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135. Elsie Mildred WOOD was born on 29 December 1904 in Arkansas.81 She died on 7 January 1992 at the age of 87.83

Elsie Mildred WOOD and Hugh Buck HAYS were married on 3 October 1931 in Crawford County, Arkansas.159 Hugh Buck HAYS160, son of George Wallace HAYS and Minnie Jim VINSANT, was born on 17 April 1900 in Crawford County, Arkansas.80,83 He died on 29 July 1972 at the age of 72 in Crawford County, Arkansas.83

World War I Draft Registration. 12 Sep 1918
Hugh Buck Hays, RR 2, Van Buren, AR, age 18, born 17 Apr 1900. Farmer
Nearest relative is his mother Minnie Hays of the same address
Medium height, medium build, blue eyes, brown hair.

[I know Hugh Buck married Elsie Wood - I am assuming I have the correct Elsie Wood since there doesn't seem to be another of the right age.]
License was taken out on 3 Oct 1931 - Hugh Buck Hays was age 28, Miss Elsie Mildred Wood was 25, both of Van Buren. A. D. Maxey signed as Security for Hugh Buck. They were married by Sam'l. A. Cox, Minister.

They had no children.

1940 Census. Van Buren, Crawford, AR, Hh 4
Lived at 1618 E. Main (outside city limits) They had lived in the same place but not the same house in 1935.
Hugh B. Hays, 39, RailRoad Brakeman
Elsie, wife, 35

1942 World War II Draft Registration
Hugh Buck Hays of 1618 E. Main St., Van Buren, Crawford Co, AR was age 41, born 17 Apr 1900 in Van Buren. Elsie Hays of the same address would always know his address. His employed was the Missouri Pacific Railroad.

My grandmother had saved a Funeral program which included the printed sermon and the 23rd Psalm. Hugh Buck was survived by his wife Elsie, brother Jim Hays of Van Buren and four sisters, Mrs. Fay White, Mrs. Tressie Webster, and Mrs. Atha Pigg of Van Burn and Mrs. Georgia Prue of Kansas City, Kansas. Hugh Buck had attained the rank of 32nd Degree Mason. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. He had retired in 1942 from the Missouri Pacific Railraod as a conductor.

The funeral was held 1 Aug 1972 at the St.Edwards Chapel. The message was delivered by Rev. Jack Cutbirth, Pastor of Wood Memorial Christian Church in Van Buren. Pallbearers were Dr. J. B. Hays, Wally Hays, Darrell Hays, Alvy Hays, Tommy Hays, Elliott Hays, Atha Pigg, Jr. and Wallace Hays. [I suspect most if not all were his nephews]

Buried Forest Park Cemetery, Ft. Smith, Sebastian Co AR.