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Hello and welcome to the Greene County Archives' blog, "Out of the Clock Tower".  Please join us as we share information on archival issues, news, special events, and highlights from our collection.

Before the archives program began in Greene County in 1996, permanent records were stored in every conceivable space, in basements, garages, and closets. Usually they were in boxes of various shapes and sizes, although seldom adequately labeled, but occasionally they were just in loose piles of books and papers. Most notable were the old records stuffed into the clock tower of the County Courthouse, where they shared their home with pigeon droppings.

Now, there is a clean, environmentally controlled, well appointed location for the county archives, where our historical records are housed in standard sized boxes on steel shelves. We have taken note of their journey in the name for our blog.

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Dec 07

When an Interesting Find Turns into an Interesting Story...

Posted on December 7, 2018 at 2:55 PM by Melissa Dalton

One of our volunteers, Kathy, found this inventory list in the Estate file of Roy C. Hayward (Fig 1). If you notice, it lists quite the collection of cigars, as well as some candy, drinks, and furniture items. We assumed this man owned a cigar store at the time of his death, so we decided to dig a little deeper… and weren’t we glad we did! Mr. Hayward was quite an interesting man.

Fig 1. Inventory from Roy C. Hayward Estate, Box 605, Case 1364 (JPG)
Fig 1. Inventory from Roy C. Hayward Estate, Box 605, Case 1364 (JPG) Fig 1. Inventory from Roy C. Hayward Estate, Box 605, Case 1364 (JPG)Fig 1. Inventory from Roy C. Hayward Estate, Box 605, Case 1364 (JPG)
Fig 1. Inventory in Estate file of Roy C. Hayward (Greene County Archives)

Roy Coffin Hayward was born on October 27, 1881 to Charles and Cora Hayward of Springfield, Ohio. Roy spent his early years in his maternal grandparents’ home in Springfield, but went to high school in Columbus. After attending some business college, Hayward returned to Springfield and took up a job as a motorman with the Springfield & Dayton Traction Railway. Hayward spent four years in this position, then got a job as a clerk at Frazer shoe store in Xenia (Figs 2 & 3). It was sometime after his move to Xenia that Hayward met Harriet “Hattie” P. Conklin, daughter of Henry and Mary Conklin. On October 16, 1906, Roy and Harriet married.

Fig 2. 1910 U.S. Census with Hayward family outlined in red (JPG)
Fig 2. 1910 U.S. Census with Hayward family outlined in red (FamilySearch.org)

Fig 3. 1915 Xenia City Directory (JPG)
Fig 3. 1915 Xenia City Directory (Ancestry.com)

Roy and Hattie had four children: Jane (b. 1908), Dora and Cora, twins (b. 1911), and Mary (b. 1913). In 1917, Cora contracted an illness that weakened her heart. Sadly, shortly after her sixth birthday, Cora’s heart failed and she passed away (Fig 4). [Be sure to read the notice. You’ll see that the newspaper claims that the excitement of hearing of a murder near her home was the likely cause of her death]

Fig 4. Notice of death of Cora Hayward in Xenia Daily Gazette, dated July 3, 1917 (JPG)
Fig 4. Notice of Death of Cora Hayward in Xenia Daily Gazette, dated July 3, 1917 (NewspaperARCHIVE.com)

After almost a decade as a clerk/salesman, Hayward went into business with his brother-in-law, C. F. Taylor, purchasing the Wilkins & Snyder cigar store. Then in 1913, the same year Mary was born, Hayward tried his hand at local government, being appointed to the Xenia City Council to fill a vacancy. Then in 1915, he was elected to the same seat. Hayward enjoyed the work, and accepted a position as a clerk to the deputy state supervisor of elections; a position he resigned shortly after to become the first auditor of Xenia (Fig 5). Broadstone claims in his history that Hayward sold his interest in the cigar business to devote his time to the office of the auditor; however, we believe he was mistaken. It is possible that Hayward took a step back from the business, but he was still an owner at the time of his death (Fig 6).

Fig 5. Notice of Roy Hayward's Appointment to Council, dated January 7, 1914 (JPG)
Fig 5. Notice of Hayward’s Appointment to Council, dated January 7, 1917 (NewspaperARCHIVE.com)

Fig 6. 1924 Xenia City Directory (JPG)
Fig 6. 1924 Xenia City Directory (Ancestry.com)

The Hayward family were members of Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, and Mr. Hayward was a member of the Free Masons, Kiwanis Club, and the Eagles and Blue Lodge. There are several articles in the paper illustrating that Hayward enjoyed taking part in the variety shows hosted by the American Legion in Xenia, singing, dancing, and performing skits with other men of the Legion (Fig 7).

Fig 7. Miscellaneous articles in Xenia Daily Gazette about the American Legion Minstrels (JPG)  Fig 7. Miscellaneous articles in Xenia Daily Gazette about the American Legion Minstrels (JPG)
Fig 7. Miscellaneous articles from the Xenia Daily Gazette about the American Legion Minstrels (NewspaperARCHIVE.com)

Hayward fell ill in 1925. Around Christmas of that same year, Hayward’s illness worsened, and he became bedridden. Unfortunately, Hayward never recovered, and on February 11, 1926, at the age of 44, he succumbed to his illness (Fig 8). Roy Hayward was buried in Woodland Cemetery next to his daughter, Cora.

Fig 8. Notice of Death of Roy Hayward in Xenia Daily Gazette, dated February 12, 1926 (JPG)  Fig 8. Notice of Death of Roy Hayward in Xenia Daily Gazette, dated February 12, 1926 (JPG)
Fig 8. Death Notice in Xenia Daily Gazette, dated February 12, 1926 (NewspaperARCHIVE.com)

After Hayward’s death, Hattie remained in Xenia. She raised her daughters, cared for her aging mother-in-law, and took in boarders at various times. Hattie lived a rather long life, and passed away in January of 1962 at the age of 85. She was buried with her husband and daughter in Woodland Cemetery.

Until Next Time…

Sources:
Ancestry.com
FamilySearch.org
Greene County Archives
NewspaperARCHIVE.com

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