Jacob Hawk was born in Bucyrus, Ohio, June 3, 1831, and died at his home in Leon, Iowa, May 12, 1897.He was the eldest son of George and Elizabeth(Peterman)Hawk.When he was eleven years of age his father died leaving the family to battle with the world as best they could.
Mr. Hawk began to learn the carpenter trade when 18 years old and this occupation he faithfully followed for more than forty years.He understood his trade thoroughly and was an architect of more than ordinary ability.Many substantial buildings which he constructed still stand in Crawford, Wyandotte and Hardin Counties, Ohio, and during the last twenty years he built many residences in Mercer, Harrison, Gentry and DeKalb Counties, Missouri.
The deceased was afflicted with kidney trouble for several years and his sufferings during the past two years were very severe.A wife and five children are left to mourn his death.For several days prior to his death, two sons and a daughter were present at his bedside-Frank J. Hawk, of Albany, Mo. and Mrs. Frank Ricks, of Davis City, Iowa. One son, Fred W. Hawk, of Knoxville, Ill., was unable to be present and a daughter, Mrs. Milton Morral, of Larue, Ohio, could not come on account of sickness.The funeral services were conducted at the house by Rev. G.M. Hughes on last Thursday afternoon at 3:30 p.m., after which internment occurred in Leon Cemetery under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity of which deceased had long been a member.
April 2, 1853, Mr. Hawk was married to Miss Mary Campbell, a native of Bucyrus, Ohio and the eldest daughter of Asa D. and Nancy Campbell.In 1858 the couple located in Shelby County, Missouri, and subsequently moved to Peru, Indiana, where they lived five years.In the fall of 1869 they located on a farm near Pleasanton.They afterwards resided in Princeton, Albany and Bethany and in the fall of 1889 located in Leon.
Among the noticeable features in the character and life of Jacob Hawk were his unswerving honesty and charitable disposition.He was always ready to manifest his friendship and sympathy for the poor.As a man and a citizen he was held in high esteem.
The deceased was not a member of any church organization, but several times before his death in conversations relating to the future he said that he had made all right and was confident of immortality beyond the shores of time.
Death has taken away another neighbor whose face we are to see no more among us.The crisis which he has met and passed awaits us all.
Beyond the curtain of the grave What shall befall us none may know Save this: A manly heart and brave, True to a friend, fair to a foe, That, passing, leaves a record clear, May face the void without a fear.
And not by homily, but deed; By upright life, by bended knee; By grace and worth, not garb or creed- The honest man, whoe'er he be, Is proved of Heaven's bliss an heir Beyond the grave-if Heaven be there.
CARD OF THANKS
We desire to return our sincere thanks to the friends and neighbors who were so kind in our trouble, and especially to those who gave so much of their time to us during the many weary months of our husband and father's illness.He appreciated the interest you took in his welfare and felt thankful to you all. Mrs. Hawk and children
*Please note only four children were actually mentioned by name, was there a fifth?