HAWLEY- Edward Hawley was born in Rensselaer County, New York on March 14,1839. In early manhood he was attracted to railroad work, became a skillful engineer and went west at the time of the building of the Union Pacific across the plains. He ran construction trains to the crews at the front. This brought him in touch with hostile Indians and with famous frontiersmen, among whom were William T. "Buffalo Bill" Cody and Sitting Bull. He continued in railway service for many years.
In 1874 he married Mary J. Inman in Elmira, NY and they moved to Wright County, Missouri in 1880. They settled on a farm seven miles northwest of Mt. Grove where they lived until 1920, at which time they moved into town. They had one child, Ollie, who died October 12, 1918.
Mr. Hawley was a member of the church since 1862 and transferred his membership to the old First Methodist Church about three years before his death in March of 1926. He was one of the oldest citizens of Mt. Grove and died after struggling with an illness of two weeks' duration. He was responding favorably to treatment, but heart failure brought his struggle to a sudden close.
His only survivor was his widow. He was buried in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Information from The Mountain Grove Journal, April 1, 1926.