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Stephen John Hay
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Birth: Oct. 5, 1864
Spalding County
Georgia, USA
Death: Feb. 16, 1916
Dallas County
Texas, USA

Mayor of Dallas 1907- 1911
School Board 1898-1907, Board President 1906
Originally interred at Oakland Cemetery, Dallas, Texas.
Removed to Hillcrest Mausoleum on 12 May 1953

Death Follows Brief Illness with Swiftness Which Shocks Community.
To Hold Funeral Today
Burial Will Be in Oakland Cemetery
Many Tributes Paid Memory
City Hall Will Close.

After an illness of but a few days Stephen John Hay first Mayor of Dallas under the commission form of government, banker, business man and leading citizen, died of meningitis at his home on McKinney avenue.

News of Mr. Hay's death shocked the city. Few of the thousands of Dallas people who knew and admired him were aware of his illness until they read of it in the Evening Journal Monday evening and The News yesterday morning.

For thirty years Stephen J. Hay had been a citizen of Dallas and for many years he had played a responsible part in its growth and development. Coming here in 1887 he worked as a bookkeeper for various firms for two years, when he associated himself with the Texas Paper Company and became its secretary and treasurer.

Mr. Hay was born in Griffin, Ga., Oct. 5, 1864 of Scotch-Irish parentage. His father died shortly thereafter. He worked on a farm, went to school and earned his first money at the age of 12 years selling papers.

Seeing the future possibilities of the great Southwest, Mr. Hay left his native state when he was 23 years old and came to Dallas.

In 1898 he was elected to his first public office, being chosen a member of the School Board. He served four terms as a member of that body and for two years he was its president.

It was when Mr. Hay became Mayor, however, that he showed his greatest genius as a city builder.

Mr. Hay was active in church work as well as in a public and business way. He was one of the founders of the Trinity Methodist Church.
(Source: Dallas Morning News 1 Mar 1916, page 7)

A Favorite of the People of Dallas

In the death of ex-Mayor Hay Dallas loses one of her most useful and esteemed citizens. He was our first Mayor under the commission form of government, and met successfully all the difficulties growing out of the inauguration and administration of a new and untried system of public service.
(Source: Dallas Morning News, 1 Mar 1916, page 12)

Family links: 
  Mary Elizabeth Dobbs Hay (1839 - 1905)
  Mary Norton Randle Hay (1864 - 1953)
  Frances Elsie Hay Golden (1894 - 1988)*
  Stephen John Hay (1899 - 1985)*
  Mary Frances Hay Johnson (1862 - 1940)*
  Stephen John Hay (1864 - 1916)
*Calculated relationship
Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park
Dallas County
Texas, USA
Created by: Barbara Ware
Record added: May 24, 2010
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Stephen John Hay
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Stephen John Hay
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 Added: Feb. 9, 2014

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