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Frank B. Hawes, son of David Hawes and brother of Major Charles W. Hawes, was born in the City of Rock Island on November 14, 1844. (See biographies David Hawes and Major Charles W. Hawes). Since April 13, 1891, the subject of this sketch has been prominently connected with the head offices of the Modern Woodmen of America. For years he was the society’s statistician, but of late years he has discharged the responsible duties of chief of the final accounting department. He has supervision over the most important set of accounts maintained by the Modern Woodmen Society-the financial. It is naturally to be inferred that Mr. Hawes possesses superior ability as an accountant and mathematician.
Prior to the establishment of his connection with the Modern Woodmen Society, Mr. Hawes was for twenty-one years the cashier of the E. P. Reynolds & Company railroad contracting firm. During the period 1860-1890, inclusive, this firm built thousands of miles of western railroad, and Mr. Hawes as cashier, handled millions of dollars without the loss of a single cent.
In 1875 Mr. Hawes was united in wedlock to Miss Elizabeth A Rector, of Walworth, Wisconsin. One son, David R , a graduate of the Illinois School of Dentistry, University of Illinois, is the fruit of this union. Mr. Hawes is recognized as one of Rock Island’s most progressive citizens. He is active in his support of all policies and measures making for the betterment of Rock Island and the country at large. In national politics, he has always been an ardent and influential supporter of Republican principles. With his family, he resides in a well-appointed home at 718 Seventeenth Street.