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Elden Hawk Collection (gift in memory of Jo Hawk Lowe)

Identifier: MSC 0932

Scope and Contents

--Eight photographs of Elden Hawk and Maggie Hawk. **includes earliest known interior image of any space in the Lamar House (Auditorium Cafe circa 1911) --Discharge papers from military service (Elden Hawk) --Examination Preliminary to Muster-out of U.S. Service or Discharge (Robert H Hampton) --Letter to Elden Hawk from Joe P --Declaration for Pension for Children Under Sixteen Years of Age for Elden and Maggie Hawk’s children after both parents died --Detailed list of items provided by donor as well as other biographical information.

Elden Hawk (1872-1918) was born in Cleveland, Tenn. (Bradley County). He worked as a cabinet maker at the Knoxville Furniture Company. He served with the 3rd Tennessee Volunteer Infantry (1892-1899) and 31st Infantry U.S. Volunteers. He married Margritt “Maggie” Richards in 1908 and they had five children: Irene, Mary, Helen, Catherine, and Elden Jr. In 1911 he became the proprietor of the Auditorium Cafe, a family restaurant in the Lamar House that later became a saloon called Arlington Cafe.


  • 1890s-1910s

Conditions Governing Use

Material is available for research. Prior arrangement MUST be made by contacting the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection at


1 box : 3 folders

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Repository Details

Part of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection Repository

601 S Gay Street
3rd floor
Knoxville Tennessee 37902 United States