One of the old residents of Glasco, the first operator and station agent, and proprietor of the first hotel in the town, is E.R. Haynes, who located in Glasco in 1879. Mr. Haynes rode on the first train that came through from Solomon. He was appointed station agent November 1, 1879, and has held the position continuously until the present time. He had formerly been in the employ of the railroad as agent at Medina, Jefferson county, Kansas.
Mr. Haynes is a native of Lorain county, Ohio, which borders on Lake Erie. His father, Elijah Haynes, a blacksmith, was a native of Vermont. His paternal grandfather, too old to become a soldier of the Revolutionary war, shouldered a musket at the battle of Bennington, was wounded, and died as a result. The Haynes were of English origin. In 1600 three brothers came to America; one settled in Massachusetts, another in Virginia and the third one in Illinois. Mr. Haynes' mother was Martha Stanton, born and reared in Penn Yan, New York. She was an own cousin of Secretary Stanton, President Lincoln's secretary of war. Her ancestors were of English extraction and settled in the state of New York in an early day. Mr. Haynes was educated in the common schools of Ohio.
Soon after attaining his majority Mr. Haynes enlisted in Battery B (which was later merged with Battery K), Ohio First Regiment Artillery, serving two and one-half years or until his services were no longer required. He participated in the battle of Nashville. He did garrison work on the railroad from Nashville to Sherman's Front, guarding the work and was in numerous skirmishes. While at Chattanooga in 1864 Battery B was transferred to Battery K.
After the close of the war Mr. Haynes took a year's course in the Commercial College of Oberlin, Ohio. In September, 1868, he accepted the principalship of the North Lawrence schools, and a year later became principal of the Medina schools. In 1871 he engaged in the mercantile business in Medina and subsequently performed the duties of station agent in the same town. In November, 1879, he located in Glasco, where, as before stated, he became agent, his duties consisting of operator, express and station agent. He also opened the Haynes House, a stone structure, the first hostelry in Glasco, and did a thriving business, trains at that time stopping for meals.
Mr. Haynes was married to Miss Eliza Love, of Bowling Green, Ohio, In 1870. She died November 18, 1895. To this union have been born four children, viz: Mattie, wife of J.W. Mahoney, of Grand Island, Nebraska, state agent for the Union Mutual Life Insurance Company, of Portland, Maine. They are the parents of three children, Wilber, Lewis and Susan. Mrs. Mahoney was a popular Cloud county teacher before her marriage. Seymour R., mail clerk on the Rock Island Railroad from Kansas City to Phillipsburg, Kansas. Grace L., who assists her father in the office, was a student of Oberlin College two years and took a course of music at Bethany College, Topeka. Lawrence, a young man of sixteen years, is a student pursuing a classical course at Oberlin College, Ohio.
Mr. Haynes is a Republican in politics and a prominent member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Glasco. He is also an active member in the Grand Army of the Republic post of Glasco.
Transcribed from E.F. Hollibaugh's Biographical history of Cloud County, Kansas biographies of representative citizens. Illustrated with portraits of prominent people, cuts of homes, stock, etc. [n.p., 1903] 919p. illus., ports. 28 cm.
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