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The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1927

E. E. HAYES DIES AFTER OPERATION

Was Resident of Mount Ayr Practically All His Life
Funeral Held Sunday.

Following a surgical operation, performed at Mercy hospital in Des Moines last Thursday morning, E. E. [Elmer Ellsworth] HAYES died Thursday afternoon. Announcement of the death of Mr. HAYES brought profound sorrow to the hearts of the people of the community. He was one of the best known citizens of Mount Ayr, where he lived practically all his life, and was ever admired for his sterling qualities as a man and his constant cheerful and happy disposition.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the United Presbyterian church, being conducted by the pastor, Rev. W. L. THORNBURG, and burial was in Rose Hill cemetery. The funeral was largely attended by friends who came to pay their last tribute of respect and the floral offerings were many and beautiful.

Elmer Ellsworth HAYES was born at Waterloo, Iowa, January 2, 1863, and passed away at the Mercy hospital at Des Moines on June 23, 1927, aged 64 years, five months and 21 days. He had been a constant sufferer for many years and was unable to withstand the shock of the operation to which he submitted, living by a few hours afterwards.

His father Thomas HAYES, of White Parish, near London, England, came to the United States at an early age and was naturalized as a citizen of the United States. Soon afterwards he married Julia SAIN of Wisconsin and they moved to Waterloo where they lived a good many years. From Waterloo, the family moved to Waverly, Iowa, and then to Brinfield, Ill., where they lived for a time before returning to Iowa. They lived in Missouri for a few years, returning to Mount Ayr where deceased from that time on made his home continuously with the exception of about two years in Norman, Oklahoma.

Next to the eldest child of a family of eleven brothers and sisters, his early life was one of extreme hardship and hard work. At a very early age he was doing a man's work, helping his father support a large and growing family, doing whatever he could get to do, always with the thught that the job was worthy of the man, and doing it well.

At about the age of eighteen or nineteen he started in the draying business in Mount Ayr, working early and late to get along and a start in life.

He was married October 14, 1885, to Elizabeth E. SOLES, daughter of F. B. and Alice SOLES, and to this union were born two children, Merritt W. and Grant L. HAYES who live at Mount Ayr, Iowa.

In 1894 he started in the ice business and for thirty-three years has successfully conducted his business. He was thoroughly honest in all of his dealings, capable, industrious, pleasing, of good judgement and always ready and willing to divide with others.

He was a member of the United Presbyterian church and also a member of the Modern Woodman of America lodge at Mount Ayr.

His life was centered in his family and he was happiest when they were with him, which was almost constantly. He was cheerful, with a kindly greeting for all, thinking always of how to please others, always endearvoring to hide his suffering with that ever present, always ready smile.

He is survived by his mother, Julia HAYES of Kansas City, Mo., his wife, Ella E. HAYES, two sons, Merritt W. and Grant L. HAYES, two grandchildren, Luella and Thomas HAYES, all of Mount Ayr, Iowa; six sisters and two brothers, Della MUNDELL, Carrie HOGAN, Laura HARNEY, Edna GREENWELL, William HAYES, all of Kansas City, Mo., Fannie FOUTZ of Birmingham, Ala., Sophia CARLSON of Stanton, Iowa, George HAYES of Mount Ayr, Iowa, and a host of other realtives and friends. Two sisters, Jennie JOHNSTON and Lyde SEWARD, preceded him in death.

Card of Thanks.

For the kindness of neighbors and friends in our hour of bereavement we are profoundly grateful and we take this means of expressing to all our heart-felt thanks for every helpful act and for sympathy so generously bestowed.
MRS. E. E. HAYES.
M. W. HAYES AND FAMILY.
GRANT L. HAYES AND FAMILY.

NOTE: Ella Elizabeth (SOLES), wife of E. E. HAYES, was born November 3, 1867, and died January 12, 1944 with interment at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa.

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008

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