1912 --1984
1912 --1999
Melvin W. (Mel) Hawes, born May 29, 1912, was the youngest child of Jacob Charles and Lillian Grimmer Hawes. He followed his siblings through Sacramento River Elementary and Anderson High School. After High School, Mel worked on the family farm.

Ruth E. Dodson, daughter of Harry P. and Emma Jeannette Henderson Dodson, was born on October 13, 1912 near Anderson. She waited to enter school with her brother so she was behind Mel in school. When they were married in November 1931, Mel took her home to Fort Reading Ranch where they lived the rest of their lives. The couple had three children:

Harry Jacob Lou AnnDarlene Dianne

The children also attended Sacramento River School. Darlene was in the last class to graduate before the school was merged with Pacheco. Mel served on this school board and on Anderson High School Board. All three of their children attended college. Mel and Ruth were both sociable and dutiful; they worked with 4-H and FFA, providing transportation, chaperoning, advising, and judging.

Mel served a term on the Grand Jury and Ruth served many years as an election official. Both were members of the Shasta County Farm Bureau and S. C. Young Farmers. A life member, Ruth held all of the offices in Camillia Parlor of the Native Daughters of the Golden West in Anderson. She also served as advisor to the Jr. NDGW. Both were members of the Millville IOOF and Rebekahs, holding various chairs and regional offices. After Ruth moved to Anderson she served as advisor for Theta Rho.

Mel operated the diversified family farm and ranch business, leveling the land with a tractor. He also built irrigation and storage ponds for himself as well as his neighbors. He was a charter member of the Western Shasta County Soil Conservation District and worked many years at the local level. In 1968-69, as President of the California Soil Conservation Districts, Mel traveled the State and since Ruth was president of the Women's Auxiliary, both attended the national convention in New Orleans.

The farm was divided amongst the four remaining brothers after his brother Fred's death in 1954. Mel retained the family home and lived there until his death September 20, 1984. Before she died February 27, 1999 Ruth welcomed sixteen great-grand-children.

Source: Shasta Historical Society - Nov. 2001

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