The many friends of Mr. Henry Hays throughout Lane and Linn counties will regret to learn of his death, although he had lived a good old age, having been born in Hardin county Tennessee, in 1810. Those who knew him best were his best friends. He moved to Oregon with his family from the State of Missouri in 1852 and located in Lane county where he has ever since resided up to his death on the 28th ultimo. He leaves an aged wife and seven children. Those who knew him will hear us out in the statement that he was a true type of a good and noble man. The funeral took place from the residence of the bereaved family at 3 o’clock Thursday afternoon. A brief but eloquent discourse was delivered by Prof. Condon of the State University, and the remains were buried in the Odd Fellows cemetery.” Oregon State Journal (Eugene), Mar 3, 1883, pg. 5 col. 3. University of Oregon Knight Library, Newspaper Collection.
“CARD OF THANKS
We desire to express our appreciation of and thanks to the many friends in this city who have been so thoughtful and kind to us during our recent bereavement. Mrs. Mary Hays, R. R. Hays, Amanda L. Hays. OSJ, Mar 3, 1883 pg. 5, col. 2.
The Eugene Pioneer Cemetery (IOOF) lists the following burials in block 164. Henry Hays born 5/18/1810 Tennessee, died 2/10/1883. Mary Hays born 3/26/1810 Tennessee, died 12/12/1893. Amanda Hays born 4/29/1851 in Oregon, died 1/2/1924 in Eugene, OR. Robert R. Hays born 10/7/1848 Tennessee, died 3/21/1933 in Eugene, OR.
Most all the funeral services held during this time period in Eugene were held at the family residences.
I thought this obituary sounded familiar – and I found that I also featured this obituary in an earlier post, from the Eugene Daily Guard. If there is more than one newspaper in a town, it is important to check for the obituary in all papers. Sometimes they will be exactly the same – word for word, but other times they will include different and valuable information. If the family has connections to another town – check those newspapers also.