannon, of Columbus; Florrie Allen, Leila Davenport, usual hours.

Personal Paragraphs
Miss Mattie Hawkins, who has been visiting friends in Augusta, will arrive home today, accompanied by Miss Annie Lizzie Ramey.

December 14, 1883
The City Elections Little Brother's Bistro
The election for three aldermen to fill the places of Burt, Cobb, and Watts whose terms have expired, occurred last Wednesday. It created more than ordinary interest because of the public school agitation. Following is the result:
Public School Ticket
E.A. Hawkins .......221
R.E. Cobb ..........221
W.P. Burt ..........205

Si Hawkins evidently expects to furnish all the turkeys this place will use, as he has filled his chicken yard with them, and still buys more. You can get any size you want.

December 24, 1883
A Noble Donation
Below we give a communicaton made by Col. S.H. Hawkins to the churches of this city, in which he proposes to donate to them a tract of the Furlow Lawn property, they to dispose of it to the city for park purposes and use the proceeds for clothing needy children, that they may attend Sabbath school. The purpose of the donation is a noble one and reflects credit upon the Christian character of the donor. There is no spot in the city more appropriate for a park than at the Lawn, and we hope to see the donation accepted by the churches and the city . . .

December 21, 1883
Council Meeting
The following new Councilmen were then sworn in for the next two years: E.A. Hawkins, R.E Cobb and W.P. Burt.

January 4, 1884
Miss A.B. Smith, of Americus spent one day with her many friends at Bronwood and with her was Master Willis Hawkins, who staid and enjoyed the week through.

January 4, 1884
Open House
Tuesday night was a gain night for our society people. Eight houses were thrown open to callers, who were out in full force. Between eighty and one hundred ladies received, and over one hundred gentlemen were calling. The houses open were Mesdames C.W. Felder, W.P. Buchanan, J.A. Fort and Judge W.A. Hawkins. ...

January 4, 1884
New Year Calls
The Houses to be Open, and the Ladies who will Receive
Contrary to general expectation, the houses to be open for New Year callers will be more numerous than many supposed. In order to give our readers an idea of who will receive, on last Wednesday the Recorder sent requests to the ladies who would be most likely to receive, asking for a list of the ladies who would be with them, should they receive, and the hours they would observe. Following are the lists we have received:
Col. W. A. Hawkins
Miss Annie L. Ramsey
Miss Florie Allen
Miss Ellie Oliver
Miss Fannie Bonner
Miss Minnie Fricker
Miss Bassie DeJarnette
Miss Lena Haynes
Miss Mary Haynes
Miss Rena Hawkins
Mis Verne Richards
Miss Rosa Haynes
Hours from eight until two o'clork. Residence on Church street.

The Death of Col. F. E. Burke
... He began as a law partner of Col. W.A. Hawkins ...

January 9, 1884
Firemen's Fun
The New Officers of the Americus Fire Department
. . .
Mechanic's No 2.
... Engineer - C.J. Hawkins ...

January 11, 1884
People's National Bank
... Much of this success is due to the financial ability of its President, Col. S.H. Hawkins, who is justly considered one of the safest bankers in the South and whose large acquaintance and experience is of great value to any institution with which he is connected. ...

January 20, 1884
The Railroad commission
Have We a Court of star-Chamber in the State of Georgia
... At the session of the legislature of our State which followed the publication of these decisions, in 1877, Col. Hawkins, of Americus, endeavored to procure the passage of a bill in accordance with the principles stated in them and cited above. ...

January 20, 1884
Personal Paragraphs
Miss Annie L. Ramey is visiting at Judge W.A. Hawkins

The Lady Lovers
How They Enacted the Role Friday Night
... Judge W.A. Hawkins, an old and time-tried favorite. An ordinary dress, quite bouffant, but trimmed with lovely smiles. Ornaments, cigars and champagne. Escort Miss Mary Haynes.
W.A. Hawkins, Jr., quite an aesthete, and dressed in the prevailing fashion. Low and small shoes, and an exquisite dancer. Much sought after. Ornaments, a lovely ring and a heart-rending tie. Escort, Miss Verne Richards.
A.C. Bivins, full dress, garments clinging to his slender and graceful figure in an utterly utter manner. Gloves of a delicate ashen hue, vest beautifully ornamented a la Jobot. Very popular, and quite the rage. Ornaments, exquisite hair, parted in the middle, and adudeon tie. Escort, Miss Mattie Hawkins.

January 23, 1884
Pen Points
Cards are out announcing the wedding of Mr. T.N. Hawkes and Miss Annie Lew Hawkins, which will be solemnized at the Baptist church tomorrow night at eight o'clock.
The Montezuma correspondent of the Atlanta Constitution has the following about a distinguished citizen of this place: Ex-Judge W.A. Hawkins was in town last week. Colonel Hawkins, as he is familiarly called, figures conspicuously in some of the most important cases in the state. During our conversation he told of some immense fees charged by attorneys. "But," said, "the largest fee I ever received was ten thousand five hundred dollars, which I got in a case which I gained and collected in four days from the time the case was put in my hands, all of which was before I was thirty years old."

January 25, 1884
Personal Paragraphs
Miss Ella Hawkins, of the Wesleyan in Macon, came down the other day for a short visit.

January 25, 1883
The Lady Lovers
How They Muacted(???) the Role Friday Night
Friday night was set aside as the night on which the young ladies of this city were to show their appreciation of the young men by giving them a grand leap year ball, when they would do the honors and foot the bills. ... The floor managers were Mrs. W.K. Bell, Mrs. A.L.Reese, Misses Mattie Hawkins, Ellie Oliver and Rosa L. Haynes, and they proved themselves fully equal to the occasion. ...

January 27, 1884
Hawkes - Hawkins
The Golden Band Woven Around Two of Americus' Favorites
Thursday night of last week one of the most brilliant weddings occurred in the Baptist church that the people of this city have witnessed for several years. On that night, dark gloomy and majestic as it was, the wedding of Mr. Theron N. Hawkes and Miss Anne Lew Hawkins was solemnized with all the ceremony and solemnity due such an occasion. While without the storm king was holding high carnival, within God's chosen place of worship the Goddess of Love was reaping her harvest of happiness in the union of two noble hearts.
The church was filled to overflowing, and the ushers had difficulty in clearing the aisle for the attendants and wedding party. In the aisle a little wicket had been artistically erected, guarded by Cupid's chosen friends, Master Howell Elam and Miss Helen Hawkins, who gracefully opened wide the gates to admit the bridal party in the following order:
W.E. Staley and Miss Rosa Haynes,
J.W. Walker and Miss Verne Richards,
J.A. Davenport and Miss Mollie Stewart,
J.W. Furlow and Miss Florrie Allen,
A.E. Chappell and Miss Ellie Oliver,
W.E. Elam and Miss Mary Haynes,
W.A. Hawkins, Jr. and Miss Annie Lizzie Ramey, of Atlanta,
W.M. Hawkes and Miss Mattie Hawkins,
Theron N. Hawkins and Miss Anne Lew Hawkins.
The ushers were W.B. Adams, Savannah, A.C. Bivins, E.G. Black.
The bride was never more bewitching and lovely. She was attended in an imported costume, made up by Madame Timberlake, New York City. It was of Tiel tinted merveilleux satin and Embossed Velvet with court train, trimmed with Duchesse Lace. The veil was of finest Illusion, flowering over the train, and fastened to her coiffure with a wreath of orange blossoms. Ornaments, an exqusite set of pearls, a gift from the groom.
The groom was dressed in the conventional full dress suit.
As the bridal party moved toward the alter Prof. Schneider played a lovely wedding march. Rev. J.O.A. Cook arose to meet them, and in an impressive and earnest manner performed the marriage rites. It was an affecting occasion to the relatives and the entire audience.
At nine o'clock the hospitable home of Judge W.A. Hawkins, father of the bride, was thrown open to the invited guests, and a bountious supper was spread. Until the small hours the guests made merry, wishing the happy pair all the pleasure and comfort imaginable.
Friday night a reception was given Mr. and Mrs. Hawkes by Mr. and Mrs. S.C. Elam, at their residence on Church street, which was as enjoyable as the one of the night before.
The young couple are known far and near among society people, and to know is to love and respect them for their many virtues. With hundreds of kind wishes they have embarked on the voyage of life, and with their many friends we wish them the old wish, ever old and ever new, "a long and a happy life."

February 1, 1884
A Historic House
The residence now occupied by Col. S.H. Hawkins was used immediately after the war as head-quarters for the Colonel commanding this military district. Around the large pillars of the porch there were wrapped "the stars and stripes," and in the yard a detachment of Federal troops were stationed. The morning and evening call of the bugle broke upon the monotony of the times from that point nearly twenty years ago.

February 20, 1884
A Cotton Thief Caught
... He came up town, found Marshal Lingo, and together they started for Charley Hawkins' gin screw, as they had heard he had received a bale to repack. On the way they met Mr. Hawkins who went with them to show them the cotton. As soon as Mr. Tondee touched it he announced it was the same cotton that was stolen. Mr. Hawkins said the cotton was sent him to pack by Mr. Chas. Crocker, who keeps a small store down on Cotton Avenue. ...

February 22, 1884
Mysterious Disappearance
Tuesday morning Mr. D.E. Ponder, of Webster county, a wealthy farmer, came to Americus to transact some business. He sold three bales of cotton at Toole, McGarrah & Tondee's warehouse, and five at Harold & Johnson's, for which he drew the money. It is also stated that he drew three hundred dollars from the National Bank, saying that he was going to purchase a mill, and that money with what he had, would be all he needed just then. On the streets it is reported that he had between twelve hundred and two thousand dollars on his person. ... Mr. John Hawkins came in from Preston yesterday morning, having left there about 6 o'clock Wednesday evening. He said that no trace of Ponder could be found, and they were still hunting for him. ...

February 24, 1884
Notes and Personals
Miss Mattie Hawkins, a beautiful belle of Americus, was universally admired.

February 29, 1884
A Rink Disaster
Tuesday night, while skating in the rink, Mr. Oscar Spate fell and broke his left arm below the elbow. Dr. Hawkins set the injured member, and Mr. Spate is able to be out, but will not try the skates for a day or so.

March 12, 1884
Council Meeting
... Petition of B. Lake to transfer liquor license S.B. Hawkins, Jr., was refused. ...

April 6, 1884
Personal Paragraphs
Misses Rena Hawkins, Ella Hawkins and Maud Clegg are home from Wesleyan for a few days.

April 11, 1884
Dr. Jones' Therme Wagon
... He has a trio of singers, himself. Prof. C.J. Hawkins and Mr. W.D. Smith, who delight all with their music. ...

April 11, 1884
Preston and Lumpkin
Supposing from the call for a meeting at Preston last Tuesday, in which the citizens of Sumter, Lee and Stewart counties were asked to participate, that it was to be a public meeting for the purpose of consultation as to the best route for a railroad, Americus or to Smithville, committee appointed by the citizens of Americus and Lumpkin went to Preston on that day to participate in the conference, and were surprised upon being informed that the meeting was solely for the purpose of organizing the Preston and Smithville road ... Col. S.H. Hawkins, of Americus, stated the object of the meeting to be in take steps toward building a railroad from Americus to Lumpkin by way of Preston. ...

Messrs. Sam Hawkins and Jno. Felder, of Americus, were in Vienna last week in the interest of the Hawkinsville and Eufaula railroad via Vienna, Dawson, Americus, Preston and thence to Lumpkin.

Pen Points
Misses Mattie Hawkins and Rosa Haynes are visiting in Bronwood this week.

April 13, 1884
Messrs. S.H. Hawkins, U.B. Harrold, J.W. Wheatley and G.W. Glover went to Savannah this week to interview President Raoul, of the Central, on railroad matters.

April 16, 1884
Pen Points
The following ladies left yesterday morning, to witness the tournament: Mesdames Eugene Hawkins, J.G. Edmundson, Geo. Tommey, and Misses Mary Haines, Mattie Hawkins, Lillie Brown.

April 30, 1884
A $1,500 Fire
Sunday morning between three and four o'clock an alarm of fire was given. ... The losses are about as follows: ... S.B. Hawkins, Jr., one buggy.

May 7, 1884
Justifiable Homicide
Willis A. Hawkins, Jr., shoot and Fatally Inures W.S. Hardy, of Cartersville, Ga., in an Altercation in Anniston, Ala.
Late Saturday afternoon the news was circulated in this city that Willis A. Hawkins, Jr., son of Judge W.A. Hawkins, of this city, had shot and killed a man in Anniston, Ala. The news was meagre and there were many conflicting reports. The Recorder immediately telegraphed to Anniston for particulars, but could get no report until Sunday morning, when it received the following special telegram from Mr. Forbes, editor of the Hot Blast, which telegram was issued in extra Sunday morning:
Anniston, Ala, May 3 - Willis A. Hawkins, Jr., formerly of Americus, shot and killed Mr. W.S. Hardy, formerly of Cartersville, Ga., last evening at 7 o'clock. A dispute arose over a game of pool, when Hawkins gave Hardy the lie. Hardy retaliated, and struck Hawkins a blow with a billiard cue. Hawkins then left the place, and returned in fifteen or twenty minutes, when attack was renewed by Hardy striking Hawkins with his fist. Hawkins then shot Hardy in the abdomen, the ball entering the intestines and lodging in cavity. Hardy died this afternoon at three o'clock. Hawkins was committed to jail for trial Wednesday. Both parties are unmarried young men, and well liked. Hawkins was considerably affected when Hardy died, remarking "I would I were in his place." The public seem to think the shooting was somewhat justifiable. FORBES

For more on this murder, click here and here.

May 11, 1884
A Large Tree
On Col. S.H. Hawkins' Flint river plantation is a sycamore tree which will rival, in circumference, the big tree of California

May 11, 1884
Hawkins-Hardy Homicide
Full Testimony in the Trial before Judge Jeffers at Anniston.
Wednesday the preliminary trial of the State vs Willis A. Hawkins, Jr., charged with murder, was begun before Judge H.L. Jeffers. The justice court room was so very small that the court adjourned to the law office of J.J. Willett, Esq. At 11 o’clock both sides announced ready. Saffold Berney, Esq., John M. Caldwell and Colonel Broyles, of Atlanta appeared for the prosecution. The defendant was represented by Colonel N.B. Feagan, and J.J. Willett, Esq., Judge W.A. Hawkins, of Americus, the father of the defendant, was in court. The prisoner has been in jail at Jacksonville since the homicide, and was brought here for trial Wednesday by Marshal Hunter. The State through Mr. Berney announced ready, and the defendant announced ready through Colonel Feagin. The warrant was sworn out by A.C. Hardy, and charges the defendant with murder in the first degree. The witnesses for both sides were sworn and put under the rule. The defendant waived the reading of the warrant, and admitted that the deceased came to his death from a pistol ball fired by the prisoner.
The first witness introduced for the State was A.C. Hardy, brother of the deceased, who in substance testified as follows: Western Hardy was the name of the deceased. He was my brother. He was killed by Willis A. Hawkins, Jr., in Anniston, on the second day of May, of this year, in front of the red light restaurant. He was shot Friday afternoon and died Saturday at four o’clock. Friday evening I was standing in front of the restaurant when Mr. Hawkins came up. His voice seemed to falter and he said to some one that there is two of the ___ ___ but I don’t care. He then turned and asked me if we had not always been friends, and I replied yes. He then asked me if he had not often called me a lie, and I said no, he had not; he said he had, and I then asked him if he meant to call me a liar, and he said yes, that I was a liar. I told him I would not take that. He drew his pistol, and I told him that did not frighten me, and my brother stepped up and slapped him in the face and caught at his pistol. The stroke sorter staggered him, and as he recovered he fired at my brother. My brother went into the saloon with his hands on his stomach. I asked some one to see that Hawkins was arrested, and then went to my brother and staid with him until his death.
Cross-examined-I live here and run a billiard salon. I have known Mr. Hawkins for six weeks, he having been about my saloon quite often. He takes his meals at the red light restaurant. He passed by my door that evening to get to the restaurant. He did not stop at my saloon. I am positive he came up the street and passed by my saloon. When he stopped near me he said there were two of the ___ ____ but he was not afraid of both of them. His back was then to me, but he turned toward me and asked if he had not always treated me as a gentleman. I said that he had. When I saw he intended to shoot, I got behind the column and raised the stool to my face. When my brother’s hand appeared in his face he staggered back and in a few seconds he fired. I did not hear him say that he had been badly beaten up and had no friends in Anniston. He was not exceeding seven or eight feet from me at any time after he arrived there up to the time of the shooting. I did not grab the stool until I saw his pistol. Hawkins was not at the red light restaurant when I came up. I was there first.
Redirect-The red light restaurant is on 10th street. The shooting took place about seven o’clock. When I first saw Hawkins I was standing in the restaurant, and Hawkins was coming up from the direction of the depot, and I first saw him in front of my saloon. In the forenoon before the killing, I saw Hawkins in my pool room. Just as he stepped out of the door I heard Hawkins say this is not the last of it. He then went in the direction of his room. Before leaving, my brother came up and apologized for what had occurred in the billiard saloon and Hawkins refused to accept it.
Joseph E. Adderhold was sworn and in substance said: I knew Western Hardy. I was sitting in front of my restaurant and saw Hawkins below the billiard saloon, and the deceased standing in the saloon door. The deceased said he had broken a billiard cue over Hawkins. A while afterwards Hawkins returned to my restaurant, coming down the street from the mill. Hawkins was standing in front of my restaurant telling Bush and me and others about how he had been treated, when Mr. Lon (A.C.) Hardy came up and slapping his hands together, said, “Yes, and I would have treated you the same way.” Hawkins then said, “Lon haven’t I called you a lie in fun?” when Hardy said no you haven’t. Hawkins aid yes, I have, and Hardy said, do you mean to dispute my word, and with that remark jerked up a stool and endeavored to strike him with it, but some one caught hold of it. The deceased then ran up to Hawkins and struck him with his fist, staggering him back against the awning. As he recovered himself he fired at the deceased and I then caught his pistol and told him not to shoot any more. The deceased went into my restaurant, and Hawkins went toward his room.
Cross examined – Mr. Hardy had the chair drawn until Hawkins took down his pistol. When Hawkins came to the restaurant he did not pass the billiard saloon, but came in the opposite direction. Hawkins did not draw his pistol until after the deceased had struck him and he drew it as he recovered from the blow and immediately fired. Hawkins did not say they were two ___ ____ ___ and I am not afraid of both of them. Hawkins did not call Lon Hardy a lie.
Mr. David Pittard sworn, and in substance said: I was just inside the billiard saloon when the shooting took place, near the door. I could not see any one except those next to the outside of the pavement. They were Mr. Hawkins and Mr. Adderhold. Mr. Hawkins had the pistol in his hand and had fired, and Adderhold got hold of the pistol and told him not to fire again. I was not present at the difficulty between the deceased and the prisoner, and never heard the prisoner make any threats.
A.P. Bush sworn, and in substance said: I was in the restaurant and so was Hawkins. He told me he had been beat all up and had been badly treated in the billiard saloon. About that time Lon Hardy came up and said he would have done the same thing. Hawkins said Lon I Have Called you a liar in fun, and so have I called Bush a liar. Lon Hardy said he hadn’t, and asked if Hawkins meant to dispute his word. Hawkins said no, but he had called him a lie. Hardy then tried to get up the stool, but I tried to take it away from him. I then heard the pistol shot, but I did not see the deceased strike him, as my back was to him. The State closed.
The defense began by introducing Mr. J.O. Marhover, who was sworn, and in substance said: I do not reside here, but I was here last Friday. I was in the billiard room and heard Mr. Hawkins call the deceased a lie, when the deceased said he would not take that. Hawkins said he only said it in fun, and the deceased still said he did not like to be called a lie. Hawkins then said, well, you can take it as you please, when the deceased struck him twice, breaking the billiard cue. In fifteen or twenty minutes I saw Hawkins, Bush and Adderhold talking in front of the restaurant. I joined them and Hawkins was talking about the fight, when Lon Hardy stepped up and said he would have done the same thing. [Mr. Marhover’s testimony from this on was about the same as Mr. Adderhold’s.]
At the conclusion of Mr. Marhover’s testimony the defense closed and announced that they did not care to introduce any further testimony.
Arguments were then made for the State by Messrs. Berney and Caldwell, and for the defense b Messrs. J.J. Willet and N.B. Feagan.
After the arguments had been concluded, Judge Jeffers reviewed the testimony and said the evidence would not make out a case of murder, nor did he think he ought to discharge him entirely and therefore would admit him to bail in the sum of one thousand dollars to appear at the August term of Calhoun circuit court. The bond was readily given, and the prisoner discharged. In the afternoon young Hawkins, accompanied by his father, Colonel Willis A. Hawkins, took the Georgia Pacific train for Atlanta.
It may not be amiss to say that the community generally regret this occurrence. They formed no conclusions until after the evidence had been heard; among those who heard it we think a majority thought the young man ought to have been discharged, while some thought the judge should have done just as he did.

May 16, 1884
Orange Blossoms
Married, in Pineville, on Thursday, 15th inst., Mr. C.C. Hawkins of this city, and Miss Fannie L. Matthis, daughter of the late J.L. Matthis, Rev. B.W. Davis of Dawson, officiating. Messrs. Jossey, Miller, and Chappell accompanied the groom from this city. The new married couple return home today, and will take up their residence at Mr. P.H. William' for the present. The Americus Light Infantry, of which company Mr. Hawkins is a member, presented him with an elegant silver water selt.

May 18, 1884
Pen Points
Dr. S.B. Hawkins, who attended the meeting of the American Medical Association at Washington as a delegate from this state, has returned home well pleased with his brief visit and recreation from a busy practice.
Wedding Reception
Friday night the American Light Infantry formed in ranks and to the taps of the drum marched to the residence of Mr. P.H. Williams, to call upon their comrade, Mr. C.C. Hawkins, who but just returned from Buena Vista with his bride, whom they presented with an elegant silver water sett as a token of their good will and wishes. The presentation over, Mr. Hawkins invited the members of the company to partake of an elegant colla___, such as cake, ice-cream and champagne. It was a merry time and everything passed of pleasantly and to the satisfaction of all. It was a graceful and considerate act on the part of the company to thus remember a comrade, and an equally graceful act on the part of Mr. Hawkins to so handsomely entertain his visitors.

June 15, 1884
School Honors
At the beginning of the school term Prof. Orr, Principal of the High School, offered two medals - one gold and one silver - as first and second prizes to the scholars who should make the greatest advancement in their studies. The first prize was awarded to W.E. Hawkins and the second to Emmet L. Murray.

The Fire Fiend
The Baptist Church and Parsonage Burned Down Friday Morning
Friday morning at 3 o'clock Policeman Bud Wheelelr discovered the Baptist parsonage to be on fire. The alarm was immediately given, but the fire companies were slow in responding, and before the Mechanic's had turned on their water the church was on fire. The church and parsonage, being built of pine, burned rapidly, and when both engines were playing the water seemed to have no effect.
... A street lamp, which was taken from the post on Judge Hawkins' corner, was found by the ruins late in the morning.
Judge Hawkins' house caught fire several times, but Vigilance Fire Co. protected and saved it. ....

Graduation Exercises
The graduation exercises of the Americus Public Schools took place at the Opera House on Friday night. ... The declamations of C.J. Graham, W.E. Hawkins and John W. Shiver were well delivered and received deserved applause. ...

July 11, 1884
At her home in this city, Wednesday night, of consumption, Mamie, wife of C.J. Hawkins. She was well known, having been raised here, and was loved and respected by a large circle of relative and friends, who have the hope that in the Bright Beyond she will find a happy home.

July 11, 1884
Americus and Lumpkin R.R.
President - S.H. Hawkins

July 18, 1884
New Hotel
We understand that the second story of Col. S.H. Hawkins' business block, corner of Forsyth street and Cotton Avenue, is to be fitted up for a hotel, to be taken charge of by Mrs. Allen of Dawson.

August 10, 1884
Personal Paragraphs
Col. W.A. Hawkins, E.G. Simmons, and W.A. Hawkins, Jr. are in Anniston, Ala., preparing for the trial of the latter for killing Hardy in an altercation a few months ago. The Trial will take place this week, and it is thought will result in Hawkins' acquittal.

August 17, 1884
Hawkins and Hardy
A dispatch received by E.A. Hawkins, Esq., from Anniston, Ala. Friday morning announces the gratifying news that in the case of the State of Alabama vs. W.A. Hawkins, Jr., for killing young Hardy a few months ago. The Grand Jury found no bill, but reported a bill against him for carrying concealed weapons.

August 29, 1884
Pen Points
Si Hawkins is making preparations to renovate his bar.
Col. S.H. Hawkins is pushing the work on his new hotel, and expects to have it ready by Oct. 1st.

September 19, 1884
Willie Hawkins has a dog which carries the Recorder to his room every morning.

September 23, 1884
Mr. Willie Hawkins went up to Macon yesterday for a visit.

October 4, 1884
A Pleasant Occasion
Quite a gay crowd of young people assembled at the residence of Dr. S.B. Hawkins, Thursday evening, to enjoy a Leap Year dance given by his fascinating daughter, Miss Rina. The young ladies were entire "masters" of the occasion, and the young men, unless otherwise solicited, were forced to adorn the walls.
Parnella's famous Italian band, of Macon, discoursed melodious music, and the devotees of Terpsichore "tripped the light fantastic toe" until the "wee small hours." The lawn in front of the residence was dotted with tables, where sherbert and cake were served to those desiring. The merry crown seated at the tables beneath the mellow rays of the moon presented quite a picturesque scene.
Miss Alice Green, late of Atlanta, made her debut in Americus society on this occasion, and by her easy manners, combined with her lovliness, made many friends. Miss Rina knows how to entertain her many friends, and when the hour of dispersing arrived, the unanimous exclamation was, "what a delightful time I have had."

November 11, 1884
To the Colored People
We, the undersigned citizens of Sumter and adjoining counties, have learned with profound gratification and thanks of the election of Cleveland and Hendricks as President and Vice-President of the United States. We hail the restoration of Democratic rule as a return to honest government, and economy in the administration. For over twenty years the Republican party, by false promises and broken pledges, deceived the American people, and particularly colored voters of the Southern States instigating antagonism between the white and colored citizens, when, in fact and truth, the whites and colored are voters and citizens of the same genial clime and identified by the same interests and industries, and except as deceived and interfered with by designing politicians and pretended friends, have enjoyed a common peace and prosperity unknown under any similar circumstances.
The white and colored democrats of the South do not desire to disturb the enfranchised condition of the colored voter, but guarantee in the election of Cleveland and Hendricks prosperity, happiness, and peace to all white and colored, with full and free equality before the law for all, without restrictions or loss of any rights now enjoyed under the constitutions of the United States and Georgia. Wherefore, let us all rejoice.
W.A. Hawkins ... John A. Cobb ... S.B. Hawkins ... S.H. Hawkins ... E.A. Hawkins ... Thos M. Cobb ....(and others)

November 23, 1884
Mrs. S.H. Hawkins is very seriously ill.

November 29, 1884
Clothes Burned
Thursday Mr. C.J. Hawkins had the misfortune to lose all the clothes he and his family had in wash. His washer-woman had just put them on a table, when by some manner they caught fire and burned up. The loss is considerable.

January 14, 1885
A Cyclone Visit
Middedgeville, Jan. 12 - About 12 o'clock, last night, a terrible cyclone passed over the eastern portion of Jones county, about three miles north of Haddock's station, going in an easterly direction. ... Mr. Willie Hawkins had his stables blown down and lost a valuable horse and had three mules badly crippled. He had a cyclone policy on his stock.

January 14, 1885
Tonight a private domino party will be given at the residence of Dr. S.B. Hawkins.

Webster county was well represented in town, Tuesday, there being Judge Harrell, Geo. Thornton, Dan shepherd, W. H. Cosby, J.W.A. Hawkins and several other Webster county men in.

January 15, 1885
Whittling Jack
A curiosity who calls himself "Whittling Jack" is in town, and yesterday entertained a crowd at Si Hawkins' by his marvelous work with the jack knife.

January 23, 1885
Dr. S.B. Hawkins went to Macon, Thursday afternoon, on an errand that will be a source of pleasure to one little lady in this city.

February 1, 1885
A Lively Chase
Saturday morning between ten and eleven o'clock Cotton Avenue people witnessed a lively race. A negro who works at the college building stole two or three pocket books from Hawkins & Taylor, and was discovered before he got out of the house. Lum Hawkins gave chase, and caught him back of the Commercial House. He was carried to the store, where he was turned over to Marshal Lingo for larceny.
The negro was turned over to Sheriff Cobb and was tried before Judge Pilsbury, who sent him to the Chain-gang for six months.

February 5, 1885
Closed Up
Yesterday morning Si Hawkins was closed up by Sheriff Cobb, who locked up the store and put the keys in his pocket. Si has many friends who will be sorry to hear of his misfortune. Dull trade and slow collections were the cause of the failure, two things hard to contend against.

February 21, 1884
A black and white spotten setter dog. He is a Barrow, and answers to the name of Lowrey. If returned, a liberal reward will be paid by Si. Hawkins

February 24, 1885
Canine Shrewdness
Si Hawkins has the best educated dog in town. Give him a nickel and "Cash" will trot off to the market for a piece of beef. If you give him a copper, however, he will carry it a short distance and throw it down. He seems to know the value of money as well as anybody. Monday morning some one, finding out that Harp & Cobb's meat market was being moved to Lamar street, wrote on a slip of paper, "My God, boss, there is a new opening," and gave it to Cash, who trotted off and presented it to his master, wagging his tail as gleefully as if he understood the whole business.

March 7, 1885
Messars Gus Hawkins and Henry McCleskey, who have been in Texas for two or three years, returned yesterday morning. Gus looks hearty and strong, but the climate of Texas did not seem to agree with McClesky.

March 10, 1885
Monday morning a pet deer belonging to Miss Mattie Hawkins escaped from its fair keeper and made for Muckalee swamp. At the depot he was caught by John Black, after a pretty hot chase, and returned to his owner. His appearance on Cotton Avenue created quite a stir.

March 20, 1885
Si Hawkins is now permanently located at Dickson & Vigal's clothing store, and takes genuine pleasure in showing his friends the new goods. He wants his friends out of the city to remember where he is.

April 4, 1885
Mr. Gus Hawkins and his sister Mattie leave this morning for Benton, Texas. Miss Mattie will visit there for about a month.

April 17, 1885
Miss Rena Hawkins delighted the many visitors to E.D. Irvine's store yesterday morning with some choice vocal selections - Macon Telegraph

April 21, 1885
Several years ago, when negro witnesses were new in the cause, an amusing incident occurred in the courthouse here. A negro who was giving in his evidence was reminded by the Judge that he was to tell the whole truth. "Well, yer see, boss," said the dusky witness, "I's scared ter tell de whole truth, fur fear I might tell a lie." This brings up an anecdote of Col. Willis Hawkins. During a session of United States Court, in Savannah, he noticed while he was speaking that one of the jurors - a negro - was asleep. "Hello, cuflee!" said the Colonel, "Wake up!" The Judge sternly reminded him that he was speaking to a United States juror. "So he is, Yor Honor, as long as he will stay awake," said the lawyer, "But when he goes to sleep, he's a nigger." - Albany Medium.

April 24, 1885
At a meeting of the Georgia Medical the Association, held in Savannah this week, Dr. S.B. Hawkins of this city was appointed temporary chairman of the Georgia delegation to American Medical Association, which meets in New Orleans on the 28th. Dr. J.A. Fort, of this city, was appointed one of the delegates to the same association.

Two More Cabins Gone. About 10:30 Wednesday morning the fire alarm was sounded. The fire proved to be in a negro cabin back of Judge Willis Hawkins residence, on Hampton street. ...

April 25, 1885
Misses Ella Hawkins, Lena Haynes and Lilla Brown, of Americus, are in the city, the guests of Mrs. W.W. Hooks. They will be present at the german tonight. - Albany News

May 1, 1885
Col. S.H. Hawkins has returned from his trip to New York.

May 17, 1885
Si Hawkins left for Jacksonville, Fla., Friday, where he will spend several weeks.

June 5, 1885
Col. Willis Hawkins said last Sunday in emphatic words that he "wished he was a woman." If he was a woman he'd be a daisy one. He would have many admirers and would crush the hearts of many spindle-shanked dudes. - Dawson Journal

June 13, 1885
It is reported on the streets that Col. S.H. Hawkins has purchased Mr. H.C. Bagley's building on Forsyth street now occupied by T.J. Mitchell, and has purchased the right to build over Hamil's two stores adjoining. If the report is true, Col. Hawkins evidently intends enlarging the Allen House, which, under Mrs. Allen's management, has built up a fine trade and reputation.

June 24, 1885
Miss Mattie Hawkins returned yesterday from a two month visit in Texas.

The Dress Ball
Mrs. Eckford's fancy dress ball Monday night was one of the happiest and most pleasant events of the season.
Following is a list of the participants and the characters they represented: ... Miss Ella Hawkins represented "Vanity Fair." ...

June 27, 1885
Willie E. Hawkins and Walter Johnson came in Friday. They will spend the holidays at home.

June 30, 1885
Look out for the Locomotives
Col. S.H. Hawkins, President of the A. P. & L. railroad, arrived home Sunday night from his trip to Ohio, where he had been arranging for the transportation of the engines and cars for the A. P. & L. road. He succeeded in effecting contracts whereby the freight on the same was reduced fully one-half from the prices at first asked. He expects one engine and the flat cars to arrive here by the last of next week.

July 7, 1885
An Americus Boy in Texas
We find in a recent number of the Texas Gazetteer, in a description of Belton, the following notice of an Americus boy who has made the Lone Star state his home. His many friends, and the friends of his father, Judge W.A. Hawkins of this city, will be pleased to learn that "Gus" has achieved such success in his new home:
Dr. A.L. Hawkins Dentist - The dental parlors of this gentleman are centrally located on Main street, and are fitted up with all the mechanical apparatus that this profession can suggest, and such sumptuous furnishings as case and comfort delight in. This gentleman established himself in his profession in Belton in 1882, and has been eminently successful, and enjo9ys a large and lucrative practice. He is a thoroughly competent and skilled operator and devotes his attention exclusively to the professions in which he engaged. He has the finest and most complete variety of instruments and apparatus for prosecuting this business in all its departments and in the manufacture of artificial teeth he has no superior. The dentist's chair is elegant and of the latest pattern, in fact, this gentleman is prepared to follow his profession with every appliance and convenience necessary to render his work as near perfection as human skill can make it. Artificial teeth are inserted on any of the materials used for that purpose, and every variety of work pertaining to the profession is done in the very best and most reasonable rates. The reputation of this establishment is not confined to the limits of the city, but extends throughout this and adjacent counties.
Dr. Hawkins is a graduate of one of the most famed dental schools in America, and has by his masterly work in his profession given universal satisfaction to all his patrons, and won a reputation that a veteran in the practice might well be proud of. He is withal, a pleasant and affable gentleman, and commands the confidence and respect of all with whom he has business or social relations. He has gained a triumph in his chosen profession, is conversant with it in every detail, and is justly entitled to the consideration and esteem his superior talents in this line inspire. Stockman and farmers will be assured splendid work and honorable treatment by calling on Dr. Hawkins for dental work. This gentleman guarantees to extract teeth without pain.

July 25, 1885
Thursday morning we published an item to the effect that Si Hawkins' old sorrel had laid down and given up the ghost, for reasons very apparent. The ver fact that the item was written seemed to have a wondrful effect on the sorrel,for it got up from the ground and carried Si a distance of thirty-four miles on Thursday, and when they got back seemed to be as lively as a two-year-old. Si has evidently solved the problem of how to feed a horse on nothing and keep it fat.

August 6, 1885
Last evening a pleasant sociable was given by Miss Annie McCormick, at her father's residence on Upper Broad street, in honor of Miss Rena Hawkins of Americus, Ga. - Eufaula Mail

August 7, 1885
The First Bale
Thursday afternoon the first bale of this season came in. It was from Mr. W.H. Chappell, on the lower edge of Sumter, and was raised on Col. S.H. Hawkins' plantation .....

Col. S.H. Hawkins
A Steel and Pen Portrait
The last number of the New York Financier contains a full page steel engraved portrait of Col. S.H. Hawkins, President of the People’s National Bank of Americus, with the following Biographical sketch:
Col. S.H. Hawkins, President of the People’s National Bank of Americus, Ga., was born in Jones County, Ga., in 1835, where his parents Ezekiel and Nancy Hawkins then resided. Two years later his parents moved to Sumter County, where the subject of our sketch still continues to reside.
Though brought up on the farm, and having much attachment for rural life, young Hawkins early determined upon a profession which would separate him from boyish pursuits. Selecting the profession of law, he studied in the office of that able and distinguished trio of jurists, Ingram, Crawford & Russel, of Columbus, Ga., and was admitted regularly to practice in 1857.
When the war between the States broke out, he responded to the call to the call of his State, entered the Confederate service, and conducted himself gallantly throughout. After the close of the war, he again devoted himself assiduously to the prosecution of his legal pursuits, making the study and practice of commercial law his principal aim. He was not long in building up a large and lucrative practice in the State and Federal Courts, which made it necessary for him to assume partners in the persons of Dupont Guerry and B.P. Hollis, then promising young lawyers, and now leading members of the bar at Americus.
In 1872, he was elected President of the Bank of Americus (which he had taken an active part in organizing). This position he filled with marked ability, the bank paying annually ten per cent dividends, besides carrying $60,000 to surplus account during his eleven years of administration. As President of this bank, he was one of the first bankers in the State to introduce the custom of dealing directly with planters, which gave them commercial credit and standing and relieved them from the onerous burdens of the general credit system on farm supplies.
Resigning his position as President of the Bank of Americus in 1882, he was election President of the People’s Nation Bank of Americus, then organizing.
As there were at the time two old and reliable banks in Americus, many thought the enterprise of starting a new bank of doubtful propriety. That the stockholders “builded better than they knew” is evidenced by the fact that the People’s National Bank has, since its organization, netted twenty per cent per annum, and, although not three years in operation, its stock is quoted at 120, with none offering. Among its Directors are a number of first rate business men of the State of Georgia – viz: S. Montgomery, G.W. Glover, J.E.D. Shipp, C.H. Wooten, G.M. Byne, D.T. Wilson, J.J. Williford and H.C. Bagley, the last named being the Cashier of the bank also.
Mr. Hawkins was one of the first to agitate the building of a railroad west, through Webster and Stewart counties, and upon the organization of the Americus, Preston & Lumpkin Railroad Co., he was elected President. Commencing this road on the heel of the panic of 1884, which seemed utterly to destroy confidence in new railroad schemes, it is not surprising that there were many croakers who could not see that it was possible for our people, unaided from abroad, to build and equip this road and hold it as an independent line. But the building has progressed with a steadiness and regularity which inspires confidence in its directory and gives assurance of its early completion. This road extends wet of Americus, some 40 miles, tapping one of the finest agricultural sections in the State. Col. Hawkins is supported in this enterprise by an array of directors of which any company might be proud, viz: C.A. Huntington, T. Wheatley, H.R. Johnson, and G.W. Glover, of Americus, J.B. Hudson, T.S. Chappell, J.R. Stapleton, and J.W. May, of Webster Co.; and J.M. Scott, J.B. Latimer, W.S. Gillis and W.H. Tatum, of Stewart Co.
While in financiering Col. H. has been eminently successful, he has never overcome his early love for the farm and farm life, and owning several plantations of the finest cotton lands in Georgia, he has ample opportunity to gratify his taste. Like all his other enterprises, his farming operations are conducted upon the most liberal and progressive basis.
He is an active member of the Baptist Church, has high respect for social amenities and is respected and esteemed by a large circle of friends.

August 11, 1885
A proposition has been submitted to the businessmen of Lumpkin by Col. S.H. Hawkins to provide a telegraph line from Americus to Lumpkin.

September 2, 1885
Judge Willis A. Hawkins, the veteran jurist, has returned to the city after some weeks absence at New Hollande Springs. Judge H. was quite ill for some time while away, but we are glad to note that he has recovered his health and usual vivacity of spirits.

September 3, 1885
Dawson - September 2 - Americus sent a fine delegation to Florida on last week's excursion, consisting of Col. Ship and family, Col. N.A. Smith, Messrs. Thos. Cobb, W.A. Wilson, J.E. Bivins, Geo. Herndon, E.A. Hawkins, W.E. Hawkins and Miss Cordy Hawkins.

September 12, 1885
Judge Willis Hawkins went up to Atlanta yesterday morning, and will bring his family back with him next week.

An Injunction
The A.P.& L. Meets with Trouble in Webster
Yesterday afternoon papers were forwarded to Judge W.A. Hawkins, in Atlanta, for the purpose of getting out a temporary injunction, restraining the A.P.& L. road laying its iron on the lands of Dr. S.B. Hawkins and J.D. Shepherd in Webster county.
Dr. Hawkins and Mr. Shepherd both own large plantations in Webster through which the road has been surveyed and graded. Dr. Hawkins' land comprises 1,360 acres on this side of Preston, and joins the town property. Mr. Shepherd lives on the other side of Preston. The road passes directly through the Doctor's place, cutting it in halves. The Doctor claims that this will injure the property, and that he has never given his consent to it, and asks for $1,500 damages, and an order restraining the company from laying the iron on his place until the matter is settled. Mr. Shepherd, we believe, makes the same argument, and asks for $1,000 damages. The road goes through the Doctor's land the distance of a mile and a half, and through Mr. Shepherd's one mile. Dr. Hawkins' place was reached by the track layers last night, we understand, but whether they will continue the work we are not informed.
For the road President Hawkins told a Recorder reporter yesterday that they would insist that the parties had given their consent to the road going through their lands, and as they had made no objections to the surveying and grading, they waived the right to any damages. Whether the work on the road would be stopped Col. Hawkins did not say.
The case comes up this afternoon in Atlanta before Judge Simmons, Judge Fort being disqualified, and the question of a temporary injection will be settled. For Dr. Hawkins, Judge Hawkins will appear, and Guerry & Son will look after the road's interests.

September 15, 1885
A.P.& L. R.R.
In Injunction Dissolved and the Work will Proceed
A few days ago the Recorder mentioned the fact that Dr. S.B. Hawkins and Jas. D. Shepherd had filed bills and procured temporary injunctions restraining the A.P.& L. R.R. from laying track through their lands in Webster county, which had stopped work on the same. The cases came up for hearing before Judge Simmons, of the Macon circuit on Saturday last, at Atlanta. Judges W.A. Hawkins, of this city, and R.F. Lyons, of Macon, represented the complainants, and Hon. Dupont Guerry, of this city, represented the railroad company. After a full hearing the court discontinued the injunctions and allowed work to proceed on the road. It is hoped that this important public enterprise will be allowed to proceed to early completion without further hindrance.

September 18, 1885
Petition For Incorporation
The Petition of ... C.C. Hawkins ... desire to create a body corporate and politic under this State to be known as the Sumter Savings and Loan Association.

September 25, 1885
We understand that Col. Hawkins hotel will go into new hands the first of next month.

Miss Rena Hawkins gave pleasant moonlight party to her friends last night which was highly enjoyed.
Si Hawkins came down from Montezuma, yesterday, where he had been selling clothing for his house. He reported a good trade.

September 25, 1885
Mr. Lum Hawkins has purchased the C.T. Furlow place and now owns his own home.

October 1, 1885
Col. S.H. Hawkins went up to Macon yesterday to enter his daughter in the Wesleyan University.

Mr. George Tommey moved into Col. Hawkins' hotel yesterday, and is fast getting it ready for business. We understand the house will hereafter be called the Hawkins House.

October 11, 1885
First of the Season The first hop of the season was given by the young men of the city last Friday night at the Hawkins Hotel. The lamps in the hall had been tempered to mellow softness and the young ladies never looked sweeter or more beautiful, and the young gentlemen handsome, or acted more gallant. Covington's orchestra furnished music for the occasion and the entire evening was one of pleasure. Following is a list of those present.
Miss Mattie Hawkins, with H.N. Parker ... Miss Rena Hawkins, with E.L. Murray ....Miss Ella Hawkins, with Mr. Hawkes ...

October 29, 1885
The Preston folks are finding the A.P.& L. road quite handy. Whenever there is a large show here Col. Hawkins has an excursion train run in the evening, and out again after the show is over. A good many Preston people were in Tuesday night.

November 17, 1885
From the Telegraph we note that Dr. S.B. Hawkins has purchased a fine Chickering piano.

November 24, 1885
Col. S.H. Hawkins made application for privilege of laying pipeing from artesian well pump for the purpose of furnishing artesian water at his hotel.

November 29, 1885
Miss Mattie Welbolne, of Macon, is visiting at the residence of Col. S.H. Hawkins, and a certain handsome young M.D. is correspondingly happy.

December 18, 1885
Almost a Fire
Wednesday night after the family of Dr. S.B. Hawkins had retired for the night some live coals fell out of the grate in the parlor and rolled on the floor. One of the family discovered the fire in time to prevent any serious consequences. It had burned a hole in the floor and was making rapid progress toward destroying the house.

December 19, 1885
Mr. Willis A. Hawkins, Jr., returned home for the holidays yesterday.

December 20, 1885
The Dress Ball
Christmas festivities have fairly opened in Americus. . . .
Miss Ella Hawkins in eream satin displayed her many graces as usual, with Mr. Alex McKenzie. ... Miss Mattie Hawkins, the classic beauty of Americus, in a lovely dress of white pink satin, en princess, with Mr. Arthur Bivins. ... the charming and winning Miss Rena Hawkins in a pink silk with Mr. I.R. Cain. ... Miss Helen Hawkins and Mr. Furlow Gatewood ... Miss Flora Wheatley and Master Eugene Hawkins.

December 25, 1885
The Monochord
Through the courtesy of Mr. W.E. Hawkins, we have been handed a copy of "The Monochord," a periodical published by the students of Mercer University. Among the editors we find the name of T. Harold Boone, of this city, while W. E. Hawkins is a member of the Business Committee. It is a very neat paper and reflects credit upon the literary ability of the Mercer students.

Misses Mattie Wilborn and Mamie White, of Macon, and Gussie Mathews, of Pineville, are visiting the family of Col. S.H. Hawkins.
Messrs. W.E. Hawkins, T.H. Boone and Eugene Hinkle and W.K. Wheatley, students at Mercer, are at home for the holidays.

January 7, 1886
And They Swear Off
It was Saturday night in the barber shop, and everybody wanted to get shaved.
... "Si Hawkins, well, Si is hardened, but he says he is going to get married this year, and settle up and behave himself, which is about as much as Si can do in one year."

January 28, 1886
Yesterday afternoon early Mr. E.A. Hawkins happened to a very bad accident, which will keep him in his bed for some time.
His spring wagon was waiting in front of Dr. Eldridge's to convey him home. Mr. Hawkins started to get in, and reached his hand up to the driver, a large, heavy darkey to assist him. As he was being lifted in the darkey slipped in some way and fell out, throwing Mr. Hawkins to the ground, and falling on him. When they got up it was found that Mr. Hawkins had had his left knee dislocated, a very painful and serious injury. Dr. S.B. Hawkins was at one summoned and set the bones, and Mr. Hawkins was carried home. Dr. Hawkins says the injury is of a very bad character, slow to mend, and will cause great suffering. Much sympathy is expressed for Mr. Hawkins in his trouble.

Accidentally Shot
Thursday afternoon Judge W. A. Hawkins received a telegram saying that his son, Willis, had been accidentally shot while out hunting near Bronwood. The day before Willis had borrowed Col. C.B. Hudson's hammerless breach loading gun, and went down there for a few days sport. It is presumed that he did not understand how to work the gun very well, and accidentally discharged it, the shot taking effect in the fleshy part of his leg. The wound is merely a flesh wound, and will not be long in healing.

March 18, 1886
The many friends of Mr. E.A. Hawkins will be glad to know that he is so far recovered as to be able to ride up town. Thursday was his first trip out.

May 13, 1886
Col. S.H. Hawkins had put up, yesterday, a telephone connecting the National Bank with the A.P.& L. office at the depot. It will be a decided convenience for him and his men at the depot.

July 15, 1886
Misses Helen and Georgia Lee Hawkins of Americus, are visiting relatives near Bronwood.

August 19, 1886
At a late meeting of the Board of Education of Stewart county, the name of our pet, the "Alpha Institute," was changed to that of "S.H. Hawkins High School."

September 9, 1886
Dr. Hawkins is having a very pretty and commodious dwelling erected on the vacant lot, corner of Prince and Church streets, which will add much to the appearance of that part of the city.

October 7, 1886
Mr. Si Hawkins, editor of the Georgia Enterprise, at Covington, has been nominated for the Legislature from Newton County.

November 25, 1886
Thursday evening at 4 o'clock, Mr. A.C. Bivins and Miss Mattie E. Hawkins were united in marriage by Rev. J.O.A. Clark. The marriage took place at the bedside of the bride's father, Judge W.A. Hawkins, at his request, as he wished to have them married while he was living. he has been in feeble health for some time. The Recorder unites with their many friends in wishing the bride and groom a long and happy life.

November 25, 1886
A Painful Accident
Little Herbert, a son of Col. S.H. Hawkins happened to be a painful accident Saturday afternoon. He was riding home in his father's car ___ when it was run into by the carelessness of the driver of a wagon that was going in an opposite direction. He jumped out of the carriage, striking his head against the wheel and was rendered insinsible for a short while. Dr. C.A. Brooks was called in and ___ restored him to consciousness, and he is now in a fair way to recover rapidly,.

December 2, 1886
Judge Willis A. Hawkins
Atlanta Constitution
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A Financial Earthquake
Yesterday morning rumors were rife that the Bank of Americus would soon change hands. Out reporter repaired to the bank quite early, and at a glance saw that something startling to the inmates was the them of conversation. After some investigation he learned for a certainty that Mr. J.E.D. Ship, representing Hawkins, Bagley & Shipp had just purchased of Mr. A.W. Smith, five hundred and fifty shares of the capital stock of the bank. This, with the two hundred and fifty shares already owned by Col. S.H. Hawkins, is more than half of the stock. ... Ever since Col. Hawkins retired from the presidency of the bank his many friends have been anxious for his return. .... The new management, headed by Col. Hawkins will inspire great confidence ....

December 2, 1886
The City Mourn
Death of Judge Willis A. Hawkins
It has been known for some time that Judge Willis A. Hawkins lay at death’s door, but we all hoped that by some means he would be spared to us, and while we feared the worst we hoped for the best. For several months he had been confined to his house, and his familiar face was missed from our streets and from our courts, where we were so accustomed to see him. Prepared as we were for the worst, it was with a shock that our people heard of his death, which occurred at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon.
He was born in Madison, Morgan County, Ga., January 15, 1825. A poor boy, he made his own way, studied law and was admitted to the bar at the early age of 19 by an act of the legislature, this being necessary on account of his age. He moved to this country in 1845 settling at Starksville, Lee county, where he began practice of his profession and married his first wife, Miss Smith, by whom he had one child, Eugene, who has been for several years his father’s partner. His first wife having died, he removed to Americus in 1847, and continued to make this city his residenc3e. Shortly afte4r his removal here he married Miss Mary Fin, by whom he had six children, five of who are living. His second wife died several years ago.
When the late ware broke out he entered into it at its very beginning as Captain of the Muckalee Guards, and was soon promoted to the rank of Colonel. He served until the end of the war, and when he returned to Americus and resumed the practice of the law in partnership with H.K. McKay, late Judge of the United States District Court. Judge McKay esteemed Col Hawkins as the best lawyer in Georgia, and his opinion was shared by many members of the bar throughout the State.
He was a candidate for office but once in his life, at which time he opposed Hon. Martin J. Crawford for Congress, and was by him defeated by purely party strength.
In 1880 he was appointed by the Governor as Judge of the Supreme Court, which position he filled about six months.
He was a man of big brain, large heart and broad and liberal in his views. His hand and house were always open to his friends, and the needy never appealed to him in vain. He was generous to a fault not alone with his means, but in his sentiments, his big heart always being able to find an excuse for the erring. While in early youth he was deprived of those educational advantages with which many are favored, he had a broad and comprehensive mind, sterling good sense and quick perceptions, which with his long years of study and practice made him the peer of any in his profession. As a father he was kind and affectionate, and he ever sought to make his home attractive, and found great pleasure in the society of his family.
As a lawyer he was known throughout the State, and his services were in such demand in the various courts that he often overworked himself, and finally broke down a constitution naturally rugged and strong.
In his death all the people of Americus mourn, white and black, poor and rich, for he had endeared himself to all by his rich good nature and sterling qualities. He had his faults, as we all have, but they were so swallowed up by his many good qualities that they are forgotten, and we remember him only as a man of giant intellectual stature and heart overflowing with love toward his neighbors.
The funeral services took place at the residence on Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock, the service being conducted by Rev. J.O.A. Clarke, assisted by Rev. A.B. Campbell. They were attended by the Mayor and City Council in a body, the local bar and a number of visiting attorneys, officers of Fire department, as well as by a large concourse of friends. His remains were deposited in Oak Grove c3emetery, surrounded by the largest concourse of people that we have seen for many years. The business houses of the city were closed from two to five o’clock, in respect to his memory.

December 9, 1886
Citation, Twelve Months Support, Georgia - Sumter county
To Whom It may Concern:
Whereas, Ella L. Hawkins, minor child by Mattie Lou Bivins, her next friend, applies to me for twelve months support out of the estate of W.A. Hawkins deceased.

Application: Letters Administration Georgia - Sumter County
To Whom It may Concern:
Whereas, E.A. Hawkins having filed his petition in my office for letters of administration on the estate of Willis A. Hawkins, deceased.

December 9, 1886
Mr. A.L. Hawkins of Belton, Texas is in the city.

December 16, 1886
Political Preferment and Family Pride in Georgia
... The Governor of our State is the first member of his family who has attained any marked prominence politically, which is a sufficient refutation of the prominent family theory, and in the life of the late ex-Supreme court judge, Willis A. Hawkins, we have a pertinent refutation of the Athens graduate myth. Judge Hawkins was a graduate of no college, and yet was one of the judges of the Supreme court of Georgia.

January 13, 1887
Dr. A.L. Hawkins, who has been spending the holidays with relatives here, left for his home in Belton, Texas on Sunday last.

Charlie Hawkins was presented with a picture frame yesterday which is both unique and beautiful. It is carved out of a marble slab, 8x10 inches in size, the front being elaborately carved with vines, anchors and scroll work. It was the work of an amature marble cutter, and reflects much credit upon his skill and conception.

At the meeting of the Council Monday night, Col. E.A. Hawkins was elected city attorney for the ensuing year. Col. Hawkins is thoroughly familiar with the important duties of the office .....

January 14, 1887
Willis Hawkins left for Los Angeles, Cal., yesterday where he will locate for the future.

January 20, 1887
Master Eugene Hawkins has accepted a nice position in the freight office of the Richmond & Danville Railroad in Atlanta. The position is a responsible one for one of his tender years, and is a well deserved compliment to him.

February 3, 1887
Pretty Music
Miss Nannie Lou Hawkins, the talented little daughter of President S.H. Hawkins has composed and had published a beautiful piece of music called the A.P. & L. Polka, which she has had dedicated to her father. The air is very sweet indeed and reflects much credit upon the fair composer. The sheet is handsomely gotten up, and upon the cover is an excellent likeness of President Hawkins. Harding & Co., of New York are the publishers.

February 24, 1887
Webster County
"Cousin John" Hawkins says he will sow a great deal of corn for forage this year, so that should Webster go for the stock law, he will not be caught with his suspenders unbutton. "Cousin John" is a good practical farmer, and always has an eye on tomorrow.

March 31, 1887
From Webster
"Cousin" John Hawkins says he sells from four to seven dollars worth of butter per month, and that he gets this butter from two old scrub cows, and with the only expense of milking and churning. This gives an average of five dollars and fifty cents per month, or an annual income of sixty-six dollars. That is, these two "scrub" cows represent an invested capital of over $900, with an yearly dividend of 7 per cent; for the milk, by "cousin" John's family of five more than pays for the trouble of milking and churing. "Cousin" John says he lost all the money he had made in saising cotton last year. Well, he can afford to do it every, as indeed all good farmers can, who have four or five good "scrub" cows.

April 8, 1887
Charlie Hawkins has beautified the back yard at the engine house by planting a number of small shrubs and water lillies about in rich corners. About half the yard is several inches deep in water from the overflow of the pipers, and the flowers will therefore grow to perfection. He has a very rare plant among the others, familiarly known as the rinkerspernumjasmanoidies which he prizes highly, and has promised us a bouquet when it blooms. A very large bull frog has taken up quarters in the miniature lake, and oft in the stilly might as Charlie sits alone and twangs his guitar, this favorite frog will emerge from the dark waters and seating himself on a lily leaf add his rich bass voice to the plaintive melody.

April 10 , 1887
Another Enterprise
The Americus Land and Lumber Company was organized yesterday with a capital stock of one hundred thousand dollars. ... Among the leading subscribers are: Messers. S.H. Hawkins ...

April 13, 1887
Memorial of the Bar.
Willis Alston Hawkins was born in Madison, Ga. on Jan 15th, 1825. He was educated in Walton and Morgan counties, attending the best schools of his day. In the office of Hon. Augustus Reese he pursued the study of law, his chosen profession, and was admitted to the bar before becoming of age. In the year 1846 he came to Starkville to pursue the practice of his profession, arriving there on the 7th day of May of that year. He found in necessary to add somewhat to his income and, as many other successful lawyers had done before him, taught school during a portion of that and a portion of the next.
After closing his school he devoted himself to the practice of law with marked success from the first. Starkville then had an able bar, and lawyers of ability and distinction from different parts of the State then practiced there. This young lawyer, walking fifteen miles to attend to his first case at a Justice court, retained as a memento of that tramp the five dollar fee note taken for that service because the note was never paid. The energy and ability with which he attended to all business entrusted to him soon brought their reward, and the name of Willis A. Hawkins soon became known throughout his circuit and the State.
On the 7th day of June, 1847, he was married to Miss Terinda Smith, who died in 1853, having one child E.A. Hawkins, Esq., now a member of this bar. In 1850 he was elected without opposition as a delegate from the county of Lee to the State convention held that year.
In June 1852 he first moved to Americus, but in the fall of that year he decided to return to Starkville and did so. Having a severe spell of fever in the first part of 1853, he again determined to remove here which he did in June 1853, making Americus his permanent home. He was already well known here as a lawyer of ability and at once took the position he deserved, as one of the leaders among the strong men who then practiced in this circuit. In 1834 he formed a partnership with the late Judge McCay, who died only a few years before him and whose loss we now deplore. No legal firm in the State was stronger than this and probably no firm in the State did a larger or more lucrative practice. The affection – this word alone can express the feeling – cherished by each of these men for the other was maintained till death separated them.
In 1854 Judge Hawkins was married to Miss Mary Finn, who died in 1867, leaving six children. In 1855 he was nominated by the American party as its candidate for Congress. He made an active and able canvas but his party was in the minority and his opponent – the late Judge Crawford, was elected. This was the only political office Judge Hawkins ever sought. In January, 1861, he was elected one of the delegated from Sumter to the State convention held that year.
As soon as war between the North and the South became a certainty he raised a company in Sumter, which company became a part of the famous 12th Georgia. Judge Hawkins became the Colonel of that regiment, after it had been some time in the field, and was with it during its most memorable service, but his health failed, and on this account he was obligated to resign his commission.
At the close of the war he again devoted himself with zeal to the practice of his profession, and again ranked with the ablest and most successful lawyers of the State. In 1880 Judge Hawkins received a severe physical injury which unfitted him for a while for the active duties of his profession. In consequence of this injury he applied for appointment to fill a vacancy then existing upon the bench of the Supreme Court of Georgia. He received the appointment, and discharged the high duties of this position with honor to himself and acceptably to the profession of the State. As he was rapidly recovering from the injury he received, he was not a candidate before the legislature for election to fill permanently the position, but he returned to the more pleasant, to him, business of active practice, which he continued until about the first of June, 1886, when his health became so impaired that after that time he rarely appeared before the courts. He grew gradually weaker and weaker until the 28th day of November, 1886, when he died as peacefully and quietly as he used to drop to sleep. The death of a man as distinguished for his social qualities as he was for professional eminence, although his death has been for some time expected, was a great shock not only to his family and more intimate friends, but to the community and State at large.
Judge Hawkins was as a companion social and genial, as a friend true and faithful, as a lawyer able and successful and as a husband and father affectionate and thoughtful, even caring tenderly for the loved ones of his own home. In his death companions and friends have lost one who cherished no malice, but was always patient and kind, using his best endeavors to contribute to the enjoyment, of all, the bar has lost one of its brightest members and his family have lost a tender and affectionate father. Therefore be it
Resolved, That this memorial be spread upon the minutes of this court, and that a copy of the same be sent to the family of our deceased brother.
Resolved, Also that the papers of the city be requested to publish the memorial and that in honor of Judge Hawkins this court do now adjourn.
N.A. Smith,
J.A. Ansley,
E.G. Simmons,
W.B. Guerry,
B.P. Hollis

Sumter Superior Court, April Term April 11th, 1887
It is ordered that this memorial and the resolutions be spread upon the minutes of this court; that a copy of the same be sent to the family of the deceased; that the papers of the city be requested to publish the same, and that in honor of Judge Hawkins this court do now adjourn. Allen Fort, J.S.C.S.W.C.

April 14, 1887
General Presentments
. . . We recommend the appointment of J.P. Beaty and J.W.A. Hawkins as a committee to inspect and examine, during the vacation, the offices, papers, book, records, accounts and vouchers of the various officers of said county as commerated and authorized by section 3921 of the Cod of Georgia, and make their report thereon to the spring term of the Superior Court of Webster county for the next ensuing year, and that they be paid $3.00 per day for their services.

April 20, 1887
Webster County, April 19. – We need a boom at Preston, and that badly, and now that the measles are on the wane, and we have had a little shower of rain, no better time could be selected than at the present to write up our resources.
In the Kinchafoonee swamp, within a mile of our town, and running parallel with the A.P.& L. a distance of several miles, stand a large scope of fin timbers, consisting of ash, oak, hickory, beach, gum, and popular, and near Mr. George Cole’s, walnut. The owners of the swamp lying this near Preston should form themselves into a stock company with a view of erecting suitable mills and manufactories to work up this body of timber. We know that the merchants would largely subscribe to an undertaking of this kind, as it would greatly increase their trade. No town can build up without people and people cannot be had without employment. Let a meeting of the people of Webster be held at Preston at once for the purpose of forming a company as above stated. We believe there is awaiting in the Kinchafoonee swamp a great boom for our town, and if the citizens of Webster do not care to avail themselves of the profits to be found in the manufacture of this lumber, ere long a stranger will see the golden fruit and have brains and energy enough to pluck it from our grasp.
Mesers. Emet and Clebe Jowers gave a fish fry at their trap on the Lanahassee, last Saturday, which, taken all in all, was the grandest success of the kind that we ever attended. Hoping to pose as the early bird of the occasion we reached the trap at 8 o’clock in the morning, but alas, to our chagrin, we found that that impressible cousin, John Hawkins, had receeded us, and had caught the worm and having impaled it on a Limbric hook was every once and a while pulling out a crawfish. Of the young ladies where present graced the fry we notices especially Misses Minnie and Katie Cobb, Alice, Eva, and Ada Naylor, Hattie Webb, Callie Davenport and Leila Hogg. Large baskets of delicious eatables were brought out by Mesdames, Katie Jowers, Millie Hawkins, J.B. Nicholson and Misses Minnie and Katie Cobb. At 10 o’clock over fifty pounds of fluttering fish were taken from the trap, and handed over to the culinary epartment, and, two hours thereafter the snow white cloths that had been spread upon the green sworth near the gurgling Lanahassee were supporting a collation that would have satisfied the epienrean appetite of a __ero. Messrs. J.B. Nicholson, John Hawkins, George Thornton and Prof. McMath occupied the north end of the festive board, which became memorable from the fact that these gentlemen had erected a piscatorial alter out of fish bones, upon which they offered up ablatious of huge quantities of coffee, bread, ham, fish, cake and lemon butter, and custard and jellies. Here it was that the Professor gained a complete victory by shrug of the shoulder, and was crowned with baby and the Lanre(??). When we get up and out again we shall propose a club be organized to be known as the Fish Fry Club of Webster county, and that until further rain we meet once a week at least.

April 27, 1887
Mrs. T.N. Hawkes and Mrs. A.C. Bivins are spending the week at the home of Mr. John Hawkins in Webster. (Note: These would have been cousins of John - Anna Lou Hawkins Hawkes and Mattie Elizabeth Hawkins Bivins)

May 12, 1887
Another fish fry has been set for Saturday next at Sylvan Spring near the residence of Mr. Jno. A. Hawkins.

May 18, 1887
Miss Cordie Hawkins has arranged quite a pleasant affair for a number of her young friends in the shape of a picnic to take place next Friday.

Charlie Hawkins is the proud possessor of a three horned calf. The animal is nearly five months old and is as strong and healthy as any of his kind.

May 27, 1887
Will Hawkins came down from Macon yesterday, for a short rest prior to the commencement exercises of Mercer University. He is a member of the senior class of that institution, in which he has taken a high stand, and will graduate at the approaching commencement.

May 29, 1887
The Athens Banner-Watchman says that at the last session of the Georgia Press Association, resolutions of censure were passed against Si Hawkins, of the Covington Enterprise, for degrading his high profession by becoming a member of the Georgia Legislature.

June 1, 1887
At the performance of the Union Square Company at the opera house Monday night, and during the intermission between the second and third acts, Prof. Bacon, the musical director of the company, played that beautiful little musical gem composed by Miss Cordie Hawkins of this city and named in honor of her father and his noble work, "the A.P.& L. Polka."

June 12, 1887
A pleasant party, composed of Miss Corde Hawkins, J.A. Davenport, Terrel Brooks and W.E. Hawkins will leave for Hamilton tomorrow morning in the company with Dr. C.A. Brooks, who is to be married on Wednesday evening next to Miss Willie copland of that place.

June 22, 1887
Henry S. McCleskey, of Waco, Texas, arrived in the city yesterday on a short visit to his sister, Mrs. E.A. Hawkins.

June 30, 1887
We Must Have It
For the past day or two Mr. W.T. Genry, agent of the Southern Bell Telephone Company, has been in Americus for the purpose, if possible, of establishing a telephone exchange here.
In company with Mr. W.E. Hawkins, who has taken a lively interest in the matter ...

July 13, 1887
We, the butchers, do this day agree to sell meats as follows ... (signed) S.B. Hawkins Jr. .....

July 14, 1887
Shortly after nine o'clock Friday night, Charlie Hawkins, who lives on Prince street, a block or two from the square, heard some one trying to raise a window from the outside of the house. Going out to investigate the matter he caught a glimpse of the form of a burly negro as he disappeared in the darkness. Going back into the house he feigned sleep for a short while when he again heard the noise at the same place. Securing a revolver he slipped noiselessly around the corner and there behold the negro with the window raised and in the act of entering the house. At sight of Mr. Hawkins the would-be-thief dropped the sash and fled, and notwithstanding several bullets went whistling after him, succeeded in making good his escape.

July 16, 1887
Col. and Mrs. S.H. Hawkins and daughters, Misses Corde and Nannie Lou, leave for New York, Boston and other eastern points today. They go via Savannah, and expect to spend quite a while among the various summer resorts North and East.

July 21, 1887
Preston - A Fine School Exhibit
The closing exercises of the school at Preston came off last week, and taken as a whole they proved to be a complete success. ... Repartie in Rhyme - Wherein Master Henry Hawkins acknowledges with grace that Miss Sallie Nicholson is as poetical as pretty. ...

July 28, 1887
A telegram from Col. S.H. Hawkins announces the safe arrival of himself and family in New York Tuesday morning. They spent several days at Cumberland and Florida resorts after leaving here, sailing from Fernandina in one of the Mallory steamers Saturday evening last.

August 1, 1887
The case against Geo. Hawkins and Hill Thomas, charged with the offense of stabbing, was heard before Judge Pilsbury Tuesday morning. The evidence plainly showed that the assault upon Jasper Weldon by the above named parties was wholly unprovoked, and upon a plea of guilty being entered by the main instigator of the difficulty, George Hawkins, he was sentenced to a term of eight months in the chain gang or a fine of fifty dollars and cost, - a total of ninety-two dollars. He will in all probability serve the State during the prescribed time, as he did not happen to have the required amount of change about his vest with which to settle the fine. Hill Thomas, the other party to the difficulty was bound over in the sum of $50 to the September term of the County Clerk. (Note: Other articles on this case list George as a negro.)

August 13, 1887
Col. and Mrs. S.H. Hawkins and daughters, Misses Corde and Nannie Lou, returned yesterday from a delightful trip to New York, Niagara Falls and various other points of interest and pleasure North and East.

August 17, 1887
On Col. S.H. Hawkins' Furlow plantation, in this county, lives one of the most remarkable old colored couples that we have heard of recently. Artemus Tucker and his wife Narcissus are well known among the many negroes in that section and none command more respect from their race than they. art, as he is familiarly called, is eighty years old, and for the past fifty-three consecutive years has lived on the place. ...

August 18, 1887
Eugene Hawkins, Jr. has been added to the clerical force at the Central depot. He has had considerable experience in the business and will fill his present position creditably.

Mr. C.C. Hawkins, last of the firm Hawkins & Taylor, has made arrangements for opening up a large furniture store here at an early day, and leaves for the Western markets this morning to purchase his stock.

Last week Mrs. J.W.A. Hawkins, Miss Hattie Webb, Mrs. Estes and Callie Davenport were going across Mr. Hawkins' field on a visit to Mrs. Nayler when they heard the chirpping of some little biddies in a corn field about three quarters of a mile from the house and upon investigation found that the little chicks had been hatched out along with a brood of young partridges or in some way been adopted into the quailine family. The little chicks were captured and carried home, as it was thought they must die if they continued to follow their uncivilized relatives in al their dewy walks.

August 28, 1887
Mrs. Alma Hill, of Bronwood, is visiting at the home of her father, Dr. S.B. Hawkins, on Church Street

September 8, 1887
The furniture and household affects belong to the late Judge Hawkins were sold at administrators sale yesterday morning. Nearly everything was bid in by Messrs. Hawkins and Bivins. (Note: These would be son-in-laws)

October 27, 1887
Mrs. A.C. Hill and children, of Bronwood, are in the city, visiting Mrs. Hill's father, Dr. S.B. Hawkins

November 1, 1887
Prof. Van Riper has just finished two fine crayon drawings, one for Col. S.H. Hawkins of this city; the other for a Mr. Jones of Baker county.

November 13, 1887
The Birmingham of the Pines
... This new town was named in honor of Miss Corde Hawkins, daughter of Col. S.H. Hawkins ...

November 27, 1887
The Social World
Impromptu affairs are always pleasant and the dance tendered the young people by Mrs. Myrick at the Hawkins House ... It was lead in a most graceful manner by Mr. A. Bivins, who was ably seconded by Mr. W. E. Hawkins ... Corde Hawkins, Rena Hawkins ... Will E. Hawkins. ...

January 5, 1888
Yesterday evening late, while Miss Rena Hawkins and Miss Lillie Brown were out riding Dr. Hawkins's horse became frightened at some object and ran away, throwing both the young ladies out, and tearing the buggy all to pieces. Miss Lillie escaped without injury, but Miss Rena was bruised considerably about the head, not seriously, however. Dr. Hawkins was immediately summoned and found Miss Rena, though somewhat, all right, with the exception of the bruises.

For Lady Lovers - A List OF Modest Youths Who Would be Wooed and Won
Will Hawkins is a gay and festive leader in society, and has all the money making qualities of his father combined with his own graces. Is hard to approach, and will be harder still to win.

January 5, 1888
On Monday night last, the residence of Mr. Geo. W. Glover was the scene of one of the most enjoyable of the numerous entertainments of the holidays ... The german was lead by Mr. Will Hawkins in his usual graceful manner, and many attractive figures were introduced.
Among those present were ... Helen Hawkins, Corde Hawkins, W.E. Hawkins

Wednesday night, Miss Katie Wheatley gave an entertainment complimentary to Miss Hattie Wright, Milledgeville, .... The ladies were ... Corde Hawkins ... Helen Hawkins ... The young gentlemen present were: ... Will Hawkins ...

Americus has at last a social organization of which she may well be proud. The opening of the rooms of the Social Athletic Club on Thursday evening last, was by far the most brilliant social event ..... The german was led by Mr. A.C. Bivins, Mr. W.E. Hawkins assisting.

Miss Annie Bell entertained quite a number of her friends at her home on Friday night last. ... The following were present: ... Corde Hawkins ... Will Hawkins ...

January 12, 1888
Below we publish a list of names of the gentlemen who will join the new fire department ... Will Hawkins

January 19, 1888
If Charley Hawkins is growing old, he still retains a liking for bright and pretty things. The following are the colors selected by him for the painting of the pump house, not the one on the corner opposite "Rylander's shoe store, but the one up by the artesian well. The body will be French graw; trimmings, white; lattice work, dark brown; sash, black; roof, sky-blue; lamp post, bottle green; horse trough, red, and the reservoir, marble. When completed it will be very pretty.

February 23, 1888
The departure of Miss Corde Hawkins for Vassar College deprives Americus society, for the time being, of one of its brightest and most popular members. We wish Miss Corde a pleasant and successful stay.

April 12, 1888
Last September, while in Macon, Mr. E.A. Hawkins lost a valuable gold watch. He made every effort to find it but to no avail. A description of the watch was sent to a gentleman in Macon, who hunted for it for a while and then gave it up for lost. Yesterday Mr. Hawkins received the watch from his friend, who said it had been given him by a negro. The negro found it while cleaning out a sewer and carried it to Mr. Hawkins' friend. Mr. Hawkins sent the negro a liberal reward for his trouble and honesty.

April 26, 1888
Miss Eva Matthews, of Auburn, Ala, is in the city, the guest of Mrs. S.H. Hawkins. ... Miss Nannie Lou Hawkins left yesterday afternoon for Dawson to visit the family of Rev. B.W. Davis.

May 4, 1888
Mr. Eugene Hawkins, Jr. is engaged in finding out what books were used in the public schools of the county last year. The investigation is being made for an Atlanta house. ... A very handsome office has been opened off the back of the Bank of Americus for Will Hawkins, the clever secretary and treasurer of the Americus Investment Company.

May 4, 1888
Misses Nannie Lou Hawkins, Charlie Wheatley and Em. Prince, and Master Sam Hawkins, of Americus, returned to their houses yesterday, after spending a few days very pleasantly with the family of Rev. B.W. Davis of this city. (Dawson)

May 18, 1888
Col. S.H. Hawkins will have his already handsome residence on Lee street improved during the next few months. It will be made almost a new building in appearance. The plans were drawn by Bruce & Morgan, architects, of Atlanta, and when completed the new dwelling will be one of the handsomest homes in the State. Col. Hawkins' family will occupy the lawn while this is being remodeled.

May 28, 1888
A New Breed
Charlie Hawkins of the Artesian well, is inaugurating a new breed of rats. He has had a number of white mice for some time, and one day one of them strayed away for a short time. It was at last caught and placed with the rest. But one fine morning another litter of mice appeared, and behold, several of them were half white and half black. They have grown up that way, and they are in demand among rat fanciers. Several are endeavoring to introduce the breed among their own rats.

June 1, 1888
Eugene Hawkins, Jr., will leave today for Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where he will attend school.

June 8, 1888
Mr. John Hawkins lost two of his fine cows by lightening on his farm in Webster county, Friday. The lightning picked out the two finest cows of his herd. The strange part of it is that thirty years ago Dr. S.B. Hawkins, a most excellent physician of this city, but then living on the farm, had two mules killed by lightning on the exact spot upon which his son's cows were standing when struck Friday. It was a strange co-incident and one that will hardly happen again.

June 15, 1888
Col. S.H. Hawkins returned last night from a business trip to New York. He brought back with him Misses Corde Hawkins and Alice Wheatley, who have been attending Rye Seminary at Rye, N.Y.

July 27, 1888
Mrs. B.W. Davis, her daughter, Miss Maggie, and Miss Nannie Lou Hawkins, left yesterday for Buena Vista and Marion county to visit relatives.

August 3, 1888
A Vindication of Col. Hawkins
Mr. Editor: - Being a humble farmer as I am, it is a rare thing for me to become so interested in any subject as to wish to discuss it through the columns of a public journal, but when the proper presentation of a question proves to be of vital interest to those of my class I can but become sufficiently aroused to wish to make an effort in that line, although an effort made by me may be a weak on at its best.
It is of the several recent attacks made through the papers of your city against the able presid3ent of the A.P.& L. railroad, the injustice done him by those attacks, and of the evil results that may follow that I would now make mention.
Some have seen fit to blame him for buying up the stock of this road. I was reliably informed more than a year since that just previous to that time a resident of your city began buying up all the stock of the A.P.& L. railroad he could find. Since he was known to be an enemy to the managers of that road and that he could not hope to realize a dividend on his investment it could not be otherwise believed than that he was acting as agent for a rival corporation. This very naturally aroused Col. Hawkins and not feeling able to buy a controlling interest himself, he applied to a friend in a distant city for assistance. He promptly responded and they together began buying the stock at from fifty to sixty cents.
Although I have not heard such an opinion expressed by any one who was in a position to know positively, it has occurred to me that had it not been for this attempted scoop of the baby road by the Central, that terror of the land, as some would have us believe it to be the Americus Investment Company, would not have been in existence. If that company did buy a controlling interest in the road was it not better for us that they control it than for it to fall into the hands of the Central? Did they not prove their loyalty to us when they positively refused through Col. Hawkins to accept from the Central an offer of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars $150,000 in excess of what they paid for their controlling interest in the baby road? Shall we now throw aside those who have proven to be our friends and join in with the Central road whom we know to be our enemy.
It is well known that the building of the compress for the A.P.& L. road was rendered absolutely necessary by the A.P.& L. being denied by the Central the needed facilities for handling cotton at the compress near the Central’s depot.
Some have asserted that the recent application for charity by the proposed A.P.& L. Warehouse and Compress Company is a departure from their intentions previous to the attack against their being built. I know from having heard the plans stated by Mr. Williford to a friend where the question of their being built was first agitated that such is untrue.
It has been asked by a very inquisitive “Watchman” if Col. Hawkins appeal to the people and declaration of war against the Central was not uncalled for. Had “Watchman” been present when the Central authorities declared to Col. Hawkins as they did: “Since you will not accept our proposition, we will fight you to the bitter end” he would no doubt have decided that THEY WERE CALLED FOR AND IN A LOUD TONE AT THAT. Was it but natural after hearing this declaration that Col. Hawkins should resort to every honorable means to get his share of the patronage. Although the Central was the first to declare war we have seen no outward signs of it. Is it not very evident that their fight is carried on in a secret way and that Col. Hawkins spoke wisely when he advised us to beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing?
As to the building of the warehouse at the compress conflicting with business interests of your city I can see only one interest which there is a possibility of it injuring and that is the warehouse business. Just here arises a very serious question for the consideration of those of my calling. Can we afford to take thousand of dollars from our pockets to sustain these warehouses? No we cannot. I contend that warehouse business should be done at the compress. I am aware that it has been said that nothing can be saved by going to the compresses. It is very evident when the rent of a compress warehouse is only one-third that of an uptown warehouse and by going to the compress the expense of drayage is also saved, that it can be handled more cheaply for us there. It is true some warehouses may handle our cotton as cheaply as the compress warehouse. It can but be apparent to a reasoning mind that either the compress men are charging more than they should or that the warehousemen are doing their work for less than cos which they cannot afford to do unless they are upheld by an undercurrent which is invisible to the public eye. I am sure that the warehouse property could be made to pay equally as good if not a better dividend on the investment by erecting ____ or stores on their present site.
I was informed during the early part of this year by a director of the A.P.& L. road who was then apparently a friend to it but as I am sorry to say is now its most bitter enemy, that should the road meet with no misfortune it might pay out. Since that time it has been necessary to expend several thousand dollars for repairs on the road which was rendered necessary by the heavy rains in the spring. To make it a competing line it has become necessary to construct a line of boats, also to secure more rolling stock; besides they have been forced to other heavy expenses. It is very evident from the statement of that director that the road is not in as flourishing condition financially as its enemies would have us believe it to be.
When the question of extending the road east to the Ocmulgee was being agitated there were those in your city who advised us not to contribute to its stock, that it could not be made a competing line and it was only a scheme of Col. Hawkins from which we could never derive any benefit. We find now with but few exceptions those same parties are against the road. Shall we now heed the advice of this class or shall we rally to the support of one who had proven himself to be true to his word.
When the trade committee appointed by the President of our county Alliance saw fit to recommend the adoption of the four warehouses I heartily concurred in their plan because I believe it to be for the good of the order.
Shall we be seduced by those who have not proven themselves to be our friends, into braking down a corporation the sustaining of which insures our independence of a most galling monopoly.
Brother farmers it behooves us to see that the A.P.& L. get her share of the patronage.
It will doubtless be contended by a certain faction in your city that this communication is a fixed up job by the Hawkins crowd. To those so contending I would say that I have no interest in the Americus Investment Company, and with the exception of two shares of stock in the baby road, have no interest in any of their concerns. That stock was made by hard licks and the strictest economy, and since I am now about to realize a benefit from it by a reduction in freight rates, I cannot lie idle and be deprived of that benefit by a clan who cares not for the welfare of the country, but for only their personal interest.
The information concerning the private affairs of that corporation has come to me from the lips of entirely disinterested parties.
Hoping the baby road may ever live and grow to the proportions of a veritable giant, I remain,
Very respectfully, JUSTICE

September 7, 1888
Judge Pilsbury heard the case of Mrs. S.H. Hawkins against Mr. J.F. Bolton to recover some property which had been mortgaged to him by Mr. Hawkins and which was homesteaded by Mrs. Hawkins. The case was nonsulted and Mrs. Hawkins appealed to the Superior Court.

It was Mrs. W.J. Hawkins whose case was nonsulted in the County Court Wednesday, instead of Mrs. S.H. Hawkins as we said.

A telegram to Mr. C.C. Hawkins from Mr. J.J. Williford announced the death of Mr. William Matthews of Marion county at 9 o'clock Tuesday night. Mr. Matthews had malarial fever. He was buried Wednesday afternoon.

September 14, 1888
Mr. W.K. Wheatley and Misses Alice Wheatley, Corde and Nannie Lou Hawkins, left last night for Boston via Brunswick. The young ladies will enter school there.

September 14, 1888
Preston - At a regular meeting of the Farmers Alliance No. 406 ... J.W.A. Hawkins Sec'y.

September 28, 1888
Mr. C.C. Hawkins was walking around yesterday shaking hands and smiling as if he didn't care whether he ever sold another bedstead or chair again. Cause why - a fine boy. Both mother and boy doing well. (Note: This would be son Emmett Hawkins)

November 2, 1888
Mr. C.C. Hawkins after five weeks absence, caused by sickness, came down to his store yesterday. His many friends were proud to see him.

November 9, 1888
Mrs. S.H. Hawkins presented to her son, W.E., on Thursday, as a birthday present, a handsome gold watch and chain. Mr. Hawkins has just arrived at the age of twenty-one. The present is highly appreciated.

March 15, 1889
On Thursday, March 7th in Memphis, Tennessee, Mr. A.D.B. McKenzie, of Denver, Colorado, was united in marriage to Miss Ella L. Hawkins of this city. (Note: This is Ella Lampkin Hawkins daughter of Judge Willis Alston Hawkins and Alexander Duncan Butler McKenzie)

April 26, 1889
Mr. Eugene Hawkins, Jr. recently passed a first-class examination as postal route agent, and upon recommendation of Supt. Terrell has received his commission. Considering that fact that this is a Republican administration, and Gene is an uncompromising Democrat, this speaks well of his ability, and it also speaks well of Supt. Terrell's liberality and determination to make the mail service effective.

May 2, 1889
The German Last Night
The Centennial German last night at the A.S.A.C. rooms was well attended, both by the active members and the stockholders. All were well pleased with the manner in which Mr. Will Hawkins and Miss Helen Hawkins lead the german during the evening, and complimented them very highly.

Si Hawkins, the butcher, has secured a large owl for his market. ....

May 17, 1889
The Fancy Dress Ball
. . . Following are the names of those who attended and what they represented: ... Mary Hawkins, a sweet violet ... Luther Hawkins, evening dress.

May 24, 1889
Water Notices
Notice is hereby given to all water consumers who are now using water from their street sprinklers by special permit, that on and after the first day of June said permit will be revoked, and sprinklers will be used only for sprinkling the streets. Those wanting water in their house now have ample time to have the piping put in. C.J. Hawkins Superintendent

June 28, 1889
On Tuesday evening Mr. and Mrs. T.N. Hawkes, and Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Bivins gave a complimentary tea party to Miss Helen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Hawkins, of this city. There were present Misses Helen Hawkins, Flora Wheatley, Ibbie Prince, Corde and Nannie Lou Hawkins Mervin Callaway, Ella Lou Harrold and Sarah Cobb, and Mssers. W.K. Wheatley, Ben Campbell, W.E. Hawkins, John Sheffield, W.C. Wright, Hugh M. Brown, Eugene Hawkins, H.C. Elam, Will Smith and Furlow Gatewood. They evening was pleasantly spent and highly enjoyed by all present.

August 16, 1889
The Doctor Is Love Sick
We were shown yesterday, a letter from Dr. A. L. Hawkins, dated from Georgetown, Texas, written to a friend in this city. The Doctor confesses the soft impeachment of being love lorn and says he is going to marry the "sweetest girl in the world" the coming November. We are glad to give enlightenment of the coming prospects to the many young lady friends which Gus left in this city. (Note: This is the dentist Dr. Augustus Longstreet Hawkins)

October 4, 1889
Miss Julia, daughter of Mrs. Sallie McCormick, died at the residence of Dr. S.B. Hawkins, her grandfather, on Tuesday morning at eleven o'clock. She was in her thirteenth year; was loved by her many friends and schoolmates. She was a sweet, unassuming young lady, just blooming into womanhood. Her death is a very sad one and will be mourned by all who knew her. She had been sick with fever only a short wile prior to her death. Her remains will be laid to rest this afternoon at 4:30 o'clock, at Oak Grove cemetery, from the residence of Dr. S.B. Hawkins.

January 10, 1890
The young son of Charles Hawkins had a narrow escape yesterday morning from being crippled for life. The mishap but serves to demonstrate the necessity for parents to warn their children against jumping on and off the electric cars when in motion, and the adoption of stringent rules by the company, compelling the conductors to keep the boys from standing on the steps of the cars. The boy had been playing about on the steps of a car which had been standing on Forsyth street, below Jackson. When the car started he attempted to jump off from the front part. His feet were thrown directly across the rails on the curve. Fortunately, however, the car kept straight along, and the wheels passed with-in several inches of the little fellow's feet. Had the car been going around the curve, nothing could have prevented him from being run over, as it would have been impossible for the driver to have stopped the car in time.

Jauuary 18, 1890
Showing "Si" is Sion Boon Hawkins, Jr.

February 5, 1890
Americus Improvement Company
The following gentlemen are the principal stockholders in the Americus Manufacturing and Improvement company, which is to build the hotel: S.H. Hawkins, M. Speer, J.W. Sheffield, P.C. Clegg, Govery & Lanier, Thornton Wheatley, C.M. Wheatley, John Windsor, C.C. Hawkins and W.E. Hawkins.

March 13, 1890
Col. E.A. Hawkins will erect a thirteen room residence on Church street shortly.

April 4, 1890
The stockholders of the Furniture Company last night elected the following directors: B.P. Hollis, E.A. Hawkins, C.R. Whitley, M.S. Harper, R.M. Stewart, Geo Stapleton, M.B. Campbell, W.E. Hawkins, Frank Lanier, Jr.
The directors elected Mr. C.C. Hawkins president of the company.

April 12, 1890
Mr. T.M. Furlow, Jr., yesterday purchased of Col. E.A. Hawkins his residence on Church street. The consideration was $3,000.

April 18, 1890
The Americus Grocery Company
The Americus Grocery Company is the latest stock company organized in our progressive city ... The incorporators of the new company are S.H. Hawkins ... W.E. Hawkins .....

April 25, 1890
Another Manufactory
The Oliver Buggy and Wagon Company
By reference to a notice in another column it will be seen that application has been made for a charter for the Oliver Buggy and Wagon Company, with a capital stock of twenty-five thousand dollars. The incorporators are Messrs. A.T. Oliver, W.E. Hawkins and J.B. Felder.

April 27, 1890
He Did Right
Dr. S.B. Hawkins Kills a Dog that Exhibited Dangerous Symptoms.
Last Friday morning about 10 o’clock, as Dr. S.B. Hawkins was driving out College street to attend a patient, he met a dog running down the street. When it had got near to the old Dr. Cooper place it fell down in a fit. The Doctor was attracted by the strange actions of the dog and drove up near to watch it. After the convulsion was over, it got up and ran down near Col. Hancock’s residence, where it again fell down in convulsion. In its writhings it got near Miss Maria Harrold’s gate. Dr. Hawkins again drove up to watch it, as it exhibited dangerous tendencies, and as the street is much frequented, being near the public schools, and in a thickly settled neighborhood, a mad dog might do great harm in a few moments.
While he was sitting in the buggy Miss Maria Harrold came out with a Winchester repeating rifle and requested Dr. Hawkins to kill the animal, as it was dangerous. As the Doctor knew nothing about the rifle, he got a revolver out of his buggy and shot the dog three times, several men standing guard around to see that it did not get away should it only be wounded. The dog was mortally wounded by the shots and ran near one of the men, who finished it with a few well directed blows on the head with a club.
For the time being the neighborhood was quite alarmed, as the dog was a strange one, unknown to any present. It was afterwards ascertained that it belonged to Mr. T.M. Merritt, and had just been given him as a present by a friend, and had got out of his yard. Dr. Hawkins soon met Mr. Merritt and told him what he had done, explaining the condition of the dog, and that it was an object of terror to passersby on the streets.
The Doctor did what any gentleman would have done, as the animal, whether it was mad or not, was in a condition to do harm to any one coming near it, and was an object of alarm to the ladies and children in that vicinity.

May 2, 1890
First Through Train
It Will Go Over the A.A.M. street Today
The first through train to Savannah over the S.A.M. road will pass over the line today.
President Hawkins' special car "Louise," will go to Savannah tomorrow, conveying a party of officials who are going there to consult with President Alexander and Manager Gabbett, of the Central road.
The party will consist of President Hawkins, Mas of the Trans W.J. Mathews, Superintendent Marshall, W.E. Hawkins, E.A. Hawkins, Jr. Mr. Sperry, of Baltimore, and Mr. U.B. Harrold, president of the Columbus Southern.
The train will be in charge of Capt. Jeff McCleskey, the most popular and best looking conductor in Southwest Georgia.

May 10, 1890
An Americus Physician
At the late meeting, in Brunswick, of the Georgia Medical Association, Dr. S.B. Hawkins, of this city was chosen as one of the delegated for this State to attend the meeting of the National Medical Association, which meets in Nashville, Tenn., on May 20th. Dr. Hawkins was unable to attend the meeting at Brunswick, and that he was selected out of so many able physicians shows in what high esteem he is held by his medical brethren.

May 14, 1890
A Narrow Escape
Col. And Mrs. S.H. Hawkins Thrown From Their Buggy.
Yesterday morning about 9:45 Col. And Mrs. S.H. Hawkins were thrown from their buggy while going down Lee street, by the buggy being struck by an electric car.
It happened about this way.
The Colonel and his wife were seated in a top buggy, driving a very gentle horse going towards the S.A.M. depot. When near Church street crossing the Colonel drove across the street car track from the right to the left side, for better driving, as he stated to a Recorder man.
At this time the depot car was rolling down grade at the speed of five miles per hour, controlled by Mr. Bob Gray.
He saw Col. Hawkins driving along by the side of the railroad but did not think he would attempt to cross with the car so near, therefore he let his car roll.
But as he neared Church street crossing he saw the Colonel turn his horse across the track, when the car immediately struck the rear wheel of the buggy, throwing both the occupants to the ground, the Colonel falling on his right arm with his entire weight, which bruised it slightly and caused it to swell. Mrs. Hawkins was bruised on the head and suffered a great deal from the shock.
The Colonel states that he did not hear the car approaching or would not have attempted to cross.
Mr. Gray states that he repeatedly sounded the car gong to attract the Colonel’s attention, but failed to do so.
Mr. Gray very much regrets the accident. He states that the car ran only half its length before it was brought to a stop, and that he was not working the current at the time of the accident.
We congratulate the Colonel and his good wife that the accident was not more serious, and also compliment Mr. Gray in his prompt action in stopping the car.

May 15, 1890
Dawson, Ga - May 14
Messrs. R.H. Bell, W.H. Bell, John Statham, J.M.E. Hawkins and Dr. Lamar Griffin, of Webster county, passed through Dawson last Monday on their way to Cordry's mill for a few days sport with the finny tribe.

May 25, 1890
Mr. E.A. Hawkins, Jr., who has been acting as private secretary of Superintendent Marshall, of the S.A.M. road, has resigned his position. He will go to Atlanta today to act as private secretary for Jackson & Jackson, Division Counsel of the Richmond & Danville road. Mr. T.L. Richardson, of Birmingham, has succeeded to the vacancy caused by Mr. Hawkins' resignation.

June 4, 1890
The Corner Stone of the New First Baptist Church
Was Laid With Appropriate Ceremonies Yesterday
In the spring of 1884 the First Baptist Church building, situated on the corner of Church and Forrest streets, was destroyed by fire. ... Among other things the following were placed in the vault in the corner stone of the Baptist church:
Photograph of new hotel soon to be erected in Americus, by S.H. Hawkins
Cards of ...Herbert Hawkins, Luther McKay Hawkins ...
Family of S.H. Hawkins: S.H. Hawkins, Mrs. C.A.D. Hawkins, W.E. Hawkins, Corde A. Hawkins, Nannie Lou Hawkins, Samuel H. Hawkins, Jr., Luther McKay Hawkins, Herbert Hawkins, Eva May Hawkins, Agnes M. Hawkins. ...
Photograph of Dr. A.B. Campbell, Pastor, S.H. Hawkins, T. Wheatley, John Windsor, R.T. Byrd, M. Callaway, Building Committee. ...

June 12, 1890
Alabama Editors
A meeting of the committee appointed by the City Council to make arrangements for the entertainment of the Alabama Press Association next week, was held in the council chamber yesterday morning. As Col. S.H. Hawkins left yesterday for England, he resigned his position as chairman of the committee ...

Col. S.H. Hawkins and daughter, Corde, left yesterday for New York. They will leave there for a six week's tour in Europe.

June 14, 1890
Washington, June 13 - Col. Willis A. Hawkins and daughter passed through the city today, enroute to Europe.

July 31, 1890
A consolidation of the returns of a primary election held in Webster county on the 25th inst., for Governor, State House officers, Congressman and Executive Committeemen ... Executive Committee - Town district, J.W.A. Hawkins ...
Delegates to Gubernatorial convention - ... J.W.A. Hawkins.

July 31, 1890
Col. S.H. Hawkins and daughters arrived at home last night. They were accompanied from Atlanta by Messrs. W.J. Matthews, W.E. Hawkins and W.K. Wheatley, who went up Tuesday in Col. Hawkins' private car, Louise.

August 6, 1890
Hawkins – Hawkins
A Happy Marriage – An Extended Wedding Tour – Bright Prospects
This morning at seven o’clock, Miss Helen Hawkins, daughter of Col. E.A. Hawkins, will be united in marriage to Mr. W.E. Hawkins, eldest son of President S.H. Hawkins, at the residence of the bridges parents on Church street. The ceremony will be performed by Rev. J.R. McClesky, of Savannah, uncle of the bride.
There will be no one present except the immediate families of the contracting parties, and one or two personal friends.
After the marriage the happy couple will be driven to the passenger depot of the S.A.M. road, where they will board the private car, “Louise,” of President Hawkins, and will be carried by the regular through train at 8:35, for Savannah. They will be accompanied as far as Lyons by several young ladies and gentlemen who will return in the evening. The party will breakfast and dinner on the coach.
From Savannah, Mr. Hawkins will go to Washington, D.C. arriving there Thursday evening where he will remain until Monday morning, when he will leave for New York. Remaining there a few days he will visit Niagara Falls, and other points of interest. He will return to New York by the 15th, when he sails for Europe on the “Eturia” one of the finest and fastest ships on the waters.
Before returning he will visit England, Scotland, Germany, Australia (note: yes it says Australia not Austria) northern portion of Italy, Switzerland and France.
He will remain in the old country until October 11th, when he will sail for home.
Miss Helen is one of the most popular and lovable young ladies of Americus, a leader in society, and loved by all who know her for her kind and sweet disposition.
Mr. Hawkins is one of our leading young men both in society and business, being assistant President of the S.A.M. road and secretary and treasurer of the Americus Investment Company, and is one of the most successful men of our city. He is very popular with the people, and especially so with the employees of the S.A.M. road.
The union of these two young people is indeed a happy one, and the most favorable auspices. The Recorder joins their man friends in wishing them a pleasant tour, a safe return home, and a clear sky through life.

Rev. J.R. McCleskey, of Savannah, is in the city. He came over to officiate at the marriage of his niece, Miss Helen Hawkins, this morning.

August 10, 1890
Washington Correspondence - Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Hawkins, of Americus, are at the Metropolitan. They are on their bridal tour, and are traveling in a private car. They go from here to New York, thence to Niagara, and on the 10th sail for Europe.

August 17, 1890
President Hawkins' private car returned from new York yesterday. Arthur Lunford, the popular Cotton avenue barber, who accompanied Mr. Will Hawkins, returned with the car. Arthur took in the sights and will now entertain his customers with what he saw when he went North.

September 4, 1890
Dr. T.S. Chappell, of Bronwood, arrived in the city yesterday, and is in attendance on his brother, Mr. A. Chappell, who is seriously ill at the Allen House. He brings the pleasing intelligence that Mrs. A. C. Hill of Bronwood, daughter of Dr. S.B. Hawkins, of this city, is convalescing and will soon be fully recovered.

November 9, 1890
Tuesday night last, occurred one of the most brilliant receptions in the history of the A.S.A. Club. It was given in honor of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Hawkins, who had just returned their Euporean bridal tour. The halls and parlors were filled with the beauty and chivalry of the city, and on all sides were lovely women in charming costumes, and handsome men. Bright, happy countenances cleary depleted this joy of the hearts, and no merrier throng ever assembled to do hone to any occasion.
Mr. and Mrs. Hawkins received hearty congratulations from all and the popularity of this newly wedded couple received fresh at testation.
The evening was most happily spent and it was a late hour when Morpheus caught the attention of the chaperone, and whispered in their ears that enough of the time rightfully his, had been stolen. The german was danced and most gracefully led by Mr. and Mrs. Hawkins.
Among those present were the following:
Mr. and Mrs. Theron Hawkes, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Murphy, Col. Eugene Hawkins, Col. Sam Hawkins, Hon. J.B. Felder, Mrs. M.L. Myrick, Mrs. Jeannie Edmondson, Misses Georgia Lee Hawkins, Inez Felder, Maggie Burt, Bee Clegg, Sarah Cobb, Ibb Prince, Flora Wheatley, Amoret Gray, Georgia Glover, Mervin Callaway, Alice Wheatley.
Messrs. Frank Lanier, Ben Campbell, Luther and Herbert Hawkins, Willis Hawkins, C.A. Fricker, M.S. Harper, Eugene Hawkins, Jr., W.K. Wheatley, B.F. Sams, Lum Minter, Sam Hawkins, Henry White, Furlow Gatewood, G.W. Bacot, Little Mardre, Olive Dixon, James Lanier, Henry Smith of Griffin, and Brown Burkhalter.

November 27, 1890
Mandy Hawkins, colored, wife of Green Hawkins, on the J.B. Holly's place, died yesterday evening at 3 o'clock. Mandy had been sick several months.

December 23, 1890
The following pupils of the public schools, having received four merit weeks for punctuality, excellent behavior and good standing in lessons during second the month, were awarded honor certificates: High School Department - ... Georgia Lee Hawkins ...Grammar Department ... Lucia Hawkins .... Intermediate Department - ... Mary Hawkins ... Primary Department - Eva May Hawkins ....

December 31, 1890
Dr. S.B. Hawkins who has been confined to his room since Friday, the result of overwork, was able to be out yesterday.

January 16, 1891
Cards are out for the marriage of Miss Varina Hawkins and Mr. J.R. Hudson, to take place Tuesday evening, Jan. 27th, at the home of the bride's father. Both parties are well known in the city, and announcement of their marriage is a source of pleasure to their many friends.

January 16, 1891
Quiet, But Elegant
Was the Wedding of Miss Corde Hawkins and Mr. Furlow Gatewood
Yesterday afternoon at three o’clock, Miss Corde Hawkins and Mr. Furlow Gatewood were united in the bonds of love and marriage by Rev. A.B. Campbell.
The marriage took place at the residence of her bride’s father, Col. S.H. Hawkins, and while quiet, was one of the most elegant that has ever taken place in the city. Rumor has for some time whispered that at some distant day these young people would be bound together by the marriage tie, and the countless friends have expectantly looked forward to the happy culmination. However, when a few days since it was announced that yesterday was to be the long looked for day, all were surprised, as no suspicion had been aroused that the time was so near at hand.
Yesterday afternoon by two o’clock those of the friends so fortunate as to be invited began to gather at the handsome home, and the scene began to assume the outlines of that rarely beautiful picture upon which the last touches were put as the soft words of promise were gently uttered. The ceremony was perfound in the usual beautiful and graceful manner of Dr. Campbell, and just as the clock struck three the last part was finished.
The guests were afterwards invited into the large and magnificent dining hall where was found everything calculated to delight the most fastidious epicurean. No more elegant dinner was ever served in the city, everything from the lightest delicacy to the most savory substancial being found upon the exquisitely dressed table.
The presents to the newly married couple were most elegant, all being beautiful and yet of a massiveness suggestive of great expense.
This marriage is a social event in the city, both parties being well known and prominent. Miss Hawkins has long been looked upon as distinguished for loveliness in every form, and many a heart today beats the warmest of well wishes for a life of continued happiness. She is possessed of that great boon of nature which attracts and holds all as friends with whom she comes in contact, and no one who has taken unto herself the bonds of matrimony ever began the new life so urged on to happiness by such a flood of earnest congratulations.
Mr. Gatewood is one of the young men of Americus whose business capacity is recognized as being of the first order, and socially he ranks just as high. He is popular with all, and has a future which sparkles with the brightness of continued success.
All in all the match is looked upon as a most happy one, and no clouds can be seen where darkness could shut off one lots of the sunshine now so conspicuously present in their life.

January 23, 1891
He Shot Twice
At a Negro Woman, But Didn't Hurt Her
Jesse Hawkins, a young man of Americus, shot twice at a negro woman, Lettie Parks, yesterday, and was arrested.
Officer martin witnessed the shooting and promptly arrested Hawkins, who was taken to the court house and promptly gave a $300 bond for his appearance at court.
The woman was considerable fightened but not hurt. The first shot passed through her dress barely touching her leg. She turned and as she ran, the second shot was fired missing her entirely.
Hawkins was seen by a reporter, and state the reason he shot at the woman was because she publicly swore in the court house lies concerning him.
The preliminary trial will come off next Friday.

January 23, 1891
La Grippe
It is Still Raging in Americus as Elsewhere
The grip is certainly an epidemic in Americus.
There are more people sick today in the city than at any other one time.
And all are affected with the Influenza.
Yesterday, a reporter met with Dr. S.B. Hawkins, one of our most prominent and popular physicians, and asked him concerning the prevailing malady.
"Yes the influenza, or whatever you may choose to call it," said he, "is raging in Americus to a great extent. It is, as I see by the papers, an epidemic all over th country, and Americus is certainly getting her share of it. There are no less than 500 people in bed with it today, and a great many have gone through with it.
"It is simply an acute bronchitis that is the real trouble which, unless caution is used goes into something worse. The name by which it goes makes little difference, and the popular ones are mere expressions which have no meaning. 'La Grippe,' the french name, simply means 'the grip.' They didn't know what it was and called it something which gives an idea of how it affects one. 'Influenza,' is simply 'influence,' and the other names are the same.
"Yes, it is an epidemic, carried from place to place through the atmosphere by the germs which produce the disease."
The disease has not visited Americus in a violent form, and while those affected are in a good deal of misery, no serious cases have been reported.

January 30, 1891
Mr. John R. Hudson and Miss Rena Hawkins Married Last Night
A quiet, happy wedding. Such was the one last night at the residence of Dr. S.B. Hawkins, where his daughter, Miss Rena, was untied in marriage to Mr. John R. Hudson.
Both of the young couple are known to everybody in Americus, they having been born and raised here. Miss Rena is a lovely and highly accomplished young lady, her musical talents being especially marked, and her sweet voice has won her a name that will long be remembered. Her vivacious, sparkling, bright ways none can resist, and they won many strong and true friends for her.
Mr. Hudson is a bright, handsome, manly young man, and a steady, upright citizen. His business career has been very successful, even thus early, and with such a little wife to work for, nothing but success should meet him.
At 8:30 the relatives and friends of the young couple had assembled in the parlor. Miss Lena Ford began the wedding march, and the bride and groom and attendants formed an arch near the door. Rev. Johnstone then arose and in an impressive manner performed the ceremony.
The attendants were Mr. Dorsey Butler and Miss Lily Browne, and Ray McCormick and Miss Emma Joiner. The bride’s wedding dress was of cream Henrietta, trimmed in cream and gold passementrie, and satin ribbons. Her ornaments were flowers, Camilla Japonicas, of which she also carried a bouquet. Both bridesmaids wore elegant gowns of pale blue Henrietta cloth, with flowers as ornaments.
After the ceremony congratulations were received by the young people, and then supper was served, which was a delightful feast. The bride’s cake was especially fine and elegant.
Mr. and Mrs. Hudson will reside at Dr. Hawkins’s residence. The Recorder in behalf of many friends, extends cordial congratulations

Col. and Mrs. S.H. Hawkins accompanied by Dr. Brooks, left yesterday in Col. Hawkins' private car for New York, where Mrs. Hawkins will be treated.

March 13, 1891
Col. Hawkins returned Sunday from New York, where he left Mrs. Hawkins. He reports her much improved, and expects her to soon be permanently cured.

April 9, 1891
The partnership heretofore existing between the undersigned under the firm name of Drs. Hawkins & Brooks, has this day been dissolved by mutual consent. All accounts must be settled immediately. S.B. Hawkins C.A. Brooks

April 14, 1891
Webster County Court ... We recommend that J.W.A. Hawkins be appointed to fill the vacancy, soon to be, of notary public of the 778th district, G.M. Webster county, Ga.

May 8, 1891
Mrs. S.H. Hawkins and children, Mr. and Mrs. T.F. Gatewood and Miss Nannie Lou Hawkins have returned from a pleasant stay in New York. Mrs. Hawkins many friends will be pleased that she was greatly benefited by her trip.

May 13, 1891
Death of Mrs. Chappell
Mrs. Alex. Chappell died at her home at Plains of Dura at 4 o’clock yesterday morning, after a long illness.
For a long time Mrs. Chappell had been a sufferer from paralysis, and while the end was not unexpected, her sad death, cast a gloom over the entire community where she resided, and where she was so much beloved by all.
Yesterday morning a special train carried to the Plains the relatives and friends of the deceased from this city, who, remained to attend the funeral services in the afternoon.
Mrs. Chappell was a sister of Col. S.H. Hawkins who is at present in New York. She leaves a sorrowing husband and a number of children to mourn her sad taking away.

June 12, 1891
The End Draws Nigh
Yesterday Was Public Day, and a Seccess it Was
The Officers, Teachers and Pupils Deserve Credit Honor Rolls and the Promotion Lists
Promoted from the first primary, grade B to the second primary: ... Charles Hawkins ...
Pupils promoted from the second grade A to the third grade: ... Willie Hawkins ...
Pupils promoted from third primary grade A to fourth grade: ... Bessie Hawkins ...
Pupils promoted from third primary grade B to fourth grade: ... Eva May Hawkins ...
Pupils promoted to the seventh grade: ... Lucia Hawkins ...
Pupils promoted to ninth grade: ... Georgia Lee Hawkins ...

August 9, 1891
Miss Nannie Lou Hawkins and Mr. S.H. Hawkins Jr., returned home Friday from a most delightful month's trip to St. Louis, where they enjoyed being the guests of Miss Carrie Ligon, a popular and wealthy belle of that beautiful and interesting metropolis. Miss Hawkins many admirers and friends will regret to know that she is too soon to deprive Americus of her charming presence for an extended visit to Lookout mountain and other Tennessee resorts. She will return in the early fall and grace Americus society with her usual success.

August 30, 1891
The following gentlemen have filed their application with the police commission for the position of policeman ... Neil R. Hawkins ...

September 6, 1891
The notable event of the week, and one which called forth a happy assemblage of young people was the elegant german danced at Col. S.H. Hawkins’ on Tuesday evening. This elegant home and its handsome furnishings must be seen to be appreciated. The most minute description could convey no idea of its beauty and surroundings. The floral decorations were elaborate ND ARTISTIC.
The grand hallway was decorated with palms, and the dancing saloon was fragrant from the open conservatory which joined it.
Miss Nannie Lou Hawkins received her guests in her usual graceful and natural style, ably assisted by Col. and Mrs. Hawkins and Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Hawkins.
The musicians were screened in a most unique alcove, and the delighful strains of music proved an inspiration to the merry dancers.
The german was led by Mr. Eugene Hawkins, Jr. one of the most captivating and superior dancers of the circle. Many dainty innovations were introduced and the german was one od the prettiest imaginable.
The pleasnt zephyrs drew many of the guests from the house to the plazzas and lawn, where brilliant electric lights brought out trees, plants and shrubs. The blue clouds of the soft summer evening overshadowed the happy party, and the twinkling stars gently smiled their approval on scenes so enchanting.
The display of elegant toilets has not been equaled here before this season. New gowns were brought out and gazed upon admiringly for the first time that night.
Mr. Hawkins conducted the german with tact and precision, and won many encomiums from the following dancers, who enjoyed the evening to the utmost:
. . . Miss Nannie Lou Hawkins with Mr. Antilotti . . . Mr. and Mrs. Will Hawkins . . . Willis Hawkins . . . Sam Hawkins Jr.

September 27, 1891
Mr. Sam Hawkins, Jr., after spending a year in business, during which time he made an enviable reputation, left last week to take a three years course in Mercer University. This young man has the persistent determination that has made his family predecessors famous, and he like the rest, will come out on top in any undertaking.

October 4, 1891
Mr. Willis Hawkins, the handsome son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Hawkins, is now a student in Athens. Willis has been actively engaged in the railroad business for the past year, but the Hawkins ambition shows up early in this young man. He is the grandson of the late Judge Willis Hawkins, whose eloquence Americus and all Georgia remembers with pride, and young Willis inherits many graces and talents from his distinguished ancestors. The many friends of this popular young man wish him all success in his college career.

October 29, 1891
Misses Nannie Lou Hawkins and Jennie Hollis, daughters of Cols. S.H. Hawkins and B.P. Hollis, of Americus, are visiting the family of Mr. DuPont Guerry, 815 Orange Street - Macon Telegraph

November 11, 1891
Mr. E.A. Hawkins, Jr., for the past several years connected with the S. A. & M. railroad in a high clerical capacity, left this morning to accept a position with Mr. Clarence Knowles, the prominent insurance man of Atlanta. Mr. Hawkins has a legion of friends in Americus who without exception deeply regret his departure, and the social circles of the city will sadly miss his handsome face and genial presence during the coming season.

November 17, 1891
Roll of Honor
First Grade A - ... Agnes Hawkins ...
Third Grade A - . . . Willie Hawkins . . .
Fourth Grade B - . . . Eva May Hawkins . . .
Seventh Grade - . . . Lucia Hawkins . . .

November 29, 1891
Col. Sam Hawkins
A History of a Successful Life That Reads
Like a Romance - His Life Identified With a Great Railroad Enterprise - Energy, Judgment and Determination Are Winning Cards - A Page from History

Today the first train will pass over the Savannah, Americus & Montgomery railroad from Americus to Montgomery. This event marks an important era in the history of Americus. Seven years ago Americus, though at the time a city of considerable commercial importance, was really only a way station on the Southwest division of the Central system of Georgia. It was not even given “a habitation and a name” on the map of the Georgia Central, being known in the freight business of the company as “No. 9” on Southwestern division.
At that time the commercial prospects of Americus was dark indeed. The Central had already aided in building a road from Buena Vista to Andersonville, a station on their line ten miles north of Americus. A charter had been obtained and company formed to build a road from Preston to Smithville, ten miles south.
Appreciating the gravity of the situation; seeing that Americus was in a fair way to be “bottled up,” deprived of her legitimate trade, which she had held by her peculiarly favorable geographical situation in spite of the burden of local freight rates upon all her commercial business, a few of our leading business men held a conference to devise ways and means to acertain the impending trouble.
A committee was appointed to go to Savannah and see if permission could be obtained from the management of the Central road to divert the terminus of the Preston & Smithville road from Smithville to Americus. Col. Hawkins was one of this committee. This was his first appearance upon Georgia’s railroad chess-board,
The result of this committee’s visit to Savannah was the reference of the terminal question to the local directors of the Preston & Smithville road, with authority to act. Through the influence and active exertions of Col. Hawkins, Judge D.B. Harrell and the other Preston directors consented for the road to the Americus, Preston & Lumpkin railroad was railroad was chartered in 1884.
It grew in importance and was extended eastward and westward, had its name changed to suit the changed conditions, till now it extends from Lyons to Montgomery, 200 miles, and is one of the most important east anFoponed d west railroad lines of the South. The history of this enterprise is thus briefly told:
Chartered June 1884 to build from Americus to Lumpkin, a distance of thirty-eight miles; road opened to business Americus to Lumpkin March 1886; road extended and opened to business to Louvals, ten miles west of Lumpkin, April 1887; charter amended and authority granted to extend road to Abbeville, in Wilcox county, October 1886, and work commenced thereon November 1886; road opo\ened to business to Abbeville, sixty one miles east of Americus, in November 1887; charter amended in September 1887, granting authority to operate boat lines in connection with road, and also to extend to Savannah; five substantial boats built and put in successful operation in 1888, which connect the railroad with the ports of both Brunswick and Savannah; December 1888 charter amended by act of the Legislature of Georgia, changing the name from “The Americus, Preston and Lumpkin Railroad Company” to “The Savannah, Americus and Montgomery Railroad Company” and authorizing the directors to apply to the Legislature of Alabama for a charter to extend this road from a point on the Chattahoochee River, in the county of Russell, to Montgomery, which charter having been applied for was granted by the Legislature of Alabama in February 1880.
Who has been the controlling power in shaping and carrying to fruition these grand results. Our whole people with one voice would answer S.H. Hawkins. His masterful financial genius has led our people from the Egypt of commercial bondage to their present independent position in the financial world. To detail fully how and by what means he accomplished these grand results would be too tedious to publish. But a few facts will serve to prove the truth of the assertion.
When the little narrow gauge road had been built from Americus to Preston entirely by local money, and graded to Lumpkin, in effort was made to sell some bonds to obtain funds to complete the road. Northern capitalists, who had been applied to, wrote to certain financial firms in Americus to know something of the basis of security of the bonds offered. The answer was returned: “It is a little road that begins nowhere and ends nowhere.” This, of course, defeated the sale of the bonds. Something must be done to obtain money or material to continue the work or the important enterprise would prove a failure.
Colonel Hawkins was president of the company. He called a meeting of the directors. Several propositions to raise the necessary funds were discussed and abandoned. The board adjourned disheartened. Colonel Hawkins did not know the word – Fail! In the vocabulary of his youth which fate had preserved for a successful manhood there was no such word as - Fail!
As President of the Bank of Americus he had personal credit in the commercial world. This he used. Alone he continued the work, pushed forward the enterprise until he was able to engage the attention of capitalists and effect the sale of his bonds.
The final grand result we record the completion of the “Sam” road to Montgomery, so named by common consent in noble recognition of Sam Hawkins’ services to his city and his section.
Probably we should not have written “final result,” for we feel safe in asserting, though not authorized to do so, that the work will speedily be pushed forward from Lyons to Savannah, a gap of only sixty miles. Surely no road in the south can show such grand results entirely from local effort.
The road thus far has been built, is owned and successfully managed by home people and home capital. Not a dollar od stock was subscribed away from the road’s line of progress. Not a share of stock is owned outside of the state of Georgia, and the original stock of the company is worth par.
Surely no other railroad in the South, probably no other road in the United States can make such a showing.
The average capitalized account of dividend paying roads in Georgia ranges from $35,000 to $55,000 per mile, while that of the S.A.M. railway does not exceed $14,000 per mile.
These results are directly due to the superior financial ability and able management of S.H. Hawkins. He has had able assistants in Col. H.C. Bagley, P.C. Clegg, J.W. Sheffield, his son, W.E. Hawkins and others, but each and all recognize and place implicit trust in the unerring financial judgment of Col. Hawkins.
A glance at the map will show that the “Sam” road us built on 32nd parallel of latitude, where Hon. A.H. Stephens many years ago predicted would be built a great through line east and west across the American continent.
The public would probably like to know something of the history of the man who has accomplished these wonderful financial results from such small beginning.
Who is Sam Hawkins? We will try to answer.
He is 55 years old, was born in Jones county. His father, Ezekiel Hawkins, moved to this county and settled near Plains of Dura, now a station on Sam road when Sam was only two years old. Ezekial Hawkins was a plain farmer, frugal in life, honest in all financial dealings.
Sam grew up between the plow handles, attended the school of the neighborhood in the fall after “crop time.” At 16 years age, we find him going to school to Dr. Ransom at Magnolia Springs, near his fathers house. Here occurred one of the first public exhibitions of one of his leading characteristics, perseverance under difficulties.
He was one of the speakers at the commencement exercises, a fair representative of an overgrown country boy. He spoke Patrick Henry’s oration. When he reached the well known sentence, “They tell us we are weak!” he lost his cue.
Three separate times he asserted – “They tell us we are weak!” and as often was commanded by Dr. Ransom to “sit down.” But Sam would not sit down; like the boy on the burning deck, he stood his ground. Finally, as if by inspiration, he continued, “But when shall we be stronger?” passed safely over the grade, and finished his speech and received the plaudits of the assemblage.
Leaving Dr. Ransom’s school, he finished his education by a six months’ term at Mars Hill academy in Stewart county, a school taught by a well known teacher of that day by the name of Grubbs.
At Mar Hill, as a school mate, he met Miss Cordelia Mathews, whom he, some years after, wooed and won. She is now his devoted wife, and mother of his eight children. In this selection he made no error, as she is certainlFy one of the noblest women of the South. She is the seventh daughter of William Mathews, deceased, of Marion county, who was the seventh son of his father.
He attended Grubbs’ school in 1855. It will be seen that his school education was obtained entirely in the country – never went to college, nor attended even a village school. In 1856 his father contemplated a move to Texas. He sent Sam to spy out the land. He went by private conveyance to Opelika, thence to Montgomery by rail. Arriving at Montgomery, he decided to take a look at the town before the departure of his boat for Mobile. It is hardly probable that he was looking for the terminal facilities for the important railroad line his financial genius has since constructed.
When he returned the boat was gone, the only time in his life, on record, when he “got left.” But it would take no great stretch of the imagination to see the hand of Providence this mis-connection, as the boat went to the bottom before it reached Mobile.
He took the next boat down the river. We next find him in New Orleans, standing upon Canal street viewing with wonder the extensive proportions of the custom house then being built. He took an over-burdened Red river steamer for Shreveport. While on that river, at night, the passengers wrapped in alumber, many of whom were occupying beds upon the deck, the steamer struck a log, the rebound unsettled some of the vessel’s foretimbers – they fell, and killed one man, the head of a large family moving to Texas. Our Sam, whom we assert is not the hero of the book “Sam Simple” written by a former resident of Americus, was knocked senseless, but recovered without serious hurt. He traveled over a great part of Texas, returned home, told his father that Texas was a good land for young men to go, but an old man with family had better abide upon the “old homestead.” Sam wanted to go to Texas; his father would not consent; Sam was an obedient son, so to Georgia is saved one whom would undoubtedly have proved a conspicuous citizen of the “Lone Star State.” Sam came to Americus, read law. The war came, Sam went. Was he true to the cause? Let us see. In the retreat from Missionary Ridge, the cavalry company in which he was lieutenant, was rear guard, hid friend, Moses McGarrah, was killed, shot through the head. They camped for the night, with this dead friend between the lines. Lieutenant Hawkins wanted to recover his body, that it might be sent home. He went through the company in search of two – of one – who would join him in risking their lives to recover the body of his friend. There was not one with sufficient temerity to join him – he could not go alone.
At the end of the war he was with Johnson in North Carolina. There was distributed to each soldier upon the surrender of General Johnson’s army $1.17 in silver. Three dollars and fifty cents was given to Lieutenant Hawkins and two comrades. They could not change the fifty cents so they cut “the high card” for the half dollar. Lieutenant Sam cut the ace and got the half dollar, the only time in his life that he ever staked a cent upon a game of chance. He still has that $1.50, a souvenir of the war. In this connection I will state that only a short while ago one of my old schoolmates called at my office to see me. He has lived all his life in thirty-five miles of Americus and is now a grandfather.
In speaking of the war he said: “What has become of Sam Hawkins? He was lieutenant in my company. Wasn’t he from Sumter county?” Only one other case of such blissful ignorance is on record.
Daniel Webster after he had reached the United States senate and acquired fame that extended beyond the borders of his county visited the homestead of his youth up in New Hampshire.
As he neared the hallowed spot of his childhood he met an old man in the road and questioned him about the Webster family. What had become of the old man, where was this boy and that? The old man was dead, told what he knew of this boy and that, but would say nothing of Daniel. Finally the distinguished statesman said: “There was a boy named Daniel, what became of him?” The old man scratched his head, then said: “I don’t’ know, the last I heard of him he went down to Boston, and was trying to make a lawyer.”
Sam came home from the war, practiced law, went into the banking business. Has been successful in all financial ventures, is a consistent Christian, a member of the Baptist church. In face he is “every inch a man.” W.P. Burt

December 2, 1891
Roll of Honor
First grade A - ... Agnes Hawkins ...
Fourth grade B - ... Eva May Hawkins ...
Eighth grade - tiny Hawkins ...

January 19, 1892
Mr. E.A. Hawkins, Jr., left Sunday night for Galveston, Texas, where he has accepted an important railroad position. His friends will be pleased to hear of his having done so well, even if he be separated from his old home by so many hundred miles of space.

February 4, 1892
A Cutting Affair
A cutting affair that came near being fraught with fatal results occurred in East Americus yesterday morning.
The principals were Grant Hawkins and Daniel Franklin, two colored boys about seventeen years of age.
There was a quarrel between the two Tuesday night, on the road about four miles from town. Franklin and Hawkins in the presence of some negro woman. The latter stuck him several times, and Franklin went off vowing vengeance.
Yesterday morning Hawkins was coming in town with a load of wood, when he met Franklin going in the opposite direction.
The feud of the night before was at one renewed. When the exchange of a few words, Franklin jumped from his road cart and attacked Hawkins with a razor. After two gaping wounds, one in the back and one in his neck, had been inflicted, he jumped in his cart and rode furiously away.
Hawkins was taken to Dr. G.W. Barrow's office, where his wounds were skillfully dressed.

February 14, 1892, 1892
Mrs. A.C. Hill, who has been visiting the family of Dr. Hawkins for the past several weeks, returned to her home in Bronwood yesterday.

March 2, 1892
S.B. Hawkins, Jr., left yesterday for New Orleans to attend the marriage of his brother, Neal Hawkins. Mr. Hawkins is to wed Miss Sallie Green, an attractive young lady of the Crescent City.

March 30, 1892
Mrs. C.C. Hawkins Dead
She Entered Upon the Long Dreamless Sleep of Death Yesterday
The sad intelligence of the death of Mrs. C.C. Hawkins was received in the city yesterday afternoon. Her husband was with her when the end came.
Mrs. Hawkins has been ill for some time. Recently she went to Macon to receive treatment at Moore's sanitarium. It was thought that she was improving and on Sunday she was to return home.
Monday night there was a sudden change for the worse, and her husband was telegraphed for. Medical skill proved unavailing and yesterday afternoon she quietly and peacefully entered upon the long, dreamless sleep which succeeds life's fitful fever.
The funeral services will occur this afternoon at 3 o'clock, at the family residence, after which the body will be interred in Oak Grove cemetery.
The lovely character and sweet disposition of Mrs. Hawkins endeared her to all those with whom she was thrown in contact. Her death occasions universal regret and sorrow.
The deceased lady, who was a daughter of Mr. John L. Matthews, leaves four small children.

March 31, 1892
Mrs. Hawkins Funeral
The funeral services of Mrs. C.C. Hawkins were held at the family residence yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. Mr. Campbell of the Baptist church officiated.
The body was afterward carried to Oak Grove cemetery for interment.
A large concourse of people followed the remains to the grave.
The expressions of sorrow at the sad death of the young wife and mother and of sympathy for the stricken ones, were many and sincere.

April 19, 1892
Preston, Ga. April 16 - The democratic executive committee met this, the 16th day of April, 1892. There were present: C.C. Tracy, chairman: John W.A. Hawkins, George E. Thornton, secretary. ...

April 22, 1892
Oak Hall Reopened
Si Hawkins the Purchaser - Opens Today - Grand Free Barbecue
Si Hawkins has purchased Oak Hall. You know what that means; a good time for everybody. He has refurnished the establishment with the best liquors, wines and cigars that could be found ...

Eighty cents
A business place was closed yesterday for a debt of 80 cents.
B.T. Hawkins, a colored shoemaker, some time ago became indebted to J.W. Sheffield & Co., the well known Forsyth street hardware dealers for that amount. ...

April 22, 1892
Drs. J.B. Hinkle and S.B. Hawkins are in Columbus attending the meeting of the State Medical Association.

April 24, 1892
... The guest of honor on this occasion was Master T. Furlow Gatewood, Jr., the bright little grandson of Col S.H. Hawkins. It was the young man's first ride on the Sam Road, his first picnic and his first entre into society. ...

April 28, 1892
Dr. Hawkins Gives Physic
To the Readers of the Times-Recorder According to the Code of Ethics
"The Columbus Enquirer Sun reports as part of the proceedings of the Georgia Medical Association that anther heated argument was caused by a motion that Dr. C.A. Brooks be dropped from the association or unprofessional advertising. After considerable talk Dr. Brooks was suspended. Later, however, he was re-instated so as to remain in good standing."
The above appears in Sunday's issue of Americus Times-Recorder and is a perversion of the facts; doing Dr. Brooks great injustice. How and why this purported part of the proceedings should appear in Dr. Brooks' home paper we are left to conjecture. In justice to Dr. Brooks I will give The Times-Recorder the whole matter. It was brought to the notice of the Board of Censors that the professional card of Dr. Brooks was a violation of the code, and after deliberating the matter among themselves they decided to suspend him. No "heated argument, no "considerable talk," just quietly and in the discharge of their duty rendered that decision. The following morning, upon learning from members of the board what had been done, I forthwith appealed to the body, then in session, to have Dr. Brooks restored, made a motion to that effect, which was seconded by Dr. K.P. Moore of Macon, one of the censors. The motion was submitted and carried unanimously - without one word of discussion - no "heated argument," no "considerable talk." S.B. Hawkins, Americus, April 27, 1892

April 29, 1892
The Times-Recorder published a card from Dr. S.B. Hawkins yesterday in which he criticized this paper for copying from the Columbus Enquirer-Sun an item relating to the action of the Georgia Medical Association in suspending Dr. C.A. Brooks for "unprofessional advertising" - though subsequently reinstating him.
Dr. Hawkins seemed to think that an injustice ws done Dr. Brooks by the publication.
The Times-Recorder differs with Dr. Hawkins. The injustice done was in the action of the Medical Association, in calling Dr. Brooks to account for doing one of the most commendable acts of his life, that of advertising in the leading paper of Southwest Georgia for the benefit of his suffering fellow-men that facts in regard to his professional qualifications. If Dr. Hawkins and every other doctor would follow Dr. Brooks example twelve months in the year and get themselves suspended, they would practically abolish that ridiculous piece of nonsense known as "the code of ethics," thereby relegating to the limbo of exploded vanities that roaring farce which makes the medical profession today the laughing stock of the civilized world.
If doctors expect to keep up with the progress of this age and not relapse into the voodeoism, witchcraft and alchemy of the dark ages, they must recognize that without the press they are helpless and come along to the front and invoke on first-class style the magic of printer's ink
If the doctors would use a dynamite bomb under their code of ethics, and then advertise liberally, they, with the aid of the press, would bring on the millennium.
In giving this advice free and without relation to the newspaper fee bill, The Times-Recorder is not violating the code of ethics of its profession; a happy condition of independence which is hereby heartily commended to those unfortunate Esculapians who, under the savage restraints of their code, "are in the gall of bitterness and the bonds of iniquity."

May 12, 1892
Dr. Hawkins a Delegate
At the meeting of the Medical Association of Georgia held at Columbus, April 20-23, Dr. S.B. Hawkins of this city received the well-merited honor of an appointment to attend the meeting of the American Medical Association at Detroit, Mich., June 6 proximo.
Dr. Hawkins long and successful experience in his profession and his high rank among his compeers make this appointment a very fit one in every way.
The Times-Recorder takes pleasure in expressing its gratification in this manner, not only because Dr. Hawkins deserves the honor, but because in speaking thus of him, the "code of ethics" receives a compound comminuted fracture of the spinal column at the hands of The Times-Recorder, using the doctor's good name as the shillaleh to do the work with.
If the doctor would lend The Times-Recorder his assistance (in the way of a liberal advertisement) it could be safely promised that the "code of ethics" would soon take its place along side the Connecticut "blue laws" of the last century.

May 27, 1892
The friends of Dr. S.B. Hawkins will regret to learn of that popular physicians illness.

May 27, 1892
Preston's Fishing Club
Editor Times Recorder: By request of Preston's fishing club, I notify you of its existence and the roll of members.
Colonel J.W.A. Hawkins is president, Risden L. Nicholson, secretary, and J. Cooper Bell, cook. The other members are J.B. Nicholson, W.H. Cosby, W.S. Bell, R.W. King, R.A. Wilkins and W.S. Stokes.
The last meeting of the club was held at picnic spring on Kinchefoonee creek near J.W.A. Hawkins' only one member of the club being absent. .....

May 28, 1892
Dr. S.B. Hawkins was reported a great deal better yesterday afternoon.

June 4, 1892
Dr. S.B. Hawkins was quite sick yesterday and his many friends were quite uneasy about him.

June 11, 1892
Dr. S.B. Hawkins was reported to be quite low last night.

June 12, 1892
An Old School Gentleman Passes Away to the Sorrow of Countless Friends – He Died Yesterday Just After Noon – The Funeral Exercises Take Place To-day.
Dr. S. B. Hawkins is dead.
Saturday just a little after noon he drew his last breath, and his soul was snatched from the earthly clay into the realms of immortality.
And here below is all this section and in other sections there are left mourning, sorrowing friends and relatives. A tinge of sadness pervaded everything in Americus yesterday, and on all sides could be heard deep and heart-felt expression of regret that such a man had left his world forever.
Dr. Hawkins was taken sick several weeks ago, but for several days it took no serious turn, and his friends were not at all apprehensive. Then he (can’t read) refusing to take his medication or proper nourishment. He grew rapidly worse, and for many days his condition has been very critical. Day before yesterday he as very low, and it was begun to be recognized the end was near. Yesterday morning it was known that he could not live, and a little after 12 o’clock the end came.
Dr. Hawkins was a member of the knights of Pythias and was a Knight Templar. These orders conducted the funeral ceremonies.
The pall bearers will be Messrs. K.M. McDonald, A.J. Buchanan, William Argue and W.E. Staley, DeMolay commanders; and Messrs, Charlie Lamar, W.P. Burt, J.W. Carter and S.B. Stanfield of the Knights of Pythias.
Dr. Hawkins was one of those whole-souled, candid gentlemen of the old school. Every word and action of his came from the heart, and his deep sincerity gathered about him that wide circle of admiring friends who now so mourn his absence.
He was born in January, 1818, in Morgan County, Ga. He attended the Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia, and soon after graduation moved to what was then known as Lannahassee, in Kinchafoonee county. This is now Webster county, and the place was near what is now Preston.
Just after the war, he came to Americus, and here he has remained ever since. He married Miss Julia Kelsey, who lived near Atlanta. She died ten years ago.
His children are: John W. Hawkins, of Preston; C.J. Hawkins, S.B. Hawkins, Jr., Neal Hawkins, Mrs. McCormick, of Americus, Mrs. Alma Hill, of Dawson, and Mrs. John Hudson.

June 12, 1892
Attention, Sir knights, DeMolay Commandery
You are requested to meet at your asylum, at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon, for the purpose of attending the funeral of our beloved Frater Sir Knight Dr. S.B. Hawkins, which will take place at 4 o'clock. Let every Sir Knight attend in full uniform A.C. Cutts, G.C.

Attention, Knights of Pythias
Assemble at Castle Hall at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon to attend funeral of our late brother, Dr. S.B. Hawkins. All visiting knights invited to attend. B.H. Mayo, K. of R & S. E.J. Miller, C.C.

Mr. E.A. Hawkins, Jr., returned yesterday from Texas.

June 14, 1892
Dr. Hawkins Buried.
Dr. S. B. Hawkins sleeps the long sleep beneath the sod in Oak Grove cemetery.
Sunday afternoon the exercises were held at his home, where Rev. Mr. Williams conducted the ceremonies. Immediately afterward the procession started for the cemetery. A large crowd of this noble old gentlemen’s friends attended, and the entire city was filled sadness. The Knights Templar and the Knights of Pythias took charge of the exercises at the grave, and loving hands attend to the last sad rites.
Everybody misses Dr. Hawkins. He was a man popular with all, and one whose absence is deeply felt.

June 18, 1892
Dr. Hawkins Death.
The following is from the last issue of the Fort Valley Leader:
My old friend as well as physician, Dr. S.B. Hawkins, of Americus, is dead, at the ripe age of 74. What a life of usefulness he was! He might yet be with us had he taken the rest nature demanded, but he served his patients when he should have been in bed. Rugged, honest and straightforward, he was a gentleman of the old school, a typical old Southerner.
A noble heart he had, and to know him thoroughly was to love him.
The late Judge W.A. Hawkins was his brother, and both of them were self-made men. Endowed with extraordinary intellect, their lives were full of usefulness, and their deeds will be perpetuated and remembered by the rising generation.

August 5, 1892
County Court
Richard Hawkins was given eight months for carrying a concealed pistol.

September 1, 1892
In another column will be found the announcement of Neal R. Hawkins for the office of coroner. He is well-known to the people of Americus and Sumter county, and will receive a good vote. It will take a strong race to defeat him.

September 21, 1892
To Debtors and Creditors
Georgia - Sumter County
All parties indebted to the estate of Dr. S.B. Hawkins are requested to come forward and make payment at once. These holding claims are notified to present them to the undersigned in terms of the law.
J.W.A. Hawkins, Administrator. aug28-wit

October 13, 1892
Ad for home of Dr. Hawkins (Note: This ad was still appearing as of December 31, 1892)

October 18, 1892
Mr. Eugene Hawkins Jr. left Sunday for Galveston, Tex., to accept a situation in one of the railroad offices in that city, where he was engaged prior to his return to Americus several months since.

October 28, 1892
In a personal letter from Col. S.H. Hawkins in New York under date of 17th, he writes interestingly of a chance meeting with Mr. Cleveland on the cars. He says:
"As I came up town this evening on the elevated railroad I fell in with the next president of the United States, I sitting opposite to him. Having been presented to him while he occupied the white house at Washington I thought it was he and asked a gentleman to my side if that was not Mr. Cleveland and his answer was, 'Yes, that is Grover,' whereupon I passed over to his side of the car, introduced myself, and sat and chatted him. He complimented Georgia for the recent victory, and said he presumed we surprised ourselves. He expressed himself as gratified at the progress of the campaign, and asked where Judge Crisp was, and when he would be up, and said that it was understood that he was to make speeches here. He spoke in complimentary terms of the Judge.
"This democratic way Mr. Cleveland has of riding in street cars as the great mass of humanity does, is taking with the common people, and I shall expect it to help to give him a large majority in this state in the approaching election."

November 25, 1892
Miss Tiny Hawkins left for Bronwood yesterday on a short visit to her aunt, Mrs. Alma Hill.

December 6, 1892
Mr. Eugene Hawkins, Jr., returned to this city yesterday from Galveston, where for the past several months he has held an important position with one of the large railroads centering there. Mr. Hawkins returned to Americus to except the position of chief clerk to General Manager Gabbett, of the S. A. & M. His return will be hailed with pleasure by his many friends here.

December 23, 1892
A Burglar in the Bathroom
Mr. Will Hawkins had quite a lively experience with a burglar at his residence on Brown street last night, but unfortunately the would-be robber escaped before the officer telephoned for could arrive upon the scene.
Shortly after supper Mr. Hawkins noticed that the door to the bathroom was slightly ajar, and when he took hold of the knob to close it the door was slammed violently in his face. Very much surprised he attempted to open the door to see who was inside, but the burglar held the know firmly and prevented his doing so.
Mr. Hawkins went at once to the telephone and asked that an officer be sent to his assistance, but as soon as the thief heard the retreating footsteps he dashed the door open and made a break for liberty by jumping out of the open window. Mr. Hawkins was unable to recognize the burglar, and could not tell whether he was a white man or a negro.
Had Mr. Hawkins not detected the presence of the burglar when he did, there is no doubt that the house would have been plundered during the night. Residents of Americus will do well to lock their doors at night, as numerous petty thefts have been committed here of late.

January 4, 1893
There's Nothing in a Name
That fact that J.A. Cobb is a candidate for the office of justice of the peace, and Samuel Hugh Hawkins a candidate for baliff, should not lead the public into the erroneous idea that it is Captain John A. Cobb, late candidate for the mayoralty, and Col. S.H. Hawkins, late president of the S. A. & M. railroad, who would save the country by offering themselves for these very responsible and highly lucrative positions. Not so; the would-be justice is better known perhaps as Nap Cobb, while the aspirant for "bailiffic" honors is a nephew of Colonel Hawkins. This explanation is made in order that the genial captain and astute colonel will not attempt to deprive their namesakes of the honors and emoluments of the offices they seek in the event of their election.

January 14, 1893
Death's Sudden Summons
Mrs. Rena Hawkins Hudson Passes Peacefully Away Last Night
The death of Mrs. John Hudson will be a shock to her many friends and will shroud many homes in mourning and many hearts in grief.
Last evening her beautiful spirit left its fair mortal tenement to gain its immortality. During her many weeks of illness she was surrounded by loving relatives and friends, and if love, if human tenderness and skill could have availed sweet Rena Hawkins Hudson would be living today. But alas, for all human aid, when the white messenger comes.
It seems sad, indeed, that this lovely woman, with so much to live for should have been taken in the full flower of her exquisite womanhood. A devoted husband, fond brothers and sisters, made the home life, of which she was the idolized center, a perfect one. She was the sweetest of wives as she had been the tenderest and most loving of daughters. The days of her life were divinely attained to perfect domestic harmony.
In the days before her marriage three years ago she was known as "Little Rena Hawkins." In society she was a charming element, always entertaining with her many talents and graces.
She was the youngest daughter of the late Dr. S.B. Hawkins and niece of Judge Willis Hawkins.
Her home life in her father's home was as ideal as her married life, and it was in this much loved spot she lived and died.
In her death the loving ones left behind will have, when the first terrible anguish has passed, the consolation of knowing that her whole life was rarely serene and beautiful, and the memory of her genial smile and sweet presence will ever remain with them as something radiant and divine. The funeral notice appears elsewhere.

February 3, 1893
Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Hawkins have given up housekeeping and are now boarding at the home of Col. E.A. Hawkins, on East Church street. Mr. J.G. Faulk and family, who have recently removed here from Forsyth, will occupy the residence on Brown street vacated by Mr. Hawkins.

February 5, 1893
Bought Out the Business
After a prosperous career extending back over a period of many years, Si. Hawkins is going to give up the business of killing cattle and thus permit others to enter the field and amass a fortune as he has done. Si is rich, but there's nothing mean about him.
Yesterday George Rogers and Tim Furlow, Jr., bought out the green grocery business of S.B. Hawkins & Co., proprietors of the Palace Market, and will take charge thereof tomorrow morning. They propose keeping it up to its present high standard, and will be always ready to supply the public with everything in their line.
In retiring from the business Mr. Hawkins desires to thank the public for the liberal patronage heretofore extended him and to ask a continuance of the same for his successors. In future he proposes to devote his entire attention to Oak Hall, excepting, of cours, his model farm near the city, and a certain good looking Smithville widow.

February 14, 1893
The appeal case of B.T. Hawkins, the negro politician and shoemaker, was taken up by council last night and, after the examination of a regiment of witnesses, a mistrial was declared, the board being equally divided in giving an opinion. Aldermen Miller and Burt voted not guilty, while Amdermen McGarrah and Blalock voted the other way. The charge against Politician Hawkins was causing a disturbance at the late election for justice of the peace.

February 18, 1893
The firm of Hawkins & Loving was on yesterday dissolved by mutual consent. Mr. C.C. Hawkins, senior member of the firm, retiring. The business will be continued at the same stand occupied by the old firm under the new name of G.O. Loving & Co. Mr. Hawkins will in future devote his entire time to the management of the affairs of the Americus Furniture Company, of which he is president; the business of which is now very large and constantly increasing.

February 24, 1893
We, the undersigned citizens of the county of Webster county, irrespective of how we voted and of party affiliations, deprecate the contest for the office of ordinary of said county now pending in the court, and take this method of expressing our disapproval and of entering our earnest protest against the proceedings as instituted by the contestant, W.S. Stokes. We are satisfied that the election for county officers held on the 4th day of January, 1893, announcing for T.J. Tharpe, candidate for ordinary, a majority of 49 votes was the outcome of a fair vote, and honest count, and we are opposed to all attempts to frustrate the will of the people by election contests based upon technicalities of law, when that will is fairly expressed in the exercise of the elective franchise: ... J.W.A. Hawkins ...

March 10, 1893
A large and wealthy wedding party will leave for Texas on the 12th. The company will consist of the handsome groom, Mr. Eugene Hawkins, Jr., his relatives and gentlemen attendants. The "Louise", the elegant private car of Col. S.H. Hawkins, will carry the distinguished Georgians on this happy mission. The fortunate groom-expectant is receiving the congratulations of his many friends.

March 12, 1893
The marriage of Mr. Eugene Hawkins, Jr., of Americus, to Miss Elmina Landes of Galveston Tex., on Thursday, March 16th, was announced several days ago.
Mr. Hawkins left in Col Hawkins' private car yesterday via the S.A.& M. railroad, accompanied by the following relatives and friends.
Col. E.A. Hawkins, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Hawkins, Miss Georgia Lee Hawkins, Mr. Willis Hawkins Jr., Messrs Charles R. Crisp, J.W. Sheffield Jr., and W.K. Wheatley.
The party will stop en route one day in New Orleans and take in the pleasures therein. Miss Landes is the daughter of a wealthy citizen of the coast city and is said to possess many charming personalties.
Mr. Eugene Hawkins, Jr., was born and reared in Americus, and counts his friends by the score. He is a capable business man, having held positions of trust and responsibility for one of his years. The party will return immediately after the marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Hawkins will make their home for a while at the handsome home of Col. Eugene Hawkins, on Church street, where they will receive their many friends.

March 18, 1893
The marriage of Mr. Eugene Hawkins Jr., and Miss Elmina Landes was solemnized in Galveston, Texas, at high noon on Thursday. The bridal party is expected to arrive here via the S.A. & M. this afternoon and will be driven at once to the home of the groom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Hawkins, on Church street. Telegrams received here yesterday from Galveston described the wedding as one of the most brilliant social events that ever took place in that city. Hundreds of friends in Americus and elsewhere will tender warmest congratulations to the happy pair.

March 21, 1893
An Elegant Reception
Will Be Tendered Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Hawkins, Jr., on Thursday Evening.
Handsomely engraved invitations were issued yesterday for the elegant reception to be tendered Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Hawkins, Jr., at the home of Col. and Mrs. E.A. Hawkins, on Church street, next Thursday evening, 23d inst. The affair, no doubt will be the social event of the season in Americus.
The marriage on Thursday evening last of Mr. E.A. Hawkins, Jr., to Miss Landes, of Galveston, was one of the prettiest home weddings that has ever taken place in that city. The following account is from the Galveston News, on Friday:
Last evening at the handsome residence of Mr. and Mrs. Henry A. Landes occurred one of the prettiest weddings, perhaps, that has taken place here in some time. It was witnessed by the relatives and friends of the family.
The contracting parties were Mr. Eugene Alston Hawkins, Jr., of Americus, Ga. and Miss Elmina Landes, of this city, who were attended by Mr. Winslow Robinson and Miss Lillian Briggs, Mr. Charles R. Crisp and Miss Rosalie McIlhenny.
The ceremony was performed by the Rev. W.N. Scott, in the elegant drawing room of the Landes residence, which had been decorated exquisitely with palms, ferns, calla'lillies and Hyacinths.
An arch of maiden hair ferns supported a bell of white hyacinths, under which the couple stood, and was in harmony with the regal gown of the bride, which was of white brocaded satin, elaborately trimmed with Parisieune hand-made lace and white Hyacinths. The conventional veil of white tulle was caught back from her fair face by small pearl pins.
Miss Lillian Briggs, maid of hone, was handsomely attired in a gown of maise colored brocaded silk bertha and cuffed sleeves of white tulle embroidered in pearls.
Miss Rosalie McIlhenny, of Houston, the first bridesmaid, was elegantly costumed in a buttercup-colored corded silk, with trimmings of duchesse lace, forming a splendid contrast with the costume of the bride, the colors blending harmoniously with the conventional evening suits of the groom and best men, the bridal party forming a pleasing picture of youth and beauty.
After an exchange of congratulations the guests were invited to partake of a veritable wedding feast which had been spread in the spacious dining hall.
Mr. and Mrs. Hawkins left the city at 7:30 in the private car "Louise" for Americus, Ga., the home of the groom, where they will reside. They were accompanied by Mr. E.A. Hawkins, Sr., Miss Georgia Lee Hawkins (father and sister of the groom), Mr. and Mrs. Wm. E. Hawkins, Mr. W.K. Wheatley, Messrs, Charles R. Crisp, John Sheffield, Willis A. Hawkins, of Americus, Ga., and as far as Houston by Mrs. and Miss McIlhenny and Dr. and Mrs. R.W. Knox, of that city, who came down to lend their presence to the happy occasion.
While Galveston society loses one of its brightest gems, Americus is to be congratulated on its acquisition.

March 21, 1893
Miss Nannie Lou Hawkins left yesterday for Dadeville, Ala., where she will be the guest of her cousin, Mrs. Stone, nee Miss Gussie Matthews, formerly of Americus.

April 7, 1893
Sheriff's Sale Georgia, Sumter County
Will be sold before the court house door, in the city of Americus Sumter county, Ga., on the first Tuesday in May, 1893, between the legal hours of sale, the following described property, to-wit:
Lot of land known as the undivided one-seventh interest in a certain piece of land in the city of Americus, Ga., and known as the Dr. S.B. Hawkins place and bounded as follows: North by land of Mrs. McCormack and Brown estate, east by lands of B.P. Hollis, south by Church street and went by lands of Mrs. McCormack and G.M. Davis. Levied on as the property of C.J. Hawkins to satisfy one county court fi fa. issued by the county court of Sumter county, in favor of Georgia Chemical Works vs. the said C.J. Hawkins. Property pointed out by plaintiff's attorney. Tenant in possession notified in terms of the law. This February 18, 1893. L.B. Forrest, Sheriff.

April 25, 1893
The friends of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene A. Hawkins, Jr., will hear with regret of their contemplated departure for Galveston, Mr. Hawkins has been tendered a position with the wholesale grocery house of Wallace, Landes & Co., of that city, and will leave this afternoon to enter upon his new duties. Their departure from Americus will be regretted in the social circle here which both so well adorn.

June 21, 1893
Misses Lucy Mid Cobb and Georgia Hawkins met with a very serious accident while out driving yesterday afternoon. Both were thrown violently from the buggy by a runaway horse, and each young lady sustained very painful injuries.
They were driving leisurely along Taylor street shortly after 6 o'clock, when a negro boy rode up behind them at a rapid gait. The horse driven by the young ladies took fright at the negro's horse and ran away, kicking the buggy into splinters and throwing the occupants in a heap upon the ground.
Several ladies who witnessed the runaway went to the rescue, and Misses Cobb and Hawkins were given whatever attention could be rendered. Their injuries are quite painful, though in no wise serious, and each will be confined to the house for several days.

June 23, 1893
Besides knowing how to cut a porter-house steak or make a gin cocktail Si. Hawkins is a tip-top farmer, and on his farm two miles west of the city he has as fine cotton and corn as will be found in the county.
Last year he turned his attention to grape culture, and now has a fine vineyard consisting of half a dozen choice varieties. The vines, although but two years old, are heavily fruited and will yield the owner from five to six thousand pounds of lusious grapes this summer.
Already Mr. Hawkins has begun gathering the fruit and a day or two since brought in forty baskets weighing three pounds each, which he sold at good prices. He has orders ahead for a large quantity of fruit as fast as it ripens, and will make his vineyard a source of profit as well as pleasure.

June 25, 1893
Honor Roll
Fifth grade - ... Eva May Hawkins ...

July 1, 1893
Memorial Exercises Sunday
George F. Cooper Lodge, Knights of Pythias, will hold memorial services at Oak Grove Cemetery at 5 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, at which time a fitting tribute will be paid to the memory of deceased members of the order who have died within the past year. Those who were taken away by death are Dr. S.B. Hawkins ... and the tribute that will be paid these lamented ones will be beautiful and appropriate. Relatives of the deceased, visiting brethren and the public generally are respectfully invited to be present and witness the exercises.

August 25, 1893

A small fire occurred on McCoy hill, near the public school building yesterday morning. B.T. Hawkins' house and furniture were burned up. The House was in the Knoxville Building and Loan Association and was insured for $300 and valued at $600. The furniture was inured for $200. No one was at home but Hawkins, his wife having gone to Ellaville Sunday morning.

October 28, 1893
Neil Hawkins left yesterday for Louisville, Ky., where it is said he has been offered a position in a grocery store. "Tanner's" friends will wish him success in his new departure.

February 10, 1894
Ad for sale of home. Price? $5,000 - S.B. Hawkins Property

February 10, 1894
Chief Justice John W.A. Hawkins, of the good county of Webster, accompanied by the genial Dick Bell, was circulating in the city yesterday, looking after matters of business.

March 9, 1894
Col. and Mrs. S.H. Hawkins left yesterday for Dalton, Texas, where Colonel Hawkins was called by a telegram announcing the serious illness of a sister residing near that city.

March 10, 1894
The Harmless (?) little parlor rifle is getting in its little work according to contract, and the small boy is the sufferer. Three or four days ago Berner Solomon shot a hole in his foot with one of these guns, and yesterday afternoon Joe Hawkins, the little son of Col. E.A. Hawkins, accidentally shot himself in the shoulder. The wound is not at all serious, though quite painful, and the little fellow will be out again in a few days.

March 23, 1894
Col. and Mrs. S.H. Hawkins are expected home this morning from Georgetown, Texas, where they were called more than a week ago by the critical illness of Col. Hawkins' sister, who resided near that place. A telegram received here a day or two ago announced her death after an illness of several weeks.

May 17, 1894
Mr. and Mrs. T.N. Hawkes, Mrs. T.R. Slappey, Messrs. W.E. and Howell Elam made up a pleasant party that left yesterday for Bell's mill, in Webster county, on a fishing excursion. They are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. J.W.A. Hawkins.

May 26, 1894
Neal Hawkins dawned suddenly upon his friends here yesterday after an absence of several months. Neal is now a sure enough farmer, has a fine crop in Terrell county, is doing well and making money.

June 1, 1894
Will Hawkins left yesterday for Quitman, where he and Ben Campbell are whooping up the life insurance business. They will extend their operations into Florida in a few weeks.

October 12, 1894
Preston, Ba. Sept. 26, 1894
To Whom It May Concern: - This is to certify that James M. Meyers has been teaching school for the colored people of Webster county for the last five years and proved to be a very worthy colored man, and by his fidelity and gentlemenly deportment has won the esteem and confidence of all people of whom he has come in contact.
. . . T.J. Tharp, ordinary; J.W.A. Hawkins, N.R.J.P ...

December 11, 1894
Ad - S.B. Hawkins Property

December 21, 1894
By far the most delightful even of the social season here was the german danced on Friday evening at the Americus club. . . .
. . . Miss Charlie Wheatley with W.A. Hawkins . . . Miss Nannie Lou Hawkins and M.S. Harper . . . Miss Lucia Hawkins wtih C.S. Glover . . . Stags S.H. Hawkins, Jr. . . . Chaperones . . . Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Hawkins . . .

December 28, 1894
Miss Georgia Lee Hawkins returned home last night from Lucy Cobb college.

January 4, 1895
Death of a Good Woman
Mrs. Stacy Hawkins died at her home, ten miles west of the city, early this morning after an illness of some length. She had almost reached the allotted three score and ten, and nearly all of her long and useful life has been spent here. She is the mother of Messrs. C.C. and S.H.Harkins, Jr., of this city, besides several sons and daughters living in the country. She will be buried tomorrow in the cemetery at Friendship.

January 11, 1895
Ad - S.B. Hawkins Property

February 7, 1895
To Destroy A Landmark
One of the Oldest Residences in the City to be Torn Away
The sale of the residence of the late Dr. S.B. Hawkins may mean the early removal of one of the landmarks of Americus. For nearly forty years, perhaps, the old family residence has stood in the center of the beautiful oak grove on Church street, but it may soon be obliterated to give place for two handsome residences shortly to be built upon the lot. The purchasers of the property, Messrs. R.E. Allison and George A. McNeal, of this city, expect to begin building at an early date. The price paid for the property was $2,050.

April 28, 1895
The new residence of Mr. R.E. Allison on the Hawkins property, Church street, is being pushed towards completion, and will be among the prettiest in that portion of the city.

June 13, 1895
Mr. E.A. Hawkins, Jr, of Galveston, Tex., who has recently been admitted to the bar in that city, has entered the law department of the University of Virginia for a summer course. Mrs. Hawkins accompanied him to Virginia, and after the completion of his course they will visit Mr. Hawkins parents in Americus before returning to their Texas home.

June 14, 1895
Si Hawkins who has been seriously ill for several days expects to leave in a day or two for New York where he will place himself under the treatment of a specialist.

June 16, 1895
A case that appeals strongly for shotgun vaccination was reported to the police yesterday morning. About midnight on the evening previous a little daughter of Mr. C.J. Hawkins was awakened by a strange noise, and beheld a man groping about the room. Her screams aroused her sister who was sleeping by her side, and at the outcry of both the intruder beat a hasty retreat. The identity of the midnight prowler, who was a white man, is not known, and for his safety had best not be discovered.

June 18, 1895
Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Glover will remove today to the handsome new residence on Church street, occupying a part of the S.B. Hawkins property. The house is just completed and is one of the prettiest in the city.

August 27, 1895
Willis Hawkins left a day or two since for Galveston, Texas, where he will engage in business.

September 22, 1895
Gus Hawkins, a worthy negro living in the 15th district of Sumter, is the latest victim of a rattlesnake's bite. Early Friday morning, Hawkins, with other negroes, was going to the cotton field for the day's work. Hawkins walked in front of the others and accidentally stepped upon a large rattlesnake lying in the path. The snake struck the negro on his bare foot and turning struck the man immediately behind Hawkins. The first bite was fatal, Hawkins dying in an hour in great agony. The foot of the second negro bitten has swollen to an immense size, but he is not yet dead. The snake escaped.

December 7, 1895
Another Happy Marriage
Will be the Nuptials of Miss Mary Murphey and Mr. C.C. Hawkins
The approaching marriage of Miss Mary Murphey and Mr. C.C. Hawkins has been announced and the happy event is pleasantly anticipated by the many friends of this popular couple. The nuptials will be solemnized at the residence of the bride's brother, Mr. W.E. Murphey, on Brooklyn Heights, at 5 o'clock on the afternoon of the 19th inst. in the presence of numerous relatives and friends of the contracting parties. Afterwards the young couple will be "at home" to their friends at the handsome residence of Mr. Hawkins on Taylor street, Rees Park.

December 20, 1895
A Pretty Home Wedding
Nuptials of Mr. C.C. Hawkins and Miss Mary Murphey Yesterday
The beautiful home of Mr. Walter E. Murphey, on Brooklyn Heights, was the scene of a very happy occasion yesterday afternoon, is being the marriage of his sister, Miss Mary Murphey, to Mr. C.C. Hawkins. The spacious parlors were tastefully decorated, while the soft light of many gas jets added to the brilliancy of the surroundings. At 5 o'clock, in the presence of numerous relatives and friends, Rev. Dr. John B. Turpin performed the beautiful ceremony they made them one for all time. After congratulations had been extended the guests partook of a very tempting collation, and at 6 o'clock Mr. and Mrs. Hawkins were driven to their pretty residence on Taylor street where an informal reception was held last evening.

January 24, 1896
Will Be Given The Checks
Among the list of indigent soldiers of Sumter were four names, those of Messrs. George E. Clarke, B.F. Matthews, W.J. Hawkins and S.J. Griffin, whose claims, upon recommendation of the grand jury ws held up for the further investigation.

February 29, 1896
At Justice's Shrine
Plead the Champions of Law and Statues
Legal Lights
E.A. Hawkins
The gentleman under notice, E.A. Hawkins, is a son of the late Judge W.A. Hawkins, and ex-judge of the supreme court of the state of Georgia and one of the most successful and prominent lawyers in the state. Judge Hawkins was among the brightest lights in the legal profession and one of the best read men in this section of Georgia. E.A. Hawkins in many respects bears those noble characteristic traits so prominent in his father.
Mr. Hawkins was born in Starkville, Lee county, March 21, 1850. When he was but four years old his parents removed to Americus, where young Hawkins was reared and partly educated. The rudiments of an education were obtained at private school in this city and completed at the University of Georgia, at Athens, he attending the literary department three years lacking a couple of months.
Mr. Hawkins commenced the practice of law under his father and was admitted to the bar in April, 1872. He immediately engaged in the practice of his father and practiced with him until his death in 1886, excepting during the time in which Judge Hawkins occupied a place on the supreme bench. Since 1886 Mr. Hawkins has practiced by himself and enjoys a large clientage, besides being division counsellor for the G. & A. Ry.

April 17,1896
A Very Rare Old Book
There is a book in Americus that is worth over fifty dollars. it is a book of rare historical value, and there are scarcely any more like it. It is Watkins' Digest of old Georgia laws up to 1800. It contains the "Yazoo Fraud Act," and is the only book published that does.
The state of Georgia once ordered that every lawbook containing this act should be burned, and any lawyer who should over afterwards carry a lawbook to court containing the "Yazoo Fraud Act" should be fined for contempt.
All but a very few copies were in this way destroyed. Old Judge Kent McKay kept his copy and it afterwards fell into the hands of Judge Willis A. Hawkins, and is now owned by Col. E.A. Hawkins who prized it both on account of its association and its rarity.
Not long since Mr. Hawkins was offered a good sum for it by a gentleman who wanted it for the Library of Congress. But the book is an heirloom and will remain in the Hawkins family for the present. It is very interesting on account of the old Indian treaties it like wise contains.

May 1, 1896
Will Remove To Atlanta
Mr. W.E. Hawkins will Engage in Business There Shortly
Some time since the Times-Recorder announced that Mr. Will E. Hawkins had accepted a very desirable position with the Aetna Life Insurance Co., with headquarters in Alanta, and would leave shortly for that city. Mr. Hawkins has just completed all arrangements to that end, and will leave this week with his family to make his home there. Both Mr. and Mrs. Hawkins have a large circle of friends here who will deeply regret their removal from Americus.

May 28, 1896
Willis Hawkins returned home yesterday from Galveston, Tex., on a vacation of two months. He has a position with a large cotton exporting from of that city.

June 19, 1896
Many of Americus' bright you men are returning home from the various colleges ... Mr. Sam Hawkins, Jr., is at home from the University of Virginia ...

June 26, 1896
Carl, the little five year old son of Mr. C.C. Hawkins, fell from his bed night before last, breaking his collar bone on the right side. The little fellow had been tossing about from the extreme heat, when he fell from his bed.

July 24, 1896
While fishing near the Central railroad trestle Jesse Hawkins "hung" some weighty object, and upon making an examination was surprised to find it a package of jewelry. He came post haste to the city and delivered the package to Officer Feagin, who at once recognized the articles as those stolen from Mrs. Adams residence.

August 22, 1896
It is learned that Col. S.H. Hawkins, who recently leased his handsome home to Dr. Darby, to be converted into a sanitarium, will occupy the new residence of his son, Mr. W.E. Hawkins, on College street, removing thereto next week.

September 22, 1896
The many Americus friends of Mr. Eugene A. Hawkins, Jr., who for several years has been a resident of Galveston, Texas, will heartily congratulate him upon his nomination as member of the general assembly on the sound money ticket. Mr. Hawkins is a young man of brilliant attainments and is making his mark in the Lone Star state.

January 15, 1897
Neal Hawkins is Examined for Lunacy Yesterday
A writ of lunacy was sworn out yesterday against Neal Hawkins, and after a thorough examination before a jury in the court of ordinary he was adjudged insane and will be committed to the asylum at once. Whiskey caused the downfall of this young man, and the hope is expressed that under the careful treatment he will receive at the asylum reason will soon be restored.

January 16, 1897
The S.B. Hawkins Residence Has a Close Call From the Flames.
The residence of the late Dr. S.B. Hawkins, on Church street, narrowly escaped destruction yesterday morning. While exercising two of the department horses on Lamar street Fireman Granberry discovered a blaze on the roof of the kitchen adjoining the residence, and immediately gave the alarm. Within two minutes the fire trucks were upon the scene, and the flames quickly extinguished. The residence is occupied by Messrs. W.H. Howard and George McNeal, neither of whom suffered greatly by the fire. The damage to building and contents will scarcely exceed fifty or sixty dollars.

February 25, 1897
E.A. Hawkins, Jr. Presents a Silver Service to the Battleship Texas
The Galveston News of 20th inst. comes to us with a most extensive and brilliant account of the ceremonies attending the presentation of the silver service to the big battleship "Texas." The occasion was one of great pomp, and will long be remembered, for the Gulf city was the scene of an imposing assemblage of prominent and distinguished men and women throughout the state, and all Galveston was in holiday at tire. The presentation of the silver service was made by Governor Culberson in the presence of 10,000 people and perhaps no former occasion in the state was more enjoyed.
But upon this great event in the far distant West there appeared a young orator - a Georgian - yes a son of Americus who, took won his spurs, reflecting honor upon himself, the state of his adoption and dear old Georgia. This young man was Col. E.A. Hawkins, Jr. who only a brief season past was a frolicaome boy among us, but now ranks a prominent young lawyer of Galveston.
Col. Hawkins was selected by the Sydney Sherman Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas at Galveston to present the smaller silver service to the big battleship, donated by that chapter.
The young Georgian was given a most cordial reception as he arose and faced the vast throng facing him. His speech was a clear cut, scholarly production and delivered in an eloquent style, so says the News, which publishes it in toto.
Col. Hawkins showed a marked knowledge of the history of the great state. His tribute to the womanhood of the Lone Star State was simply perfect in its distinctive beauty. His address ws pronounced one fo the best delivered on this national day, and The Times Recorder extends the heartiest congratulations to our talented friend now across the border. May his name one day be written Governor Hawkins of Texas, and who knows but what it will. His Americus friends are happy over his success and will hear with pride on his triumphs.
He is a worth descendant of his distinguished grandfather, Judge Willis A. Hawkins, and his able father, Col. Eugene A. Hawkins, of Americus.

April 2, 1897
Neil Hawkins, who has been under treatment in Milledgeville for two or three months, returned here yesterday. His general condition appears very much improved.

May 5, 1897
Several sales of realty were made before the courthouse yesterday, as a rule figures being quite satisfactory. The Hawkins residence, corner of Church and Hampton streets, was purchased by Mr. Charles Huntington for $2,600, though this was perhaps a low figure for the property.

Mr. S. B. Hawkins
A Sketch of this enterprising and progressive young gentleman will be found on Page 2.

July 22, 1897
S.B. Hawkins
Wholesale and Retail Butcher
In reviewing the staunch _____ houses in Americus, prominent at mention should be made of the large and growing market business enjoyed by Mr. S.B. Hawkins, as his is the largest and best in this line.
Mr. Hawkins has been in Americus for nearly thirty five years, seventeen of which he has spent in the butcher business, starting on a very small scale, he has by constant attention to business and looking carefully to the wants of the people, built up a very large and paying business.
He has his own cold storage, and does a very large shipping business especially of sausage, which he makes a specialty of. His meats are always the best and freebest to be had, and he caters to the best trade only.
Mr. Hawkins is a familiar figure in Americus, everyone knows "Si" as his friends know him and to know is to like him.

August 17, 1897
Knew Not Life's Sorrows
The friends of Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Hawkins sympathize deeply with them in the loss of their little babe, Christine, which was called to heaven Sunday evening. The precious little one was but ten months old, and fell asleep before tasting of life's joys and sorrows. The funeral services took place yesterday afternoon from the home of the parents on Brooklyn Heights.

December 17, 1897
Si Hawkins has received several flattering offers to go on the road, and may become a commercial evangelist. Si could sell anything from hoopskirts to holy water.

December 19, 1897
Judge Littlejohn to Hear Petition for Injunction
The petition for in junction filed some time since by S.H. Hawkins et al versus the Georgia & Alabama Railway, will be argued befroe Judge Littlejohn tomorrow. This proceeding was instituted by Col. S. H. Hawkins and Mrs. Hawkins some time ago, and quite recently a large number of citizens have joined the petitioners in so far as the removal of the general offices from Americus is concerned. This proceeding is based largely upon the contract between Col. Hawkins and promoters of the new company relative to the permanent location of the general offices here, though there are other grounds for the legal contest as well.

December 19, 1897
Misses Lucia and Mary Hawkins will return home from Lucy Cobb College Wednesday for the holidays.

February 4, 1898
Note: J.W.A. Hawkins applied for letters of dismission as administrator of S.B. Hawkins estate. Took 5 1/2 years to settle.

May 12, 1898
Webster Veterans Organize
A Flourishing Camp, a Basket Dinner and Reunion
Preston, Ga. May 11 - The ex-Confederate soldiers of Webster county met at the courthouse on Saturday and organized a camp. A good list of the names were enrolled and the following were elected: J.P. Beaty; 1st lieutenant W. M. Sears; 2nd lieutenant P.H. Spann, treasurer S.A. Goss; secretary R.A. Bell, surgeon Dr. G.S. Elliot; chaplain George W. Dillard; quartermaster, J.W.A. Hawkins.
The first Saturday in July was fixed as the day for the annual meeting of the camp.
It was proposed and agreed that at the first annual meeting on the first Saturday in July next we have a basket dinner in the camp and that all citizens of Preston and vicinity who desire to do so be invited to join us in making the day one of pleasure and social enjoyment to all. So bring along your big baskets, your wives and children, and make the old boys happy once more.
It is the purpose of the camp at the next meeting to try to make arrangements for every old veteran in the county who desires to do so to attend the reunion in Atlanta this year.
The following committee was appointed to enroll names in their respective districts and report to secretary at next meeting: W.M. Sears, H.M. Marshall, R.A. Bell, W.F. Spann and T.J. Stapleton.
During the progress of organization a telegram was received giving the details of Admiral Dewey’s crushing blow to the Spanish fleet, which caused quite a ripple of enthusiasm, showing very clearly that there is fire in the old “vets” yet.

May 20, 1898
Death of Neal R. Hawkins
After a brief illness, Neal R. Hawkins died yesterday afternoon shortly after 3 o'clock. The deceased was a son of the late Dr. S.B. Hawkins and was reared in this city. The funeral services will take place at Oak Grove cemetery at 4 o'clock this afternoon.

June 3, 1898
Fair Graduates of Lucy Cobb
The commencement exercises of Lucy Cobb college at Athens comes on apace, and among the fair graduates are Misses Lucia and Mary Hawkins, two of Americus' most charming, attractive and accomplished young ladies. In bearing off the second honor in a large class Miss Mary Hawkins will receive the congratulations of her many friends in Americus and throughout the state.

August 12, 1898
Col. E.A. Hawkins returned from Savannah yesterday, where he went to say goodbye to his son, Sergeant Willis Hawkins, of Company G, Col. Ray's regiment.

August 17, 1898
Master Robert Hawkins returned from Atlanta yesterday after spending several weeks with his sister, Mrs. W.E. Hawkins

October 14, 1898
Bankers May Fight a Duel
Atlanta, Oct 13 - A duel may be fought between J.T. Orme and Frank Hawkins, prominent bankers of this city, as a result of a quarrel they had at a hotel here. The trouble is said to have grown out of cards written during the recent primary, when Orme was a candidate for re-election as city treasurer. In their war of words Orme is said to have need very abusive language towards Hawkins and unless mutual friends interfere it is believed there will be further trouble.

May 4, 1899
Mr. J.W.A. Hawkins came over from Webster yesterday to see the returning veterans.

May 5, 1899
Lieut. Willis Hawkins, late of the Third Volunteer regiment, U.S.A. will leave in a few days for Houston, Texas, where he will reside and engage in business.

July 4, 1899
Justice Graham's court was only enlivened with one case yesterday. Wright Hawkins was before his honor for cow stealing. Hawkins was sent to jail in default of $250 bond. The case will be heard before the superior court. Hawkins stole the cow from his sister and the negro was making ready to leave town when the officers caught him trying to dispose fo the stolen cow.

July 7, 1899
Mr. Willis Hawkins returned home yesterday from Galveston, where he has been spending some time with his brother, Mr. Eugene A. Hawkins, Jr., of that city. Mr. Hawkins will take up the profession of law, and leaves in a few days to take a course in the law department of the University of Virginia.

July 29, 1899
Mr. Shelby Myrick, referee in bankruptcy, came up from Savannah yesterday and held a session of his court. The only case pending at this time was that of Mr. C.C. Hawkins, of Americus, this being the date set for the first meeting of creditors. None of these appeared, however, and Mr. Hawkins will, no doubt, soon receive his discharge.

August 3, 1899
Col. W.W. Hulbert, commander of the famous Doles-Cook Brigade, Confederate veterans, gives notice that a reunion of this gallant band of old warriors will be held in Atlanta during the second week of the State Fair, which opens October 18th. ...
Among the companies were the gallant old Sumter Light Guards of the Fourth regiment and the Muckalee Guards of the Twelfth, two of the half dozen companies from Americus that fought in the army of northern Virginia, the first under command of Captain William Johnson, and the latter of Captain Willis A. Hawkins. ...

August 20, 1899
Misses Lucia and Mary Hawkins are at home again after a week pleasantly spent at the home of Mr. J.W.A. Hawkins in Preston. (Note: These would be 1st cousins once removed.)

August 30, 1899
Results of Tuesday's Ballot
Outlook More Promising For Carnival Royalty.
... There's going to be a king and queen and the contest is now on. ...
Here is the standings of those balloted for last night: Miss Lucia Hawkins 16 ... Miss Georgia Lee Hawkins 13 ... Miss Nannie Lou Hawkins 4

October 18, 1899
A telegram from Atlanta yesterday morning announced the serious if not critical illness of Mrs. Eugene A. Hawkins, though as no later advices were received her many friends hope that a favorable change may have taken place. Mr. Hawkins has been by her bedside for several days, with other members of the family. All here united in the earnest wish for her speedily recovery.

October 31, 1899
Wedding a Happy Surprise
Mr. Killen and Miss Hawkins Marry
While The Latter Was Visiting Relatives In Atlanta. The News of the Nuptials Causes Pleasurable Surprise Among Friends.
Mr. J. T. Killen of Macon and Miss Georgia Lee Hawkins of Americus were united in marriage on Sunday Afternoon in Decatur, where Miss Hawkins had been for several days.
The announcement of the marriage of these well known and popular young people was somewhat in the nature of a surprise to their friends at home though not wholly unexpected, as it was known that they had long entertained a fondness for each other. Miss Hawkins went to Atlanta last week, where her mother is quite ill, and was joined by Mr. Killen on Saturday.
Sunday afternoon they went out for a drive in the direction of Decatur.
It was then that they determined to defer the happy hour no longer, and repairing to the residence of Rev. T.C. Betterson, pastor of First Methodist church, were quickly united in the holy and indissoluble bonds of matrimony.
There was no objection to their union, and the young people probably decided to throw a bit of romance into it and be married in the manner described. Upon returning home they received the hearty congratulations of relatives and friends, nor is there one who does not think and hope that their future will be fraught with every happiness and blessing that love can bestow.
Hundreds of friends here will extend sincerest congratulations.
The bride is the charming and talented daughter of Col. and Mrs. E.A. Hawkins, of Americus, and was ever since her debut a social favorite here. Mr. Killen formerly lived in Americus but is now a well known young merchant of Macon, being a member of the Union Dry Goods Co. of that city.

November 17, 1899
The many friends of Mrs. Eugene A. Hawkins will be pleased to learn that her condition has improved somewhat and that she will return to her home today. While upon a visit in Atlanta several weeks ago Mrs. Hawkins was taken suddenly and dangerously ill, and has since been there. Her family and friends have waited upon her recovery with much anxiety, and it is hoped that in her own beautiful home here she will improve more rapidly.

November 19, 1899
Cases In Bankrupt Court
... The case of Col. S.H. Hawkins, which had attracted so much attention, was set for a hearing again, and the bankrupt was examined for the second time. Col. Hawkins submitted to the court a sworn statement in writing, which touched upon his dealings with his wife and his indebtedness to her for the past thirty years. This statement was very explicit, and was regarded as somewhat of a knockout blow to the attorneys who are proceeding against him.
A very voluminous record of the testimony of the bankrupt was submitted to the court for approval. It is understood that this will be used against him in further proceedings, and possibly in cases that have been instituted against him in the state courts.

November 19, 1899
A Marriage Next Wednesday
Nuptials of Miss Hawkins and Mr. Sheffield Announced
Col. and Mrs. Eugene A. Hawkins have announced the marriage of their daughter, Miss Mary Hawkins, to Mr. John Sheffield on Wednesday morning next, 22nd. The nuptials of these very popular and prominent society young people had been pleasantly anticipated among their numerous friends for some time past and was to have been an elaborate affair but for the recent very serious illness of Mrs. Hawkins. This necessitated a change in the plans and the wedding will be a very quiet home one witnessed only the relatives and immediate friends of the bride and groom. The marriage rites will be solemnized by Rev. J.L. McCleskey, and uncle of the bride, and immediately thereafter Mr. and Mrs. Sheffeld will start for Florida upon a bridal tour of some length.

November 23, 1899
Beneath Canopy Of Flowers
Two Lives Were Linked Together Yesterday
At 11 o'clock yesterday morning a beautiful marriage ceremony took place at the home of Col. and Mrs. E.A. Hawkins, on Church street, which united Miss Mary Hawkins and Mr. John Sheffield. The rites were impressively solemnized by Rev. James R. McCleskey, of Carrollton, an uncle of the pretty bride.
On account of the popularity of Mr. Sheffield and Miss Hawkins the marriage had been pleasantly anticipated and was a notable event in society circles here.
Miss Hawkins, the bride, is considered one of the fairest of Georgia's daughters and her beauty and charming disposition has endeared her to a host of friends and admirers wherever she is known. And never did a bride appear more sublimely beautiful than did Miss Hawkins in her robes of white satin and chiffon with garniture of lace and orange blossoms.
And rarely has social Americus witnessed a prettier marriage.
There were no attendants, though her sisters, Mrs. J.T. Killen and Miss Lucia Hawkins, Mrs. Charles R. Crisp, sister of the groom, and Mrs. E.D. Sheffield stood with them.
The bride and groom stood beneath a floral bell exquisitely wrought in white chrysanthemums. The decorations in the parlor were elaborate and beautiful. Smilax was festooned in profusion everywhere while a wealth of chrysanthemums were banked in parlors and alcove. Rare Potted plants, palms, and roses lent beauty and fragrance to this festive scene.
At 12:30 o'clock Mr. and Mrs. Sheffield left for St. Augustine and other points of interest in Florida, where they will spend some time. The beautiful array of costly gifts gave evidence of the love and esteem in which the bride is held by her many friends, some coming from distant cities in this and other states.

November 26, 1899
The aldermanic race already grown interestingly, is made more so as each additional candidate announces. Elsewhere this morning will be found the formal announcement of Mr. C.C. Hawkins, and his friends have picked him as a winner. He is one of Americus' best known businessmen, careful and conservative, and in the event of his election will devote his best energies to a faithful discharge of public duty.

December 2, 1899
In Superior Court and the Finish Not Yet Reached.
The entire day in superior court was taken up yesterday in the trial of the case of Henry Talmadge & Co., of New York, versus S.H. Hawkins, defendant and Mrs. Hawkins claimant. Talmadge & Co., held a judgment against Col. Hawkins and some time since levied upon the beautiful Hawkins mansion on Lee street, Mrs. Hawkins filing a claim to the property. In the trial of the case yesterday, and after the charge of the court to the jury, Col. Hawkins and associate attorneys withdrew the claim, greatly to the surprise of all who had heard the evidence and argument during nearly two days. Upon this the attorneys for Talmadge & Co., asked for damages, and the verdict in the case is awaited with interest.

December 8, 1899
B.T. Hawkins, preacher, shoe maker, political worker, etc. etc, is still in the bastile, having failed to give a $500 bond under the charge of intimidated witnesses.

December 16, 1899
The jury in the case of B.T. Hawkins, the negro charged with having intimidated witnesses, returned a verdict of not guilty yesterday morning, to the surprise of many who heard the evidence adduced at the trial. Hawkins was greatly elated at thus having escaped a term in the penitentiary.

May 5, 1900
Pistol Shot Probably Fatal
Americus Young Man at Death's Door Therefrom
The news flashed here yesterday morning that Mr. Sam H. Hawkins, Jr. was lying at death's door in Charlotte, N.C. from a pistol wound in the head caused astonishment as well as deepest regret among relatives and friends, none of whom were prepared for such a blow.
Was it the result of accident or intentionally done, was a question asked a hundred times, but yet remained unanswered.
Mr. Hawkins holds the position of chief clerk to the district manager of the Southern Bell Telephone Co. at Charlotte, a lucrative and important one. That he should attempt to end his young life in the manner described in difficult to believe, yet this is discussed among some of his friends here, based upon the reports received yesterday.
If this be true, they asked, what induced him to do it?
Only meagre details of the terrible affair were received here. His parents, Col. and Mrs. S.H. Hawkins, left at once for Charlotte. Mr. W.E. Hawkins, of Atlanta, and Mr. Luther Hawkins of Savannah also hurried to his bedside.
Despite the terrible wound Mr. Hawkins remained rational throughout the day, though his physician expressed little hope of his recovery. It was said that a letter addressed to his mother had been found in his room which, if true, might lend color to the belief that the young man, in a fit of distraction, attempted his own life.
That he may yet be spared is the sincere wish of hundreds of his friends.

May 6, 1900
Funeral of Sam H. Hawkins
Young Man Died Yesterday From a Bullet Wound
From Charlotte, N.C. yesterday afternoon came the sad tidings that Mr. Samuel H. Hawkins, Jr. had passed away from the effects of the self-inflicted bullet wound, after lingering from more than twenty-four hours. His loved one were at the bedside when the end finally came.
Mr. Hawkins died at noon, and at once the sad news was sent here.
His brothers, Messrs. W.E. and L.M. Hawkins reached Charlotte Friday, Col. and Mrs. Hawkins arriving there yesterday morning. To his brothers he stated that the shooting was all blank to him and he remembered nothing of it. The letter found addressed to his mother told nothing of the motive prompting the terrible deed.
Mr. Hawkins was chief clerk to W.H. Speer, division superintendent for the Southern Bell Telephone Co. by whom he was held in high esteem during an association of several years.
Mr. Green can ascribe no cause whatever for the terrible deed.
The deceased was 25 years of age, a young man of high integrity, assidnous to duty and esteemed by everyone. He occupied a responsible business position, won by sheer merit, and a bright future lay before him. In his death his parents, sisters, and brothers have the sympathy of many friends in Americus and throughout the state.
The funeral services will take place at 4 o'clock this afternoon from the Hawkins home, conducted by Rev. S.C. Dean and Rev. R.L. Bivins. The pallbearers are: F.P. Harrold, C.M. Council, W.A. Hawkins, L.G. Council, M.S. Holliday, A.D. Gatewood, M.S. Harper and C.S. Glover.

June 9, 1900
Mrs. Hawkins McMath, an estimable lady and former resident of Americus, died early yesterday morning at Coney, Ga., where the little family has resided for a while. Mrs. McMath was twenty-three years old, and besides a grief stricken husband, leaves a little babe of six weeks. The body was brought here yesterday, and in the afternoon was carried to Dawson for burial.

June 13, 1900
Enumerator J.W.A. Hawkins Has Filed His Report
The first of the 102 census enumerators in this District to complete his work and report to Mr. H. Wetteroth, supervisor of census, was Mr. J.W.A. Hawkins of Webster county. Mr. Hawkins sent his report here yesterday to Supervisor Wetteroth, having counted noses in his territory in nine days.

July 20, 1900
Mr. C.C. Hawkins purchased yesterday through Mr. J.B. Felder, real estate agent, the Hinkle plantation of 875 acres, lying on the Friendship road, three miles west of Americus.

September 14, 1900
They Survived The Disaster
Americus People in Galveston Weathered the Storm
Yesterday morning Col. E.A. Hawkins received a telegram from his son, E.A. Hawkins Jr., at Galveston, announcing the safety of himself and family from the terrific tornado that devastated the city Saturday night. Col. Hawkins was greatly relieved by the reception of the telegram, as he had naturally been very uneasy concerning the safety of his son and family. Mr. Hawkins said nothing about Messrs. Thad and Henry Glover, formerly of Americus but now residents of Galveston, which fact would indicate that they were safe, else he would have so stated.

April 26, 1901
Willis Hawkins left yesterday for Portsmouth, Va., to take a position in the clerical department of the Seaboard Railway.

May 17, 1901
Col. Hawkins has Paralysis
Aged Citizen Was Stricken Down Monday
Col. S. H. Hawkins suffered a stoke ___ paralysis shortly before 11 o'clock yesterday morning and while the ___ was not very severe his condition for a time was such as to cause ___ family some apprehension.
Last night he was more comfortable, ___ resting very well.
Col. Hawkins was feeling unwell on ___ at 7 o'clock yesterday, and went ___ to bed again only to rise at a later hour, possibly 10 o'clock, when he ___ better.
He was sitting at a table trying to write it is said, when he felt the stroke. Doctors Prather and Miller were summoned, and rendered the ______ required. It is not thought that his condition is serious.
Col. Hawkins has always enjoyed ___ best health, and his friends hope ______ he will soon recover entirely from _____ sudden illness.

May 17, 1901
The condition of Col. S.H. Hawkins was not as favorable yesterday as on the day previous, though his family were not inclined to feel apprehensive. His articulation was not as clear as before, while the effect of the recent paralytic stroke on his right side is still quite apparent. Col. Hawkins has always enjoyed robust health and his recuperative powers, wonderful in one of his age, will yet battle this trouble, it is hoped.

June 21, 1901
The friends of Col. S.H. Hawkins will be pleased to learn of his continued improvement which, though slow, gives evidence of permanency. ...

December 27, 1901
Of the many happy family reunions in Americus during the Christmastide none will be more enjoyable than that at the hospitable home of Col. and Mrs. E.A. Hawkins. Among their sons and daughters coming this week will be Mr. And Mrs. E.A. Hawkins, Jr., of Galveston; Mrs. and Mrs. J.T. Killen of Macon; Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Hawkins, of Atlanta, Mr. Willis Hawkins, Portsmouth, Va; Joe Hawkins, of Atlanta. Rev J.R. McCleskey, a brother of Mrs. Hawkins will also be their guest for several days this week.

March 7, 1902
Yesterday was legal sales day and several pieces of real estate, both in city and county, were sold before the courthouse. . . . The S.H. Hawkins residence, Lee and College streets, was the first place offered. This was upon proceedings instituted by the Southern Building & Loan Association. The property was bid in by the Planters Bank for $3,800. ...

July 11, 1902
This Marriage On Fifteenth
Nuptials of Miss Lucia L. Hawkins and Mr. C.J. White
Beautifully engraved invitations were sent out yesterday to the marriage of Miss Lucia Lamar Hawkins and Mr. Clarence Julian White, already announced. The marriage will occur on Tuesday evening July 15th at the residence of Col. and Mrs. Eugene Alston Hawkins, 903 Church street. This occasion, anticipated with much interest since announced two weeks ago, will be among the most brilliant of the summer season in Americus, where the fair bride-elect has long been a social queen and the center of a wide circle of admiring friends.

July 18, 1902
Mid Vines and Roses Love's Tie Is Fast
A Beautiful Marriage is Solemnized Last Night
Miss Hawkins and Mr. White
Ceremony Performed By the Bride's Uncle While Three Sisters Are the Bridesmaids - Leave Upon an Extended Wedding Tour
At the residence of the bride’s parents on Church street Miss Lucia Lamar Hawkins, daughter of Colonel and Mrs. Eugene Alston Hawkins, was wedded to Mr. Clarence Julian White, of Augusta, at 8:30 o’clock last evening in the presence of relatives of the handsome couple and quite a large assemblage of intimate friends.
The marriage vows were received by Rev. James R. McKlesky (Note: it’s really McCleskey), uncle of the bride, the ceremony being alike beautiful and impressive.
When the mellow strains of the wedding march, rendered by Profession Carl J. Schneider, announced the nuptial hour the matron of honor, Mrs. William E. Hawkins and two attendants, Mrs. J.T. Killen and Mrs. John Sheffield, all of them sisters of the bride, descended the broad stairway and entered the handsomely decorated double parlors.
They formed a charming groupe near the bay window where they were joined by the bride who entered upon the arm of her father. Mr. White entered accompanied by his best man, Mr. W.R. Dery, of Augusta.
The marriage party, half concealed by the superb decorations of palms and greens with a soft light shedding over all, made up a picture of surpassing loveliness.
The bride was attired in rich white lace over white taffeta with pearl trimmings, the bridal veil covering the entire suit. In her hand she bore an exquisite bouquet of rarest flowers. Since her debut Miss Hawkins has been noted for her beauty, but at the bridal alter she reached the climax of beautiful and lovely womanhood.
And it may well be said of her that “No Grecian chisel ere could trace a lovelier form or fairer face.”
She is not only one of the handsomest and most accomplished of Southern women, but one fo the most popular. Wherever she has visited social honors have been showered upon her, and her friends and admirers are to be found in every city in the state where she is known.
Mr. White, who has been so fortunate in claiming as his bride one of Americus’ fairest daughters, is a young business man of Augusta, though for a season past a resident of Americus where he has engaged in business. He is deservedly popular here as well as in his native city.
This home wedding, one of the most beautiful of the season in Americus, is one long to be remembered in the social realm.
The parlors, hallway and stairway were artistically decorated in greens sweet-scented flowers, ferns and palms. The altar was a canopy of vines and sprays of flowers artistically wrought by loving hands.
The bridal presents were costly and numerous, embracing finest pieces of cut glass, silver and other beautiful gifts which came from friends at home and abroad.
A sumptuous wedding menu was served in the prettily decorated dining room at 9 o’clock.
Mr. and Mrs. White left at 10 p.m., for the East, where they will spend some time, returning to Americus to reside at The Windsor. Mrs. White’s going away grown was of dark blue etamine. They will spend a week with relatives in Augusta while en route home after their bridal tour.
Americus has never witnessed a prettier home wedding, or has a young couple ever begun life together under brighter auspices.

August 1, 1902
Cotton Growing In Webster
The King is Doing Well But Corn Crop Poor
Mr. John W. A. Hawkins, one of Webster's successful farmers, was in Americus yesterday. Mr. Hawkins said that rains had been very partial and that while the cotton crop was doing well there would be comparatively little corn made. The long, dry weather wellnigh ruined the corn crop over there, Mr. Hawkins said, and he has already cut a quantity of his own corn for forage.

November 7, 1902
Col. Hawkins for Mayoralty
At Request of Many Friends He Enters Race
Additional interest is give thee municipal campaign in Americus by the announcement this morning of Col. Eugene A. Hawkins for the mayoralty. ... Col. Hawkins was born and reared in Americus; he is known by all men; his record is clean and unsullied, and his friends and voters generally will support him for this, the first public office for which he has ever offered at their hands.

November 28, 1902
Hawkins For Mayor; Result Is Close
For Mayor
Hawkins ..........329
Felder ..............265

December 26, 1902
Their Marriage Of Interest
Nuptials of Miss Hawkins and Mr. Hooks on 31st
Col. and Mrs. Samuel H. Hawkins announce the engagement of their daughter, Nannie Lou, to Mr. Thomas Bardwin Hooks, the marriage to occur on Wednesday evening, 31st, inst, at their residence on Lee street. The approaching nuptials of Miss Hawkins and Mr. Hooks will be of interest in Americus and throughout the state. The bride elect is one of the most cultured and charming young women and has ever been a favorite in society circles here. Mr. Hooks is an extensive and successful planter and one of the most progressive young business men of southwestern Georgia. Hundreds of friends here are reserving sincere congratulations.

January 23, 1903
Plains, Ga. Jan. 20th - We announce with regret the death of Mr. Jack Hawkins, one of Sumter's farmers residing near here. He died at his home Saturday. The funeral services were held at Providence Church Sunday.

January 30, 1903
Charles J. Hawkins was on yesterday made assistant superintendent of waterworks by appointment ...

March 20, 1903
Mr. S.B. Hawkins is reported quite ill at his home here, the result of a stroke of paralysis. His condition was more comfortable last night, and as the stroke was not a very severe one, his friends trust that, with his robust constitution, he will soon recover. (Note: This would be S.B. Jr, the son of Dr. S.B. Hawkins)

October 2, 1903
Mr. C.C. Hawkins purchased yesterday the Dowdle farm of 1,012 acres, seven miles east of Americus. The farm is quite a valuable one and at the price paid for it Mr. Hawkins secured a good property and a safe investment.

January 1, 1904
Miss Annie Cosby and Mr. J.R. Stovall were quietly married Wednesday evening, 23rd, at 9 o'clock by Mr. J.W. Hawkins at the residence of Mr. W.H. Cosby, the bride's father.

March 4, 1904
Mr. John W.A. Hawkins, of Webster, who was injured a few days since in being run over by a horse, still suffers greatly from a broken limb. Mr. Hawkins was turning the animal out of the stable when he was run over and knocked down. One leg was severely fractured and he may yet be confined to his bed many weeks. His many Americus friends deeply regret his injury.

March 18, 1904
Richland, Ga., March 14 - The dead body of Mattie Hawkins, negro, was found this morning in a gully one-half mile from town. ... John Bryant, her husband, has been arrested for the crime. ...

June 17, 1904
All Americus is interested in the commencement exercises of the public schools ... The members of the class 1904 are ... Blanche Hawkins ...Robert Hawkins ...

September 23, 1904
Messrs Robert and Sion Hawkins ... leave today for Athens to enter the State University. (Note: These would be the sons of Eugene Alston Hawkins)

November 11, 1904
Miss Hawkins and Mr. Dykes to Wed Shortly
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel H. Hawkins announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Agnes Hawkins to Mr. William W. Dykes, the marriage to occur on the evening of Wednesday November 23rd at their residence on lee Street. This announcement will be received with pleasurable interest in Americus, the social prominence of the bride and groom-elect rendering the event one to be anticipated with no little pleasure among a hose of admiring friends. The wedding will be a quiet but pretty and interesting home affair, witnessed by relatives and immediate friends of Miss Hawkins and Mr. Dykes.

November 25, 1904
The marriage last evening of Miss Agnes Hawkins and Mr. William W. Dykes was solemnized at the residence of the bride's parents, Col. and Mrs. Samuel Hugh Hawkins, and no more beautiful home wedding has been witnessed in Americus during the season.
Only relatives and immediate friends attended the marriage.
Rev. Luther G.H. Williams, rector of Calvary Church, officiated the handsome couple making the vows as required by the ever beautiful service of the Episcopal church.
Miss Hawkins wore a wedding gown of white Jap silk and carried bride roses. she was attended by her sister, Miss Eva Hawkins, who wore a handsome costume of hand made white silk, carrying a bouquet of roses.
Mr. G.W. Dykes, brother of the groom, was best man of the occasion, entering the beautifully decorated parlor with the maid of honor.
After the marriage service a very elaborate menu was served.
The bride is one of Americus's most cultured and charming young women and universally admired in society circles here. Mr. Dykes is a prominent and successful young attorney who has long since won for himself an enviable place at the bar.
Many handsome testimonials of esteem in cut glass and silver evidenced the popularity of the young couple. Mr. and Mrs. Dykes will reside with Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Kiker.

December 30, 1904
The beautiful residence of Hon. E.A. Hawkins was the scene of a delightful reception on Christmas day .....This Christmas company was made up of Col. and Mrs. E.A. Hawkins, Sr.; Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Hawkins, Jr; E.A. Hawkins, No.3, Galveston, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. E. Hawkins, Misses Helen Hawkins, Mary Hawkins, Elizabeth Hawkins, Atlanta; Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Killen, J.T. Killen, Jr., Macon; Mr. and Mrs. John Sheffield, Miss Mary Sheffield, Miss Elizabeth Sheffield, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence J. White, C.J. White, Jr, Willis A. Hawkins, Robert Toombs Hawkins, Sion B. Hawkins, Harry M. Hawkins, Ben Hollis Hawkins, Americus; Joseph W. Hawkins, Atlanta ...

January 27, 1905
... In the first instance Mr. John T. Taylor purchased the beautiful S.H. Hawkins residence ... Col. Hawkins recurred something like the sum of $8,000 for his home, one of the old ante-bellum residences of Americus ...

February 10, 1905
Mrs. Mamie Jones sold yesterday to Col. S.H. Hawkins the two-story residence on Hampton street next to the home of Mr. Sam R. Sims, which Col. Hawkins and family will occupy as a home shortly.

March 10, 1905
Mrs. Harper Hawkins, of Sumter, has been visiting her parents Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Lane for the past week.

May 5, 1905
After the Refusal
Forsgood - Do you think you have been fair to me, Miss Hawkins? Miss Hawkins - You have said so all along. You called me the fairest of my sex only five minutes ago.

May 19, 1905
Their Marriage In Junetime
Miss Hawkins and Rev. J.L. Irvin to Wed Then
Colonel and Mrs. Samuel H. Hawkins announced the engagement of their daughter Miss Eva May Hawkins to Rev J. Logan Irvin, the marriage to take place early in June. The prominence of both bride and groom - prospective renders the announcement of their engagement a subject of much social interest, and the occasion of their marriage will be anticipated here with no small degree of pleasure.

June 2, 1905
United In Paying A Last Sad Tribute
Funeral of col. Samuel H. Hawkins
First Baptist in Afternoon
Citizens of Americus to Pay Fitting Tribute to One Whose Energies Were Ever Directed in the Material Upbuilding of this Section.
The funeral of Col. Samuel H. Hawkins was conducted Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock from First Baptist church, and an entire community united in paying tribute to the memory of one whose life work has been well performed and now he is at rest.
The labors of three score years and ten are ended; the massive frame, the giant brain of a man truly great is stilled, and the curtain falls upon a grand career ended.
Such can be said in all truth of Col. S.H. Hawkins.
Death has thus removed from the sphere of action here one of the most remarkable men of this day; a man of iron will, yet possessing the gentleness of a woman, a man of unflinching courage; lion-hearted by nature, yet the soul of chivalry, ever.
He was a man of firm convictions and with the courage to uphold them under any and all circumstances. This was one of the strongest characteristics marking his career.
Than col. Hawkins, no man is south Georgia was better known.
While he never sought public office, although often importuned to do so, his advice upon matters of state and finance was considered of greatest value and was well combined with his own personal efforts in the upbuilding of this city and section.
For, than he, no one ever did more towards the development and substantial upbuilding of south Georgia. His great mind conceived possibilities over-looked by all others.
In agriculture, in finance and commerce his efforts were crowned with success.
He it was with unflagging energy and in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, builded a magnificent railway system from Montgomery to the sea, and thus gave to the South one of her greatest arteries of transportation. This, today, is his monument.
What Georgian has reared one grander or more enduring?
His best energies were ever bonded for the advancement of his city and section, and in the evening of a well spent life he could indeed look back upon duty well performed.
Col. Hawkins was born in Sumter county, near Americus, and nearly all the years of his long and eventful life were spent here. He was a very active man, and even until the moment when the brittle cord was snapped he retained to the fullest his facilities.
In war, as in peace, he was brave and courageous, serving through the four bitter years of civil strife as first lieutenant of Company G, Second Georgia cavalry, C. S. A.
In the home circle he was over the true and devoted husband and father. In his church he was a tower of strength, and for half a century has been one of its most consistent members, a safe leader and ever a wise counselor and friend.
Truly can it be said, a great and good man has fallen, and an entire city mourns his loss.
Col. Hawkins is survived by his devoted wife, three sons, W.E., Luther and Herbert Hawkins, and four daughters, Mrs. T.F. Gatewood, Mrs. T.B. Hooks, Mrs. W.W. Dykes and Miss Eva Hawkins.

June 16, 1905
Wedding Is A Quiet Occasion
Nuptials of Mr. J.L. Irvin and Miss Eva May Hawkins
The marriage of Miss Eva may Hawkins and Rev. John Logan Irvin was solemnized at 8 o’clock last evening at the residence of the bride’s mother, Mrs. Cordelia A.D. Hawkins, on Hampton Street. Rev R.L. Bivins of Furlow Lawn Baptist church received the vows of the handsome young couple, only relatives and a very few immediate friends witnessing the impressive service. Owing to the recent bereavement, the wedding originally planned for a church affair, was entirely changed, but was beautiful in its quiet simplicity and impressiveness. Mr. and Mrs. Irvin left by the Central train last night for Louisville to visit his parents at the old family homestead, and will return to Americus in about three weeks. The bride is one of the most cultured, charming and altogether superior young women in Americus, and is loved alike for her many graces and strong personality. As pastor of the Presbyterian church here Mr. Irvin has long since endeared himself to the entire people of Americus, whose best wishes will ever attend him.

September 8, 1905
Mr. Luther Hawkins, formerly of Americus and for several years manager for the Bell Telephone Co., at Augusta, was in the city yesterday. Mr. Hawkins has been promoted to the position of manager at Birmingham, Ala, and is now en route to that city.

June 22, 1906
Yesterday - forty-five years ago, June 20th, 1861, the Mackalee Guards marched from Americus to join the Confederate armies in Virginia. Old veterans of the command recalled yesterday the stirring event. The company, about 117 strong, was drawn up in front of the wooden hotel, where Holliday's bookstore now stands, and where the commander, Captain Willis A. Hawkins, addressed soldiers and citizens. ...

July 6, 1906
The Americus friends of Mr. Luther Hawkins will be interested in knowing that his return here a few days ago will be permanent. Mrs. Hawkins will be interested with the Chambliss Warehouse Co., in the mercantile and general supply department. ...

August 31, 1906
Gainesville, Ga., Aug. 27 - Fred Hawkins, a son of Jerry Hawkins, a prominent and influential farmer of the Dade district, has been arrested by Sheriff Crow, of Gainesville, on the strength of the post mortem statement of the murdered man, Henry E. Cagle. Hawkins claims that he can prove an alibi. The murdered man was considered a leader in his community and the residents are highly incensed over the strocious crime. ... (Also more on this in 9/21/1906 paper page 8)

October 5, 1906
Eugene A. Hawkins is Again Elected
... And the result was the re-election of Mayor Hawkins ...

November 2, 1906
Gainesville, Ga., Oct. 24 - Before Judge J.J. Kemsey, at chambers in Gainesville, counsel for Fred Hawkins, convicted of the assassination of Henry E. Cagle ... "Fred Hawkins, declaring his innocence of the charge of killing Henry E. Cagle, and yet being unable at the present time to prove his innocence, withdraws his motion for a new trial."

December 21, 1906
Girls and boys at College
... Sion Hawkins .. from State University, ... Harry Hawkins ... from Gordon Institute.

May 10, 1907
Mrs. Alma C. Hill of Bronwood and Mrs. J.W.A. Hawkins of Preston are guests of Mrs. T.N. Hawkes (Mrs. Hill and Mrs. J.W.A. were aunts of Mrs. T.N.)

June 7, 1907
Willis Hawkins is still confined to his home as the result of the serious accident sustained while bathing at Holly Springs recently.

Miss Tommie Hawkins was carried to Milledgeville yesterday, where it is hoped the treatment accorded will restore health and mind.

July 12, 1907
Hon. Eugene A. Hawkins
City’s Popular and Able Chief Executive Who Has Done so Much to Promote Her Prosperity

That the financial condition of the City of Americus is in the condition that it is today is due more to the skillful guidance of its affairs by Mayor Eugene Alston Hawkins than to any other single cause.
In that quiet, unostentatious, but none the less effective, manner that marks all of his work, professional political, public and private Mayor Hawkins has directed, controlled, and supervised the municipal affairs of Americus during the past four and a half years, raising them to a higher plane of efficiency, but at the same time keeping their expenses well within the finances of the city, paying off the heavy floating debt that was in existence when he became the city’s chief executive, and establishing for Americus a credit second to that of none of the other small cities of the state.
The financial condition that existed when he assumed the mayoralty is well known to citizens generally. Conditions inimical to the prosperity of the town had resulted in demoralization of the city’s business affairs. Mayor Hawkins, by his intelligent and careful management of the responsibilities entrusted to him, has placed the city in a position of which its citizens can be proud.
That they have fully appreciated his work has been shown in his re-election twice for the office he now fills.
Mayor Hawkins has never been an officer seeker or politician in the sense those words are generally used. There is no doubt that he could have enjoyed ample evidence of the confidence his fellow citizens have in his ability and integrity by elevation to other public offices if he had sought them.
The positions he has held have been those in which he could best serve the people of Americus at home. As an alderman, member of the Board of Education, City Attorney and Mayor he has always been marked by the same quiet, persistent, painstaking devotion to duty that has worked out very beneficial results to the people of the city as a whole.
Mayor Hawkins was born in Lee County, on March 21, 1850. His father, Hon. Willis Alston Hawkins, was colonel of the Twelfth Georgia Regiment during the Civil War. He was one of the most prominent attorneys of Southwestern Georgian for many years, and in 1880 was elevated to the Supreme Court of the State. His mother, nee Terinda Smith, was a native of Southwestern Georgia.
From both father and mother the future mayor of Americus inherited those sterling traits of character that have marked his life.
When Mayor Hawkins was but four years of age his father removed to Americus. Here he was education in part, going for some time to the famous old school at Magnolia Springs, Capt. Patterson’s Academy. For a time he was also a student at Heard’s Academy in August.
In 1867 he entered the University of Georgia. Three months before graduation time he was married to Miss Mary McCleskey, of Athens and returned to Americus to study law with his father. He was admitted to practice while the court was in session at Lee county, and at once became associated with his father in the practice of his profession, remaining with him except during the period Judge Hawkins was on the bench, until the father’s death on November 28, 1886.
Since then he has followed his profession by himself, building up one of the finest practices in this section of Georgia.
For fifteen years he labored zealously as a member of the Board of Education to advance the school interests of Americus. For a number of years he gave the city faithful and valuable service as its attorney. As an Alderman he studied the needs of the city, acquainting himself with the workings of its departments and its finances, so that when elected to the mayoralty in December, 1902, he entered on his discharge of the important duties entrusted to him thoroughly prepared to handle them to the satisfaction of his fellow citizens.
In 1904 he was re-elected without opposition, and in 1906 was again assured of the confidence of the people by his election for a third term.
Mayor Hawkins has a beautiful home on Church Street. With a large circle of congenial friends, devoted to his family, finding in his profession a congenial and absorbingly interesting life work, enjoying the esteem of the entire community, his career is one that is satisfactory to contemplate and apparently holds much more in store that will be of value to the public in whose service he has already given so much that is enduring worth.

August 30, 1907
Senator H.S. Lee and Mrs. Lee will come from Brunswick this week to occupy permanently their beautiful residence in Americus "Dearing Manor" formerly the S.H. Hawkins home and one of the most beautiful in souther Georgia. ...

October 18, 1907
Si Hawkins arrayed in purple and fine linen, rode away on the train yesterday. Is it possible that Si will bring Maud back?

February 21, 1908
Mr. Herbert Hawkins has come from Kansas upon a visit of two weeks to his mother, Mrs. C.A.D. Hawkins, brother and sisters here.

August 7, 1908
Preston - Mr. Cy Carter of Fitzgerald, came up Saturday to join his wife, who is visiting Mr. and Mrs. J.W.A. Hawkins

September 18, 1908
Seven sturdy young fellows all Americus boys and as bright as seven newly coined dollars, are going this week to Stone Mountain Institute for boys, near Atlanta ... Carl Hawkins ...

October 22, 1908
Application for Charter
... The petition of J.C. Carter, C.C. Hawkins, R.E. McNulty, F.W. Griffin, J. William Walker ....the purchase, sale and manufacture of milk, cream, butter and other daily products. ... "Americus Creamery Company" ...

December 24, 1908
Preston - Among the other boarders at the hotel now are Mr. and Mrs. J.W.A. Hawkins who moved in Monday. (Note: This would be 12/21/1908 they moved in town.)

December 31, 1908
Mayor Hawkins Has Made Fine Record
Col. E.A. Hawkins, who laid down the scepter as Mayor of Americus on Wednesday night, has filled the office for three terms in succession. He was first elected in 1902, then in 1904 and again in 1906.
During his incumbency, May Hawkins has made a most excellent record. One of the most important movements inaugurated by him was the setting aside of a sinking fund to retire the bonds. In the years of his regnancy the bonded debt has been reduced from $141,000 to $112,500 with some $10,000 in the hands of the bond commission for this purpose, the price fo the bonds in the market being so high that it was considered better policy to wait to purchase until nearer their maturity.
Along with the reduction in the bonded debt, has come a material reduction in the amount of interest, which payment has been cut nearly in half.
When Mayor Hawkins went into office, streets in the residence section were without paved sidewalks, this luxury being available only in the business section. The amount spent in this way has steadily increased until for the last fiscal year it was the largest in the history of the municipality. The city has made great strides in size and beauty as well.
Another improvement was in the employment of a better method of keeping accounts, which has simplified the books of the city to a large extent and made information readily available. The city waterworks have also been enclosed and the wells protected.
Being a leading member of the bar, Col. Hawkins has been able to keep the city within safe channels at all times. His administration could be fairly described as a conservative one. Having served the people for three terms, he did not care to stand for reelection, a determination which his friends learned months before the election, and his name was not urged for the position.
Col. Hawkins will devote all of his time to the law, his practice being large and lucrative. In retiring to private life col. Hawkins carries with him the esteem of his fellow citizens, and a consciousness that he has administered the affairs of the city in a manner acceptable to the people.

March 18, 1909
Mr. C.C. Carter, of Fitzgerald, came up to Preston Wednesday on a visit to Mr. and Mrs. John Hawkins and other relatives here.

May 20, 1909
Death Follows Long Illness
Mr. Alma Hill of Terrell County Passes Away
Relatives in Americus were apprised Tuesday of the death of Mr. Alma Hill, the end coming the evening previous at his home near Bronwood and following an illness of many months. Mr. Hill was one of south Georgia’s prominent and esteemed citizens and man of affairs in his county and vicinity. He was a son of the late Judge Eli Hill, a pioneer citizen of south Georgia and one fo the prominent men of his day. Mr. Alma Hill has held many positions of trust and responsibility in his county, Terrell representing it in the General Assembly and in other capacities as well. His wife was Miss Hawkins of Americus, daughter of the late Dr. S.B. Hawkins and she with one son, survives him. He is also survived by several brothers and sisters, among them Mrs. Sallie H. Gyles of this city. The funeral services were held at Bronwood yesterday afternoon.

November 25, 1909
Preston, Ga. Nov. 24 - Mrs. John Hawkins has returned from a delightful visit to Americus, where as the guest of Mrs. Eugene Hawkins, she was royaly entertained. During her stay, Mrs. S.H. McKee complimented her to a pleasant drive in her handsome Overland car one evening together with Mr. and Mrs. Lucius McClesky.

December 2, 1909
Preston Ga. - Miss Vesta Tharpe and Mrs. Henry Hawkins have been very pleasantly visiting in Plains the past week.

February 3, 1910
Manager Luther M. Hawkins for three years in charge of the business of the southern Bell Telephone company in Americus, has tendered to the company his resignation, the same to become effective February 1 ...

March 24, 1910
Thirty thousand dollars additional of South Carolina currency was invested Friday in Sumter county farming lands in the purchase of the S.H. Hawkins plantation, west of Americus, by Mr. R.P. Stackhouse, of that state, who is making large investments in fine farming land's here, in Sumter.

July 7, 1910
Master Harry and John Hawkins, of Preston, are guests of Mrs. Cornelia Jennings.

July 14, 1910
Marriage on Saturday Next of Interest In Americus
Nuptials of Miss Wheatley and Mr. Joseph Hawkins
The marriage on Saturday evening next of Miss May Wheatley and Mr. Joseph Hawkins is an occasion anticipated with interest in social circles in Americus, where both the beautiful bride and handsome groom-elect are alike popular. The wedding was to have been a brilliant church function, but the illness of Mr. Hawkins recently necessitated a recall of invitations thereto and the marriage, instead, will be quietly solemnized at the Wheatley residence on Lee street, and witnessed only by relative and immediate friends. Mr. and Mrs. Hawkins will leave shortly after the ceremony for Lake Kanuga, N.C. to spend some time, before proceeding to their home in Seattle, Wash.

September 25, 1910
Boys Off To College
State university, Athens - Harry Hawkins ... Stone Mountain, Atlanta - ... Ben H. Hawkins ...

December 15, 1910
Have Added To Their Big Plantation
A great plantation is that which Messrs. C.C. Hawkins and lee Allen now have down in Dougherty county about tem miles west of Albany ..... Stretching in an unbroken mass from Walker station to Pretoria, these two enterprising Americus men now have 3,100 acres of fine farming land under their control.

December 15, 1910
Death Claims Mrs. Eugene A. Hawkins
End Comes to a Noble Woman
Stricken By Illness Only a Few Hours Previous One of the Most Loved Women of Americus Passes Quickly Away. Her Death a Sad Blow
The death of Mrs. Eugene A. Hawkins yesterday morning was a severe shock to the people of Americus as while it has been known that she had been seriously indisposed for a day or two, no one of her family or wide circle of friends dreamed for a moment that the end was really near.
The announcement, therefore, of her demise came with crushing effect upon every one here and a whole city tows in silent sorrow at the passing of this noble woman.
In all Americus there was not one more generally beloved for her noble traits of character, her genial, charming personality and winsome nature, while her deeds of charity and kindness endeared her to all.
Mrs. Hawkins had been ill for a few days but not until Monday, when she suffered a slight accident, did it assume serious form.
The end came peacefully at 10:30 o’clock Wednesday morning.
Mrs. Hawkins was about 60 years of age and was formerly Miss Mary McCleskey, of Athens, where she became the bride of Col. Hawkins nearly forty-one years ago.
Their married life was an ideally happy one, and in all the southland there was no brighter, more charming home than theirs. Open-handed hospitality ever abounded there, and surrounded by sons and daughters and grandchildren life within their castle of love was bright, indeed.
For the first time the death angel has ever entered there.
In deeds of charity this good woman found a wide field of usefulness, and __ung the poor and unfortunate of Americus she carried love and hope and sunshine.
A grand and noble life is ended; her good work ceases here, and she goes to a full regard on high.
Besides a wide family connection she is survived by her husband and eleven sons and daughters. Of these there are Mrs. W.E. Hawkins, Mrs. J.T. Killen, Mrs. John Sheffield, Mrs. C.J. White; Messrs. E.A. Hawkins, Jr., Joseph, Robert, Willis A., Sion, Ben Hollis, and Harry Hawkins.
Mr. Eugene Hawkins resides in Houston, Texas, and Messrs. Joseph and Robert Hawkins in Seattle. The former will come tonight to attend the funeral.
The funeral will be held from the residence at 3 o’clock Friday afternoon.

December 22, 1910
Funeral of Mrs. Hawkins at 3 o'clock Friday
Was Be Conducted From the Family Residence<>br The funeral of Mrs. Eugene A. Hawkins was conducted at three o'clock Friday afternoon from the residence on Church street by Rev. O.B. Chester, pastor of First Methodist church, of which the deceased was for so many years a member.
The pallbearers were Messrs. G.M. Eldridge, E.L. Murray, E.D. Sheffield, R.E. McNulty, L.G. Council, C.J. Sherlock, Charles R. Crisp and L.M. Hawkins.
Messrs. Lucius L. McCleskey and Henry S. McCleskey, brothers of the deceased arrived Thursday to attend the funeral, as did Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Hawkins, of Atlanta, E.A. Hawkins Jr., of Galveston, Tex. Other members of the family residing elsewhere were here likewise.

January 5, 1911
Ads for Carl Hawkins' Cafe and Herbert Hawkins General Insurance

February 2, 1911
Mr. H.E. Hawkins was a business visitor in Americus one day last week.

February 16, 1911
Preston, Ga., Feb. 15 - Col. H.W. Perry, who is wintering here, entertained a few of his friends to a good old fashioned turkey dinner. Those present being J.W.A. Hawkins, H.E. Hawkins ....C.A. Adams, ...

February 16, 1911
Americus needs one hundred medium-sized and moderately priced dwelling houses to meet the urgent demand for houses, and Mr. Luther M. Hawkins, for his mother, is going to build three or four of such dwellings right away on a vacant lot on Brannon avenue, close in.

February 23, 1911
Murderer Held At Muzzle of Guns
Sanders Was Captured at Preston
Negro Wanted for Wanton Murder of Two White citizens of Alabama Arrested by Sheriff C.M. Christian and Town Marshal H.E. Hawkins
With two shotguns levelled at his breast and the fingers of two brave and determined officers pressing lightly against the triggers, Henry Sanders, alias Henry Lewis, a black desperado with the blood of two white men upon his hands, surrendered, and is now safely behind steel bars.
The murderer was thus captured by Sheriff C.M. Christian, of Webster county and Town Marshal H.E. Hawkins of Preston.
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With Marshal Hawkins, the sheriff went out where the section gang was at work, ostensibly to shoot birds. Shooting a number of doves, the negroes of the section gang were wholly disarmed of suspicion as to their real intention.
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March 16, 1911
Miss Mittie Cobb has returned from a stay of several days in Atlanta, where she has been purchasing spring millinery.

March 16, 1911
Mrs. Matthews Is Dead After Long Illness
Beloved Lady of Americus Passes Away
Following an illness of many months' duration, the result of a severe fall sustained at her home here, Mrs. Fannie J. Matthews passed away at an early hour last Thursday. In view of her long continued illness the death of this very estimable lady was not unexpected.
Mrs. Matthews never recovered fully from the effect of the injury received, and had been confined to her room for a long while.
She was well advanced in age, being in her 82nd year. Mrs. Matthews was the mother of Mrs. P.B. Williford and Mrs. G.O. Loving and grandmother of Misses Blanch and Mabel Hawkins, besides having other relatives in Americus and vicinity.
The funeral services were conducted Friday morning in the family cemetery at Pineville, Marion county.

April 20, 1911
Leslie Ga - April 19 - Dr. Hawkins and Mr T. Harvey autoed to Americus yesterday.
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Dr. and Mrs. Hawkins are very happy over the arrival of their little son. (Note: This would be Dr. Lewis Hawkins and the birth of Lewis Jr.)

April 27, 1911
We have been unable to see much of our public roads, but through the information given us by citizens from different parts of the county, with the personal observations made, feel that we can say that the public roads with the exception of those in the extreme parts of the county are in fairly good condition ... (signed) ... 8. Howell Cobb 9. J.W.A. Hawkins ...

April 27, 1911
Guards of Sumter First Into The Fight
Fiftieth Anniversary of the Departure of the Gallant Old Sumter Light Guards - Eighteen of the Command Who Marched With Lee Sill Survive and Do Honor to the Dead Heroes Today
... Col W.A. Hawkins has gone to Milledgeville to tender his services of his company and to get uniforms for them ...

May 18, 1911
Another Big Land Sale In Sumter
The sale of the John L. Wooten plantation in Sumter county, eighteen miles east of Americus, has just been sold at a price near the $30,000 mark, it is said the purchasers being Messrs. Thomas B. Hooks and Luther M. Hawkins of Americus who purchased it as an investment. ...

June 15, 1911
Forty-two and other games were played, after which Mrs. Christian, assisted by Mrs. H.E. Hawkins, served delicious cream and cake.

Mrs. Bobbie Hill, of Bronwood, is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. J.W.A. Hawkins, at the hotel this week.

June 22, 1911
Ellaville, Ga. June 22 - Little Miss May Hawkins, of Americus, is a visitor at the home of Mrs. J.R. Jordan.

July 6, 1911
Gunners Win Prizes In Big Shoot Of Fourth
... and Willis Hawkins, the former winning.

July 6, 1911
$65,000 the Price Paid For This Big Farm
Sixty-five thousand dollars was the consideration in the sale yesterday by Messrs. C.C. Hawkins and Lee Allen, of Americus, of their large Dougherty county plantation, a few miles west of Albany, consisting of 3,100 acres of farming land and generally considered one of the best plantations in Dougherty county.

July 20, 1911
Ad showing W.A. Hawkins, Asst. Cashier of the Commercial City Bank
E.C. Hawkins Asst. Cashier at the Americus national Bank

July 27, 1911
Mrs. Gertrude Ireeman, of Shellman, and Mrs. Alice George, of Cuthbert, were visitors here this week, the guests of Mrs. John Hawkins.
Mr. Jas. King carried Mr. J.L. Horn, Mr. Henry Hawkins, Mr. J.C. McEarchern and Mr. C.M. Christian through to Eufaula to attend the good roads meeting Tuesday in his car.

August 24, 1911
Preston, Ga. Aug 23 - Quite a large crown went from here to the barbeque at Richland last Wednesday ... Mr. and Mrs. H. Hawkins ...
Mrs. W.E. Jenkins was hostess to a number of her friends at a little "sewing party" Monday afternoon. ... Mrs. John Hawkins ...
Mrs. Henry Hawkins is spending a few days in Plains, the guest of relatives.

August 31, 1911
Preston Ga Aug 30 - The hospitable home of Mr. Phil Addy, near here, was the scene of a most delightful occasion on last Friday ...Those going from here were Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Hawkins ...

November 2, 1911
Historic Old Home Has A Record For Health
One Death There in Fifty-Six Years
Among the handsome old ante-bellum homes in Americus none, perhaps, hold greater historic interest than the Colonial mansion of Mr. R.P. Stackhouse at Lee and College Streets. As a landmark it retains all its former attractions and will easily endure for still another half century.
The fine old home was built in 1855 by the late Col. Willis A. Hawkins. Lee street was then but a winding country road out of the city with less than a dozen houses upon it. Now, the number approaches the hundred figures.
The first structure was one story only, but soon thereafter Col. Hawkins added to the dwelling another story. In later years it became the property of Col. Samuel H. Hawkins then president of the Savannah, Americus & Montgomery Railway who resided there for probably a quarter century.
During his ownership the property was vastly improved and beautified and many were the brilliant entertainments within its handsome walls.
During the dark days following the Civil War, when Americus like all other towns in the South, was governed by Yankee troops, the Hawkins home was occupied by Colonel Sickles of the Federal army as headquarters for some time.
Two regiments of troops, a Pennsylvania and New York regiment respectively, were stationed in Americus under Col. Sickles command. The troops many of them, had their tents pitched in a large field where Calvary church now stands and thus almost surrounded the Hawkins residence.
Those dark days are still recalled by many in Americus.
During the fifty-six years the historic mansion stood, it has been occupied by eleven Americus families, either under lease or ownership. A very remarkable fact in this connection is, that during the 56 years but one death has occurred in this old home, that of Miss Stackhouse two days ago.
This beautiful property is the pride all citizens and reflects the wealth and culture of the citizenship of other days.

March 7, 1912
Old Hawkins Residence Sold Yesterday for $17,000

April 18, 1912
Columbia Was The Scene Of Pretty Wedding
Stackhouse Hawkins Marriage There Yesterday
The marriage last evening in Columbia, S.C. of Miss Sadie Stackhouse, a beautiful society belle of the Carolina capital, and Mr. Luther M. Hawkins, of Americus, was an occasion of much social interest in that city, the interesting details of which will be given in Sunday’s Times-Recorder.
The marriage rites were solemnized by Rev. J. Logan Irwin, of Jacksonville, brother-in-law of the groom, while among the many attendants were his two brothers, Mr. William E. Hawkins, of Atlanta, and Mr. Herbert Hawkins of Americus.
Mr. and Mrs. Hawkins will leave Columbia this morning for a ten days visit in Jacksonville, guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. Logan Irwin, and upon returning to Americus, where sincerest congratulations await them, will be “at home” at the handsome residence of Mr. R.P. Stackhouse, at Barlow and Furlow streets.

May 9, 1912
Mr. Hawkins' Condition Reported Improved
He Is Gaining Strength Under Treatment
Information received yesterday relative to the condition of Mr. E.A. Hawkins was somewhat more reassuring. He is responding to the treatment prescribed by his physicians and he seems better than a week ago.
He is still at an Atlanta sanitarium and the operation suggested quite recently will doubtless be performed when his condition, strengthened by careful treatment, can the better withstand it.

May 30, 1912
Miss Mamie Smith and Mrs. John Hawkins have returned from a very pleasant visit to Smithville and Bronwood.

July 25, 1912
Mr. Hawkins Resigned Position With Bank Mr. Edwain Murray Succeeds to Position Mr. Willis Hawkins, for four years with the Commercial City bank as assistant cashier, has tendered his resignation there, which has been accepted by the bank's officers.
After a brief vacation Mr. Hawkins will go to Little Rock, Ark., where he thinks of locating and going into business.

October 10, 1912
Mrs. John Hawkins was a visitor to Americus a few days recently.

November 7, 1912
Mrs. J. Logan Irvin, of Jacksonville, will arrive today upon a visit to her mother, Mrs. S.H. Hawkins, at her residence on College street.

November 14, 1912
Mrs. Carl Hawkins has returned from Plains, where she visited relatives last week.

December 19, 1912
Mrs. John W. A. Hawkins, of Preston, was the guest of relatives while spending yesterday here.

January 2, 1913
Mrs. Leckett and Mrs Bryan Honorees
The guest were ... Mrs. J. W. Hawkins ...

January 23, 1913
Officers Chosen For Hospital
...The list of officers for the year is as follows: Mrs. C.C. Hawkins, president ...

January 30, 1913
Miss Callie Davenport has returned to Albany, after quite a pleasant visit to Mr. and Mrs. John Hawkins.

May 22, 1913
H.E. Hawkins was a juror

May 29, 1913
Providence Ga - This community was saddened last Wednesday by the death of Mrs. Lucy Hawkins, who while visiting her daughter was taken sick and finally died. The remains were interred in Providence cemetery Wednesday afternoon. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Glenn. The deceased is survived by two sons and two daughters and a number of grandchildren.

July 24, 1913
The party of Americus young ladies Misses Gertrude Hudson, Maybelle Hawkins and Clara Willie Prather who are spending a month in travel upon the Pacific coast have concluded their stay in California ...

August 7, 1913
Mrs. Hawkins Will Fight Life Sentence
Gainesville, Ga. August 5 - "It was a case of Mrs. Hawkins against the whole field. We fought them all and B.R. Gaillard, counsel for Mrs. Silva Hawkins, sentenced on Saturday to life imprisonment for complicity in the murder of her husband, Arthur Hawkins. "A hearing for new trial will be heard before Judge Jones on September 20, but I don't think he will grant it. There are plenty of grounds and we will take it to the Supreme Court.
The grand jury recently declared the jail in which Mrs. Hawkins is incarcerated to be insanitary. It is said Mrs. Hawkins is suffering from indigestion

August 21, 1913
Leslie Ga Aug 20 - Rev. E.B. Shingler was called to Leslie Tuesday to conduct the funeral services of Dr. and Mrs. L.M. Hawkins little 15-month-old daughter, Sarah Elizabeth.

September 25, 1913
Preston Ga Sept 24 - Mrs. King Stillman was hostess an Thursday last to a number of her friends at a delightful spend-the-day party. Those going out from here were, Mesdames Geo. E. Thornton, John Hawkins and Rebecca Kidd.

December 11, 1913
Death Claimed Mrs. Rutherford Wednesday Eve
Her Demise Quite Sudden
Esteemed lady of Americus Passes Away
Mrs. Annette Rutherford passed away at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R. Black in Montezuma ... daughter Mrs. Eugene A. Hawkins ...

February 26, 1914
Ad for Fertlizier Company - C.C. Hawkins

April 30, 1914
Preston, Ga. April 29 - The picnic at Hawkins' Spring Saturday, which marked the closing of Preston High School, was indeed a pleasant event of last week.

May 14, 1914
Mrs. Julia Hawkins was among others going over to Americus with Mrs. Stillman, shopping one day last week. (Note: I see no Julia Hawkins in the 1910 or 1920 census Webster County)

June 11, 1914
J.W.A. Hawkins is Notary

July 2, 1914
Mrs. John Hawkins, Misses Jewel Kidd and Mamie Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Leston Christian shopped in Americus Monday.

July 30, 1914
Ad - Mr. George E. Hawkins representing Kahn Tailoring of Indianopolis will be with us this week.

July 30, 1914
Preston Ga - Mr. and Mrs. John Hawkins spent last Friday very pleasantly with relatives at Bronwood.

August 6, 1914
Leslie, Ga. - Dr. and Mrs. L.M. Hawkins moved to the Mrs. Minnie William' home last week.

September 10, 1914
Brooks Freed Upon Charge of Killing Shippey
... before three justices of the peace, J.W.A. Hawkins, Oscar Sims and John H. Castrell ...

Sept 10, 1914
Mrs. Spann, Mrs. M.E. Lunford and Mrs. John Hawkins spent one afternoon last week with Mrs. J.R. Stapleton, where they assembled to "sew", and it proved most enjoyable.

Oct 15, 1914
Mrs. John Hawkins, Miss Lillian Freeman and Miss Sallie Thornton made up a party going over to Americus with Mr. and Mrs. Leister Christian one day this week.

November 12, 1914
Benevolent Aid Society Helping Destitute Ones
... Mrs. S.H. Hawkins, Mrs. E.A. Hawkins ...

Leslie, Ga. - Little Louis Hawkins is improving, aftr a very serious illness.

November 19, 1914
Bank Officials Are Indicted By Grand Jury
M.M. Lowrey, Geo. Wheatley, Jr. and Emmett Hawkins Must Face Charges In U.S. Court
Macon, Ga - Nov. 14, 1914 Indictments were today returned by the United States grand jury against Mr. M.M. Lowrey, cashier, G.D. Wheatley, jr., and Emmett Hawkins, assistant cashiers of Americus nation Bank.
Lowrey is charged with making false entries on books and reports to comptroller.
Wheatley is charged with embezzling and abstracting funds of the bank and making false entries in the books.
Hawkins is charged with abstracting funds and making false entries in books.

November 26, 1914
Bartow Hawkins Is Dead At Home In Omega
Former Resident of Sumter County Passes Away
Mr. C.C. Hawkins received this afternoon the distressing intelligence of the death of one of his brothers, Bartow Hawkins, who passed away this morning at his home in Omega. The deceased was a native of Americus and long resided here. He is survived by four brothers, Messrs. C.C. Hawkins of Americus; T.J. Hawkins, of Oklahoma; Samuel H. Hawkins, of Columbus, Ga; J.M. Hawkins, of Omega, Ga, and sister Mrs. Amanda Bunch, of Americus. The funeral and interment will take place Wednesday at Omega.

March 25, 1915
Death Claimed Mrs. Brooks Monday Morning
. . . She was a sister of Mrs. S.H. Hawkins of Americus and an aunt of Mrs. P.B. Williford. . . .

May 20, 1915
Mr. and Mrs. J.W.A. Hawkins, visited Americus pleasantly one day last week.

July 1, 1915
Miss Callie and Nannie Sue Bell gave a lovely party yesterday ... Those present ... Miss Mary Hawkins ...
A moonlight picnic was given at Prospect park last night ... Those present were ... Miss Mary Hawkins ...

July 8, 1915
Grady Harris of Warwick, spent the weekend with his brother, Dr. L.M. Hawkins

July 22, 1915
Mrs. Henry Hawkins visited relatives in Plains pleasantly last week.

August 26, 1915
Americus D.A.R. Will Provide Books
. . . All applications and donations book may be sent to Mrs. Eugene Hawkins ...

October 7, 1915
Beautiful in all of its appointments was the bridge party given this afternoon by Miss Fannie May Williford, at her residence on Barlow street, complimentary to Miss Blanch Hawkins whose marriage to Mr. Cobb on Wednesday evening next will be an occasion of much social interest in Americus where both claim many sincere friends.

October 14, 1915
Hawkins-Cobb Wedding
A Beautiful Occasion
The marriage Tuesday evening of Miss Blanche Hawkins and William Henry Cobb was an occasion of much social interest in Americus, and one of the prettiest in every detail. The wedding took place at 9 o’clock at the handsome College street residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Columbus C. Hawkins, and was attended by a brilliant assembiage representing the society of Atlanta, Macon, Americus and other cities among the more than two hundred guests.
The handsome home, with its brilliant lights made most effective the decorations in parlors and reception hall, smilax being used as streamers from the central chandeliers to the corners of the parlors and banked in profusion on the central stairway, from whence descended the bridal party. Pink carnations in abundance added effectively to the color motif, white and green.
Mrs. Thomas B. Hooks and Mrs. Eugene Hill assisted in receiving the many guests.
The bride was lovely in her wedding gown of white satin charmeuse, with bridal veil caught with orange blossoms and carried a superb bouquet of roses and valley lilies. She entered upon the arm of her father, preceded by her sister, Miss Mabelle Hawkins, attired in white chiffon taffeta. Miss Hawkins’ bouquet was fashioned of pink bridesmaid roses, caught with a bow of pink tulle.
The bridal party was preceded by petite Miss English and Miss Newton, two pretty little misses, daintily attired in white dresses, with pink sashes, and pink slippers to correspond.
Mr. Cobb, attended by his best man, Mr. Fred Smith, joined the bridal party at the floral altar in the west parlor, where the impressive ring ceremony was performed by Dr. Lansing Burroughs. Upon each side of the beautiful altar tall waxen tapers cast a mellow glow as the ceremony proceeded. Mrs. James W. Harris sang “At Dawning” as the vows were made and the officiating minister.
When congratulations had been extended the radiantly happy couple a sumptuous salad course and cream and cake was daintily served by a half score pretty young girls, Misses Mary Hawkins, Mary Hudson, Lucile Allen, Cordelia Gatewood, Genevieve Prather, Elizabeth Davis, Anna Murray, Frances Loving and Sara Britton.
Punch was served at two tables by Misses Callie Bell, Nannie Sue Bell, Claude McLaughlin and Martha Cobb.
The bride’s table was a dream of loveliness and perfection of beauty. The centerpiece was a large white wicker basket of pink carnations and maidenhair fern, the handles being caught with a buttelby bow of pink tulle. The stems of the cocktail glasses were tied with dainty boksnow pink tulle. At each plate was placed a china slipper filled with pink and white mints, while the place cards were handpainted bride’s slippers.
Seated at this table were the bride and groom, Mrs. Norman Davison, of Atlanta; Miss Annie May Kilpatrick, of Waverly Hall; Misses Mabelle Hawkins, Fannie May Williford and Gertrude Jossey; Messrs. Fred Smith, Preston Williford, Herbert Hawkins, Emmett Hawkins and Eugene Bailey.
In the cutting of the handsome bridal cake, the fortunate ones were Mr. Fred Smith and Miss Gertrude Jossey. As the beautiful bride ascended the stairway later her bouquet, tossed to the admiring throng below, was caught by her young sister, Miss Mary Hawkins.
A magnificent array of bridal tokens in silver, cut glass, china, fine linen and bric-a-brac, was displayed, attesting the popularity of the pretty bride and handsome groom.
The bride’s going away costume was of African brown broadcloth, fur-trimmed, with hat to correspond. Mr. and Mrs. Cobb will spend a week at points of interest in Florida, and upon their return will be “at home” at the Bell residence on Lee street.

October 21, 1915
We recommend Mr. J.W.A. Hawkins to be reappointed Notary Public at the expiration of her present term of office.

November 11, 1915
Georgia, Sumter County
Will be sold before the courthouse door in the city of Americus said state and county on the first Tuesday, in December, which will be the 7th day of December, 1915, between the legal hours of sale, the following described property to wit: One house and lot in the city of Americas, Ga., in the county of Sumter, said house and lot being situated on the corner of Popular and Academy streets, bounded on the north by the property of Donegal, east by lot of Will Jones, south by Academy street, and west by Popular street. Levied upon and will be sold as the property of Mollie J. Hawkins, to satisfy a certain city court fifa, issued from the City Court of Americas in favor of W.W. Dykes, Receiver, versus Mollie J. Hawkins. Tenant in possession notified in terms of the law. This 8th day of November, 1915. Q.W. Fuller, Sheriff. (Note: It appears W.W. Dykes was a lawyer. A FIFA lien is a legal writ that has been issued by the tax commissioner against a taxpayer so that his/her property can be seized. On Google maps I don't see a present day Popular or Academy street.)

April 27, 1916
Miss Elizabeth Hawkins has returned to her home in Atlanta, after a visit of several days to relatives and friends in this city.

May 18, 1916
Mrs. W.E. Hawkins of Atlanta, is in the city, the guest of relatives.

July 6, 1916
July 4th in Americus was a day of brilliance, socially speaking: no less than three different and distinct dances being held on that memorable date ...The chaperons were ... Mrs. J.W. Hawkins ...

July 20, 1916
Mrs. J.W. Hawkins assisted her sisters Misses Margaret and Isabel Wheatley, in entertaining.

July 27, 1916
Rev. and Mrs. J.L. Irvin of Tampa, Fla., arrived Wednesday afternoon from Kentucky, where they have been visiting the former's mother. They will be guests of Mrs. Irvin's mother, Mrs. S.H. Hawkins for a couple of weeks in America.

September 7, 1916
Harry Hawkins now with Judge Hixon's Office
Harry Hawkins, Esq., is now with the law offices of Judge J.A. Hixon. He became connected on September 1, and many friends join in congratulations for his rise in the legal world.

September 14, 1916
Douglas, Ga. Sept. 9 - Mrs. Maggie Hawkins, who was convicted of murdering her husband as he lay asleep with their baby in May 1915 by shooting him, was recommended to mercy by the jury. A life sentence is expected.

October 5, 1916
Los Angeles, Cal., Sept. 30 - E.A. Hawkins of Americus, was a recent visitor at the big exhibit of Southern California products maintained from to the public in the Los Angles Chamber of Commerce. He also attended the lectures, moving pictures and concert that are a part of the daily program. The exhibit is the largest of any in the country maintained by a commercial organization. Mr. Hawkins expects to visit the Panama-Pacific-International Exposition at San Diego, which will remain open all year.

November 23, 1916
many of the nimrods are buying shells in case lots to save the heave advance during the past year. ... The following licenses have been issued to: ... S.B. Hawkins ... R.T. Hawkins ...

January 11, 1917
Among the Webster county people who are in Americus today on business are: ... H.E. Hawkins ... Howell Cobb ...

March 1, 1917
Mrs. Carl Hawkins was gracious hostess at bridge during yesterday afternoon at her Taylor street home, the honor guest being Miss Marybel Hixon, whose marriage to Mr. Harry McCleskey Hawkins occurs tonight ...

One of the really beautiful pre-nuptial affairs centering about the Hixon-Hawkins marriage to be solemnized tonight, was the buffet supper at which Miss Georgia Rena Dodson was hostess ... The guests beside Miss Hixon and Mr. Hawkins, were ... Mr. R.T. Hawkins ...

The marriage of Miss Marybel Hixon and Mr. Harry McCleskey Hawkins will be solemnized tonight at 9 o'clock at the Calvary Episcopal church, with Rev. J.B. Lawrence, rector of the church officiating.

July 22, 1917
Citizens of Webster County Eligible for Military Duty
... Cye Hawkins, Preston, Ga. ... William Hawkins, Richland, Ga. ...

July 26, 1917
Sumter County Men Drawn In General Military Draft Friday
Harry McCleskey Hawkins

October 25, 1917
The following persons received payments from the county treasurer ... J.W.A. Hawkins agent for Geo Colbert and wife, $3.00 ... J.W.A. Hawkins agent for Fannie Brown $1.50

December 27, 1917
Death of Theron N. Hawkes Monday
... Surviving relatives are his wife, who before her marriage was Miss Annie Lou Hawkins, a sister of the late Eugene A. Hawkins, ...

March 28, 1918
Names of Those Drawn in Draft Announced Today
... Marcellus Hawkins ... Barney Hawkins ....

April 18, 1918
Official List of Boarding Houses
... Hawkins, Mollie, col. 302 Academy street, Americus, Ga. 9.       (Note: Article in reference to rationing due to war. I can't tell what "col." means. Others on list have the same abbreviation. The 9 is the average # of people fed there per month.)

May 9, 1918
...bounded south by the lands of J.W.A. Hawkins, ... (Note: showing that he still owned the plantation at this point)

July 25, 1918
Mrs. W.L. English was hostess at a pretty party this morning honoring Miss Mary Hawkins whose wedding to Lieutenant Middleton McDonald occurs at eleven o'clock tomorrow morning. ...

September 12, 1918
Death of Sidney J. Jordan Sunday at Ellaville Is Cause Of Regret
... one sister, Mrs. Laura Hawkins, of Columbus, Ga. ...

October 24, 1918
Death of Mrs. Hudson At Her Home on Taylor This Morning
... one granddaughter, Mrs. Carl Hawkins ...

February 6, 1919
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hawkins have gone to Atlanta where they will reside.

February 27, 1919
Throng at Funeral of Mrs. S.H. Hawkins
A wonderful tribute was paid today to the memory of Mrs. S.H. Hawkins in the large attendance at her funeral at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist church. The vicinity of the coffin was a vast bower of flowers from grieving friends of all ages and organizations with which she had been connected. As a mark of special respect the members of the Benevolent society, the local charity organization, which she helped found - about fifty in number - attended the funeral in a body.

February 27, 1919
Mrs. S.H. Hawkins Beloved Citizen, Dies At Age Of 76
Mrs. Cordelia Matthews Hawkins, widow of the late Samuel H. Hawkins and one of the most beloved pioneer women of Southwest Georgia, died Monday afternoon at 5 o’clock at the family home at 339 West College street, where she had lived for many years.
Mrs. Hawkins was in her 76th year, and her death was due largely to the infirmities of age, the direct cause being pleurlsy. She had not been ailing long, and her end came rather as a surprise to many of her acquaintances. Her death was peaceful. She apparently was conscious that the end was drawing near, and yesterday afternoon called her numerous grandchildren, whom she loved so well, about her bedside, caressing and saying a prayer for each.
Mrs. Hawkins’ life, aside from her family, which was always her first care, was given to various forms of charity. The poor was a great concern in her life, and from her girlhood she was noted for the attention she gave to the negroes in attempting to alleviate their condition. She was one of the organizers and was head of the Americus Benevolent society, the local charity organization, for many years until her failing strength compelled her to give up the work. She was also the oldest surviving member in years of member ship of the First Baptist church, with which she had been connected since the pastorate of Dr. George L. Cooper. She was the last, surviving charter member of the Women’s Missionary association of the church.
Mrs. Hawkins was born in Marion County July 31, 1848. She was married in 1860 to Mr. Hawkins, who died in 1905 after a most active and prominent life. To this union born vicinity as well as 23 grandchildren the follow children, who survive:
W.E. Hawkins, of Atlanta, manager for the Aetna Life Insurance Company; Mrs. T.F. Gatewood, Mrs. T.B. Hooks, L.M. Hawkins of Columbia, S.C. connected with the Hardaway Construction Company; Herbert Hawkins, Mrs. J.L. Irvin, wife of the Rev. J.L. Irvin, of Tampa, Fla., and Mrs. W.W. Dykes. All are of Americus except those noted.
Another son, Samuel H. Hawkins, Jr., died in 1905 at Charlotte, N.C., where he was employed.
She was the last surviving member of her own family. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews in this and one great-grandchild. She was for many years a very close friend of Mrs. Richard F. Sams, who died Saturday at the age of 78, and they had been associated together in church work for many years.
The funeral will take place from the First Baptist Church Wednesday morning at 10:30 o’clock, conducted by the pastor, Dr. Carl W. Minor, assisted by Rev. George F. Brown, pastor of the Central Baptist Church, and Dr. Lansing Burrows, retired Baptist minister. The pall bearers will be: A.D. Gatewood, D.R. Andrews, L.G. Council, Frank Sheffield, R.P. Stackhouse, Thomas Harrold, J.T. McLendon and W.B. Worthy.
Interment will be in Oak Grove cemetery.

April 24, 1919
Loving Tribute To Memory of 2 Mourned Women
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May 8, 1919
Hawkins Firm Wins Contract As Engineers Of Paved Roads
(road work) ... the firm of Thomas & Hawkins, of Atlanta, of which Joe Hawkins, of Americus ...

May 22, 1919
S.B. Hawkins
S.B. Hawkins familiarly known as “Si”, for many years a figure know to nearly every person in Sumter county, died at 7:30 o’clock this morning at the City Hospital. He had been a sufferer at the hospital for the last three months from blood poisoning which had resulted in an amputation of one foot.
Mr. Hawkins had lived in Sumter county nearly all of his life. He was 61 years of age and a son of the late Dr. S.B. Hawkins. For a number of years he had conducted a restaurant business in the city, and also was identified with the farming interests of the county.
He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. S.E. McCormick and Mrs. A.C. Hill, of Bronwood, and two brothers, Charley Hawkins, of Americus, and John Hawkins of Augusta.
The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock from the chapel of the Americus Undertaking company, conducted by the Rev. James B. Lawrence. The Elks Lodge, of which he was a member, will conduct the services at the grave. The pallbearers will be E.C. Parker, C.C. Hawkins, John T. Taylor, D.F. Davenport, E.L. Stanfield, T.B. Hooks, Sr. Crawford Wheatley and M.N. Edwards. Interment will be in Oak Grove cemetery.

November 20, 1919
'Cy' Hawkins Back In Atlanta From Army
Atlanta, Nov. 19 - S.B. ("Cy") Hawkins, formerly of Americus, and for several years cashier of the Aetna Life Insurance Agency in Atlanta, but late of the United States army, has just returned to Atlanta, where he is well known and prominently connected both in business and social circles
Mr. Hawkins' army career, like that of many other competent young business men of Atlanta who voluntarily entered the service, is one of which he is duly proud. He received his promotion to first lieutenant while "overseas".

February 5, 1920
Messrs. F.E. Matthews, of Plaines, Emmett Hawkins, and John Hodges, of Americus, three young farmers, returned home Saturday from Athens, where they attended the special 10-day boll weevil short course offered by the state agricultural school. ...

April 15, 1920
Preston - H.E. Hawkins, who has been working Macon for sometime, spent the weekend with his family here. ... Harry Hawkins who is attending the Industrial School in Columbus spent Saturday and Sunday at home.

June 10, 1920
Preston, June 9 - Webster County Ordinary has received notice that the following claims have been approved: Widows' claims Mrs. Georgia Bridges, Mrs. L.J. Holley, Mrs. Missouri Texas Pearson, Mrs. Mary A. Tyler, Returned for amendment, Mrs. E.M. Pry. Disapproved Mrs. Mary Jane King. Webster's soldiers claims, J.T. Durham, W.T. Drew, J.W.A. Hawkins, J.M. Kaigler, C.A. Kimbrough, A.G. Lowrey, J.R. Stapleton, C.C. Tracy. Returned for amendment B.L. Kimbrough. Disapproved, W.I. Ammonds

June 23, 1920
Leslie, June 23 - Mrs. Bethel Wall, of Albany, spent several days last week at the home of her brother, Dr. L.M. Hawkins ... Mrs. G.V. Harris, of Warwick is spending a couple of weeks at the home of her son, Dr. L.M. Hawkins.

July 22, 1920
Dr. and Mrs. L.M. Hawkins and two children, Louis and Florrie, left Monday for Atlanta, where they will visit friends and relatives.

September 9, 1920
... The same being the law books composing the library of E.A. Hawkins, deceased, and the furniture and fixtures owned by said E.A. Hawkins, deceased, in his law offices; said property levied on as the property of the estate of E.A. Hawkins, deceased, to satisfy a fifa issued from the City Court of Americus in favor of the Planters Bank principal, and Mrs. Willie R. Hawkins as executrix of the estate of said E.A. Hawkins, deceased; said E.A. Hawkins was surety on the debt on which the judgment was rendered the basis of said fifa, and exception. Said property being pointed out by Mrs. Willie R. Hawkins, as execurtrix of the estate of E.A. Hawkins, deceased, on which to levy said fifa.

November 25, 1920
Hawkins Case Settled; Third Goes To Widow
... Under the terms of the agreement the defendant, Mrs. E.A. Hawkins to who mthe (??) late Col. E.A. Hawkins bequeathed the family home place on East Church street ...
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January 6, 1921
Mrs. J.A. Hixon left Thursday morning for Miami, Fla, to spend some time at the home of her daughter Mrs. Harry Hawkins.

March 17, 1921
All Victims In Auto Accident Will Recover
...S.H. Baker, Decorah, Ia., father of Mrs. Willis A. Hawkins, who was considered the most seriously hurt ... Robert T. Hawkins suffered three fractured ribs ...

April 7, 1921
Chas. J. Hawkins
Charles J. Hawkins, 74 years of age, died at the family residence, 515 North Jackson street, at 9 o’clock Thursday night after an illness of four months.
Funeral services were held this afternoon at 3:30 o’clock at the home, with Rev. Silas Johnson pastor of Lee Street Methodist Church, officiating. Interment followed in Oak Grove cemetery.
Surviving are three daughters Miss Sallie Hawkins, Mrs. C.C. Carter and Mrs. R.S. Benjamin, of Nicholls, Ga., and two sons J.F. Hawkins, of Americus; C.J. Hawkins, Jr., of Denver, Colo., who is in the Army Hospital in the city. Two sisters, Mrs. Sallie McCormick and Mrs. Alma Hill, of Bronwood, and one brother John A. Hawkins, of Preston, also survives.
Mr. Hawkins was a brother of the late Si Hawkins, of Americus, himself a lifelong resident of this city and one of the most widely known citizens in this section, and a son of the late Dr. S.B. Hawkins, also of Americus, who was for many years one of the most prominent physicians in this county. He was connected with many of the most prominent families of Sumter county. His funeral was largely attended, the floral tributes attesting to the high esteem in which he was held in this city.

April 21, 1921
Prof. Hawkins See City Grow
Noted Lecturer Back To Old Home After Six Years
Prof. S.D. Hawkins, of Columbus, formerly of Americus, was a visitor here today and pain the Times-Recorder a call. Mr. Hawkins is a noted Bible picture lecturer, having spoken in some of the largest cities in the country. He was born and reared in this city and has many friends in Americus.
Mr. Hawkins on Monday addressed the Shiloh rural school while on a visit to his uncle, G.G. Jordan, of Sumter county. He will probably speak in Americus and Ellaville at an early date.
Mr. Hawkins was recently married and his wife and his mother, Mrs. L.E. Hawkins, accompanied him to his old home here. Several social events have been planned in honor of Mr. Hawkins and wife while they stay in the city.
Mr. Hawkins was a student of the Americus public school under the superintendency of J.E. Mathis. He is very much pleased with the progress of Sumter county and Americus observing many improvements since he was last in the city six years ago.

April 28, 1921
46 Members Sumter County Bar Dating From 1838 Among Dead
... Col. Willis Alston Hawkins, judge supreme court ... Samuel H. Hawkins ... E.A. Hawkins

May 12, 1921
S.B. Hawkins Back On Atlanta Auto Row
The Atlanta Constitution contained announcement Sunday that S.B. Hawkins, formerly of this city had become general manager of the E.R. Parker Motor company there, distributors for Marmon, Chandler and Cleveland automobiles. Mr. Hawkins was formerly connected with the company in Atlanta, later going to Macon as branch manager.

May 26, 1921
Roster of Americus Volunteer Rifles, Organized Just 60 Years Ago, Contains Only 2 Now Living
... The roster of the company with its original officers, follows: ... Berry F. Hawkins, age 22 ...

June 9, 1921
Preston - Mr. and Mrs. Walter Knox and children of West Palm Beach, are as the hotel guests of his uncle, Mr. J.W.A. Hawkins.

June 23, 1921
Brittain Pay Preston Visit
State School Head Guest At High School Dinner
... Miss Sadie Lunsford entertained at a 6 o'clock dinner on Monday evening ... The dining room was effectively decorated with purple and gold, the class colors. ... The guests were ... Harry Hawkins ...

July 7, 1921
Harry Hawkins and Raz Christian visited friends in Plains Wednesday evening.

July 14, 1921
Preston - John Tom Hawkins, manager of Piggly Wiggly at Waycross, spent Sunday and Monday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hawkins.

August 4, 1921
Mr. and Mrs. Willis Hawkins and daughter, Miss Jean Curtis, have removed from their apartment on the second floor of the Fort Apartment home ...

October 1, 1921
Preston - Harry Hawkins has entered Gordon Institute at Barnesville.