Clipped From Galesburg Register-Mail

pattym Member Photo

Clipped by pattym

 - g Qaiwftuffl ftiwiftteNMafl, QalMbufB, III....
g Qaiwftuffl ftiwiftteNMafl, QalMbufB, III. Thursday, Aug. 11, 1S77 civic leader Hawthorne Ralph Hawthorne, who was active in business, civic affairs and government here for more than a half century, died Wednesday at 1:40 p.m. at Galesburg Cottage Hospital. He was 86. Mr. Hawthorne, who lived at 1547 Clark St., was born July 23,1891, at Enfield, III. He was graduated from the University of Chicago School of Pharmacy in 191S. Mr. Hawthorne moved to Galesburg in 1922, when he purchased the former Lescher Drug Company. He operated the business as Hawthorne Drug Company from 1922-1949. He was Galesburg postmaster from 193S-1945; during his tenure, the post office building at 476 E. Main St. was constructed. He served as a Knox County Housing Authority Commissioner from 1949-1971. During that time, the authority undertook and completed urban renewal projects adjacent to the Knox College campus and in the Public Square area. Moon Towers and low-rent family housing projects also were constructed. Mr. Hawthorne was a member of the board of directors of Fidelity Federal Savings and Loan Association since 1941. He was a former director of First Galesburg National Bank and Trust Company and Farmers and Mechanics Bank. He also was a former member of the board of directors of Intra State Telephone Company. He was elected toGalesburg School District 205's Board of Education twice, and served as board president in the mid-1950s. He had not planned to seek his second term, but ran after being nominated by petitions which flooded the school board office. Mr. Hawthorne was a former member of Galesburg Cottage Hospital's board. Virtually every institution with which Mr. Hawthorne was associated completed expansion or construction programs during his tenure. For example, the three financial institutions remodeled, rebuilt, enlarged or added parking and drive-in facilities. The school district constructed a new high school and a new junior high school. While serving as a deacon, his church built an addition and a new parish house. Cottage Hospital constructed a nursing school and added a wing. Mr. Hawthorne had owned a motel on North Henderson Street, and also owned farmland in Knox County. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, where he served as a deacon. He was a member of Vesper Masonic Lodge. A veteran of World War I, Mr. Hawthorne was a member of Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285. Mr. Hawthorne was a member of the Galesburg Rotary Club for 57 years. He was named the club's Paul Harris Fellow — the honor included a $1,000 donation by the club in his name to the Rotary Foundation, sponsor of scholarship and exchange programs — in 1976. Mr. Hawthorne married Ruby J. Young in Madison, Wis., on July 23,1917. She died in February 1974. Surviving are a son, Stewart of Galesburg; a daughter, Mrs. A. J. (Marjorie) Novotny, Peoria; a brother, Edward of Mount Vernon, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, with Rev. William Pruett, pastor, and Dr. Joseph Hoffman, pastor emeritus, officiating. Friends may call today from 7-9 p.m. at Hinchliff - Pearson - West Chapel. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church or to Galesburg Cottage Hospital, the family said. Ralph Hawthorne

Clipped from
  1. Galesburg Register-Mail,
  2. 11 Aug 1977, Thu,
  3. Page 2

pattym Member Photo
  • Clipped by pattym – 04 Sep 2013

Want to comment on this Clipping? Sign up for a free account, or sign in