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Surname: Hawes, Edwards, Leonard
Tues. Jan. 13, 1931 date of death.....don't have date of obituary
DEATH REMOVES MIDNIGHT BRIDE
Mrs. R. S. Hawes, Silver City Pioneer of Romantic Camp, Passes------------
Silver City (Special)---Mrs. R. S. Hawes, 75, one of the pioneers of this
district, died Tuesday. She was a native of Grass Valley, Calif., and moved
to Silver City in 1873.
April 3, 1874, she was married to "Dickie" Hawes, prominent figure in the
Masonic and Odd Fellow lodges of Idaho, in one of the most romantic weddings
Married at Midnight
The ceremony was performed on War Eagle mountain, which was then a thriving
mining center. Due to a blinding storm the Episcopal minister coming to
the village to perform the ceremony was delayed and did not arrive until
midnight. Meanwhile between 75 and 80 miners came out of the Poorman mine
in time to join in the festivities and take part in a midnight wedding
feast. Mrs. Hawes lived in silver City and its vicinity since her marriage.
Her home was noted for its hospitality and was a center for social functions.
She is survived by her husband; one daughter, Mrs. R. H. Leonard, silver
City; three sons, John and Will of Silver City, and Richard R. Hawes, Jr.,
Boise; four sisters and a brother living in California, and a number of
grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon.
From Cemeteries of the Idaho ghost towns of Fairview, Ruby City and
City by Don Jamison:
Philippa Hawes Died - Jan 13, 1931
As the leaves fall in autumn, the early pioneers of Silver City are drifting
At four o'clock Tuesday afternoon, the 13 inst., Philippa, wife of Richard
S. Hawes, joined the caravan of those who have passed to the Great Beyond,
death coming as a welcome relief after long months of pain and suffering.
Philippa Edwards was born at Jacksonville, California, February 17, 1856,
and then came to Fairview, then a flourishing mining camp on War Eagle
Mountain, with an uncle and aunt in 1873.
On April 3, 1874, she became the wife of Richard S. Hawes, then one of
the foremen in the famed Poorman mine, who survives her. This wedding proved
to be one of the historically romantic events of the camp.
A fierce snowstorm raged on old War Eagle at the time and the minister,
Rev. Purdy of the Protestant Episcopal Church of Silver City, did not reach
the camp until midnight. Then all the men, some seventy-five or eighty,
were called form the depths of the mine to witness the ceremony and partake
of the bounteous wedding feast, which was spread in the mine boarding house.
The young couple went to housekeeping in a cottage ready and waiting and
their home soon became known for its kind and generous hospitality, a reputation
it has maintained throughout the near three-score years of their married
life. In those early days Bishop Tuttle and other men prominent in the
affairs of Idaho at that time, were frequent and welcome guests at their
Mrs. Hawes is survived by her husband, one daughter, Mrs. R.H. Leonard
of Silver, three sons, Will and John of Silver and Richard, Jr., of Boise;
and eight grandchildren. There are also, four sisters and a brother in
Funeral services were conducted this (Friday) afternoon in the Masonic
Temple, followed by interment in the Masonic cemetery. The pall bearers
were her sons and grandsons. The floral offerings were profuse and beautiful.
Link: Families of Tom and Jana (Hawes) Robertson