Enola Hawkins Quits City Librarian Post After 34 Years of Faithful Service
By Lois Stewart
Hearld and News
Klamath Falls, Oregon
Saturday, January 3, 1947
Price Five Cents
* No. 1228
Sincere regret was expressed last night by members of the Klamath Falls city library board, when they accepted the resignation of Miss Enola Hawkins, city librarian since 1913.
The resignation was presented to the board and Miss Hawkins gave ill health as the reason for leaving the work which she so ably and faithfully carried out these many years. The board did not announce Miss Hawkins' successor.
Miss Hawkins is credited with building up to its present standards the city library of Klamath Falls. She knew books and her fine sense of discernment resulted in the splendid selections which line the shelves of the edifice now standing at 5th and Klamath, and quite a far cry from the little room which first served as the city's first library.
Mrs. R. E. Wattenburg, president of the city library board, said that the board was deeply regretful in its acceptance of Miss Hawkins' retirement.
Enola Adeline Hawkins came to Klamath Falls in 1906. She was born in Ottumwa, Ia., the daughter of James E. and Martha Adeline Hawkins. Following her education in the Ottumwa Schools, Miss Hawkins attended Grinnel college in Grinnell, Ia. She has a fund of interesting stores to tell of her early days in both Roseburg and Klamath Falls. Shortly after her arrival in this city with her mother, and her two brothers, Burt E. Hawkins, now Klamath Falls postmaster, and the late J. Arthur Hawkins of Ashland, the family became interested in community work and Miss Hawkins was soon active in the Woman's Library club, pioneer civic group of this city. The club had charge of what small library work was being done in the county in 1913, and asked Miss Hawkins to take over this department. she succeeded a Mrs. Talbot and the library was established in the old Methodist church building at the corner of 3rd and Main on the Klamath county courthouse property.
In February of 1927, Miss Hawkins was appointed first city librarian at the time the city of Klamath Falls took over the small institution from the women's group. Miss Hawkins should receive more than the usual accolade for her work in building up the library which is now acknowledged as one of the finest in the state of Oregon. She has watched the library grow from a small reading room in a cold, drafty room, to the building which answers the needs of a city.
If she has any special interest, Miss Hawkins particularly enjoyed guiding the reading habits of the young and whenever there was a donation of fine children's books, it was not long before the telephone rang and she reported with delight the gift of juvenile volumes.
The library board may be losing a fine librarian, but it is the city of Klamath Falls that will feel the loss even more keenly. Miss Hawkins is now at the home of her brother, Burt E. Hawkins, on Vine street, and a speedy recovery and a return to the community life of the city is the wish of her countless friends and admirers.
I was able to find this out about her studies at Grinnell:
"I have found Enola listed with the class of 1896 in her freshman yearbook. Will check with the registrar to find out how long she studied here and will get back to you with more information.
"Here is what I learned about Enola, father J. E. Hawkins of Ottumwa.
"Her transcript shows that she attended Grinnell for one year 1892-93. She studied Latin, English, German, Elocution and Math and was a strong student. There are no photos to send, sorry.
"Elocution: public speaking. The 1893 version would probably seem very stylized to us today."
Shane Bellis Cook '56
Grinnell College, Iowa
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