the Hawksian woman. Howard Hawks was born in Goshen, Indiana in 1896. The family moved to Neenah, where Theda and Will Peters were waiting for them, in 1899. Theda Clark's tragic death in 1903 while giving birth to a daughter, coupled with Helen's failing health due to being continually pregnant(five children in short order)prompted the family's move to Pasadena, California in 1906. The Hawks would, however, spend their summers in Neenah until Howard was 15 years old.
C. W. Howard, the grand old Lion of the paper industry, died in 1916 at the age of seventy. He was buried in a family plot at Oak Hill cemetary in Neenah. Years later, Helen, now a devout Christian Scientist and proponent of cremation, returned to her hometown. She had her father, mother, and brother Neil - who had drowned in Lake Winnebago at the age of 5 - dug up and cremated. " After mixing the ashes in an urn, she went out to Riverside Park and threw it in the river, where it was discovered decades later, with the names and dates still legible, by scuba divers. " Howard Hawks was the first director assigned to the 1936 film version of COME AND GET IT. He was later removed from the project and replaced by William Wyler. Producer Sam Goldwyn felt that Hawks was "too close" to the material to deliver a good movie.
The photos are from Neenah Public Library Local History Collection at the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections http://uwdc.library.wisc.edu/collections/WI/NeenahLocHist