|Birth: ||Apr. 4, 1886|
|Death: ||Feb. 5, 1962|
Dan's legal name was Daniel Gordon Hayes, but ever after going into business with his father, Daniel Hayes, he styled himself "Daniel Hayes Jr." His first entrepreneurial adventure was organization of a traveling basketball team that called itself the "Tourists" and financed a tour of the United States from their share of the gate of exhibition games. Sometime afterward, he established a real estate firm with his father, who owned 100 acres in south Rock Island, Illinois, which they subdivided into building lots. The Daniel Hayes & Son Real Estate Co. flourished.
Sometime before 1911 they became involved in the sale of irrigated farm land in the Snake River Valley of Idaho. Huge irrigation projects were established, and midwestern farmers bought the improved land and either moved there to farm it, or employed others to do so. Although the soil was only volcanic ash, anything could be grown there, because of the abundance of water.
Sometime before the 1st World War they became involved in a similar project in the Chowchilla valley of California. Business was booming, and they opened an office in downtown Chicago. But the business restrictions that accompanied the war caused the Chowchilla land business to go sour. Apparently the Daniel Hayes Co. bought the land, subdivided and resold it. But with a wartime economy it found itself with lots of land and few buyers. In addition, the land developers were not able to produce the improvements they had promised. As a result, the company was thrown into bankruptcy and Dan was prosecuted for fraud. He was acquited in 1921.
Dan was thereafter involved in a number of different businesses and promotions. Among them was a uranium mine in South Dakota and a reflecting metal business that was aborted by the metal shortages attending the 2nd World War. Sometime during that period, he served as president of the Airchox Company, a manufacturer of aeronautical equipment. After the war, Dan was involved in numerous developments with his nephew Hayes Robertson, one of which was the Dow Pneumatic Tool Corp.
Dan was an athletic man of medium height, always on the move. His hair reputedly turned white in his mid 20's. He had a photographic memory, and could recite poetry literally by the hour. He was partial to deserts, often eating them prior to the actual meal, remarking facetiously that "the place might burn down before dinner was over" and he "didn't want to miss the best part of the meal."
Daniel Hayes (1842 - 1917)
Alice Cornelia Warfield Hayes (1843 - 1910)
Emma Blanche Munn Hayes (1888 - 1978)
Jean Warfield Hayes Hendricks (1911 - 1978)*
Mary Munn Hayes Thompson (1917 - 2006)*
Patricia Olive Hayes Hall (1919 - 2005)*
Asbury Warfield Hayes (1875 - 1876)*
Mary Lillian Hayes Fisher (1877 - 1952)*
David Hayes (1878 - 1878)*
Daniel Gordon Hayes (1886 - 1962)
Created by: Maggie
Record added: Jul 16, 2008
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