Alford B. Hayes


In the death of Alford B. Hayes, which occurred in 1899, the state of Iowa lost one of her most worthy and successful pioneer citizens, and agricultural interests in Allamakee county were deprived of a progressive and leading representative. For over forty years he had lived upon his farm two miles beyond New Albin, bringing it to a high state of cultivation and, by reason of his practical methods and the honorable and upright standards to which he steadily adhered, winning a place among the promoters and upbuilders of the section where he made his home.

Mr. Hayes was born in Ohio, in 1826, and is a son of William Hayes, who was for many years a well known blacksmith in Youngstown, that state, where he and his wife passed away. Their son acquired his education in the public schools of Ohio and there remained until 1854, in which year he came to Iowa, settling in Lansing in pioneer times. He secured a position as clerk in a store in that community, but after holding it for three years resigned and came to Iowa township, turing his attention to general farming, an occupation to which he devoted the remainder of his life. He purchased two hundred and forty acres of land two miles beyond New Albin and for forty years steadily carried forwrd the work of improving and developing it, adding to his holdings from time to time until he owned five hundred and seventeen acres, constituting one of the finest farms in this vicinity. In addition to the cultivation of the fields he engaged extensively in the raising, feeding and shipping of stock, and this department of his activities increased in volume and importance year by year, forming one of the principal sources of his income. At all times industrious, enterprising and progressive, Mr. Hayes prospered steadily in his business affairs, success coming as a result of his practical methods and his excellent management, and he long held a place of honor and prominence among the leading citizens of Iowa township.

In 1858 Mr. Hayes was united in marriage to Miss Isabelle Manderscheid, who was born in Germany and who came to the United States with her parents, Christian and Magdalene (Hurt) Manderscheid, when she was nine years of age. The settled in Dubuque county, Iowa, later moving to Allamakee county, where the father operated a farm until his death, which occurred at the age of eighty-two. The mother, who died four years later, was also eighty-two years of age at the time of her demise. In their family were: Eva, the wife of Andrew Lepper, of Allamakee county; Conrad, deceased; John Adam, of Dubuque; Isabelle, the wife of the subject of this review; Magdalene, who has passed away; George, also deceased; and Jacob, who lives in California.

Mr. and Mrs. Hayes became the parents of six children: William J., who was born in 1859, is now a resident of Elkton, South Dakota; John W. is a car inspector on the Pacific coast; George M. is operating his father's homestead; Alford B. met death by drowning in 1888; Jacob attended Nora Springs Seminary in Iowa and later was graduated in law from Kent College, Chicago. He is now practicing in Kansas; Verona is a graduate of Nora Springs Seminary and later studied stenography in a Wisconsin business college at La Crosse; she is the widow of Louis Tabatt, who died in 1909, leaving three children: Alford L., who was born in 1906; Marian I., born in 1908 and Louis E., born in 1909.

Mr. Hayes was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, to which his wife and children also belong. Politically he was affiliated with the republican party and he took an active and intelligent interest in the affairs of the community, although he never sought public office. He died upon his farm in Iowa township in 1899, being at that time one of the substantial agriculturists and large landowners in the county. His memory is cherished by all who were fortunate enough to come within the close circle of his friendship, and his name is high on the list of the honored dead of this community, to the development and progress of which he made such substantial and lasting contributions.

-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Sharyl Ferrall

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