The Valley of Heart's Delight

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The traits of  character that have brought distinction and success to the representatives of the Hayes family are a direct heritage from a long line of forefathers possessing the sterling qualities of the Scotch race.  The family genealogy shows that many generations gone but some of the name crossed the border from Scotland to the north of England, from which locality in 1683 George Hayes immigrated to Connecticut and became the founder of the family in America.  Numerous of his descendants bore a valiant part in the events culminating in the independence of our nation, and in every generation the family has evinced the utmost loyalty to the country and high type of public spirit.  Following the trend of emigration westward, early in the nineteenth century the family became established in what was then the frontier, beyond the pale of civilization as it then existed.
During the residence of Anson and Mary (Folsom) Hayes at Waterloo, Jefferson County, Wis., their son, Everis Anson Hayes, as born March 10, 1855.  The various industries with which his father was connected, that of railroad contractor, merchant and farmer, proved sufficiently profitable to enable him to give his children the best advantages of that day and locality, and the son, after having completed the studies of the public school, matriculated at the University of Wisconsin, from which he received the degree of Bachelor of Laws in 1879 and that of bachelor of Letters in 1882.  Previous to receiving the latter degree he had made his home in Madison, Wis., where he was a member of the common council and practitioner of growing prominence.  During 1883 he removed to Ashland, Wis., and formed a partnership with his brother, Jay Orley Hayes, and Col, John H. Knight.  In the spring of that year their mother, a remarkable woman who was away with her son, Jay O., for a needed rest, heard a voice that said for her sons not to invest their money in pine lands which might be destroyed by fire, that there was vast wealth awaiting them in iron ore to the east.  East of Ashland there was an unbroken wilderness, and Jay O,. to whom his mother first communicated, said that he knew of no mines in that direction, but he had implicit faith in his mother.  Again she heard the voice and she said to her son, "You have a client- a Captain  Moore- who will understand and know about it.  Going to Captain Moore, Mr. Hayes inquired of him if he knew of any iron ore deposits to the east, to which the Captain replied in the affirmative- that he had made explorations there and that the indications had convinced him that there were valuable deposits in that locality. Mr. Hayes then told Captain Moore that if there was an opportunity to invest that he and his brother, E. A. Hayes, would go with him.
A short time after this, Jay O. Hayes while out in the pine woods became very ill and E. A.  succeeded in getting him back to Madison, Wis., to their mother's home, where in time he recovered, through he doubtless would have passed away had it not been for her care and help.  During this time Captain Moore came to E. A. Hayes' office in Ashland and said that he was going to organize an exploration  company in which the eight people comprising it would have an equal interest, each paying $250,  On inquiry Mr., Hayes found that one share was held by a saloonkeeper and he asked Captain Moore if he might not have that eighth instead, so that his mother might have an interest, but the captain said that he would not go back on his promise.  When Mr. Hayes told his mother of his wish to secure an interest for her and his inability to do so, she replied that if it were intended that she should have it, that she would get it.  Some time after this the brothers met the saloonkeeper who told them that their money was being wasted and used for other purposes.  Jay O., said to him, "If that is the case, I presume that you would like to get out."  To this the man agreed and Jay O. paid him $250, thus securing an eighth interest for his mother.  The brothers later purchased another eighth, and still later a fractional share more, so that they obtained a controlling interest before any ore was discovered. Their mother assured them, however, that out of it would come all the money they would ever need, and this has indeed materialized, for it has brought untold wealth. They sent men to explore the Gorbeic region in Michigan and in due time iron ore was discovered and mines opened and successfully operated.
They took up their residence at Ironwood, Gogebic County, where they made a fortune, and in 1887 they came to California, taking up their residence in Santa Clara County, where they purchased a valuable ranch property.  However, the panic of '93 that brought disaster to many men and corporations did not miss them and in 1895 they lost all they had in California, including their ranch, besides being in debt.  By crooked manipulation their mines had also passed out of their control, so in 1899 they returned to Gogebic County, Mich., and through the aid of their old-time friend, Mr. Longyears, brought suit and the mine was recovered. E. A Hayes assumed the superintendency and in two years' time they had made such a success that they leased the mine, receiving a payment of $900,000.  The brothers then returned to San Jose, looked up their old creditors and paid principal and interest in full.  One bank to which they were indebted had already charged their account to profit and loss and as a result of the payment made by the Hayes brothers they were able to declare a special dividend of twenty per cent.  Square and honest, although these notes and obligations were legally outlawed, Messrs. Hayes did not look upon it in that light, for the account were not outlawed as far as they were concerned.  The mines in Michigan are still yielding big returns and they are now opening up a larger body of ore than they have ever had before, so that their mother's prophecy is being fulfilled and the mine continues to yield all the money they need.
No even in the business history of the brothers has surpassed in importance their connection with local journalism. In 1900 they acquired the San Jose Herald and the following year their journalistic interests were greatly increased by the purchase of the San Jose Mercury, the only morning paper in the city.  Under their keen business management, unsurpassed tact and sagacious judgment, these papers have become the most important in the state, outside of San Francisco and Los Angles, and wield an influence that is not limited to the Santa Clara  Valley, although their circulation is largest and their power strongest in the home locality.
A stanch supporter of the Republican party, Mr. Hayes held the office of chairman of the Republican Central Committee of Santa Clara County
, and frequently "stumped" the state in the interests of the party.  In the summer of 1904 he was nominated for Congress by the Republican party, and in November of that year he was elected a member of Congress and has been reelected to succeed himself six times.  While a member of the House, Mr. Hayes served his district, state and nation with marked ability and tireless and unceasing in his work.  During the whole fourteen years of his service he was a member of the banking anc currency committee and also of  the immigration and naturalization committee, the last six years being ranking Republican member of both of the above committees and very active in their measures.  In the drawing up of the Federal Reserve Act he was very active and had much to do with its formation, as the draft was submitted to him each day for suggestions and some of them were incorporated in the act.  He was also a member of all conference committees, and legislative representative of the House forming these committees. In forming the immigration bill, now in force, he represented the House on the conference committee of the Senate and House.  The most interesting piece of work in connection   with this legislative duties was the reorganization of the rules of the House of Representatives which had come into being during the long tenure of Joseph Cannon as speaker.  Mr. Hayes organized the fight against these iron-clad cannon rules of the House and was Chairman of the insurgents and also of the steering committee during the whole fight.  He was ranking Republican member of the sub-committee that drafted the Farm Loan Act passed by the Sixty-fourth Congress, and had more to do with its drafting than any other man in the country. He was also on the sub-committee that drafted the Postal Savings law and next to Chairman Glass was the most active in its formation and ultimate success.
Mr. Hayes' first  marriage, in 1884, united him with Miss Nettie Louisa Porter, who passed away in 1891.  Two years later he was united with Miss May Louis Bassett of Whitewater, Wis.  Mr. Hayes is the father of three children by his first marriage and three by his second, as follows: Sibyl Charity of Edenvale; Anson Clinton of San Francisco; Harold Cecil, in business in San Jose; Phyllis Celestia, the wife of Capt. Robert A. Griffin of Carmel-by-the-Sea; Loy Bassett, connected with the Mercury; Abraham Folsom, engaged in ranching in this County.
Mr. Hayes is a prominent member of the Union League Club of San Francisco, where he has a host of friends, and in addition to being president of the Mercury Publishing Company and vice-president of the Heraldy Publishing Company, he retains his inters in the Michigan mines, holding the office of president of the Hayes Mining Company, owners of the famous Ashland iron mines at Iron wood, Mich., and is president of the Harmony Iron Company, which owns valuable iron properties in Iron County.  Diversified as are his interest, no detail is neglected conducive to their success and no efforts are spared to make each enterprise the peer of others in the same line of activity.  As land owner, mine owner, investor and publisher, he finds an abundant field for his varied talents and an opportunity to identify himself with men foremost in these industries.  A man of keep perception and intuition, he is a public benefactor and is ever striving to benefit his fellow men.  Kind, thoughtful, liberal and openhearted, he is ever ready to assist those who have been less fortunate in this world's good and is generous to a fault.  Of deep religious convictions and exemplifying a high standard of morals, he govern his life by the principles of the Golden Rule.  Indissoluble associated with the history of San Jose and Santa Clara County, his name will be perpetuated in many enterprises of permanent value to the country's and city's progress.
Transcribed by Cdf, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,
 published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 320



A native of Wisconsin, Mrs. Everis Anson Hayes was born at Whitewater, the daughter of Dwight Bassett and Lucetta Wood Bassett, the former a native of Plainfield, Mass., and the latter of Cattaraugus County, N. Y. Dwight Bassett, when a young man, migrated to Whitewater, Wis., where he met and married Miss Wood, who had come to Wisconsin with her parents in the pioneer days of that region. Mr. Bassett was among the early and prominent nurserymen of that state and there he spent the remainder of his life. Mrs. Bassett, now in her eighty-ninth year, makes her home with her daughter at Edenvale.

Mary Bassett was educated in the public schools of her native state. Very early in her life she became interested in teaching. Her first school was taught when she was fifteen years of age and except for the four years spent in the State Normal School in Whitewater, where she graduated in 1882, and one year spent in advance work in New York City, she was continuously teaching in the public schools of Whitewater, Wis., and Greeley and Denver, Colo., until the summer of 1893, when she was married to E. A. Hayes, a publisher and mining man of Santa Clara County, Calif. It should be said that in her career as a teacher she was unusually successful, having the ready faculty of interesting her pupils in the practical application of their acquired knowledge. She was especially gifted in handling the primary grades, being able to interest the young minds under her charge in a most unusual way, thus giving them a start that very few teachers could equal. Coming into the family life at Edenvale at a time when Mrs. Hayes-Chynoweth was still living and very active, the principles which she taught and exemplified appealed very strongly to Mrs. Hayes and she embraced them, assisting actively in their promulgation; she became very much attached to Mrs. Chynoweth and was much beloved by her.

When her husband was elected to Congress in 1904 Mrs. Hayes, with her family, accompanied him to Washington, there participating heartily with her husband in the public life of the Capital of the nation, becoming prominent in the Congressional Club, where for several years she was chairman of the entertainment committee, providing the club with able speakers and artists from all over the world. She made it her special interest to look out for the wives of new members of Congress, seeing to it that they were not only invited to the functions at her own home, but that they were properly introduced into the social life in Washington, thus making it easier for many to assume and enter upon the social duties which necessarily belong to the wives of officials at Washington. These efforts were appreciated and endeared her to all with whom she came in contact and, as a result, she has today a host of warm and steadfast friends among the wives and families of the members of Congress from all parts of the Union. Mrs. Hayes is modest and unassuming and absolutely free from the ordinary deceptions of social life, so that those whom she loves and to whom she is a friend naturally respond with an affection and constancy that have blessed her life as very few women have been blessed. An ideal wife and mother, her family and home life are the things that are nearest and dearest to her and have largely occupied her heart and life, although she has found, and still finds, time for much charitable and public work of various kinds.

Transcribed by Marie Clayton, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,
 published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 530


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