L. B. Hawks, a descendant of one of the pioneer families of Morgan County, Mo., is the son of Martin and Sarah Jane (Estes) Hawks, who were early settlers of the county. The Estes family were also among the pioneers of this part of Missouri. L. B. Hawks, subject of this sketch, was born in Moreau Township, Morgan Co., Mo., on a farm almost four miles north of Versailles. At the age of twelve years he lost his father, and he then made his home with an uncle, William Sims (see sketch), until his marriage, which occurred March 15, 1876, to Miss Florence B. Thruston, a native of Morgan County, and the daughter of J. B. Thruston, M. D., of Versailles, one of the oldest physicians of Southwest Missouri (see sketch). After marriage Mr. Hawks moved on the place which he now owns, but which was then the property of his father-in-law. This he afterward purchased, and it is now a well-improved farm. To his marriage have been born four children, only one now living, J. B. Thruston. Mr. Hawks is a Democrat in his political views, has held a number of township offices, and is a much-esteemed citizen. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage Counties, Missouri, Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889.