Logan County Colorado Pioneers

George C. Hawkins, 9 North 50 West


George claimed two quarters in sections 8 and 9, 9N 50W in 1920.

George C. Hawkins is farming in 1900 Breckinridge County, Kentucky, born April 1889 in Kentucky, with El 56 and Florence 39 Hawkins, both born in Kentucky. Benjamin H. is 11, Sallie C. 16, Cllyde F. 14, George C. 11, Jesse W. 8, Maggie B. 3, Adrian W. 29, Jacob Louder Hawkins 28.

The Caleb Hawkins who died in Seattle is probably a relative "Seattle Wash April 30 1907
Died April 25th 1907 at his home 2824 E Aloha Mr Caleb Hawkins of paralysis in the 87th year of his age. He had been a resident of Seattle for two years. He was from Brackenridge county where he was born and raised and lived until he came to Seattle. Mr. Hawkins was a member of the Masonic fraternity and was buried with all the honors of that body. He bore his suffering with patient resignation although his suffering seemed to be great yet his last hours were calm and peaceful and he passed away to be with the loved ones that have gone before before."
[His parents were Benjamin Hawkins born 1779 and Mary Hewitt born 1804.
March 8, 1905 Cloverport, Kentucky "Caleb Hawkins and family, of Bethel, will leave in the near future for Nebraska."

January 6, 1909 Cloverport " Mr. C. F. Hawkins of McCook, Nebraska is here for a few weeks visiting relatives and friends.

In 1910 Red Willow County, Nebraska, Caleb L. is 65, Florence T. 48, Sallie C. 26, George C. 20, Jessie W. 18, and Blanche M. 13.

August 24, 1911 McCook - Grant community items "Jacob Wesch bought and hauled two loads of seed wheat from C.L. Hawkins Monday."

October 14, 1914 Cloverport, Kentucky "Dear Mr. Babbage:
In October, 1911, my daughter, who is a teacher in the Minden schools, kindly made a birthday present of the dear old News. In 1913 she sent it in my name, and this year, 1914, she has renewed the subscription and so it seems as if it were a new subscriber, as she renewed in my husband's initial, C. L. Hawkins. I am sure you remember him well. Have written by return mail hoping to save you of needless expence and trouble. Your good paper comes like a delightful breeze from home; yes the dear old Kentucky home, where the sun shines brightest and hearts are lightest.
Yours with all good wishes,
Mrs. Florence T. Hawkins.
McCook, Neb., October 10."

Caleb F. 75 and Florence T. 58 are in Red Willow County, Nebraska in 1920, with Jesse W. 28.
Caleb L. Hawkins in block 1 lot 10 space 1
Florence T. Hawkins in block 1 lot 10 space 2 and
Sallie C. Hawkins block 1 lot 10 space 3
Thanks to Sexton Elza Doak, Memorial Park Cemetery, McCook.


Florence and daughter Sallie Hawkins (a nurse) are alone in 1930 and 1940 Red Willow County.
July 3, 1909 - Cloverport, Kentucky "Miss Sallie Hawkins, of McCook Nebraska, is visiting relatives in the county until September. She is teh daughter of 'Cale' Hawkins, who fomerly lived in the New Bethel neighboro\hood."

One of McCook's most beloved citizens in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s was Miss Sallie Hawkins, who served as the school nurse for all of the ward schools, as well as the McCook Junior High and High schools. She was variously referred to as "McCook's Florence Nightingale, and as a "selfless humanitarian, one of those rare individuals who never consider self when there is anyone in need of help."

Sallie Hawkins was born in Meade County, Kentucky the day after Christmas in 1883. After she finished her schooling she taught in Kentucky schools for 13 years, then migrated to Western Nebraska with her family, where she continued to teach in the Minden schools.. During her tenure in Minden one of her pupils was Carl Curtis, the long time representative of Nebraska in Congress and later the Senate. Another was Howard Ream, the uncle of McCook's Merrill Ream.

Apparently, Sallie had always dreamed of becoming a Christian missionary, and after four years of teaching in Minden decided that her calling lay in becoming a nurse and saving the lives as well as the souls of the needy people overseas.

At the end of the school year in 1917 she informed the Minden School Board that she would not be returning to teach in the fall. Instead she would be enrolling in the Illinois Training School for Nurses in Chicago. The man to whom she tendered her resignation was Mr. G.P. Kingsley, President of the Minden School Board at the time, as well as the father of one of her students, Donald Kingsley. (Kingsley was an important figure in Nebraska circles, and is the man for whom the Kingsley Dam is named.)

Mr. Kingsley arrived at Miss Hawkins' home and announced that he would accompany her to the Railroad Station to catch her train to Chicago. On the way he attempted to persuade her to give up her Nursing dream and return to Minden in the fall for another year of teaching. When he saw that his arguments were not succeeding, he tried one last time, saying, "I don't believe you'll be a good nurse." This argument had the opposite effect from what Kingsley intended. It steeled Sallie's resolve to succeed.

By 1922, Miss Hawkins had completed her work in Chicago and in January of that year set sail for the Philippines, to become a Methodist Nurse Missionary. The next four years were the most rewarding years in Sallie's life. At her retirement in 1954, she was asked which of her many jobs she would most like to like to return. She unhesitatingly answered, "To the Philippines!"

Sallie's trip to the Philippines created much interest in 1922 in both the Minden and McCook communities, where her family was now living on a farm south of McCook, near the Kansas Line. Trips overseas in that era were not that common and school children followed her journey on maps and wrote essays on the people and places which Miss Hawkins would see in the Philippines.

The Missionary Societies in the Methodist Churches in McCook and Culbertson were especially interested in the missionary work of Sallie Hawkins, and voted to pay her salary of $1000 per year (a living wage in the Philippines in 1922). During this time the Methodist ladies made a quilt, which they sent to Miss Hawkins. The ladies sold the right to have a name embroidered on the quilt (for 15 or 25 cents). Hundreds of people in the area took advantage of the opportunity and the ladies were able to send nearly $600 along with the quilt. That quilt, with all the names, is on display at the High Plains Museum in McCook.

Sallie's work in the Philippines consisted of working and teaching in a hospital in Manila. (That hospital was destroyed by the Japanese in 1945. The new hospital, which replaced it, the Mary Johnson Memorial Hospital, paid for by the Methodist Campaign, "Crusade For Christ," is one of the best, if not the best in the Orient.)

For the rest of her life Miss Hawkins took much interest in the Philippines. She loved the native people and took pride in showing examples of the native folklore to her friends in the United States. She continued to stay in touch with her former students and the people with whom she had worked in the Philippines. One of her students, with whom Sallie stayed in touch, was Damiano Dororica, a brilliant Filipino woman who came to study at Columbia University on a DAR scholarship.

One of Miss Hawkins' first graduates was Librado Javalera, who became the head of nursing at the Manila hospital in which Sallie taught. (This was also the place where the Methodist Missionaries were interned by the Japanese during World War II.)

Sallie Hawkins would no doubt have stayed longer in missionary work, but returned to the United States after four years, when her father took sick and needed her help. Back home again she fell back on nursing for her livelihood, doing private nursing and other nursing positions, before taking the job as school nurse for the McCook Schools in 1937, a position she held for the next 17 years, until her retirement in 1954.

Miss Hawkins never received high pay for her work, but was always willing to share what she had with others who were less fortunate than she.

Early in the 1930s she bought a small house on East 6th Street (one of the houses removed when the viaduct was widened). When speaking of buying her home, Sallie laughed heartily, saying, "I always felt that the banker lent me his own money, for I had no resources of my own." Her home was simple, but it was a warm and happy place. Several of Sallie's brother's children stayed with her when they came to high school, and the family recalled many happy times at Aunt Sallie's place at holiday time.

When she began work as a case worker in the county welfare office she needed a car to make her calls. Again her banker came through, and Sallie did not let him down. Sallie christened her new car "Nancy Hanks." It was a great joy in her life and together Sallie and "Nancy" made many happy trips throughout the area.

Upon Sallie's retirement in 1954, the citizens of McCook responded to a Lions Club drive by presenting her with a new Chevrolet car, "Nancy Hanks III." Ralph Brooks noted that this was just a slight token of the esteem in which Miss Hawkins was held.

When Sallie Hawkins passed away in 1959, her death called forth memories of the good lady from scores of former students throughout the nation, who recalled her work as school nurse. Ralph Brooks, who had been Superintendent of McCook schools during her tenure, and was now Governor of the State, wrote a guest editorial in the Gazette. Among other things he said, "Sallie Hawkins was a school nurse. Sallie Hawkins was a social worker without portfolio. Sallie Hawkins was a friend of the ill, the distressed, and the destitute. Sally Hawkins was an institution. She is gone now, but will live in the hearts and minds of thousands, and her life, like a pebble tossed into a pool, will leave its impact on others who may never have heard of her. She exemplified the divine command, 'Let him who would be greatest among you be the servant of all.'"

The Gazette added its own praises, "This newspaper classes the late Sallie Hawkins among the world figures, such as Joan of Arc, Clara Barton, Madame Curie, and Florence Nightingale, all of whom left their marks on the advance of civilization."





In 1900 Red Willow County, John Goodenberger born April 1847 in Ohio, married 31 years to Marietta April 1847 Michigan, have David 30, James W. 18, both born in MIchigan, Clementine 14, Birte A 12, and nannie E. 8 born in Nebraska.

In 1910 Red Willow County, Nannie E. Goodenberger is 18, living with her brother Bert A. 22, her mother Maryette 62 born in Michigan, and sister Clementine M. 24.
John Goodenberger 1847-1904 # 12069944 and Marietta (Wilson) Goodenberger 1848-1922 # 12072545 are buried in Red Willow County.

November 10, 1910 McCook, marriage licenses were granted to George C. Hawkins, 31 of McCook and Nannie E. Goodenberger 18 of Cedar Bluffs, Kansas.
November 17, 1910 "George C. Hawkins and Nannie E. Goodenberger were married Tuesday Nov 15th at the office of the county judge returning to their home where a few of their nearest relatives and a good supper awaited them.
They go immediately to housekeeping on what is known as the Lawthers farm. We see nothing to keep theirs from being a prosperous and happy future and with their many friends wish them success in life."

1920 Cheyenne County, Colorado, 30, born in Kentucky, with Nannie P. 27 Nebraska. Doris V. 3 and Anna P. 1 were born in Colorado.

July 1939 Greeley "Mr. and Mrs. George Hawkins and daughter, Pearl, drove to McCook, Neb., Sunday to ... Mr. Hawkins' mother and sister who had been injured in an automobile accident [that would be Florence and Sallie Hawkins of McCook]. Returning that evening they brought with them another daughter, Mrs. Doris McGuire, and her son, Lowell. Mr. Hawkins' mother, sister and daughter had started for Colorado about two weeks ago. When about 50 miles from McCook a tire blew out causing the car to turn over completely. Although the car was demolished none of the occupants was seriously injured"


October 1939 Greeley, Colorado "Mrs. Doris McGuire and son, Lowell, from McCook, Nebr. are visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Hawkins."

George and Nannie and the two girls were in Red Willow County, Nebraska in 1930, and in 1940 are in Weld County. They have only Pearl, 21, a saleswoman.

September 1942 "Divorce suits, filed-Included: George C. Hawkins vs. Nannie E. Hawkins of Weld county, Colo.; married at McCook, Nebr., Sept. 15, 1910; cruelty."

October 6, 1942 Reno, Nevada "George C. Hawkins from Nannie E. Hawkins."
In the same issue "George Caleb Hawkins, 53, of Reno, and Evelyn May Thomas, 42, of Oakland."

In 1940 Oakland, Evelyn Thomas 40 born in Canada, is a saleslady, single, with daughter Evelyn 9 adn sone Herbert M. 8 both borni n California.
Evelyn was in Oakland in 1930, married to Earl, with daughter Margaret, 8. Margaret E. Beazeley, born Sept 9, 1921, died April 18, 2010 in Sparks, Nevada.
Margaret Beazeley, born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan entered from Canada at Sweet Grass Montana on October 18, 1927, accompanied by mother Evelyn . She was going to visit uncle Earl Marcellus of Forsyth, Montana.
They had been visiting grandfather Henry Marcellus of Fort Langley, British Columbia.
George Caleb Hawkins registered for WWII in Alameda County, California, with Mrs. Nannie Hawkins of Evans, Colorado as a reference. He was working at the U.S. Army base in Oakland, bon April 27, 1889 at Hardinsburg, Kentucky.

George died July 7, 1981 in Stanislaus County, California.

Nannie Eliza (Goodenberger) Hawkins, born April 17, 1892 in Nebaska, died Sept 13, 1988 in Kern County, California, mother's maiden name Wilson.

In 1940 McCook, Kenneth McGuire is a station attendant, 26, born in Missouri, Doris 24 born in Colorado, with Lowell 4 born in Nebraska.

Kenneth Henry McGuire, age 95, died Wednesday (July 11, 2007) at Hillcrest Nursing Home.

He was born March 29, 1912, to Joseph Walters and Kathryn (Reiners) McGuire in McCook.

He married Doris Hawkins and to this union two children were born, Ken and Judy.

He married Jean L. Hutto in Wray, Colo., on June 19, 1952. He worked for Burlington Northern Railroad as an engineer, he was also a farmer and he enjoyed hunting, fishing and after he retired, he became an avid golfer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Kathryn, his wife, Jean and two brothers, Carl and Burdette.

He is survived by his son, Ken McGuire and wife, Fern of Cloudcroft, N.M.; daughter, Judy Gaines and husband, Verlyn of Bakersfield, Calif.; and six grandchildren.

Graveside inurnment services will be at Calvary Cemetery on Thursday, 2 p.m., with Father Gary Brethour officiating.



Lowell Kenneth McGuire, born in Nebraska to Kenneth McGuire, d on February 19, 1936, died in Las Cruces, New Mexico June 24, 2014, spouse Fern Nelson.
" Lowell Kenneth (Ken) McGuire passed away June 24th. He was born in Nebraska on February 19, 1936 to Kenneth and Doris McGuire. He went to school in McCook Nebraska and then married Fern E. Nelson. They spent the next 2 years in the Marine Corps. He was the father to three fine Boys. Ken was a career aerospace engineer working on Mercury, Apollo, shuttle and the B1 bomber in California and New Mexico. Throughout his aerospace career, he actively studied the ways of Zen and became an ordained Buddhist priest and spent the next 30 years in the service of all sentient being. During his clerical career, he was transmitted to the rank of Roshi (Zen Master) in the Soto Zen lineage of Rev. Dr. Soyu Matsuoka-roshi (Japanese) and Grand Master in Vietnamese Zen. "


George's brother Benjamin also went to Red Willow County, and is there in 1940, 60 with Ida 51 born in Nebraska Jean 17 and Robert 15 in Nebraska. On the same page is Burdett MGuie 32 and his wife Ruth 30, both born in Nebraska. Burdett O. McGuire is Kenneth's older brother.


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