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Private George W. Hawk
U.S. Army

October 30, 1887 - November 1, 1918
Hawley Cemetery
Blessing, Matagorda County, Texas

Gold Star Mother
Martha Jane (Hess) Hawk


Private George W[ashington] Hawk [October 30, 1887 - November 1, 1918] was born to Joseph Washington Hawk [May 16, 1858 - October 11, 1935] and Martha Jane (Hess) Hawk [May 7, 1859 - December 12, 1936] near Kirwin, Phillips County, Kansas.  He and his family lived here until 1908 at which time they moved to Clemville, Matagorda County, Texas.  When he completed his WWI Draft Registration card on June 5, 1917 he was doing road construction work in Elliott Township, Sanborn County, South Dakota.  It has not been determined when he joined the Army, but it is known he was attached to Company G, 355th Infantry Regiment, 178th Infantry Brigade, 89th “Middle West” Division.  The division first mustered at Fort Funston, Kansas in August 1917.  Movement of all units to overseas commenced on May 21, 1918 and was completed by July 8, 1918.  Most of the units attached to the 89th Division participated in the St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne and Lorraine Campaigns in France as part of the U.S. First Army.  George died from combat wounds on November 1, 1918 - the geographic location where he was wounded or the date he was wounded are not known.  His unit was participating in combat near Barricourt Heights, France in the Meuse-Argonne offensive on the day of his death. He was interred at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, which had been established on October 14, 1918 and would eventually be 130 ˝ acres in extent. His remains were repatriated back to the United States at his family's request and he was re-interred at Hawley Cemetery, Blessing, Matagorda County, Texas.  At the time of his death his family was living at Clemville and he was survived by his parents, brothers: John W., Charles E. and Joseph Hesacar Hawk, sisters: Hattie, Edith and Rose (Rosie) Hawk.


Red Cross Funeral at Blessing

On Friday afternoon there arrived in Blessing the remains of one of our soldiers who had died in France of wounds received in action at the front. The Red Cross Chapter at Blessing was asked to take charge of the funeral and make the necessary arrangements. The S. P. Train was met by the family of the deceased and a large number of friends and sympathizers. Six ex-soldiers of the World War acted as pall-bearers and received the coffin draped with a flag. The funeral service was held at the Presbyterian Church, which was decorated with flags. The sermon was preached by Rev. F. G. Gillespie, pastor of the Palacios Presbyterian Church.

The following was the obituary notice: “Private George Hawk, 335 Infantry, Company G, was born October 30, 1887, in Phillips county, Kansas. Died in France Nov. 1, 1918, from wounds received while in action; age 31 years and 1 day.”

After the solemn service at the graveside in Hawley Cemetery, Taps was sounded and a volley fired. The deceased’s parent reside in Clemville and the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community goes out to them in their sorrow.

The Palacios Beacon, Friday, June 10, 1921

Mrs. Jane Hawks

Mrs. Jane Hawks, age 77 years, 7 months and 5 days passed away at her home near Clemville Saturday, December 12 at 12:15 p. m.

She is survived by three sons and three daughters. Burial was in Hawley cemetery Monday at two p. m. with Rev. J. Willett officiating. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Walker-Matchett Funeral Home.


Matagorda County Tribune, December 17, 1936


Joseph Washington Hawk

Joseph Washington Hawk passed away October 11, 1935, at his home near Clemville at the age of 77 years, 4 months, 25 days. He was born May 16, 1858 in Illinois. He moved with his parents to Missouri at the age of 14. Here he grew to manhood. He moved to Kansas at the age of 21 and filed on a homestead near Kerwin, Kansas. On September 21, 1882, he was united in marriage with Jane Hess. To this union there were born six boys and three girls, three of whom preceded him in death, two infants and George, who gave his life in France. He and his family moved to a farm near Clemville, Texas, in 1908. Later oil and gas were discovered here. He was a devoted husband and father and was loved by all his friends as an honest, upright man. He studied his Bible much and looked forward to his heavenly home. While we miss him, we know he is resting safely now.

He leaves to mourn his loss his wife; three sons, John W. Hawk of Lake Wilson, Minn.; Charles E. Hawk of Woonsocket, S. D.; Joseph W. Hawk of Clemville, Texas; and three daughters, Mrs. Tony Showers of Van Vleck, Texas; Mrs. Marshall Alexander of Damon, and Rose Hawk of Clemville, Texas; ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; also four brothers and four sisters survive. The mother and five children were able to attend the funeral. John came from Lake Wilson by airplane. Charles was unable to come because of sickness.

Funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon, Rev. Deatherage officiating. Burial was made in Holy [Hawley] Cemetery.


Matagorda County Tribune, October 31, 1935



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