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Riley W. Haynes


Hazel Green Township



      Riley W. Haynes is living retired, although he still owns a fine farm of two hundred acres located on sections 28 and 33, Hazel Green township, which his sons cultivate.  He was born in New York state on the 7th of July, 1837, and is one of the five sons of Thomas and Maria (Palmer) Haynes. He was educated in his native state, where he remained until 1861, when he came to this county. He settled on land near Manchester, which was owned by his father, and later came into possession of eighty acres, forty of which he purchased and forty of which was given him. He lived there until 1870 and then removed to Hazel Green township, selling his old farm to H. P. Duffey. He had purchased a quarter section in Hazel Green township, and after residing thereon for fifteen years sold it and removed to his present farm., which consists of two hundred acres on section 28 and 33, that township. He followed general faming, raising graded cattle and other stock in addition to his crops. He was always enterprising and up to date in his methods and gained a good annual income. As he invested his savings wisely, he now has a competence which enables him to live retired, enjoying the fruits of his labor or former years.

     Mr. Haynes was married on the 3d of May, 1859, to Miss Lucy Utley, a daughter of George and Electa Utley, by whom he had four children. Sarah is the wife of Stephen Fisher and Nettie is Mrs. Uriah Morey. Guy E. lives upon the home farm and devotes his time to its cultivation. He married Belle Grim, a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Miller) Grim, by whom he had four children: Lester, Roy, Inez and Pearl. Charles is also cultivating the home farm. He married Wanda Voelker, a daughter of Carl and Minnie (Witt) Voelker, and they have five children: Nettie, Harry, Olive, Dora and Alta. Mrs. Riley W. Haynes passed away January 24 1910, and was laid to rest in Milo cemetery.

     Mr. Haynes is a democrat in his political belief and has served in various township offices to the satisfaction of his constituents. While actively engaged in farming he contributed much to the agricultural development of Delaware county, but for twenty years has lived retired from the cares and responsibilities of business, enjoying a life of ease. His prosperity has been won by methods above suspicion and his integrity secures him the full confidence of his fellowmen.



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 94-95. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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