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Subject: HAWKINS; Dawson J.-14/10/1930-USA
Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2005 00:07:52 +0100
Colorado Springs Gazette
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1930 page 1
Hawkins Funeral at 2:30 tomorrow
Noted Mining Chemist Long Identified with State's Gold Production.
J. Dawson Hawkins, a resident of Colorado Springs for more than 35 years and
a recognized expert in mining and milling operations, succumbed to a long
illness at noon yesterday, death occurring at Glockner hospital, where he
had been bedridden for weeks. He was 62 years old. Funeral services will be
held from Grace Church chapel at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, with the
rector, the Rev. Paul Roberts, in charge. Burial at Evergreen cemetery will
be private. An expert chemist with degrees from University of Pennsylvania
and experience with the Edgar Thompson Steek works at Pittsburgh. Mr.
Hawkins came to Colorado in 1888, taking a position as chemist with the
Globe Smelting and Refining company. In 1892 he went to Aspen as
superintendent of the Holden Smelting and Milling company
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but returned to Cripple crrek the following year and joined the technical
staff of the Lawrence Gold Extraction company. In the fall of 1895, he
became superintendent of the El Paso Reduction company, which position he
held until 1896, then taking charge of the Colorado-Philadelphia Reduction
company. In 1900 in addition to the last named position he became
superintendent of the Standard Smelting and Milling company of Colorado
City. In 1901 with the incorporation of the plant into the U.S.R. and R.
Co., Mr. Hawkins was elected general superintendent of the consolidated
concern. In 1906 he was advanced to the position of general manager and in
the following year the presidency of the corporation was added to the office
before mention. Besides directing to a large extent and controlling the
operations of the U.S.R. and R. Co., Mr. Hawkins was a director of the U.S.
Sugar and Land Co. and the Beaver Land and Irrigation Co. His high standing
as a practical expert was also suplemented by a wise recognition of his
technical knowledge regarding the mechanical and chemical treatment or ores.
He was a member of the Americal Chemical society. American Association for
the Advancement of Science, American Institute of Mechanical Engineers and
the Society of Chemical Industry of London, England. Was also member of the
Chemist club of New York city. In the west his social connections were
Cheyenne Mountain and El Paso Clubs, Colorado Springs, Denver and University
club of Denver and the Alta club of Salt Lake City. In 1898 he Married Mary
S. Robbins, daughter of George Robbins of Chicago. They had two children, a
son, John Dawson Hawkins, Jr. and a daughter, Mrs. W.B. Milliken of Denver.