Hays, W. H. age 19 - West, Ettie age 16. June 2, 1897 by B. M. Curtis, MG.
Wife was Etta. Had 15 children - names remembered by JoEllen McKim are Eugene, Bud, Paul, Russell, Clara, Sue. Russell moved to Blytheville where he was a very successful businessman. Paul remained in Crawford County - his son Paul, Jr. went to church camp at Lake Ft. Smith with Kay. Clara's married name was Kilgore; she worked at Ira & Minnie's store in Van Buren. Her daughter's name was Donna Kay who was a friend of Kay Haden during her growing up years.
World War I Draft Card. 12 Sep 1918. William Henry Hays lived Rural Route 2, Van Buren Ark. He was age 40, born 12 Mar 1878. A Farmer. Nearest relative was his wife Etta Hays. He was of medium height, medium build, blue eyes and brown hair.
Crawford Co AR 1920 Census: "Bill" Hays, wife Etta, and all the children except Anna Ruth who died as an infant and Dorothy, the youngest. All born in Arkansas. Lived on Lee's Creek Road. The Census Taken listed "none" for an occupation, but he was a farmer.
Funeral Card of William H. Hays: Born Mar. 12, 1878. Died Dec. 10, 1922. Age 44 yrs. 8 mos. 22 d. "He has gone from his dear ones, His children, his wife, Whom he willingly toiled for, and loved as his life; Oh, God! how mysterious and how strange are Thy ways, To take from us this loved one in the best of his days."
Buried in Pevehouse Cemetery. On his stone the same quote from his Funeral Card. There is also an emblem of chain links with the initials F L T - Faith, Love and Truth. He was a member of the Independent Order of Oddfellows.
William Henry "Will" HAYS and Etta WEST were married on 2 June 1897 in Crawford County, Arkansas.111,112 Etta WEST, daughter of John Quincy WEST and Mary E. CAMPBELL, was born on 13 July 1880 in Arkansas.14,111 She died on 11 August 1951 at the age of 71 in Crawford County, Arkansas.12 She was buried in Peevyhouse Cemetery, Crawford County, Arkansas.113
1930 Census. Van Buren Twp, Crawford Co, AR, Hh 359
Buried in Pevehouse Cemetery.
William Henry "Will" HAYS and Etta WEST had the following children: