It was with a feeling of deep sorrow that the news of the death of Mr. Mitchell Hays was received about town last Sunday morning. He had been in a precarious condition since the paralytic attack of several days ago, but it was hoped he might rally and regain his health for a time at least. His death removes one of the real pioneers from the community where he had lived and reared a large family. His kindly, cheerful disposition and many good traits made him the friend and companion of everyone.
Obituary -- Mitchell Hays, son of James and Mary Hays, was born in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, February 21, 1829, and died at his home in Smith Centre March 2, 1913, age 84 years and ten days. He was married to Harriet E. Bowen in the same county where he was born, on April 24, 1855. to this union were born nine children, Mary, John, Ruthford, deceased, James Hays of Chapman, Kansas; Ida Sigsbee of Scandia, Kansas; Rachel Burr, Belle McElfresh, Elmer and Oscar of this place. He leaves an aged wife, six children, 35 grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren to mourn his loss. He moved to Smith county in 1878, locating one mile south of town until he moved to this city thirteen years ago. Funeral services were conducted at the house Monday at 2 p.m. by Rev. W.E. Robb of the Christian church, and the remains laid to rest in Fairview cemetery.
Card of Thanks -- We wish to express our most heartfelt thanks to the friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted during the sickness and death of our beloved husband and father, also the Rebekahs for their beautiful floral offering; their kindness shall never be forgotten. -- Mrs. Harriet E. Hays and Children.
Smith County Journal, March 6, 1913