Annabelle Hawke

Annabelle Hawke was a teacher and principal at the Plainsboro School (now the J.V.B. Wicoff Elementary School) from 1935 to 1974. She attended Dutch Neck School, Princeton High School and Trenton State Normal School (now The College of New Jersey) before starting her career. She taught 1st through 8th grade, but focused primarily on 2nd and 3rd.

Annabelle Hawke with her 6th grade class, 1956. Front row: Carolyn Tippi, Doris Snook, Sherry Ridgeway, Virginia Luther, Charlotte Seiber, Olivia Cook, Carol Ann Simonson. Back row: Annabelle Hawke, Alvin Anderson, Susan West, Dean Campkin, Barbara Fenity, Ron O’Brien.
Annabelle Hawke with her 6th grade class, 1958. Front row: Pamela Stalcup, Victoria Sterling, Ruth Stalcup, Annabelle Hawke. Back row: Buster Simonson, Bob Watlington, George Weeks, Richard Stalcup, Harold Britton.

During World War II, Hawke rode the school bus along with her colleagues and their students, in order to preserve gasoline. She also worked at Walker-Gordon as an airplane spotter on Saturday Mornings. In 1955, she became a teaching principal, working as both an administrator and a 6th grade teacher. Hawke did this for five years before returning to only the classroom, where she taught primarily 3rd grade before retiring in 1974.

Below is a series of postcards sent between Annabelle Hawke and her friends and family members between 1940 and 1958.

Black and white photograph of Plainsboro Station. There are four sets of train tracks. There are wooden platforms on either side with wooden buildings. A bridge crossing over the tracks is seen in the distance.

August 6, 1940
To: Daniel E. Hawke, Sr.
From: Annabelle Hawke (Lake George, New York)

Dear Papa,
Took boat ride around all of Lake George tonight 7:00 to 9:00.
Beautiful – Had fair trip up today.
Love,
Annabelle

 

Black and white photograph of the side view of Plainsboro Station from 1967. The station building is made of brick and has a hipped roof.

August 6, 1940
To: Albert Hawke
From: Annabelle Hawke (Lake George, New York)

Dear Toad-
Thanks a lot for the Taxi Service Mon. A. M.!
Lake George is one grand spot to be-
Annabelle

 

Sepia photograph of Plainsboro Station in 1915. In the center is a man standing on the railroad tracks, facing right. To the right of the tracks are several men working in a trench. Behind the men and on the left side of multiple tracks are wooden buildings. In the background is a bridge crossing over the tracks.

August 6, 1940
To: Daniel and Lib Hawke
From: Annabelle Hawke (Lake George, New York)

Dear Dan and Lib,
Just found we can’t leave by bus for St. John’s, Que. Tomorrow A.M. at 7:40 but must do at 3:40 P.M. This sets us back several hours on our schedule.
– Annabelle

 

October 13, 1940
To: Annabelle Hawke
From: Marion & Walt (Hotel Bristol, New York City)

Our headquarters during our honeymoon.
Marion & Walt

 

January 17, 1950
To: Annabelle Hawke
From: Aunt Edith (West Palm Beach, Florida)

Dear Annabelle,
Did you get home alright or did you get kidnapped? We have been looking & looking for a card from you. The wind is still blowing down here but it is still warm.
Love,
Aunt Edith

 

August 25, 1950
To: Annabelle Hawke
From: Dot and Al (Quebec, Canada)

Hi Annabelle
We are in the midst of making quite a trip. First, we stopped at the “North Pole.” Fooled you, it’s in N.Y. Sate, Ha Ha! It was nice for children because of Santa Claus etc. Then we went to Ausable Chasm, which was extra nice. Next was Montreal where we didn’t even get out of the car, because the place looked too filthy. We drove on to Quebec which is very nice, excellent food at reasonable prices. We looked all around the city and left the next morning. This is being written in a cabin near St. Johnsbury VT. We will come back along the coast & probably arrive home Sun. Love Dot & Al

 

July 15, 1954
To: Annabelle Hawke
From: Jean & Dan Daly (Grodås, Norway)

What a lovely country Norway is! We are so impressed by the friendly people and their scenic land. Everything has gone well in our trip and even our rainy weather hasn’t dampened our enthusiasm.
Best wishes-
Jean & Dan Daly

 

August 30, 1954
To: Annabelle Hawke
From: Ruth (Bridgewater Corners, Vermont)

Wish you were here with Henry and we’d have another scrabble game while we wait for the sun to shine.
Ruth.

 

July 17, 1955
To: Annabelle Hawke
From: Dad – Emma (Atlantic City, New Jersey)

Weather has been wonderful here, we spent all day on the pier yesterday and both enjoyed it so much. Our room was so nice and so near the board walk. We are staying at the Lexington Hotel.
Home sometime this week.
Lots of Love–
Dad – Emma

 

February 13, 1956
To: Annabelle Hawke
From: Aunt Edna and Uncle Elshon (Miami, Florida)

Dear Annabelle,
You should be with us down here in this warm sunshine. We will leave with a pang of regret. Hope all are well.
Love
Aunt Edna and Uncle Elshon

 

July 19, 1956
To: Annabelle Hawke
From: Ruth (Bridgewater Corners, Vermont)

I’ve been working on a woolen braided rug. An old skirt of yours is in it.
We want a supper date with you and Henry the first week in August. We will be home the 30th of July. Sorry I didn’t have time to contact you before we left. Say “Hello” to Mabel.
Love,
Ruth

 

July 31, 1956
To: Annabelle and Henry Hawke
From: Dad – Emma (Camden, Maine)

Arrived here about 12:30 Sunday could have gotten here by seven o’clock Saturday night but thought Libby wouldn’t be expecting us. We went to Friendship yesterday afternoon and saw all the fishing boats and plenty of lobsters. The scenery is just beautiful here.
Lots of love,
Dad – Emma

 

August 9, 1956
To: Annabelle Hawke
From: Peggie Hanley (London, England)

My beloved London is just wonderful. Had a smooth journey over. Mother is fairly well.
Thought off you last evening.
Sincerely,
Peggie Hanley

 

August 24, 1956
To: Miss Hawke
From: Peggie Hanley (London, England)

This is flying by & it will soon be time to return. British weather is true to form, only 3 completely fine days so far, & it’s cold, but lovely anyway.
Don’t work too hard.
Sincerely,
Peggie Hanley

 

August 20, 1958
To: Annabelle Hawke
From: Emma (Deer Trail Inn, Lake Swannanoa, Oak Ridge, New Jersey)

This is the Lake right in back of the Inn where we are staying it is beautiful. Dave spends all his time out in a little red canoe fishing on it, he will hardly come in long enough to eat and the food is very good and I have felt fine since I have been here, everyone is so friendly. I wish you could see it I know you would love it but I doubt if your father would. We went to Dover this morning and Grace got some colored film so I hope to have some good pictures to show you of the big lobby inside. Hope every is alright at home.
Emma.