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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography of William Hays

SOURCE: "History of Champaign County, Illinois," by J. O. Cunningham, 1905


WILLIAM HAYS was born in Fayette County, Ohio, February 24, 1855, the son of Morgan and Eliza (LARRIMER) HAYS, the former a native of Ohio, and the latter, of Pennsylvania. Morgan Hays was an extensive breeder of thoroughbred horses, some of which became track celebrities. He died February 16, 1897, and the death of his wife occurred October 1, 1879. They left nine children, all of whom are living.

William Hays was the fifth child in order of birth, and was reared on his father's farm, making farming his life occupation. He received his early mental training in the district schools of Fayette County, Ohio, where he remained until 1889. Previously to this he had purchased, in 1887, his present farm, comprising 80 acres of land, and settled upon it two years later. He has erected a commodious residence, together with barns and other outbuildings, and has fenced in his land and planted trees, making a most desirable home.

In politics, Mr. Hays is a Republican, and has served as School Director. Socially, he is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and has been Master of Lodge No. 347, Sidney, Ill. Mr. Hays was married in Fayette County, Ohio, on February 24, 1881, to Ora V. PARRETT, a daughter of Benjamin and Nancy (ALLEN) PARRETT, and one child was born to them, who died, while still an infant, in 1898.

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