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214. WILLIAM CHARLES "Bill" HADEN was born on 7 April 1910 in Ladonia, Fannin County, Texas.211 He died on 11 September 1992 at the age of 82 in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas.211

John Haden story:
When William was in High School (school went through 11 grades only) he was in study hall when a group of elementary children were practicing the "Star Spangled Banner". Willie stood up and wouldn't sit down until the song ended. He was asked what his parents would say about his behavior. His reply: "They'd think they had a very patriotic son!"

May 30, 1947 Ladonia News listed graduates up through that year. William graduated in 1928, along with neighbor Bernice Fuller, his best friend Bill Hulsey, cousin Anna Bell Wishard and one of Lois's Fry cousins, Bessie. I have his graduation invitation and all the cards, apparently from his gifts. Commencement was held Friday evening, May twenty fifth at eight-fifteen o'clock, High School Auditorium. I also have a copy of the Senior play, "At the End of the Rainbow", a College Comedy in Three Acts, by Lindsey Barbee. William played the part of Stanley Palmer, also called "Hawkins, the Butler". The Play was presented 26 Dec 1927.

During the school 1928-29, William attended North Texas Agricultural College. It has formerly been a military school and until 1933 had a high school unit. I have pictures of William in a military appearing uniform. One letter to his grandmother states that he would rather be studying art - in the most beautiful handwriting. He also thanked his grandmother for the candy she sent him. That letter as well as those written to him while he was in business college had been saved in a candy box - assorted chocolates from Jacobs of New Orleans. I very much suspect this is the box that came from his grandmother - the thank you letter is addressed to Mrs. J. B. Haden, Sr. of Ladonia, Texas, dated 16 Dec 1929. A piece of tape on the bottom of the box reads "Perisha(ble) PLEAS(E)... From R. C. Had (en) Low (quite possibly Lowell, Arkansas).

Apparently sometime in 1929 or 1930 William entered Metropolitan Business College in Dallas. I have copies of a lot of letters his parents sent to him, beginning with 8 Sep 1930 when he was applying to re-enter the school. He also asked his father about attending Texas A & M but was told that wasn't a good idea. Over the next couple of years, he did attend the business college, dropping out on occasion to help his father in his business. The letters end as he is preparing to take exams to graduate on May of 1931. I don't know if he did pass or not. He told us years later that he had worked at a bank in Dallas after attending business school but had to leave to go home and run his father's business. He seemed to consider this a turning point in his life. Many of the letters speak to him both about his spending habits and his failure to apply himself. His father discusses his own ill health in nearly every letter. They are altogether quite sad.

Lois and Bill Haden eloped. They were married at 5:30 PM on the 25th day of Nov. 1932 by Rev. Ernest Quick, minister of the 1st Baptist Church of Hugo OK. Witnesses: were Mrs. Quick and Winifred Quick. The marriage was recorded on p.179 of Book 23 in Choctaw Co OK. A note by Lois in her "wedding book" said the weather was "a beautiful crisp autumn day".

William's grandfather Joseph B. Haden, noted in his diary for this day, "Our grandson William, married."

1940 Census. Justice Prec 4, Ladonia, Fannin, TX, ED 74-21, Hh 80.
William Chas. Haden living on Church Street. He was renting at the rate of $6 per month. W. C. was age 29 and had gone to High school 4 years. They were living in the same place, Ladonia, in 1935.
Lois, wife, gave the information. She was 24, had two years of high school.
James Chas, son age 4; Robert D., son, age 1.

I found his Draft Classification cards for World War II. In July of 1943, he was classified as II-A because he had dependants; by Sept this was no longer a legitimate exception so he was reclassified as I-A, or available for military service, but in Oct of 1943, William was classified II-C - deferred because his occupation was necessary to farm labor. Both his brothers served - Robert in the Navy and John as a Marine pilot.

Obituary
WILLIAM HADEN
William C. "Bill" Haden, 82, of Springdale died Friday, Sept 11, 1992, at his home. Born April 7, 1910 at Landonia [sic-Ladonia], Texas, the son of Robert Charles and Audrey White Haden, he was a retired partner of the Lowell Seed Company. He was a Baptist. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Haden, in 1988.
Survivors are three sons, Jim Haden of Little Rock, Don Haden of Wetumpka, Ala., and Ralph Haden of Omaha, Neb.; two brothers, Robert Haden of Springdale and John Haden of Bedford, Texas; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Bluff Cemetery with the Rev. Burton A. Miley officiating. Arrangements are by Sisco Chapel of Springdale.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to NARTI, 5835 W. Sunset, Springdale, 72762.

Buried Bluff Cemetery, Springdale, AR

WILLIAM CHARLES "Bill" HADEN and LOIS GENEVA PIPPIN were married on 25 November 1932 in Hugo, Choctaw County, Oklahoma.106,212,213 LOIS GENEVA PIPPIN, daughter of JAMES FRANK PIPPIN and CARRIE DOVE FRY, was born on 29 September 1915 in Ladonia, Fannin County, Texas.211 She died on 12 November 1988 at the age of 73 in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas.211

I have an autograph book that belonged to Lois. Entries are dated 1928-1930. The flyleaf says "Shoolday Memories bring back Pleasant Thought of Happy House, Spent in Work and Play.
Lois wrote this note:
I first went to school in the Town of Ladonia. I went to school 5 years then moved to Leonard and went 5 or 6 moths there. Thin I moved to Bonham, and went to school in [unreadable but it must be the name of a school in Bonham] for a long time. I am now living in Honey Grove & expect to live here for a pretty good time. I have found real friends in Ladonia, Leonard & Honey Grove. Some people in Honey Grove have proved themselves a true friend, and friend to me and I'll always remember a few of them
Lois Pippin
5-7-1926
Honey Grove

Some of the notes in the book indicate R. W. Ward may have been an early boyfriend. On the back of one page is this note.
R. W. Ward, hurt on Saturday nite, December 14, 1929. In Joseph Bailey's Chevrolet coupe on West Hill. Brought home, sunday afternoon, December 23, 1929
Lois
Fractured skull and deep cuts, thrown through windshield.

The book has notes from several cousins: Ruby Lee Dillard, Pauline Pharr, and Lois and Robert Lansford.

Newspaper clipping:
HADEN-PIPPIN - Hugo, Ok., Nov. 27 [1932]
Miss Lois G. Pippin and W. G. Haden, prominent Ladonia, Texas, residents, were married here Friday evening in the First Baptist parsonage by the Rev. Ernest Quick. The ceremony was witnessed by several Hugo friends.

From the Ladonia News
Popular Ladonia Couple Wed Fri.
A Wedding of much interest to many friends in Ladonia and else where took place Friday, Nov. 25th at five p.m. at the First Baptist church in Hugo when Rev. Quick impressively, with the ring ceremony, united in wedlock, Mr. William Charles Haden and Miss Lois Pippin.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Pippin and has been principally reared here, where she is much loved by all who know her, for her splendid traits. Mr. Haden is the son of Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Haden and has lived in Ladonia all of his life. He is known as an upstanding young gentleman and is in every way worthy of the splendid young woman he has chosen as his life partner.
Mr. Haden is at this time associated with his father in the wholesale fruit and plant business.
It is a great pleasure for their relatives and numerous friends to extend to them the very best wishes for a long and happy married life.
Mr. and Mrs. Haden are at home in an apartment at the R. T. Bartley home on Church street.

I also have a memory book, The Bride's True Book for recording marriage data.
She did note a shower, after the fact.
On December 1st, 1932, at the home of Mrs. Jno Miller a shower was given in my honor. Twenty five guests were present and a beautiful array of gifts were received after a very interesting treasure hunt.
Lois also noted: We were married on November 25, 1932, in Hugo, Okla. at the home of Rev. Ernest Quick, at 5:30 o'clock PM. A beautiful crisp autumn day.
Lois listed her guests and filled out a family tree. She didn't know her father's parents, and she listed her mother Carrie Fry's mother as Viola Elizabeth Higginbotham Fry. She recorded the birth of the first son: James Charles Haden, born July 25, 1935.


Newspaper Clipping, probably from The Springdale News
"People and Places"
Mr. and Mrs. W. C. (Bill and Lois) Haden celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Nov. 25 in their home in Springdale. Attending were two of their three sons and five of their eight grandchildren: Jim and Sandy Haden of Little Rock with Jim's sons, Brian Haden of Hendrix College and Lewis Haden of Conway; Master Sgt. W. Ralph and Belinda Haden of San Antonio, Texas with the nexest granddaughter, Amanda Jo, and sons, Seth Haden and Jeremy Haden. Other guests were Mrs. Jim Haden's mother and brothers, Mrs. Billye Shore of Jacksonville, Monty Shore of Tulsa, Okla., John Shore of Fayetteville, and Beverly Chandler of Fort Smith. Unable to attend were Don and Kay McKim Haden of Wetumpka, Ala. and family, Steve Haden of Tulsa University, Stuart Haden of Auburn University and Suzanne [sic-Susanna] Haden.


Obituary:
Lois Haden
Lois G. Haden, 73, of Springdale died Nov. 12 at Springdale Memorial Hospital. She was born Sept 29, 1915, in Ladonia, Texas, the daughter of James Franklin and Carrie Dove Fry Pippin. She was a homemaker and a member of Elmdale Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Bill Haden of the home; three sons, Jim Haden of Little Rock, Don Haden of Ocean Springs, Miss., and Ralph Haden of Omaha; one brother, Jim Pippin of Durant, Okla.; two sisters, Mrs. Jack (Juanita) Deatherege of Durant and Mrs. Don (Virginia) Gibbon of Golden, Colo.; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bluff Cemetery with the Rev. Burton Miley officiating. Arrangements are by Sisco Chapel of Springdale.
Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, 6213 Lee Ave., Little Rock, 72205.


Cause of death - possible embolism. Buried Bluff Cemetery, Springdale, AR


WILLIAM CHARLES "Bill" HADEN and LOIS GENEVA PIPPIN had the following children:

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James Charles "Jim" HADEN was born on 25 July 1935.211 He died on 10 July 1996 at the age of 60 in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas.211

Jim was cremated.

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ROBERT DONALD "Don" HADEN211 was born on 9 February 1939 in Ladonia, Fannin County, Texas.211 He died of lung cancer on 20 March 2004 at the age of 65 in Wetumpka, Elmore County, Alabama.

Don Haden was born in a room his parents were renting in Ladonia, the winter of 1938-39. The house belonged to Miss Jess Stevens and was located at 206 Church Street. The Hadens were starting the produce business in Springdale, but it was seasonal and they had returned to Texas for the winter. There was little money. Lois knew the baby was coming and sent William to get her uncle, Dr. Sam Fry. He got to the car only to find it had no gas - his younger brother Robert had borrowed it for a date and returned it empty. So William had to hot-foot it to Dr. Fry's and they had to walk back - not too fast I'm sure given Dr. Fry's age. By the time they returned, Miss Jess had already delivered the baby boy. Dr. Fry signed the birth certificate as "Baby Boy Haden".

Don died quietly and peacefully at 5:40 AM on a Saturday morning. A beautiful Spring day. He was both born and died in his home.

Robert D. “Don” Haden, age 65, a resident of Wetumpka died at home on Saturday, March 20, 2004 after a courageous battle with cancer. Memorial Service will be 11:00 AM Friday, March 26, at First United Methodist Church of Wetumpka with a time of visitation with the family to follow in the Family Life Center.
Mr. Haden attended the University of Arkansas and served in the U.S. Army Reserve. He was a member of the Methodist church. Mr. Haden had been in the retail propane gas business for forty years, in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Alabama. He retired in 1996 as Vice President of Operations for Blossman Gas Co., Inc. of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, but continued to work as a consultant and teach safety classes for the propane industry until his final illness. He served as President of the Arkansas L-P Gas Association in 1971 and was a member of the Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama Associations through the years. He was the Year 2000 recipient of the Alabama Propane Gas Association's President's Award for Distinguished Service and Outstanding Support of the Alabama Propane Gas Industry. He was currently a member of the National Propane Gas Association's Technology & Standards Committee, serving on numerous Task Force groups within the committee.
Survivors include his wife, Kay McKim Haden of Wetumpka, son Steve Haden and his wife Melissa of Baku, Azerbaijan and their sons Dan, Joe, and Sam, son Stuart Haden and his wife Cathy of Lucas, Texas and their children Connor and Lindsay, daughter Susanna Vance and husband Chip of Jacksonville, Florida and their children Sara, Rachel, and Jack, and a brother William Ralph Haden of Omaha, Nebraska. His parents, Mr. & Mrs. William C. Haden of Springdale, Arkansas, and brother James C. Haden of Little Rock, Arkansas preceded him in death.
Don will be remembered as a kind and gentle man who touched the lives of all who knew him. He will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends.
Memorials may be made to the Montgomery Cancer Center, 4145 Carmichael Road, Montgomery, AL 36106, or the First United Methodist Church, 306 W. Tuskeena Street, Wetumpka, AL 36092.

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Billie Lois HADEN was born on 4 January 1941 in Commerce, Hunt County, Texas.214 She died on 4 January 1941 at the age of 0 in Commerce, Hunt County, Texas.214

Buried Ladonia City Cemetery, Ladonia TX [Grave believed to be unmarked]. Lois told me she had a difficult pregnancy and that the baby lived only a few hours. She told me she used to go walking with Jim and Don and they would go to the cemetery so she could sit and visit with her baby girl for awhile.

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William Ralph HADEN (private).211