"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Hayward, Enos F. proprietor of Haymeadow Farm in the town of Conover, Vilas County, was born in Fayette County, Iowa, Aug. 21, 1866, son of Enos and Ellen (BEAN) HAYWARD. The parents were pioneers of that county, they and their children being the fifth family to settle there and they remained there until their death. Enos F. as a boy attended school in Fayette County. At the age of 19 he became a commercial traveler, which occupation he followed for 27 years, selling garment-cutting machines and teaching garment cutting, his territory extending from the Ohio river region to the Pacific coast. During that period he made a collection of Indian relics, specimens of mineral ore, and other curiosities, which finally amounts to 37,500 pieces, and this collection, or a part of it, is now on exhibition in the lobby of the State Bank at Fayette, Iowa, but he will probably have them at his own home in the near future. In 1901 Mr. HAYWARD came to Vilas County and took a homestead of 80 acres in the town of Conover. Of this he has cleared 70 acres by hand, without the use of dynamite or stump pullers. In location he is the last settler on State Trunk Highway No. 32 in Wisconsin, and his nearest neighbor north on the same highway is 22 miles distant. For several years Mr. HAYWARD has dealt in real estate and now owns six different tracts of land, four of which he has improved to some extent. In his early years on his present place he did more or less hunting and trapping, receiving enough in bounties from the country for bears, wolves and foxes killed to more than pay his taxes. In those days he used to carry his provisions packed on his back from Eagle River. He was married Nov. 17, 1889 in Fayette County, Iowa, to Miss Era R. FELKEY. Mr. HAYWARD is a writer of some achievements both in prose and poetry. In the former classification is a novel, "Two Bits", written in 1904, and "Hayward's Philosophy of Rhymes:, in 1914. His poetical works are comprised in "Poems of the North Woods:, of which he is now compiling a second edition.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 625-626; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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