Antone Cayo

Antone Cayo

Death 31 Oct 1914 (aged 87)
Burial Hayward, Sawyer County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 108434792 · View Source
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Real name: Antoine Cadieux
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Before Catholic Church was built, mass was held at Cayo home.

The Hayward Republican July 28, 1904
Mr. and Mrs. Anton Cayo celebrated the 50th anniversary of their wedding on Saturday, July 16, at their home. General invitations were issued, and a large number of their old-time friends assembled to wish them much joy and happiness on the occasion. A very interesting evening was spent listening to the reminiscences of their early days in Hayward. Their dwelling house was the first to be built in this city on this side of the river--in 1883.

Mr. and Mrs. Cayo were married in Manitowoc county, this state, July 16, 1854. Here their twelve children were born, ten of whom still are living, namely: Joe V., James, Mrs. CF Searle, Edward, John, William, George, Mrs. Dan McQuarry, Mrs. IC Phillips, Oma. Ira, one of the deceased children, is well-remembered by the people of Hayward.

Mr. Cayo at one time served with AJ Hayward on the county board and took a very active part in the upbuilding of Hayward. He was born March 19, 1827, and is now 77 years old. Mrs. Cayo is 70 years of age. Beyond a doubt, they are the oldest and longest-resident couple in the county.

They were the recipients of many presents, among them a purse of gold coin given them by our citizens.

Refreshments were served, and all wish to see them live to celebrate their 75th anniversary.
Sawyer County Record Nov. 16, 1911
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Some Early Recollections of Hayward
Mr. and Mrs. Antone Cayo Tell of Hayward as It Used to Be Many Years Ago When the Town was Started
To Many Because of the Memories It Awakens and the Contrast Between the Old and New Hayward
"O, tell me a tale of the airly days,
Of the days that used to be,
When speech ran free as the songs of the birds,
Way back to the airly days."

On July 17th last, Mr. and Mrs. Antone Cayo, two of Hayward's early settlers celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary. Mr. Cayo is 84 and Mrs. Cayo 78 years of age. Learning of their early settlement here, the Record conceived the idea of gleaning from this most estimable old couple some interesting recollections of the early days of Hayward, and making it the start for a series of early history sketches.

Mr. Cayo was born in Montreal, and Mrs. Cayo in Ottawa, Canada. They went to Manitowoc county in 1847, where the family lived until 1883, when they came to Hayward, arriving here April 18. This was the year Hayward, McCormick, Weyerhauser, and Norton of the Norton Lumber Company of Stillwater, MN, started logging operations on the railway land grant and built the first Hayward saw mill.

The first settlement in Hayward was across the river, and until the mill had been built and sawed up some lumber there were but 15 or 20 houses. The mill company boarding house located about the middle of what is now the mill lumber yard and their store and the postoffice was just across the track from where the company's office building now is.

The school was where the mill yard is, and one Johnson ran a little printing office. Elections were held at the school house.

The railroad at that time was built up as far as Cable, which was the jumping off place. The road was being built down from Ashland and to 1885 the first train went through.

Between 25 and 30 million (?) of logs was put in here the spring before the mill started. (rest of page unreadable)

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...the section. The finest pine in Wisconsin was on the Namakagon River. The mill started in June 1883 and for ten years was run by waterpower.

A.J. Hayward was president of the mill company and lived here 7 or 8 years before selling his interest. This side of the river was a homestead owned by him and he donated the present locations of the Catholic and Congregational Churches. The frames of the church were put up in 1883.

Mr. Cayo cleared a strip of land clear up to the Catholic Church and Capt. Hulbert build for him the first house on this side of the river, the house he still lives in, corner Second Street and Dakota Avenue. That year, as soon as there was lumber, ten or twelve small houses were build on this side and the village grew quite rapidly. The people were largely French, Irish, and Scotch and most of them single men.

Theo. Bunker built the first hall, now the Carlson saloon, and it was the social center of the village, dances occurring every pay day, with fiddle and fife music. Picnics in the woods were also quite a thing.

Hulbert built what is now Chris Bayo's cobbler shop and started a band, which failed.

For two years there was no saloon in the village, liquid refreshments being kept only at a bar located on a homestead where Giblin farm now is.

Before the railroad was built everything was toted here from Stillwater, MN.

Stinnett, the first station below here was a logging place for Stillwater lumberman.

The creek from Smith lake ran across the main street, about where the post office now is, and was crossing on a log.

Sawyer county was formed mostly from Chippewa county, with some from Ashland and Bayfield counties, and Senator Sawyer gave a bell and clock, costing $1300, to the Congregational Church.

Before Bunker built his hall, social affairs were held in the little school house.

Among the earliest settlers here whom Mr. and Mrs. Cayo recall were Wm. Biegler, who started the first meat shop, Ed. Suckau, who started the first harness shop, Jeremiah Sabin, CH Clapperton, Hugh Duffey (sic), D.S. Peck, Dr. J.B. Trowbridge, the first physician, Pat Mockler, and Steve Brown.

In 1885 a fine public school was erected where the present high school stands, and work was started on the jail and courthouse. Three weeks after the school opened it burned, but by Christmas was rebuilt.

About 1884 or 5 Fred Otis, a pack peddler, started a store were the American Immigration Co. now has its office.

Mr. and Mrs. Cayo have very happy memories of those early days and express the hope that other of the older residents still living will add to this story of the pioneer days of Hayward.

Sawyer County Record July 18, 1912
59th Wedding Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. Antone Cayo, Oldest Couple in Hayward, Married at Manitowoc City, Wisconsin, July 16, 1883
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On Tuesday, July 16 of this year, Mr. and Mrs. Antone Cayo celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary at their home on the corner of Second Street and Dakota Avenue in the house erected for them early in 1882, in fact, the first building in Hayward built on this side of the river, and for a number of years was known as the Namakagon House.

Mr. Cayo was born in Montreal and Mrs. Cayo in Ottawa, Canada, and on March 19th of this year celebrated his 84th birthday, while Mrs. Cayo next September will have attained her 79th year. They moved to Manitowac County, WI, in 1847, and were married at Manitowac City, July 16, 1853.

On April 18, 1883, they arrived in Hayward and have lived here ever since, and have raised a family of 12 children. During this summer both have enjoyed the best of health, during the past week Mr. Cayo spent several days at Paul Lessard's place near Winter looking over the southern part of the county.

The couple have a host of friends in the county, and all unite with the Record in wishing them a great many more happy wedding anniversaries.

The Hayward Republican Nov. 5, 1914

Another Pioneer Called to Rest
Antone Cayo, One of the City's Earliest Settlers Here Passes Away at Extreme age of 89; Death Comes Peacefully

Closely Connected with City's Early History

Again we are called upon to chronicle the death of an early settler. This time it is Antone Cayo, one of the earliest settlers in Hayward. Death occurred Saturday evening at 12:30. He had retired on Friday evening and did not wake up except for a few moments on Saturday. he was in no pain and died very peacefully, infirmities incident to old age being the cause of his death. At his bedside at the time were his wife, son Oma, daughter, Mrs. D. McQuarry, daughter-in-law Mrs. Oma Cayo and son-in-law, I.C. Phillips.

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