Sunday, July 17, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Former County Clerk Dies in Washington State (1922)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, March 30, 1922 – page 1, column 6:

Once One of Best Known Men in County

William T. Haynes, at one time one of the best known men in Hendricks county, but for many years a citizen of the state of Washington, died last week in his Washington home of pneumonia in his 85th year. He is survived by five children and by Mrs. Haynes, his third wife.

Mr. Haynes was born in Clinton county, Ohio, Oct. 24, 1837, and came to Hendricks county with his parents in 1855. In 1860 he and Harriet A. Cash were married and four children were born to them – Harry, Charles, Agnes (now Mrs. Sissons) and Frank. Mrs. Haynes died April 6, 1875. In 1879, he and Eva Ferguson were married. To them was born one child, William.

In company with William T. Davis, Mr. Haynes built the first roller process mill in Hendricks county, the property which is now known as the Klondike mill. He served four years as clerk of the court. Of generous disposition and pleasing manners, he had a host of friends and is most kindly remembered in the county.

In 1888, in reduced circumstances because of unfortunate investments, he went to the far northwest in the hope of building up his fortune, and he succeeded in a satisfactory degree. He was elected county commissioner and served several terms, and he was then appointed to have charge of the government land office, a position which he held for several years. His second wife died there and he married a third time, his wife being a lady living in Washington.

The death of Mr. Haynes breaks a long list of those who have been clerk of the local court. The line is as follows: William F. Haynes, William R. McClelland, Enoch G. Hogate, David Hadley, Mel C. Masten, Zimri E. Dougan, John C. Taylor, James M. Adams, Charles E. Edwards, A.P.W. Bridges, and the present official, Alvin Woodward.

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