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Patrick Hawkins

From Pioneer Colony by Stephen Nathaniel Hawkins

Without having any data of measurements other than my own remembrances, I will try and give, as nearly as I can, a description of Patrick.

I should say that he was about 5 ft. 9 inches in height, weight about 165 to 175 pounds; light ruddy complexion, brown auburn hair, very much inclined to crimp, in fact when he oiled and brushed it, and allowed it to remain in its own natural condition for about one half hour thereafter, it began to curl of its own motion into crimpy ringlets all over his neck and down to his shoulders. It looked magnificently beautiful. His eyes were of a gray color with bluish tint. He had a large prominent nose, rather broad with wide winged nostrils. His limbs were perfect, and when he was a young man between the ages of--say 20 to 35--he was regarded as being a fine specimen of manhood. As he advanced in years he became bald, so, having lost that beautiful hair, quite naturally, it detracted, somewhat from his former appearance.

Might as well at this point, perhaps, give a short description of his wife.

I remember very distinctly the time when my brother brought her to visit at Uncle Caffrey’s place where I was then staying. She was then quite a young woman, in fact only a girl, so to speak, of about 17 to 19 years of age, about 5 ft. 6 or 7 inches, light brown hair, blue eyes, very clear light complexion, weight about 135 to 140 lbs., and while she might not be called a handsome girl, yet, she was quite good looking as every feature was perfect, and no distortion of features or of limbs.

For the benefit of those who saw Brother Patrick but never saw his father, will say that it was freely admitted on all sides, that Brother Patrick strongly resembled his father in form and features, except that Father was a much larger man than was Patrick. In his younger days Brother Patrick was quite genteel, and loved to dress pretty well, and he prided himself, upon the fact that he always kept on hand an extra fine pair of French Calf boots, and a nice smooth and well brushed silk hat, and it is not too much to say that when he dressed up of a Sunday morning to go to Church, or went to some entertainment, Patrick cut quite a swath in those early days.

As he and his young wife settled close to where sister--Aunt Caffrey--as we called her, lived, and I was then staying with the Caffrey family, I met them very often, sometimes every day, for over six years, so very naturally, I became very intimate with both of those families, much more so than with some of the others, and I could weave dozens, yes, scores of truthful little anecdotes which took place, and afforded us all much amusement in those early pioneer days.

To more fully illustrate my meaning, I may be pardoned if I relate one little instance, out of many which could be told, of a similar nature, which occurred while I was yet a mere boy and living with the Caffreys.

One morning Brother Patrick had called to Mr. Caffrey’s place, as often happened, on a visit, and it appears that he sat over in front of my sister, Mrs. Caffrey, where he remained for some time during the conversation which was going on between himself and Uncle Caffrey. My sister watched him very intently for several minutes, and then said: "Oh my! I never noticed before, Brother Patrick, that you had such an awful big nose."

Patrick laughed, and looked at her, and answered by saying that her own nose was about the same size and shape as was his nose--that he and she, both had their father’s nose, but, she insisted that, while, perhaps, the general outline of her nose was like his nose, yet, she had a nice slender nose, where as his nostrils were spread out like those of a RACE HORSE. By that time we all looked at both noses, and we discovered that Aunt Caffrey had, in the meantime, placed her thumb and finger on her own nose, so as to make it appear as being quite slender, and had also held in her breath, and sure enough, at that very time, and after those actions on her part, her nose did really look a great deal smaller and did have, for the moment, a slender appearance. Very naturally, we all began to laugh, Aunt Caffrey with the rest, and as soon as she gave way to her natural facial manner, those nostrils assumed their natural appearance, and spread out just like those of his, and so that little incident, innocent as it was, afforded all of us much merriment, and also caused many a laugh for several weeks thereafter. There were many other little jokes and incidents, which, in my boyhood days, I enjoyed very much, but as they would not, perhaps, be of much interest to any one outside of the family, I will pass over them, and give the names of the members of that family.

As nearly as I can now remember, Patrick died at the age of about 64 to 66 years, as the result of a severe cold which he could not shake off.

PATRICK married CATHERINE (KATE) McGRAW, daughter of John McGraw, of the City of Hudson, Wis. At first settled with the balance of the family in Pleasant Valley, but, later on, moved to a farm in the town of Kinnickinnic, where they enlarged their holdings, from time to time, until at the time of his death, they had two very good farms, with substantial buildings upon them.

They, too, were very industrious, and educated several of their children to become quite proficient in music, and book lore, and they also entertained the relatives and friends at "FAMILY DINNERS" and several "FAMILY REUNIONS."

I recall, with feelings of much pleasure, several very pleasant entertainments we had in their house, and more particularly the "Wedding Feast," given in honor of their daughter, ESTELLE, who married M. Denneen, of Wilson, Wis. The widow, Kate, rents the farm and is now living in a neat and comfortable house of their own in the City of River Falls, Wis.

1880 census

Series: T9 Roll: 1445 Page: 242, Kinnickinnic, St. Croix Co. WI, June 12th, 1880

The Children were:

  1. GEORGE--married WINNIE DOONER, of Springfield, Wis., and they live on one of the farms in the Kinnickinnic Valley. (Later): Died in November, 1914.

  2. IDA--Received a higher education, taught school for a time, including a term in the Academy at River Falls, Wis., married Frank Bush, a civil engineer. They have traveled about in his business a good deal, resided in Baltimore, Md., for a while, and, later on, moved to St. Louis, MO. And Mr. Bush has become the president of one of the large railway companies at a very large salary.

  3. ESTELLE--Married M. DENNEEN who carried on a store business for a time, but later on, moved to a farm near Hammond Village, and was afterwards accidentally killed at a R. R. crossing near the Hammond depot. For a time, Estelle lived with her sister, Mrs. Bush, out west, but later, makes her home with her mother in the City of River Falls, Wis.

  4. JOHN HENRY--Commonly called Henry, a civil engineer, in Seattle, Wash., married Mary Johns, a stranger to me.

  5. WILLIAM P.--Married ______ COLLINS, a stranger to me, has traveled considerably as a civil engineer in several states, also as a diamond driller, etc., in Africa, returning from there, it appears, that he followed the good fortunes of his brother-in-law, Mr. Bush, and last I heard from him, was located at St. Louis, Mo., as a fuel agent for several R. R. companies at a good salary.

  6. ALFRED--A large strong athletic young man, went westward, and last I heard of him, was on the Pacific Coast, said to be somewhere in Washington State.