The Vidette-Messenger Centennial EditionThe 1936 special edition celebrating Porter County's centennial year . . . .

The following article has been transcribed from the August 18, 1936, issue of The Vidette-Messenger, published in Valparaiso, Indiana. This particular special edition focuses on Porter County's centennial celebration and contains a 94-page compendium of Porter County history up to that time.

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Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; August 18, 1936; Volume 10, Section 4, Page 12.



One of the men prominent in the early history of Valparaiso is James B. Hawkins who was born on February 25, 1822. He came too Porter county on July 4, 1946, traveling by covered wagon.

He was united in married in 1846 to Paulina P. Carr. He was the first city treasurer when the City of Valparaiso was incorporated in 1865, Thomas J. Merrifield being Mayor. Later he served as councilman on three or four city councils. In 1862 he embarked in the hardware business with the late Azariah Freeman in the building now occupied by Charles Wark. He retired from the business in 1876, being succeeded by George S. Haste and James D. Hollett. He died in 1904.

Article transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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