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Charlie T. Hawse
Rose Spray
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Birth Date:   1831       Death Date: Aug. 22, 1921


U.S.Flag Organization: United States of America Army
NAR : 3-8-65


"Among the old timers who need special Charlie Hawse, a Yankee, and a Civil War veteran, who fought with the Northern Army. After the war, Hawse drifted to Santa Fe, NM and there met... H. C. (Hank) Smith, also a veteran of the war, but who fought for the southern cause. The two became close friends.

Later, both drifted to Ft. Griffin, TX, and met again. Charlie had become a buffalo hunter and worked for the Causey brothers. After the great slaughter was over, returning to Ft. Griffin, he decided to help Smith freight to the Plains. He helped to build the Rock House and lived there with the Smiths. He assisted in all the ´first´ with Mr. Smith took part in on the Plains. They dug the first well at Estacado, and broke out the first land on the Plains at that time and place. He helped break out the first farm in the Crosbyton area.

Mr. Hawse lived to be 90 years old and died at the home of Mrs. Lela Wheeler, daughter of the Smiths, who lived south of Ralls. He was at one time commissioner of Crosby County Precinct of Crosbyton (1899-1900)"

Mrs. Smith said of him, "He was such good help to me in the early days"

Source: Crosbyton Review

Informant: Evelyn Lowrie

Submitted by Ralls Historical Museum

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Chas. T. Hawes
1831 - 1921
Gone but not forgotten

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