IRVIN W. HAYS
††††††††††† Dentistry may be said to be unique among other occupations, as it is at once a profession, a trade and a business.† Such being the case it follows that in order to attain the highest success in it one must be thoroughly conversant with the theory of the art, must be an expert with the many tools and appliances incidental to the practice of modern dentistry and must possess business qualifications adequate to dealing with the financial side of the profession.† In none of these particulars is Mr. Hays lacking, and he is accounted one of the leading representatives of the dentistry profession in northern California, enjoying a large and lucrative practice in Grass Valley.
††††††††††† The Doctor is a native of Missouri, born March 8, 1843.† His father, Irvin W. Hays, Sr., was born in Kentucky in 1818, and the grandfather, Benjamin Hays, was a native of North Carolina and a representative of one of the old and influential families of that state.† In 1820 the grandparents removed with their family to Missouri, where their son, Irvin W., was educated and learned the millerís trade, which he followed throughout the greater part of his business career.† At the time when the tide of emigration was steadily flowing westward he crossed the plains to California, locating at Oroville, Butte County, in 1849.† One who now visits this garden spot of the world can scarcely realize the condition of affairs at that time.† The population of California was composed mainly of miners, who lived in tents or crude shanties; but as transportation facilities were improved all the accessories and conveniences of the east were introduced and California took its place among the most advanced states of the commonwealth.† For two years Mr. Hays engaged in mining and butchering.† In 1858, however, he returned eastward, remaining in Missouri until 1878, when he again made a visit to California.† He died in Grass Valley in 1894.† His wifeís maiden name was Mary Jane Carson, who died in Missouri in 1853.† She was a native of Maryland and a daughter of Nehemiah and Rachel (Bull) Carson.† Her father was born in the north of Ireland, and crossed the Atlantic to the United States in 1795, locating in Maryland, in which state his wife was born.† She was a sister of Dr. John Bull, one of the first congressmen from the state of Missouri.† On both the paternal and maternal sides the families were connected with the colonial army during the Revolutionary struggle and were also represented in the early Indian wars.
††††††††††† In early life Dr. Hays became connected with the millerís trade.† His residence in California dates from May, 1865, and for a year he followed mining and engineering.† He was then called to public office, serving as deputy assessor for five years, and during that time he began preparation for the practice of dentistry, under the direction of Dr. S. M. Harris.† Having acquired an accurate and comprehensive knowledge of the science, he opened an office in San Francisco where he remained for some time, after which he took a post-graduate course in the Haskell Dental College, of Chicago, in which he was graduated with the class of 1882.† On his return to California he located in Grass Valley, where he has since made his home.† He has met with most creditable success in his chosen profession, his skill and ability winning him a very liberal patronage.† He has always been a close student of the science of dentistry, and the many medical journals seen in his office indicate that he keeps abreast with the theories and discoveries that are continually being made along that line.† He is a distinguished member of the State Dental Association, with which he has been connected for many years.† In 1894-95 he was the first vice president, and in 1895-6 was the honored president of the organization, a fact which indicates his high standing in the profession.
††††††††††† On the 9th of April, 1884, Dr. Hays was united in marriage to Miss Lucy K. Carson, a native of Richmond, Missouri, and a daughter of George Carson, who died in 1890.† She is also a granddaughter of Thomas McKenny, a native of North Carolina, and is related to the Stephens family that has furnished so many eminent representatives to the United States navy.
††††††††††† Politically the Doctor is allied with the progressive wing of the Democratic Party and takes an active interest in political matters.† He is also prominent in society circles, holding membership with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in which he has passed all the chairs, while in 1877 he was the grand patriarch of the grand encampment of the state of California.††† He is especially fond of outdoor sports, is particularly proficient with the use of rod and gun, and is a member of the Grass Valley Gun Club and a charter member of the State Sportsmenís Association.† The cause of education finds in him a warm friend and he is a public-spirited citizen who gives a loyal support to every measure calculated to secure advancement in intellectual, social, moral and material lines.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010† Gerald Iaquinta.