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I. George Tawes
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Birth: Jul. 4, 1864
Somerset County
Maryland, USA
Death: Nov. 26, 1942
Baltimore City
Maryland, USA

Had Been Engaged In Seafood Business For Most Of His Life

I. George Tawes, one of the city's widely known and prominent businessmen, died in the Marine Hospital in Baltimore Thursday morning, Thanksgiving Day, at about 11:30 o'clock.

He had been a patient in the hospital for about two months, suffering with a disease the physicians were unable to diagnose or find a remedy for.

Mr. Tawes had been in poor health since early Spring, and his condition becoming gradually worse, he was taken to the Baltimore hospital for treatment.

The son of the late Geo. R. Tawes and Elizabeth Tawes, he was born in Crisfield, and was 78 years of age last July 4th.

Practically all his life, Mr. Tawes had been engaged in the seafood business. As a young man he was a partner in the firm of Sterling, Tawes & Co., of which the other members were Fred Thornton and the late Charles W. (Putnam) Sterling. This concern did a big business in oysters, clams, and fish, and handled many sturgeon during the year, when it was lawful to catch these fish in the Chesapeake.

It was no uncommon sight to see the sturgeon being split to obtain the roe, which was highly prized as a delicacy and frequently it was more or less of a gamble as to what price to pay for the fish as the roe might be good and of fair amount or it might be poor and scanty.

In those days, too, this firm and others shipped many barrels of Tangier and Pocomoke Sound oysters in the shell as well as hundreds of thousands of clams.

Later, Mr. Tawes was a member of the firm of Tawes & Adams, his partner then being Mr. Willie Adams, now associated with I.T. Tyler in the seafood business, and still later he was engaged in business with Mr. I.T. Sterling.

For the past five or six years Mr. Tawes has been representing several commission houses in New York, Philadelphia and elsewhere, buying seafood and soliciting consignments.

He had for years been an active member of the Baptist Church, and was one of the leading spirits in securing the funds with which to erect the present beautiful Baptist Temple at the corner of Main street and Somerset avenue.

There were few people, indeed, in the community, or who came here from the surrounding tidewater sections, but who knew and like Mr. Tawes.

A friendly man, of high principles, enjoying his family and church life, above all else, news of his death saddened many hearts when it became known.

Funeral services will be held in the Baptist Temple Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, and interment will be in the Crisfield cemetery.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Sadie Tawes and eight children: Stanley Tawes, of Baltimore, Creston and Reginald Tawes, of Charleston, S.C., Mrs. Mary Robertson, of Relay, Md., Mrs. Josephine de Win Gaert, of Asbury Park, N.J., Mrs. Martha Justice and Mrs. Marian Nelson, of Crisfield, and Elwath Tawes, now in the U.S. Army, stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas.

Two sisters, Mrs. John Hill, of Pocomoke, and Mrs. Bert Carey, of Crisfield, and three brothers, John, Will and Edward, of Crisfield, and Raymond, of Jacksonville, Fla., also survive.

Published in The Crisfield Times, CRISFIELD, MARYLAND, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 1942, p. 1 and 3
Family links: 
  George R. Tawes (1842 - 1900)
  Elizabeth Virginia Foster Tawes (1844 - 1909)
  Marian Meade Swann Tawes (1872 - 1913)
  Sadie Webb Tawes (1886 - 1975)
  Elwath W.H. Tawes (1920 - 1997)*
  I. George Tawes (1864 - 1942)
  Raymond R. Tawes (1867 - 1952)*
*Calculated relationship
Crisfield Cemetery
Somerset County
Maryland, USA
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Record added: Aug 31, 2013
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