|Birth: ||Feb. 22, 1886|
|Death: ||Dec. 22, 1993|
1958 Crook County Pioneer Queen
Fay Bailey was born in Prineville on February 22,
1886 to Silas and Susanna (Thompson) Hodges at the home of her grandfather, Alexander Hodges. Alexander Hodges's home was the first frame house built in Prineville and stood on East First Street, near the present day Catholic Church. Fay's brother, Orange, and sister, Gertrude, were also born in their grandfather's home.
The Silas Hodges family lived in the Paulina area until Fay was 1-1/2 years old, when they moved to Sheep Rock on Bear Creek, later known as the Manford Nye place. In 1895, Silas and Susanna moved their family to Prineville, into a house which stood at the northwest corner of East Second and Court Streets (Crook County Mental Health Office 1991). The house was later moved to a location on Deer Street, near the end of West First Street, where Silas operated a livery stable, until his death in 1929.
Fay attended the first high school in Prineville, which stood where Pioneer Park is now located. In 1903, she went to work for the Crook County Journal, owned by Mart Bailey and Clarence Black. Two years later, 1905, she married the boss, Mart Bailey. Mart jokingly said that rather than have to pay her wages of $1.00 a day, he married her.
In 1907, Mart and Fay moved to a homestead on Crooked River, where they made their home for the next 37 years. Fay's brother, Orange Hodges, also had a homestead there.
Mart and Fay became the parents of five children: Steve, Charles, Millard (who died at the age of 12 years), Floyd and Vera.
When Steve was nine years old, Jim Cram, Mart Bailey, and Mike Mayfield built a schoolhouse on land Fay donated from her desert claim - the Bailey School. Since her house was closest to the schoolhouse, she boarded 16 different teachers. Two of them, Clara Peterson, who married Charley, and Elsie Moon, who married Floyd, became members of the family. Fay played the organ for Sunday School and school programs, and was a faithful member of the Post Grange.
Mart accumulated four more ranches in partnership with sons Charley and Floyd. Later they divided them up, and he sold his share, and moved to Prineville. Mart continued cow buying until his death, November 7, 1954.
In 1904, Fay was baptized in Ochoco Creek and became a member of the First Baptist Church of Prineville, and was an active member ever since. For many years she lived alone and maintained the family home. More recently she moved to Madras, Oregon, to live with her daughter, Vera, and son-in-law jack Gregson. In 1981, Fay had 10 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
[Source: Crook County Historical Society]
Silas Eugene Hodges (1859 - 1929)
Susanna Clysta Thompson Hodges (1853 - 1908)
Samuel Martin Bailey (1879 - 1954)*
Stephen Hodges Bailey (1907 - 1976)*
Charles Silas Bailey (1908 - 1991)*
Millard Rosenburg Bailey (1912 - 1921)*
Floyd Ambrose Bailey (1917 - 2002)*
Vera Fay Bailey Gregson (1923 - 2014)*
Juniper Haven Cemetery
Plot: Block B Lot 51 Space 7A
GPS (lat/lon): 44.31519, -120.84763
Created by: Carrie and Allen
Record added: Nov 15, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31418009