Clarence Orice Hays

b. Dec 1, 1908, d. Jan 9, 2001
FatherOrice Lee Hays1,2,3 b. Dec 15, 1884, d. Dec 4, 1945
MotherEffie Viola DeWitt1,2,3 b. Apr 8, 1888, d. Dec 29, 1935
     Clarence was born in Smith Center, Smith Co, KS, on Dec 1, 1908.4,3,5
     Clarence Orice Hays was listed as a son in Orice Lee Hays's household on the 1910 Census in Ellsworth Co, KS.6
Vernon, Clarence, Lowell, Fern, Verda, Mervin
(labeled on back)
circa 1920?

     Clarence Orice Hays was listed as a son in Orice Lee Hays's household on the 1920 Census in Junction City, Geary Co, KS.7
     Clarence Orice Hays attended in 1922 in Brookside School, Smoky Hill Township, Geary Co, KS. Clarence was in 5th grade, Verda in 4th, Lowell and Mervin in 2nd.8

     Clarence was listed as the head of a family on the 1930 Census in Third Avenue South, Brookings, Brookings Co, SD. Clarence was a garage mechanic. The couple were renting for $10 per month..5
     He resided in Brookings, SD, at the time of his mother's death on Dec 30, 1936.1
on back: Clarence, Helen, Marlyn, Dale, Snookie, Shirley
Labelled on back: Dale, Marlyn, Snookie, Shirley
He and Helen Hays were New Tag Clarence was a trucker; he hadn't worked in the week before the census was taken, but had worked the week before that. He had worked approximately 25 weeks in 1939. Hs current income was $332, per year, presumably, since the family's rent was $10. Dale was in school. on Apr 16, 1940 in 303 Folsom, Brookings, Brookings Co, SD.9
     He resided in Brooking, SD, in Dec, 1945.10
     The Hays family gathered at Jim and Margie's house in Hutchinson in February 1946.
Bill, Lowell, Jim, Delbert, Clarence, and Mervin Hays
Hays Family, Feb 1946, Hutchinson, KS
Back row: Lowell, Jim, Mervin, Pearl
Middle row: Nelda, Rosie, Lila, Verda
Front row: Bill, Delbert, Clarence
Hays Family, Feb 1946, Hutchinson, KS
Stan Jantz writes: Jim and Marges house in Hutch near prison. Jim, Delbert, Jack (uniform), Vernon, Barbra, Donna
on back: Hays Sisters
Back row: Lila Jantz, Pearl Hays, Verda Lady
Front row: Nelda Hays
RosaLee Goodwin
Taken at Cleins
Feb 1946
Hutchinson, Kansas

     He married Dorothy Green in Reno, NV, in 1948.3
     Clarence and Dorothy moved to Meadow Valley, Plumas Co, CA.3
     Clarence Orice Hays was a member of C.B. Radio Patrol.3
     Clarence Orice Hays was a heavy equipment operator.3
     He enjoyed hunting and fishing.3
     Clarence and Dorothy moved in 1990 to Red Bluff, Tehama Co, CA.3
     Clarence Orice Hays was left a widower by Dorothy Hays's death on Apr 18, 1997.11,12
     Clarence died on Jan 9, 2001 in Cottonwood Care Center, Woodland, Yolo Co, CA, at age 92.4,3 An obituary was published on Jan 11, 2001 in the Red Bluff Daily News in Red Bluff, CA.13 A second obituary was published on Jan 17, 2001 in the Lassen County News Online in Lassen Co, CA.3 He was buried in Meadow Valley Cemetery, Meadow Valley, Plumas Co, CA.3,13

Family 1

Helen Phillipson

Family 2

Dorothy Green b. July 5, 1914, d. April 18, 1997
  • Roger Dean Hays16 b. Feb 26, 1934, d. Jul 25, 1996


  1. [S154] Chapman Advertiser, January 2, 1936, page 1, column 5.
  2. [S282] Wichita Eagle, February, 1998.
  3. [S897] Lassen County News Online, January 17, 2001,
  4. [S856] Clarence O. Hays, no. 503-03-9497, Social Security Death Index, RootsWeb.
  5. [S1204] 1930 U. S. Census, South Dakota, Brookings Co, Brookings, ED 9, sheet 4A/116, line 32, Third Avenue South, dwelling 81, family 81, South Dakota, Brookings County.
  6. [S19] 1910 U. S. Census, Kansas, Ellsworth County, ED 32, line 71, dwelling 35, family 37.
  7. [S32] 1920 U. S. Census, Kansas, Geary County, Junction City, ED 61, sheet 7B, line 94, dwelling 127, family 142.
  8. [S225] Mervin Hays, School Souvenir Booklet, 1922 Julia Langel.
  9. [S2590] 1940 U. S. Census, South Dakota, Brookings County, Brookings, ED 6-9, sheet 9B, line 68, household 130, South Dakota, Brookings County.
  10. [S23] The Salina Journal, December 4, 1945.
  11. [S897] Lassen County News Online, January 17, 2001,, (year only).
  12. [S856] Dorothy Hays, no. 324-20-3752, Social Security Death Index, RootsWeb.
  13. [S898] Red Bluff Daily News, Jan 11 2001,
  14. [S1835] Rude's Funeral Home -- Obituary for Marlyn Hays, online
  15. [S2381] Melissa Hays, "unknown cd1," e-mail to Julia Langel.
  16. [S2589] Roger Dean Green, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 (DATABASE ON-LINE). Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015.
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