Biography - A. HAYWARD

A. Hayward, who has been the railroad station and ticket agent at Camargo for twenty-three years, was born near Belfast, Ireland, November 23, 1849, and was reared to manhood in the neighborhood of Cranbrook, county Kent, England, where he attended the ordinary school of that day. He is a son of Benjamin Hayward, who was a member and organist of the Church of England at Inch, near Belfast, Ireland. He was a fine musician, playing both organ and violin with great proficiency. His father died in 1855. His mother, who was, before she was married, Margaret Carr, was a native of county Down, Ireland, and was reared near Belfast. His great-grandfather, John Hayward, was an exceedingly wealthy man, and because his sons were of dissolute habits he bequeathed his wealth to charity, and it is known to this day as the Hayward charity fund, so much of which is given out each year by the parish of Cranbrook to the poor of the parish. His maternal grandfather, Edward Carr, was born in Scotland.

A. Hayward came to this country in 1870, and after spending three months in Syracuse came direct to Tuscola, where he followed the painter's trade and remained here six years. He soon afterwards learned the telegraph business and located in Camargo.

In 1880 our subject was wedded to Miss Julia O'Connor, a step-daughter of Martin Cogley. They have one daughter, Mary Elizabeth, who is nineteen years of age.

He is a member of the Court of Honor and at present holds the office of chancellor. Mr. Hayward owns a pleasant home in Camargo, besides eighty acres of land in Murdock township. He has been town clerk of Camargo for six years and was secretary of the Douglas county fair for ten years. He was also assistant general superintendent of the state fair in 1897-98, and seryed as delegate to the Court of Honor of Douglas county, which met in Springfield in 1899. He has made his own way in the business world and at present occupies an enviable position in the affairs of Douglas county.

Extracted 09 Jun 2019 by Norma Hass from the Historical and Biographical Record of Douglas County, Illinois, published in 1900, pages 210-211.

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