John Woods Hay Sr.


John Woods Hay Sr.

Bureau County, Illinois, USA
Death 5 Oct 1951 (aged 87)
Sweetwater County, Wyoming, USA
Burial Rock Springs, Sweetwater County, Wyoming, USA
Plot ROE_68_10_5
Memorial ID 76588437 · View Source
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Born September 11, 1864 Fairfield, Bureau, Illinois to Lawrence Preston Hay (1823-1906) and Jane Elizabeth Borah (1828-1900).

John was a stockman and a bank president. He was also the republican candidate for governor about 1922 and was a cousin of Senator Borah of Idaho. Also found that he ran as a candidate for the US Senate.

John Woods Hay married Mary Ann Blair on November 6, 1892 at Rock Springs, Sweetwater, Wyoming.

Pinedale Roundup, Pinedale, Wyoming, May 4, 1922
Honorable John W Hay Announces his Candidacy for the Republican Nomination for Governor

Last Friday, April 21, 1922, John W Hay of Rock Springs, announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Governor and the following is re-published from the Wyoming Press:
"John W Hay is one of the best known and most substantial citizens of the state of Wyoming. His rise from a modest position to a place among the leading bankers and stock raisers of the west might seem to be phenomenal and yet a careful analysis of his career shows that his progress has been the result of close application, undefatigable energy and persistancy of purpose guided by a laudable ambition.

A native of Illinois, he was born in Fairfield on September 11, 1864, a son of Lawrence P and Jane Hay. He spent his youthful days upon the old homestead farm in Illinois, dividing his time between the duties of the school room, the pleasures of the playground and the work of the fields. He early became familiar with the best methods of tilling the soil and caring for the crops but at length he determined to follow some other line of business than agriculture and upon leaving home, he took of the study of telegraphy and later was employed at various points in California and Arizona. Eventually, he became telegraph operator for the Union Pacific Railroad at Medicine Bow, Wyoming, and subsequently was made train dispatcher, chief dispatcher and train master, which position he filled for a number of years, his record being most creditable by reason of his systematic efforts.

He was next made assistant superintendent for the Union Pacific at Cheyenne, WY, with jurisdiction over the district from Cheyenne to Ogden, Utah. In 1900, Mr Hay left the railroad service and removed to Rock Springs, where he took up the live stock business, having a large ranch in Sweetwater County. In the intervening years, he has become one of Wyoming's most prominent and successful livestock men, his interests in that direction increasing rapidly owing to his careful management and his wise investments in stock.

A man of forceful and resourceful ability, he has extended his efforts into still other fields, purchasing the Rock Springs National Bank in connection with several other substantial business men. He was chosen president of the institution and has won a place among the leading financiers of the state. He has studied banking with the same thoroughness that has characterised everything that he has undertaken and has inaugurated a policy that has led to the rapid development of the business of the bank, which now has a capital and surplus of two hundred thousand dollars and is one of the strongest banks in the state. He is likewise a director of the First National Bank at Superior, Wyoming and the State Bank at Pinedale, the State Bank at Big Piney, and the First National Bank at Laramie, WY. He has thus continually broadened his activities in the field of banking and his opinions are largely recognized as authority upon many of the complex problems of finances.

On the 20th of November, 1892, Mr Hay was united in marriage to Miss Mary Blair of Rock Springs, a daughter of Mr & Mrs Archibald Blair. Eight children have been born to this marriage, the eldest of which, Archibald, enlisted in the US Army at the outbreak of the World War and gave his life in France.

Longfellow has said "The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well without a thought of fame" In this sentence, might be summarized the life work of Mr Hay, who in the faithful performance of each day's duties has found inspriation and strength for the labors of the succeeding day, and at all times his business has balanced up with the principals of truth and honor, and his constantly expanding powers have made him at length a strong factor of the community in which he moves."

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  • Maintained by: Angela Cable
  • Originally Created by: rocksprings
  • Added: 16 Sep 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 76588437
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Woods Hay Sr. (11 Sep 1864–5 Oct 1951), Find a Grave Memorial ID 76588437, citing Rock Springs Cemetery, Rock Springs, Sweetwater County, Wyoming, USA ; Maintained by Angela Cable (contributor 47277708) .