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BAWKS - A history of Pickford Area Pioneer Families

BAWKS


Robert and Isabell Bawks and their son, HERBERT, came to Pickford, Michigan, in 1879 from Kincarden, Ontario. Their first home for one summer was on the William Blair farm one-half mile south of Pickford. The family consisted of three girls: ESTHER (Mrs. Robert William), MARY (Mrs. Norman McDowell) (deceased), and NELLIE (Mrs. William J. Crawford); and six boys: HERBERT (deceased), WILLIAM (deceased), GORDON (deceased 1969), ORVILLE, FORD and FRANK. All of the boys were farmers in this area.

HERBERT BAWKS (deceased 1950) married Nina Patton (1885-1928) and they lived at Rockview most of their lives. They had twelve children, seven of whom are still living: Clifford, Ray, Effie, Violet, Vern, Robert, and Dean.

Clifford married Lela Pennington. They live in the Soo and have two children: Gerald and Joan. Gerald married Ina Winzer and they also live in the Soo with their four children: Debra, Wallace, Bonnie, and Lori. Joan married Clarence Wegner, Jr., and they live in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Their four children are Linda, Donna, Larry, and Pam.

Ray married Irene Pudelko. They live in Pickford and he is employed at Lipsett Chevrolet Garage. Their son, Raymond, married Judy Cabanough and they live in Muskegon with their twins, Steven and Sally.

Effie married Ivan Leach and they live in Pickford. They had six children: John, William, Lila, Ivana, Richard, and Duane. John married Ruth Finlan (deceased l972) and they have five children: Mike, Anna, Jesse, Joe, and Jerry. William married Karen Huyck and they live in Lennon with their three children: Duane, Joan, and Amy. Lila married Gary Williams. They live in Muskegon and have four children: Marty, Julie, Robin, and Todd. Ivana married Robert Jones and they live in Pickford with their three children: Robert, Jr., Pauline, and Roger. Richard married Judy Palmroy and they live in Muskegon. Their three children are Pattie, Faye, and Allan. Duane died in 1948 at five years of age.

Violet married Sam Cruickshank and they lived at Rockview until Sam's death in 1959. She then moved to Pickford. Their daughter, Theora, married Robert Bosley and they live in Stalwart. with their five children: Francis, Harris, Penny, Bobby, and Cheryl. Wanda married Vern Sawyers and they live in Donaldson with their three sons: Jeff, Steven, and Douglas. Diane married David Seward. They live in Texas where he is in the service and have one son, Billy. Donald is sailing and Debra graduated from Pickford High School in 1972.

Vern married Irene Rose and they live in Mt. Clemens. Their two children are Carol and Wayne.

Robert married Bertha Kramer and they live in Hessel. Their son, James, graduated from L.S.S.C. in 1972 and Ronald is in the service.

Dean married Mae Huyck and they live in Pickford. Their son, Larry, is a truck driver. Jerry graduated from Spring Arbor College in 1972 and married Cindy Porter. Bruce is at home. Dean works on construction jobs during the summer and does snow removal at Kincheloe Air Force Base during the winter.

WILLIAM married Clara Beacom in 1913 and moved to their farm two miles south, one mile west, and 1/4 mile south of Pickford which they spent their married life. William died February 20, 1941, and Mrs. Bawks died March 8, 1967. They had six children. Kenneth has been an employee of the Chippewa County Road Commission for the last 28 years. He married Edna Nettleton and they have three children. Wayne is in the construction business for himself in summer and forest products in winter and has a half-ownership in Bawks and Beacom construction. Two daughters, Ada and Adrianne are both at home. Ivan has been a construction worker at Kincheloe Air Force Base for the last 17 yeers and married Dorothy Leib. Their children are Barbara, Carol, David, Duane, and Dianne. Howard is self-employed as a construction worker and contractor. He married Doris Postma of Rudyard they have three children. William is also in the construction business working in partnership with his father and married to the former Joanne Huyck. Julia is studying nursing at Northern Michigan University. Cheryl is in high school. Lela married James E. Hill of Flint, Michigan. They have seven children: Robert is in the U. S. Marines; twin daughters, Shirley and Sharon, both work in Flint; Sandra is employed in Flint; Jim, Sharlene, and Kim attend Flint schools. This makes a total of 18 gianachildren for William and Clara Bawks. Two children, Glen and Ada, predeceased their parents.

GORDON married Sarah Kennedy. They had three children. Mac married Evelyn Jewel. Their son, Gary, is a music major at Northern Michigan University. Mac is presently married to the former Marion Wise and lives in Cedarville. Doris is married to Al Pollard and lives in Cedarville. They have two children, Neva and Elgin. Ferne (Mrs. James A. Stewart) of Port Huron, Michigan, has three children: Clark, John, and Jeanne Gayle.

ORVILLE married Della McDowell. They have two children. Alvin and his daughter, Aleta, live in California. His son, Charles, a graduate from Bob Jones University, is teaching in Florida. Mary (Mrs. Robert Howell) is Elementary Principal and 6th Grade teacher in Pickford Public Schools. Orville taught for 39 years in the Pickford area. Orville and Della celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary Aug. 21, 1971.

FRANK married May Lee and they have one son, Dale. He married Ardyth Wallis and they live on M-129 near 6 Mile Road with their children Roger, Rhonda, Joanie and Janet.

FORD married Margaret Patton. They have two children: Eldon of Brighton and Helen (Mrs. James Crisp).
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