Oliver U. Hawkins

From "History of North Washington" Published 1904
  Oliver U. Hawkins, editor and proprietor of the Springdale Record, Stevens County, has been an active and enterprising citizen of the town since 1900.
  He was born in Schuyler County, Illinois, September 16,1868, the son of James and Martha (Kenny) Hawkins. The father was a native of Illinois, the mother of Ohio. They located in Illinois at an early day. The father of James Hawkins served in the Black Hawk war, and James, himself, was a veteran of the Civil War, having passed three years in the service, during which time he endured many hardships. He was mustered out at Mobile August 12,1865. He died July 9,1903. The mother of our subject died April 22, 1876. Three children were born to them; Emmaletta, residing with her brother; John, living in Stevens County; and Oliver U., our subject.
   Having secured an excellent education in Cass and Morgan Counties, Illinois, at the age of seventeen he began working with his father in the broom manufacturing business, which employment he continued eight or ten years. He then went to Missouri and published a newspaper, the only Republican organ in Shelby county. It is now called the Farmers' Favorite. This property he disposed of in 1889, and opened a broom factory, conducting the same but a short period.  Returning to Illinois he engaged in farming for two years, He then went to Macomb Illinois, where he was employed in different newspaper offices, and then moved to Brooklyn, Illinois, where for the following four years he drove stage.
   In 1900 Mr. Hawkins came to Stevens County, and in 1902 he put forth the first issue of the Spingdale Record, a meritorious publication, now having a large circulation and other evidences of prosperity. On May 5, 1889, he was united in marriage to Miss Lieuvenia Hopper, daughter of Shelby and Emily (Simms) Hopper, natives of Illinois. They settled in Shelby County, where the father died in 1899. The mother is still a resident of that county. To them were born nine children, seven of whom are still living: Elisha and Matthew, at Kallispel, Montana; Minnie, in Omaha, Nebraska; Alice, wife of Levi E. West, in Sandusky, Montana; Amos, at Augusta, Illinois; Alfred, in Colorado; Jesse, in Shelby County, Missouri.
  Mr. and Mrs. Hawkins have four children, Monia, Harold, Hazel, and Chester.
  He is a stanch Republican, and as an influential editor, manifests a lively interest in the welfare of that party. He is a member of the M. W. A., at present being V. C. of his camp; and of the I. O. O. F.  Mrs. Hawkins is a member of the R. N. A., of which she is Receiver, and of the Congregation church.
  Transcribed by: Nancy Grubb <nancyg@theofficenet.com>

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