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George Cressey Hawley Papers
An Inventory of the Collection
Born to William Edwin Hawley and Nellie Kinnear in Kingsville, Ohio, on October 21, 1890, George Cressey Hawley attended Kingsville Public School from 1900 to 1907. In 1908 he went to Northwestern Academy in Evanston, Illinois, and then continued to Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. After a year in College Station, Texas, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1916 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.
Between 1917 and 1919, during World War I, he served as an officer in one of the first anti-aircraft artillery units, experiencing active duty in the Meuse, Argonne and Moselle campaigns in France.
Upon returning to Austin after the war, he married Anna Harlan Bartholomew on May 13, 1920. Anna Bartholomew was the great-granddaughter of Eugene Carlos Barholomew, who was a leading figure in early Austin city politics and banking.
Around this time, Hawley became the first vice-president of the Austin chapter of the Reserve Officers' Association, which was the first of its kind in Texas. Between 1920 and 1937 he was employed as the Chief Engineer of the Texas Fire Insurance Committee. In 1947 he was appointed to the Governor's Statewide Fire Prevention Committee. Hawley's final document of achievement was his promotion to the rank of Major in the Officers' Reserve Corps in 1952.
George Cressey Hawley retired in 1966. He died on October 17, 1976, and is buried in Austin Memorial Park Cemetery.
There are eight folders in the collection.
World War I Letters to Parents (1918), contains correspondence to Hawley's parents about his stateside military camp life, training at an aircraft school near Paris, and subsequent combat experience in France. Similar attention is given to description of French customs and landscape, as well as to interaction with civilians and prisoners-of-war. Included is a black-and-white photograph of an unidentified soldier posing in front of a German dugout.
World War II Correspondence Received (1944), are letters from friends detailing their respective combat experiences.
Military Service Documents (1917-1958), contains official military paperwork. Also included is a photo of Hawley with his fellow soldiers in France, 1918.
Awards and Certificates (1920-1966), academic and professionally related documents. Hawley's undergraduate diploma from the University of Texas is housed in a separate flat file.
Wedding Documents (1920), contains Hawley and Anna Harlan Bartholomew's marriage license and related ceremonial memorabilia.
Hawley Family (undated), contains genealogical material, correspondence, obituaries and various newspaper clippings related to Hawley's extended family.
Assorted Materials (undated), contains a scrapbook once belonging to a relative of Anna Bartholomew, and an unrelated membership directory.
Photographs (undated), contains 19 b/w and 11 color photos of Hawley family members and acquaintances.
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George Cressey Hawley Papers, Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/1956/004
Donation Date: 1992
Finding aid encoded by Jim Rizkalla, December 2017. Revisions by Susan Rittereiser, 2018.