Silas John Hays

Silas John Hays

Birth
Morgan County, Illinois, USA
Death 7 Mar 1923 (aged 99)
Table Rock, Pawnee County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Table Rock, Pawnee County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 54916085 · View Source
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(Table Rock Argus Mar. 9, 1923. Posted courtesy of the Table Rock Historical Society.)

Oldest Citizen Passes Away

Silas Hays, who was 99 years of age on the 15th of past October and was the oldest person in Pawnee county and perhaps in southeast Nebraska, died at the home of his son, Joseph Hays in this city on Thursday morning at 3:30 o'clock. He had been in failing health during the winter and passed quietly away. Funeral services will be held at the home at 10 o'clock on Saturday morning. His aged wife died five years ago last January.

(Table Rock Argus Mar. 16, 1923.) Ink was very blotted so parts are unreadable, but will add what is readable.

SILAS HAYS

Silas Hays was born October 15, 1823, near the town of Jacksonville, Illinois. In 1845 at the age of 22 he was married to Sarah Jane Cox. Four children were born to this union, James, William, Robert and Henry. The family moved to Taylor county Iowa in 1858 and his wife died the following year. Later he was married to Elizabeth Propst and nine children were born to this union, Adam, Nevada, Joseph, Jennie, Creola, Thomas, Albert, Frank and Maud.

He moved with his family to Pawnee county about 1876, He spent the last years of his life in Table Rock at the home of his son, Joseph, where he died March 8, 1923, at the age of 99 years, 4 months and 21 days.

One daughter, Creola, died in 1900. Besides his 12 children he leaves ? grandchildren and ? great-grandchildren and unnumbered friends to cherish his memory. His was a remarkable life long in years and long to be ? and great and good impressions left on the hearts of all who knew him. Mr. Hays was a good man, loved and cherished by all who knew him for he processed the qualities which drew men to him. He was kind hearted and gracious to others; absolutely honest and straight forward in his business transactions. A trait of his character was known in the community of the daughter, Mrs. Frank Davis, a couple years ago: "I have lived all my life near my father and I have never seen him when he was angry. He is such a good man and I am sure that is why God has let him live so long."

He lived during a wonderful period of time, and saw marvelous changes brought to the conditions of men. He saw our government grow from a little struggling nation into the mightiest nation on earth; he saw that nation torn and bleeding from our civil war, and saw it again united in brotherly love. He saw "the west" develop from a desert of waste ? ? homes of happy, prosperous millions of people. He has seen the automobile and railroad take the place of the ox team; he saw the telegraph ? ? practical use; and many others of the great things which have ? ? living;and while these changes were going on, Mr. Hays going about faithfully performing the daily duties of a useful life.

Funeral services were held in the Christian church at 10:00 o'clock on Saturday morning, conducted by Rev. A. L. Ogden. The church was packed by friends who came to pay their tribute, and the remains were laid to rest in the Table Rock cemetery.

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Table Rock Argus, Jan. 17, 1919.

James Hays of Eagle Point, Jackson county, Oregon is here visiting his father Silas Hays. The guest 71 years of age, and his father, who he is visiting is 95- the oldest citizen of our community. Jim left here about 30 years ago and has been in eastern Oregon for 25 years, where he makes his home with a daughter. In years past he clerked in the store of C. H. Norris and many of the older citizens will remember him.
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Table Rock Argus, Nov. 18, 1921.(pg.4)

An Old and Esteemed Citizen- A few weeks ago there appeared in the columns of the Chief an article regarding Silas Hays, who on October 15th, celebrated his ninety-eighth birthday at the home of his son Joseph Hays in Table Rock.

Not many people are privileged to live a century as has Mr. Hays, and he has lived through such an interesting period in the development of the United States that we have obtained a story of his life from his daughter, Mrs. Frank Davis, and his son Joseph Hays of Table Rock.

Mr. Hays was born in Morgan county, Illinois, October 15th, 1823, near the town of Jacksonville, Illinois, the town being located on the day he was born.

When Mr. Hays was ten years old or in 1833, the spectacle of the falling stars of historical fame which led many to believe that the earth was coming to an end, occurred. Mr. Hays remembers running into the yard and attempting to catch the falling stars but they were like sparks from the emery wheel and proved impossible to catch hold of.

Mr. Hays was married in 1845 at the age of twenty-two years to Sarah Jane Cox and four children were born to them. They are James, William, Robert and Henry. The eldest is seventy-three years of age and lives in Portland, Oregon.

The family moved to Taylor county, Iowas, in 1858 and his wife died the following year.

Later he was married to Elizabeth Propst and nine children were born to this union. They are Adam, Nevada, Joseph, Jennie, Creola, Thomas, Albert, Frank and Maude. The youngest member of the family is forty-one. years old.

One interesting experience which Mr. Hays recounts was a trip to California which he took in the spring of 1862. The trip was made in a wagon train only oxen being used as means of transporting wagons, families and provisions. When the start we made from Iowa there was six immigrant wagons in the train, and there were one hundred wagons in the outfit at Salt Lake. An escort of soldiers went with the immigrants as protection against the Indians. It took five months to make the trip. He spent the winter in California and drove back to Iowa the following year.

He moved with his family to Pawnee county in 1876 and settled on a farm in the northern part of Pawnee county, where he lived for twenty-eight years. Following this he moved to Table Rock where he now lives with his son Joseph, his wife dying in 1918.

Mr. Hays was able to read without glasses until about five years ago and enjoyed reading the papers immensely. He was much interested in war news and kept posted on the happenings during the first part of the war.

He has never used tobacco nor alcohol and has lived a clean, moderate life, and with his children believe this is one cause of his long life. Another thing which has probably been the cause of his long life has been the fact that he has never let himself become angry, and has always been calm in his actions.

His daughter, Mrs. Frank Davis, in speaking of this trait in his character said, "I have lived near my father all my life and I have never seen him when he was angry. He is such a good man, and I am sure that is why God has let him live so long- Pawnee Chief


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  • Created by: Luella Hinrichsen
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 54916085
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Silas John Hays (15 Oct 1823–7 Mar 1923), Find A Grave Memorial no. 54916085, citing Table Rock Cemetery, Table Rock, Pawnee County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Luella Hinrichsen (contributor 47218988) .