HAWKINS, JAMES D., funeral director, was born in Hartford county, Md., April 21, 1850. He is a son of Archibald A. and Nancy (Macomber) Hawkins. He received his education in the public schools and Normal School of Delta, Pa., whither he had removed with his parents in his early youth. He entered the undertaking establishment of his father, and for twenty-five years he has continuously given his attention to this business, twenty-three of which have been spent in Harrisburg. He is a graduate of the renowned Training School for Embalmers of New York as well as of the Harrisburg Embalming School. He has been engaged in business for himself for over ten years. He is an active member of Robert Burns Lodge, No. 464, F. & A. M.; Perseverance Chapter, No. 21; Pilgrim Commandery, No. 11, of Harrisburg, and Lulu Temple, of Philadelphia; Herculean Castle, No. 480, Knights of the Golden Eagle; and Egyptian Commandery, No. 114, Knights of Malta; also a member of Sovereign Consistory, Scottish Rite Masons. In politics he affiliates with the Democratic party. He has been prominently identified to musical circles in Harrisburg as a vocalist. He was one of the promoters and an officer of the Thursday Club, and an officer in the old Harmonic Society. He has contributed his talent as a vocalist to many of the leading musicales and operatic performances given in Harrisburg. He has sung in the choirs of Grace church, the German Reformed church, Jewish synagogue and Grace Episcopal church of Baltimore. He is highly esteemed as a good business man, a gentleman of culture and a public-spirited citizen. Mr. Hawkins was married at Philadelphia, April 27, 1896, to Miss Sarah Cornelia Cook, daughter of Henry and Mary Cook, of Harrisburg.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 16 Feb 2001
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