|PATRICK HAYES is engaged in general farming and stock-raising on his large and well equipped farm on section 7, Cass Township, Since 1856 he has been numbered among the agriculturists of Jones County, though for many years prior to that he was extensively engaged in railroad contracting in this state, as well as in other states in the west.
The birth of Patrick Hayes occurred in County Tipperary, Ireland, in 1845, his parents being Patrick and Johannah (Kain) Hayes, who were also natives of the Emerald Isle. The father died when his son and namesake was quite young, and in 1851 the mother came with her family to America. They arrived in New York City, where they lived for some years, and finally in 1855 came to Iowa, making a settlement in Linn County. In the schools of the neighborhood young Hayes received his education and engaged in farm work until twenty-four years of age. At that time he became an employee of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad and took contracts for its construction. He was also in the same business in Iowa and Nebraska for the Burlington & Missouri River Railroad. Later he received and executed contracts for construction on the Midland Railroad, and in these enterprises met with a good degree of success. Prior to this he spent three years on the Pacific Coast. His natural tastes, however, were in the direction of agriculture, and in 1871 he returned to the business, embarking in farming on his own account in Cass Township, where he has successfully conducted a farm ever since.
His place of one hundred and eighty acres is nearly all under cultivation, and abundant harvests are gathered there from each year. The owner raises a good grade of cattle and hogs and is practical and progressive in his methods and in the management of his affairs. In political matters Mr. Hayes is a Democrat and has always taken a leading part in public improvements and educational work. In religion he is a Catholic, and with his wife and family is a regular attendant at the services of his church. Among his friends and neighbors he is highly esteemed on account of his industrious life and habits.
In 1871 occurred the marriage of Mr. Hayes and Miss Nancy Kairn, the daughter of Michael Kairn. Mr. and Mrs. Hayes have had a family of four sons and three daughters, who in order of birth are as follows: Ellen, Susan, William, John, Frank, Cecelia and Leo. Their parents are giving them the benefit of a good education whereby to meet the duties and battles of life and are training them to become useful citizens.
Source: Dubuque, Jones, and Clayton Counties History, 1894, pg. 367.
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