Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Children of John I. and Eda M. Sanders Hawk

Their only son, Virgel Aden, married Leva Ann Whiteside, the daughter of William Modrel Whiteside and Hattie Myrtle Davis Whiteside on March 12, 1918. They had four sons: John W., Virgel, Jr., Roland "Rod" and Garry.

Leva and Virgel in 1918

Thelma married Don Carl Williams, the son of Adelbert and Corene (Widick) Williams, on the 11th of June in 1925 in Illiopolis, Illinois. She graduated from the Illinois State Normal Teachers College in Bloomington, then taught at Bend School in Macon County, Illinois. After a few years, Thelma got a position in the Elgin School District where she taught 5th grade for many years. They had one son, Carl Winston in March of 1927.

Mildred remained single, but moved to the Chicago area where she became a seamstress at Marshall Field's.

Ayliffe married Paul Robert Moore, son of Robert C. Moore and Pauline, of Carlinville, Illinois, in 1927. Their daughter, Mary Helen, the first granddaughter of John and Eda, was born in 1930. According to the 1930 Census, when she was 2 months old, the family lived on Stewart Avenue in Chicago in an apartment building that was at 6617-19 Stewart Avenue. The second granddaughter was named Barbara . Ayliffe died on the 29th of December, 1931, when the baby was just a few days old. She was buried in Moore Cemetery near Carlinville, Illinois.

In 1930, John and Eda were still living south of Harristown in Macon County, Illinois, where he was farming. John was 62 and Eda was 55. When he was ready to retire, about 1934, they sold the farm and moved to the village of Niantic.

In 1944, John and Eda celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

Friday, November 12, 2010

John I Hawk--Reuses Tires

On the 10th October of 1925, this article was published in the Decatur Review newspaper:

Old tires have been put to many uses, their utility not being destroyed when they are no longer fit for the road. But one of the latest uses to which it has been put is found on the John hawk farm in Harristown township, where an old tire is in use as a water trough for the chickens. The tire, not quite worn through, was slit all around the middle and the halves laid flat on the ground and filled with water. it doesn't need a diagram to show how accessible and convenient this device is.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

From Alabama To Illinois

By 1910, the John I. Hawk family lives in Selma, Alabama. There are now four children: Virgil Aden, Thelma Kate, Mildred Olivette, and Ayliffe Cyrene. The census shows that Eda had five children, four of whom are living. John’s occupation is drilling wells. They now own their own home and John works for himself.
John moved his family back to Illinois about 1915. John’s father died in 1918 and John’s son, Virgel, married a local girl (Leva Whiteside) after going to serve in World War I and settled close by to help him farm.

By 1920, John and Eda had moved back to Harristown, Macon, Illinois, where John was living on and farming his father’s farm. John's mother, Amy C. "Kate" Hawk, lives with them as well as the three girls. His son, Virgil and wife, Leva Whiteside, live next door and have the first grandson, John William. Leva’s brother, Dyle Whiteside and his wife, Edna Hartwig Whiteside, live close by. Thelma Hawk is a public school teacher at Bend School.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Leltter from Eutaw, Mississippi

Eda and John traveled throughout the south during the early years of their marriage. He drilled wells for water. Their children were born in West Point, Mississippi and Selma, Alabama. John I wrote a letter to the Decatur Review from Eutaw, Alabama in February of 1899 which was published in the Decatur paper.

The Decatur Review
Friday Morning, Feb. 17, 1899 Page 4
Source: Newspaper archives

Eutaw, Ala. Feb. 14, 1899
Ed. Review.
The Review being a regular visitor to me at this place and seeing a good many letters from farther south than this, I thought I would give the Macon county people a description of this country here.
We are just recovering from a sudden attack of a northern-type blizzard, the measure going sown to nine degrees below zero yesterday morning, being the coldest weather by eight degrees ever experienced in this country, according to the oldest settlers.
I am an old Macon county boy, being born and raised in Harristown township.
Eutaw is a beautiful little town of 600 inhabitants about seventy-five miles southwest from Birmingham and sixty-two miles northeast from Meridian, Miss, on the A. G. S. railroad. The soil in town is sandy with red clay subsoil and is excellent land when fertilized, but south and southwest from town two miles begins the celebrated prairie belt of Alabama, the finest cotton land in the United States. Land that has grown nothing but cotton for sixty years and not a shovelful of fertilizer and still makes a good crop, from 600 to 800 pounds of seed cotton to the bale. Of course, taking these lands as a whole, they will not produce that much, for there are spots in them, as in all other sections of the south, that will not produce anything. The best of these lands will produce from fifteen to twenty-five bales of cotton per acre, but would do better if they were fertilized.
These lands lay as pretty and look as good as Macon county lands and can be bought from $10 to $25 per acre and rent for from $1.50 to $2.50 per acres, so you see it is a better per cent on the amount invested than most Macon county lands.
Good pasture can be made here in a short time, also good hay grasses do well here and hay is in good demand at from $12.50 to $18 per ton.
All kinds of stock do well here and do not have to be fed so long through the winter. I have seen good hogs killed taken up from the woods and they had not see a grain of corn all fall. Some fine deer and turkeys are in the swamp and plenty of quail and rabbit. The climate is mild and healthful, about the same as through all the central south.
I would not advise any one to come here without some capital. I believe any one coming here with small capital and investing it prudently would realize quick and good returns. There is plenty of labor and good land and it needs some energy and eastern push to utilize it.
John I. Hawk

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Eda Sanders Married John I Hawk

Eda Sanders married John I. Hawk, the son of A.C. Hawk on
01 Aug 1894 in St. Louis, MO. They went back to Niantic on Saturday where they made their home.

Eda, Thelma, John I and Virgel Hawk, about 1898. Thelma and Virgel were born in West Point, Mississippi, which must not have been far from Meridian, Mississippi where this photo was taken.

(Photo from the files of Ayliffe Hawk Moore, inscribed in Mildred Hawk’s handwriting,
“For Alie – John I Hawk and Family, Taken in December, 1898”. From Mary Moore
Willis Armstrong, Ayliffe’s daughter, 2005.)


The children of John I. HAWK and Eda Myrtle Sanders were:

1. Virgel Aden Hawk, born 18 Oct 1895 in West Point, Clay, Mississippi; died 25 Apr 1973 in Springfield, Sangamon, IL. (married Leva Whiteside, March 12, 1918.)

2. Thelma Kate Hawk Williams, born 29 Mar 1898 in West Point, Clay, Mississippi; died 26 Mar 1993 in LaMesa, CA. (married Don Williams)

3. Mildred Olivette Hawk, born 04 May 1900 in Selma, Dallas, Alabama; died 03 Feb 2003 in St. Louis, MO.

4. Ayliffe Cyrene Hawk18 Moore, born 14 Apr 1902 in Selma, Dallas, Alabama; died 29 Dec 1931 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. (Married Paul Moore)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Eda Sanders Social Life

This card was a “social card”[1] and was inscribed with “Miss Edith Sanders” on the back. It was an invitation to a Picnic near Sanders’ Ford, which is on the river, south of Niantic on July 4th, 1890.

This social card was an invitation to an “Anagram Party” at the home of Mr. & Mrs. John Wacker on Tuesday evening, March 29 of 1892 at 7:30 p.m. Anagrams[1] was a popular game in the late 1800’s.

[1] These cards were in the files of Mary Armstrong and were generously given to Sue Ridgley in 2008.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Mary Jane Hollingsworth Sanders


Mary Jane Hollingsworth was the daughter of Eli Hollingsworth and Mary Baughzel Russel. She was born on 15 Dec 1846 in Vermillion, Indiana, USA[7, 8].

When she was 3 she appears on the1850 Census, Vermillion County, Indiana, with parents Eli and Mary Hollingsworth. Her residence in 1860 was Helt Township, Vermillion County, Indiana. [9] . Her siblings Anna and Zimri are still at home.

This small picture was labeled by her daughter, Eda Sanders and is marked 1859, aged 16.

This may be Harriet Singleton Sanders (George’s mother) or Mary Jane Hollingsworth.  No name was on the photo. The clothes appear to belong to an Indian. Harriet Singleton Sanders was 1/2 Cherokee, her mother being married to John Singleton. A large 15 x 24 framed copy and the small copy are known.