Riverview Cemetery, circa 1906

Horse Bess and buggy at L. L. Hawkins grave at Riverview Cemetery, circa 1906. The boy on left is W. J. Hawkins Jr., and Mary Hawkins and Agnes Hawkins are in the buggy on the right.

City of Portland (OR) Archives, A2010-015.303.

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6 thoughts on “Riverview Cemetery, circa 1906

  1. Col. Lester Leander Hawkins (March 17, 1848- March 11, 1906) died at age 57. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio. This grave plot is in Section 7, Lot 75, Grave 9, in Riverview Cemetery.

    “Colonel L. L. Hawkins, was one of Portland’s most public-spirited citizens, died at the home of his brother, W. J. Hawkins, 564 Fourth Street, at 1:15 this morning of heart trouble. Mr. Hawkins had just returned from Tacoma where he went on a business trip. He complained of feeling ill, and a physician was called. He grew rapidly worse and did not respond to treatment. The end came soon after the first hour Monday.”

    More information and photos of gravesite from “findagrave” website:
    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/102204883/lester-leander-hawkins

    This carriage was mighty fine-looking with its lacquered paint job sparkling in the afternoon light.

  2. The article that Jim supplied (https://design.uoregon.edu/ ) speaks well to the importance of Landscapes to cities and homes and buildings. THis at a time that they are planning on redoing the park blocks. The park blocks were part of the original plat of Portland, and were suppose to be continuous from the “NOrth Park” all the way up to the top by Chapman school where are now. That line has been broken up already several times by inserting buildings.

  3. L L Hawkins is often referred to as Colonel (Col.) but I did not find any mention of military service, so I will assume that this is a honorary title, like KFC’s Col. Sanders.
    L L Hawkins lived with his brother W J Hawkins at 564 Fourth which on his brothers voter registration card in this era shows that this address was on Fourth between Lincoln & Grant streets.

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