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Charles Hauswirth was born in Butte, Montana in 1882 to Simon and Mary Hauswirth. In 1906 Hauswirth was a grocer at Forrest and Hauswirth Grocer, and later he owned the Western Fuel Company. In 1932 Hauswirth started the "Eye Opener," a self-published newspaper, which served as a venue for Charles to voice his thoughts on the economic troubles of the 1930s. After two unsuccessful campaigns for commissioner and sheriff he was nominated for mayor in 1935, (Republican). He was the first mayor in Butte to serve more than two terms as mayor (he served four). Hauswirth was a member of the Butte Exchange Club, Butte Lodge No. 240, BPOE, and the Masonic Fraternity. Hauswirth died at his home on April 11, 1941, shortly after winning his fourth reelection.
The Charles Hauswirth Papers collection consists of 7 volumes of the "Eye Opener" from 1932 to 1940 as well as over 100 images from the Charles Hauswirth Papers from the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives. Subjects included are the Clean-Up Drive in 1937, Fourth of July parades from 1936 to 1938, and political appearances. This collection gives insight into the struggles of the middle class during the Depression, and the tenacity of a city to band together to better their community.