On July 3, 1888, he was united in marriage to Miss Ella Volkins. Until moving to Lowell eight years ago, where they have since resided, they made their home on the old Hayden homestead in West Creek township. To them eight sons and two daughters were born, three of whom, Leslie O., Leonard and an infant daughter, preceded their father in death.
He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, one daughter, Vera, and six sons. The sons are: Leander, Delbert, John, George, Urvie and Vivian. There are also ten grand children; one brother, Roy of Lowell, and four sisters, Mrs. Alice Smith, of Momence, Ill., Mrs. Bertha Brannon, of Billings, Mont., Mrs. Bertha* Hayhurst, of Altoona, Kansas, and Mrs. Jessie Clark of Lowell, together with a host of other relatives and friends.
As a young man he was a staunch supporter of the church, having confessed his faith in Christ through the West Creek Methodist Episcopal church in the year 1893. At the time of his death he held membership in the M.E. church in Lowell.
Mr. Hayden was [a] good citizen, a faithful and considerate husband and father, a kind friend and neighbor. As a citizen he commanded the respect and confidence of all _____________________ who have repeatedly entrusted him with the responsibilities of public office. For the past four years he has been assessor of Cedar Creek township and was re-elected for another term at the November election.
The entire community joins the family in a common sorrow in the death of a father and friend beloved. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Lowell on Sunday, Nov. 21st, at 2 p.m. Rev. A.E. Dougherty preached the funeral sermon. Interment was made in West Creek cemetery. Undertakers Weaver and Son had charge of the burial service. The following acted as pallbearers: Arthur Hayden, Murray Hayden, Harold Smith, Donald Clark, George Clark, Bert C. Hayden, nephews of the deceased.
* NOTE -- This article lists two sisters by the name of Bertha for Fred Hayden. Bertha Brannon really was named "Bertha." The name "Bertha Hayhurst," however, is a typographical error in the paper, and the first name of that sister was actually Martha.
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