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Hawkins: Bert, Anna, Nola, Arthur, Edith
Posted by: Constance Golden Date: March 12, 2001 at 17:55:22
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Characters: JE Hawkins (see my post #1991, Hawkins Forum) - Father
Mrs. Hawkins - Wife
Mrs. Nosler - Mother of Wife
Nola, Bert, Arthur - Children

Hawkins' had lived in Ottumwa for some time, and eventually moved to farm near Herman,
Washington, Nebraska. Herman suffered a terrible tornado in 1899. See for more details:

William Hawkins, brother to JE, wrote this story:

Family Was Just Preparing to Enter
the Cellar When Storm Picked
House Off its Foundation --
Injuries Are Serious.

[From Saturday's Daily.] {22 June 1899 - Ottuma, Iowa}
For the benefit of the friends of J.E.Hawkins and family, including Mrs. Nosler, and in
view of the conflicting stores circulated, I will give as nearly correct an account as I can of
the death of Mr. Hawkins and the injuries received by members of the family in the Herman,
Neb., cyclone, after being on the ground and seeing the same and condition of the family.
Mr. Hawkins was with the family in the kitchen trying to get a trap-door open to go to the
cellar, when the house and contents were lifted into the air and scattered. He was blown
with the cook stove, and also the gasoline stove, about 200 feet or more and dropped in
among the contents of the barn, which was destroyed. The fire from the stoves caused the
debris to burn. His body was not recognizable, being burned beyond recognition. Mrs.
Hawkins, Mrs. Nosler and Nola were not taken so far, but were helpless from injuries. Bert,
the oldest boy, got to the cellar by the outside entrance and only received a small cut on
the head and was able to give the alarm to willing neighbors, who rushed to the scene.
Arthur, the youngest boy, was not at home, so was not injured. Their worldly possessions
in the house are all gone, there being nothing left that can be found worth picking up. Their
horses are all alive, but more or less crippled. The cows and young cattle, and also about
seventy hogs, are dead or missing. The farm machinery was all wrecked so that it is

Mrs. Nosler has both arms broken between the elbow and wrist, and also received
internal injuries, which are considered very serious to a person of her age. Mrs. Hawkins
has a limb broken near the ankle, several ribs broken on the right side, and one is
puncturing the lung, besides other bruises and cuts. It is hard to say what will be the result.
Miss Nola's spine is said to be fractured. When I saw her last she was resting easy, but
only able to move her left arm slightly.

Mr. Hawkins was buried at 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon, by the Modern Woodmen of
America, at Forest Lawn cemetery, Omaha, Neb.
W.H. Hawkins

Bert Hawkins married Anna Ackerman. She was a young lady/nurse from Tekemah, Burt,
Nebraska who was sent to help this family recuperate. You might remember Bert as a law-man or a postmaster in Klamath. You can also find out a lot of his good deeds via Mt Laki Church's records.

Nola became The Librarian for Klamath Falls. I'll try to get her retirement story on line for you.

Arthur (my ancestor) married Edith Myrtle Smith of Blair Nebraska and died as a young man after being poisoned by carbon monoxide because of his profession: auto mechanics.

Just a note: All the people in this story eventually moved to Klamath Falls, Oregon. Many are buried in Ashland, Oregon. No one else died because of their injuries.

If anyone has additional information about this family, or had info about the tornado, I'd be
happy to listen.

(Mrs. Nosler is buried without a tombstone in Linkville Cemetery, not in Ashland.)

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