Hawkins House Healing Center
Workshops, Classes & Events
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Call (208) 267-1801 or 208-946-9572
Play Therapy Continued Education for 2019
The Power of Play Therapy: Working with Families Using Play Therapy Interventions.
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Using Sand Tray in Play Therapy: The Methodology and Meaning in Play Therapy
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Play Therapy with Children & Traumatic Stress:
Giving Voice to the Unsayable Through Play Therapy
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Approved Provider APT 16-455
The Hawkins House Story
This fine old home was built in 1910 for W.B. "Will" Hawkins and his daughter Mary. They came to Boundary County from Lexington, Kentucky, at the urging of Mr. Hawkins' brother Jamison who lived in the Cow Creek area. Their colored servant friend Amy came to Idaho with them. She said she "couldn't let her white folks go to Idaho without her."
Will and Mark Hawkins were people of quality and enjoyed entertaining their friends. One of their specialties was "beaten biscuits" which were rolled through a beaten biscuit machine. Some liked them, others found them rather hard. They always entertained with gracious southern hospitality.
Will started a bank with his son Elijah with about $15,000 capital. The bank prospered and changed ownership until it was purchased by the Bank of Idaho. He bought property in what was now District 11 on the promise it would be reclaimed until 1928.
"Miss Mary" was a school teacher and taught the third grade. She was an unusually gifted teacher and her students never forgot her. There were songs, poems, "Brer Rabbit and Uncle Remus" and never a dull moment in her class. She later became superintendent of schools.
Amy died in 1918 during the flu epidemic. She was buried behind the house. She was promised her remains would be returned to Kentucky if she should die. Mr. Hawkins died in 1936 of an apparent heart attack. Amy's remains were exhumed and Miss Mary took both bodies in bronze caskets back to Lexington. A large group of Bonners Ferry citizens turned out to see her off on the train. When she arrived, the cemetery sexton would not let her bury Amy in the family plot. Miss Mary went to the mayor. He said, "Are you sure she was colored? Miss Mary said "I don't recall that she was." Amy was buried in the family plot.
Miss Mary was active in the Union Church. She taught Sunday School. When she had the High School students, they always came to class as she had parties here at the Hawkins House for them and they didn't want to miss Miss Mary's parties.
The grounds around the house were the pride and joy of Miss Mary and her special flowers were Madonna Lilies. The violets in the yard were brought from Kentucky. Many of the fruit trees and the Black Walnut tree were planted by the Hawkins. The ivy on the house came from Mt. Vernon, George Washington's home.
Miss Mary died in Sandpoint, Idaho, in her eighties. She now rests beside her father and dear friend Amy in Lexington, Kentucky.
(Thanks to several local historians for these facts.) The museum in Bonners Ferry has a section dedicated to the Hawkins family.