Mrs. Frank P. Hawkins of Highland Park, who had just passed her 82nd birthday within the last fortnight, succumbed to a cerebral hemhorrage [sic] and died on Sunday, September 21.
Mrs. Hawkins was a faithful member and regular attendant at the Wilmette Baptist church, almost to the time of her death, in spite of her advanced years and residence ten miles from the church. She was the daughter of one of the great religious pioneers of Chicago's early days. Her father was Dr. W. W. Everts, who was pastor of the First Baptist church in Chicago from 1859-1879. When he was called to the church from New York City, his departure was regarded in the light of a journey into some desolate foreign mission field. The First Baptist church in 1859, was located where the Chamber of Commerce building now stands at Clark and Washington streets. Shortly after his pastorate began, the church built a very handsome new building on what was then Hubbard court, now 8th street and Wabash avenue. The old building in the loop was torn down and the materials put together again to have the Second Baptist church at the corner of Morgan and Monroe streets. After using that building for many years, the Second church moved a little farther west, and the old building on Morgan street is now used for Christian settlement work under the American Baptist Home Mission society, and brings the gospel message to people of a dozen different nationalities.
The beautiful First church building at 8th street and Wabash avenue was burned in what is known as the "Second Fire" and instead of rebuilding on that place, the First Baptist church built a very handsome structure at 31st street and South Park avenue, which they used for over 40 years, but five years ago, this stone building one of the most handsome edifices of Chicago, even today, was sold to the Negro Baptists, and now houses the work of the Olivet Baptist church and has a membership of 11,000 and a paid pastoral staff of 22 workers. It is undoubtedly the largest Protestant church in the United States. Now the First Baptist Church has moved to [illegible]th street and Drexel boulevard, where this coming week, they will dedicate a large addition to their plant costing over $100,000.
Among the other accomplishments of Dr. Everts was the compilation of a little Pastor's manual for use at weddings, funerals, installation services and other ecclesiastical gatherings, which although first published in 1846 still sells at the rate of more than 1,000 copies a year.
Mrs. Hawkins had lived in Highland Park for almost 60 years, where her husband, still living, settled in the real estate business. She saw the town grow from practically nothing to its present large-proportioned and attractive surroundings.