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Zora "Zeke" Hawthorne

Male 1899 - 2000  (100 years)


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  • Name Zora "Zeke" Hawthorne  [1, 2
    Nickname Zeke 
    Born 30 Jul 1899  Roganville, Jasper County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Jul 2000  Broaddus, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Friendship Cemetery, Roganville, Jasper County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • "Hawthorne Will Celebrate a Century"  San Augustine Tribune, July 29, 1999 p 13

      Zora Hawthorne will be honored for his 100th birthday at a reunion Saturday, July 31, at the Hen House Ridge Pavillion at Martin Dies Jr State Park near Dam B.

      Hawthorne was born July 30, 1899, to Tim and Mary Hawthorne of Roganville, a small sawmill town 11 miles south of Jasper. Hawthorne was the youngest of 14 children.

      Until grown, Hawthorne worked on the family farm which was by the Santa Fe railroad tracks and could tell which train was coming through just by the whistle.

      Growing up listening to those whistles gave him the desire to work on the railroad. At age 21, he went to work on a switch engine in Roganville during the winter and continued to work on the farm during the summer months.

      In 1928, Hawthrone went to work for Kirby Lumber Company at Camp 11 near Silsbee.

      During the Depression, he farmed until 1937 when he went back to work for Kirby until 1941.

      World War II began while he worked for Livingston shipyard in Orange where he was employed until 1942 when his dream of riding the rails was realized as he went to work for Kansas City Southern (K.C.S.) where he remained employed for 30 years until retirement at age 70.

      In 1996, Hawthorne lost his wife of 73 years, Mae Fairchild Hawthorne.

      He now shares his life with the remainder of his family which includes daughter Mary Lou King and husband Larry of Broaddus and daughter Doris Jean Ostraner of The Woodlands.

      Hawthorne is grandfather to six, great grandfather to 17 and great-great grandfather to three.

      OBITUARY
      Sabine County Reporter
      19 July 2000

      Zora "Zeke" Hawthorne, 100, of Broaddus died Monday, July 10, 2000, at Colonial Pines Health Care Center in San Augustine. Hawthorne was a native of Roganville and had formerly lived in Pt. Arthur 59 years.He was a retired engineer with Kansas City Southern. Survivors: daughters, Mary Lou H. King of Broaddus and Doris Ostrander of The Woodlands; six grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held July 12 at Friendship Church near Roganville, interment followed at Friendship Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; 2990 Richmond Ave, Ste 118; Houston, TX 77098-3196. Levingston Funeral Home of Groves, directors.
    Person ID I9347  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father Joshua Timothy "Tim" Hawthorne, Jr.,   b. 2 Feb 1849, Decatur County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1934, Roganville, Jasper County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Mother Mary Matilda Jones,   b. 13 May 1855, Decatur County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1936, Roganville, Jasper County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 2 Dec 1871  Jasper County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F4044  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lillie Mae Fairchild,   b. Abt 1904, Diboll, Angelina County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1996, Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 92 years) 
    Married 20 Dec 1923  [4
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2006 
    Family ID F4302  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 30 Jul 1899 - Roganville, Jasper County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Jul 2000 - Broaddus, San Augustine County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Friendship Cemetery, Roganville, Jasper County, Texas Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Hawthorne, Zora
    Hawthorne, Zora
    Article in honor of his 100th birthday

  • Sources 
    1. [S342] San Augustine Tribune, weekly, 807 E. Columbia, San Augustine, TX, (San Augustine Tribune, USPS No. 479-040, Published every Thursday at 807 E. Columbia St., San Augustine, Texas 75972 Stephen Hays & Arlan Hays, Publishers. Postmaster: Change of Address notice should be made at P.O. Box 539, San Augustine, Texas 75972. The Tribune is a continuation of the Texas Chronicle moved from Galveston to San Augustine in 1837 and published as the Redlander.), July 29, 1999 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S336] The Sabine County Reporter, P.O. Box 700, Hemphill, Texas (Published Weekly), (Founded in 1883, The Sabine County Reporter (USPS 474-660) is published once a week on Wednesday. The Reporter is Published by Sabine County Reporter, Inc. Postmaster: Send change of address to P.O. Box 700, Hemphill, Texas 75948-0700. The Sabine County Reporter and The Rambler merged March 1, 1988. Member National Newspaper Association and Texas Press Association.), 19 July 2000 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S17] Dore, Barbara Yancey (Transcriber), JASPER COUNTY TEXAS MARRIAGE RECORDS 1849-1900 (Southeast Texas Genealogical & Historical Society).

    4. [S369] Smith, Barbara--Family Researcher (bbsmith2@swbell.net).