39. Arthur Wallace HAYS88,98,99,100 was born on 22 February 1892 in Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas.25 He died on 30 May 1961 at the age of 69 in Muskogee, Muskogee County, Oklahoma.25
Grace Graham's papers gave Arthur's birth as 22 Mar 1892. Obituary gives date of birth as 22 Feb 1892. So does his "Prior" Birth Certificate from Crawford Co AR.
Arthur registered for the World War I Draft. in Sequoyah OK [indexed with the Sequoyah Co registrations; the name of the town is basically unreadable, but I suspect it is Verona. He was born 22 Feb 1892, in Van Buren, Ark. He was a merchant and had a wife and child to support. He asked for exemption for "Care of Family". Signed: Arthur Wallace Hays.
The back page with description, date, etc. is unreadable.
Found in the 1920 Census Lee's Creek Township, Crawford Co AR with occupation listed as "Farmer". His obituary said he taught school in Crawford Co before entering the mercantile business in 1917. Opened his first store in Verana, OK. In 1920 was in partnership with David King in Tahlequah. Moved to Muskogee in 1930. Arthur was an aviation enthusiast; he received his pilot's license in 1945 and had more than 3,000 hours flying time.
1930 Census. Gore, Sequoyah Co, OK, Sheet 1b, Hh 20
Arthur W. Hays, age 38, married at age 21, b. AR as were his parents, salesman in a drygoods store
Grace M., wife, age 33, married at 17, b. AR as were her parents, salesman in a drygoods store
Wanda M., daughter, 15, b. AR
Arthur G., son, 10, b. AR
Ruth M., daughter, 6, b. AR
Probably from Muskogee newspapers:
Dies Tuesday Night
A. W. Hays Funeral Set Here Thursday
Funeral services for A. W. Hays, 69, prominent and widely known Muskogee businessman who died Tuesday night following a long illness, will be held Thusday afternoon.
A former president of the Muskogee Chamber of Commerca and a resident here since 1930, Hays died about 11 p.m. Tuesday in Muskogee General Hospital.
Rev. Wilford Jones, pastor, will conduct funeral services Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in Saint Paul Methodist Church. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery under direction of Bradley-Agent Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be B. R. Hays of Blytheville, Ark., Ray Swearingen of Webbers Falls, Eulus LaFave of STigler, J. C. Starr of Haskell, J. H. West of Spiro and Richard Warren of Muskogee.
Honorary pallbearers will be L. W. Duncan, Dudley Wilkinson, Tams Bixby Jr., R. S. McKee, George Lynde, R. H. Lomax, Earl Sneed, Hardin Nelson, Bert Baker, W. E. Roswey Jr., T. H. Niles, Nat Irish, C. F. Lynde, Joe Butler, Cecil Bohanon, A. Bacher, Carl Bates, W. Pat Fite, Preston Jones, Dr. W.N. Weaver, Dr. Edwin H. Fite, all of Muskogee; Bob Sibley of Pryor, George M. Reeves of Vinita, C. L. Priddy of McAlester, Ben Harned of Okmulgee, Dr. Joseph Fulcher of Tulsa, Neil Simms of Ft. Smith, J. B. Sheffield of Webbers Falls and Carl Allenbaugh of Gore.
The body will lie in state in the Bradley-Agent chapel until noon Thursday. The casket will not be opened at the service.
The family prefers memorials to be either the Muskogee General Hospital or the Oklahoma Baptist Hospital.
Hays was born February 22, 1892 near Van Buren, Arkansas, and the youngest of five children of the late Mr. and Mrs. John J. Hays, pioneer Arkansas residents.
He received his education at the Arkansas Teachers College in Conway, Arkansas. On May 15, 1913, he was married to the former Grace Mae Graham, who survives.
Before entering the mercantile field in 1917, Hays taught school in Crawford County, Arkansas.
His first store was opened in Verana, Oklahoma in 1917. In 1920 he entered into a business partnership with the late David King in Tahlequah. From there he went to Gore and to Webbers Falls where the partnership opened general merchandise stores. He was also active in the buying of cotton and the operation of a cotton gin in Webbers Falls for many years.
In 1930, Hays and his family moved to Muskogee, and on January 31, 1935, he started a mercantile store in Blytheville, Arkansas, driving there from Muskogee every two weeks for many years.
His business expansion also includes stores in Monette, Arkansas, Hayti, Missouri, Stigler and Spiro and the Modern Clothiers, in Muskogee.
In recent years he had been in a partnership with J. C. Starr of Haskell in the oil business.
Throughout his career, Hays practiced the philosophy of choosing as a partner for each new business venture a young man who might otherwise not have the opportunity to enter business for himself especially in the depression years.
Very active in civic and community affairs, Hays was a member of the Board of Directors of the Phoenix Federal Savings and Loan and was the first chairman of the Child Welfare Board of Muskogee. Until ill health forced his resignation, he was a member fo the Board of Directors of the Commercial National Bank of Muskogee.
An aviation enthusiast for a long time, Hays was one of the first members of the State Aviation Commission and later served as chairman. As chairman of the Aviation Committee of the Muskogee Chamber of Commerce he was active in helping to bring the first airline service to Muskogee.
Before World War II, he operated civilian training programs in connection with the University of Arkansas and Connors College. In 1945 he received his pilot's license and had more than 3,000 hours vlying time.
A member of the Saint Paul Methodist Church, he was also a member of Knights Templar, Royal ARch Mason, The Shrine, Scottish Rite Masons, Royal Order of the Jesters, Muskogee Kiwanis Club and the Muskogee Country Club.
In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Arthur G. Hays, 2705 Boston; a daughter, Mrs. James C. Buchanan Jr., also of the home; and four grandchildren. Other survivors include three sisters, Mrs. K. M. Comstock, Springdale, Arkansas; Mrs. David King, Tahlequah, and Mrs. Ira V. Comstock, Van Buren, Arkansas.
Buried Greenhill Cemetery, Muskogee, OK. A picture of their home is on FindAGrave.com.
Arthur Wallace HAYS and Grace Mae GRAHAM were married on 15 May 1913 in Natural Dam, Crawford County, Arkansas.25 Grace Mae GRAHAM101, daughter of James Alexander GRAHAM and Mary Susan [GRAHAM], was born on 17 November 1896 in Natural Dam, Crawford County, Arkansas.25 She died on 18 January 1988 at the age of 91 in Muskogee, Muskogee County, Oklahoma.57
Grace always believed the family was surely descended from Ethan Allen. She obtained documentation of a Revolutionary War ancestor so that her daughter and granddaughters could be members of the DAR. The ancestor turned out to be Moses Allen, now believed to be unrelated to Ethan, but the documentation of his service in the "War" was what was necessary, so she did reach her goal.
Buried Greenhill Cemetery, Muskogee, OK.
Arthur Wallace HAYS and Grace Mae GRAHAM had the following children: