Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

 

Mary Miller Hayes

 

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Introduction

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Inventory

Introduction

The papers of Mary Miller Hayes, wife of Webb C. Hayes, remained a part of the Hayes Family Collection following her death in 1935. Her marriage to Webb C. Hayes occurred at the time of Webb Hayes' construction of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. Among her papers is evidence of her involvement, financially and personally, in the founding of the Center. Additional information on Mary Miller Hayes and her civic activities appears in the Webb C. Hayes Collection, the Samuel Brinkerhoff Collection, and the Schwartz Family Collection. Also see the Mary Miller Hayes Photograph Collection (HAYES-PH-4).

Biographical Sketch

Mary Miller Hayes, benefactress and daughter-in-law of President Rutherford B. Hayes, was born in Fremont, Ohio, on April 11, 1856, the oldest of Anson H. and Nancy (Otis) Miller's three daughters. Her father was a cashier at Fremont's first bank, which was founded by Rutherford B. Hayes' uncle, Sardis Birchard, and Lucius B. Otis. The bank eventually became the First National Bank, for which Miller served as president from 1904 until his death the following year. Mary Miller graduated from Fremont High School and attended a finishing school in the East.

She first married in October 1894 Samuel Brinkerhoff, a justice of the peace and first vice president of First National Bank until his death in 1906. Brinkerhoff speculated in land throughout the Midwest. He was also president of Pemiscott Land and Cooperage in Missouri, a company that manufactured barrel staves. On Sept. 30, 1912, Mary Miller Brinkerhoff married Webb Cook Hayes, the second son of Rutherford B. and Lucy (Webb) Hayes. With him, she made frequent trips to spots around the world, including Alaska and Cuba, where they revisited the battlefields at which he was wounded during the Spanish-American War. She worked with the Red Cross in France in 1918 and later was librarian and hostess for wounded soldiers at Aix-le-Bains, France.

She provided $100,000 toward the founding of Fremont's Memorial Hospital, which opened in 1918, and founded the Mary Miller Hayes School of Nursing. She donated her Court Street home to the Fremont Federation of Women Club and with Webb Hayes endowed the Hayes Foundation, which created Hayes Memorial Library and today has become the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. She was a member of the Colonial Dames of America, Daughters of the American Revolution, the Ladies' Auxiliary of the Edgar Thurston Post of the American Legion, Emerson Camp United Spanish War Veterans, life member of trustees of Memorial Hospital and life member of the Hayes Foundation. Webb Hayes died in 1934. After several months of failing health, Mary Miller Hayes in December 1934 traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, where she died March 3, 1935.

There were no children by either marriage.

Scope and Content

The collection contains the personal correspondence, business papers, financial records, investment documents, and family memorabilia of Mary Miller Hayes from 1878 until 1936, a year after her death. Trusts, books, family data, genealogical material, as well as legal documents from her parents' (Anson H. and Nancy Otis Miller) estates also appear within the collection.

A portion of the material reflects the financial investments, assets, and legal records generated by her first husband, Samuel Brinkerhoff, including his real estate holdings, businesses, as well as trusts established prior to his death for the support of his relatives. Additionally, the collection provides evidence of her strong interest in and support of civic organizations and projects, including the Fremont Federation of Women, numerous hereditary societies, and veterans' groups. She actively cooperated with second husband Webb C. Hayes in the founding of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center and the Mary Miller Hayes School of Nursing. Many of the early Hayes Center employees were friends and associates of Mary Miller Hayes, including Frances Schwartz, bookkeeper for Samuel Brinkerhoff's Pemiscott Land and Cooperage Company, and later personal secretary to the Brinkerhoffs. The collection also contains documents associated with the educational funds established by Webb C. Hayes for his nephews as well as early household accounts for Spiegel Grove where Webb and Mary Miller Hayes resided until their deaths.

Inventory

7 1/3 linear feet

 

Box 1
Folders:
     1 - 36 Personal Correspondence, n.d., 1878 - June 1912

Box 2
Folders:
     1 - 21 Personal Correspondence, July 1912 - 1920

Box 3
Folders:
     1 - 21 Personal Correspondence, 1921 - 1930

Box 4
Folders:
     1 - 2 Personal Correspondence, 1931
     3 WCH - Sawyer Sanatorium, 1930 - 1931
     4 - 10 Personal Correspondence, 1932 - 1934
     11 CH - Sawyer Sanatorium, 1932 - 1934
     12 - 13 Personal Correspondence, 1935 -1936
     14 - 37 Correspondence with Financial Institutions, 1912 - 1936
     38 Chase National Bank Passbook #33-992 & Custody Account
     39 Union Trust Co. Savings Account #35045
     40 Union Trust Co. Special Account
     41 Oil, 1907 - 1911
     42 Oil, 1912 - 1930

Box 5
Folders:
     1 Stock Investment Record
     2 Stock
     3 Fremont Messenger Stock Certificates
     4 Missouri Bank Stocks
     5 Corporation Annual Reports
     6 Stock Dividend Memos
     7 Bell & Beckwith, 1931 - 1934 (American Smelting, General Electric, National Dairy Products)
     8 Investments
     9 Cash Book, 1916 - 1923
     10 Cash Book, 1924 - 1925, 1934 - 1935
     11 Cash Book, 1928 - 1934
     12 Personal Finances Journal, 1906 - 1925
     13 Financial Ledger, 1906 - 1925
     14 Financial Statements
     15 Miscellaneous Financial
     16 Application for I.R.S. Agent, 1932 - 1933
     17 Personal Property Taxes, 1906 - 1914
     18 Personal Property Taxes, 1925, 1933 - 1935

Box 6
Folders:
     1 - 15 Income Taxes, 1913 - 1935
     16 Income Tax Deficiencies, 1930, 1932, 1933, 1934
     17 - 31 Canceled Checks & Stubs, 1906 - 1921

Box 7
Folders:
     1- 13 Canceled Checks & Stubs, 1922 - 1934
     14 Canceled Checks & Miscellaneous Checking, 1935
     15 - 24 Spiegel Grove Household Canceled Checks, 1924 - 1935
     25 Spiegel Grove Household Checking Statements, 1925
     26 Spiegel Grove Household Checking Statements, 1933 - 1935
     27 Spiegel Grove Household Check Book, 1933 - 1935
     28 Citizens Savings & Trust Check Stubs, 1921 - 1922
     29 Equitable Trust Checking Statements, 1926 - 1930; Stubs, 1918, 1924 -1930

Box 8
Folders:
     1 Equitable Trust Canceled Checks, 1929 -1930
     2 Equitable Trust Blank Checks
     3 Chase National Bank Checking Statements 1930 -1935
     4 - 7 Chase National Bank Canceled Checks, 1930 - 1935
     8 Union Trust Checking Account, 1922 - 1935
     9 Union Trust Savings Account #35045, 1929 - 1933
     10 Union Trust Blank Checks
     11 Union Trust Frances E. Schwartz Account
     11-A Chase National Bank Frances E. Schwartz Account
     12 Toledo Trust Checking Statements, Canceled Checks, 1933 - 1936
     13 Toledo Trust Spiegel Grove Account
     14 Colonial Savings Bank Blank Checks, Statements, 1933 - 1935
     15 Check Book Covers
     16 Bank Books
     17 - 34 Toledo Real Estate - Commercial Realty Co., 1906 - 1925

Box 9
Folders:
     1 Toledo Real Estate
        Stein Property 217-219 Summit St.
     2 Toledo Real Estate
        Lamson Bros. Property 343 Summit St.
        Deeds, Leases, 1902 -1923
     3 Toledo Real Estate
        Lamson Bros. Property 343 Summit St.
        Correspondence, 1918 - 1928
     4 Toledo Real Estate
        S. S. Kresge Co. Property 343 Summit St., 1929 -1934
     5 Toledo Real Estate
        Opinions of Title
     6 Toledo Real Estate
        Taxes, 1905 - 1922
     7 Toledo Real Estate
        Bronson Place Property
     8 Toledo Real Estate
        Hicks Farm Addition
     9 Toledo Real Estate
        Oliver's Division, Lot #547
     10 Toledo Real Estate
          Correspondence with Harvey Bedell re Mortgages, 1906-1911
     11 Toledo Real Estate
          Webb C. Hayes v Hocking Valley Railway
     12 Maumee Real Estate
          Glenurban Addition
     13 Fremont Real Estate
          Court St. Property
          YWCL House, Fremont Federation of Women Home
     14 Fremont Real Estate
          Taxes, 1906 - 1928
     15 Fremont Real Estate
          Sewer
     16 Fremont Real Estate
          Rent Receipts & Disbursements, 1914 - 1918
     17 Fremont Real Estate
          Spiegel Grove Deeds
     18 Fremont Real Estate
          Deeds & Leases
     19 Fremont Real Estate
          Miscellaneous Matters & Properties
     20 Mouse Island
     21 Missouri Property Purchased by Frank Brinkerhoff, 1909 - 1911
     22 Miscellaneous Real Estate
     23 General Information Regarding Trusts
     24 Trusts - General Summaries & Statements
     25 Trusts - Union Trust Co. In Liquidation
     26 Rutherford B. Hayes/Lucy W. Hayes Foundation Trust
     27 Lucy Webb Hayes Memorial Fund
     28 Mary Miller Hayes Trust #2263 (formerly 1154)
     29 Mary Miller Hayes Trust, 1926 - 1934; Equitable Trust Co. of New York, Chase National Bank
     30 Mary Miller Research Fund
     31 Book Purchasing Fund
     32 Occupants Trust Fund
     33 Occupants Trust Fund re Webb C. Hayes, 1927 - 1933
     34 Occupants Trust Fund re Eliza Buckland, Frances Schwartz
     35 Occupants Trust Fund #1070
     36 Memorial Hospital Trust
     37 Overseas Soldiers' Room
     38 First Presbyterian Church Trust
     39 Two and Three Nephew Trust
     40 Three Nephew Trust - Sherman Hayes Loan
     41 Webb C. Hayes, 2nd Trust
     42 Education Fund
     43 Educational & Military Trust Fund
     44 Fanny Hayes Trust
     45 Dalton Hayes Educational Trust

Box 10
Folders:
     1 Spiegel Grove Trust #455
     2 Spiegel Grove Trust Check Book
     3 Mary E. Post Trust
     4 Smith Trust
     5 Brush Trust, 1913 -1933
     6 Brush Trust, 1934 - 1936
     6-A Louise Brush Obituary & Will
     7 Correspondence Regarding Multiple Trusts
     8 Trusts - Miscellaneous
     9 Nancy B. Otis & Fanny Stilwell Wedding Gown Material
     10 Julia & Fanny Miller Coin Purse, Autograph Book, Note Book
     11 Miller Family Miscellaneous
     12 Nancy B. Miller Estate Book
     13 John Miller, Anson Miller Contracts, John Miller Estate Appraisal, 1846 - 1853
     14 John Miler Estate Book, 1853 - 1859
     15 Anson Miller Miscellaneous
     16 Anson Miller Estate Book
     17 Mr. & Mrs. Anson Miller Receipts, 1889 - 1908
     18 Nancy O. Miller Receipts, 1909
     19 Nancy O. Miller Receipts, 1910
     20 Nancy O. Miller Receipts, 1911
     21 Nancy O. Miller Personal Property Taxes, 1908 - 1910
     22 Nancy O. Miller Financial & Estate
     23 Nancy O. Miller Sympathy Cards & Letters
     24 Biography - Notes Taken from Diary, Talks, etc. (Mary Miller Hayes Diaries - see WCH Box 17)
     25 Genealogy
     26 Graduation Essay
     27 Handkerchiefs, Cards, Menus, Poems, etc.
     28 Mary O. Miller/Samuel Brinkerhoff Marriage
     29 Mary O. Brinkerhoff/Webb C. Hayes Wedding
     30 Address Book, Listing of Silver, Inventory of Household
     31 Society of Colonial Dames
     32 Daughters of the American Revolution
     33 King's Daughters, Red Cross
     34 Certificates, etc.
     35 Lawsuit: Cameron v Webb C. Hayes, 1930
     36 Loan to Webb C. Hayes, II, 1931
     37 Automobile Registrations, Insurance Policies

Box 11
Folders:
     1 Spiegel Grove Insurance Policies
     2 Travel - Diaries, Documents
     3 Travel - France - Programs, etc.
     4 Travel - Brochures & Guides
     5 Travel - Miscellaneous
     6 Greeting Cards
     7 Invitations
     8 Cards
     9 Recipes
     10 Song Sheets, Music
     11 Miscellaneous Pamphlets & Brochures
     12 Miscellaneous
     13 Power of Attorney
     14 Wills
     15 Death & Funeral
     16 Estate
     17 - 28 Receipts, 1905 - 1914

Box 12
Folders:
     1 - 25 Receipts, 1915 - 1921

Box 13
Folders:
     1 - 27 Receipts, 1922 - 1928

Box 14
Folders:
     1 - 22 Receipts, 1929 - 1933

Box 15
Folders:
     1 - 4 Receipts, 1933 - 1935

Books:
     #1 Common Prayer Aug. 24, 1914
     #2 The Hymnal Aug. 24, 1914
     #3 English/German New Testament (A.H. Miller)
     #4 Presbyterian Hymnal
     #5 Winnowed Hymns (Fanny Miller
     #6 New Praises of Jesus Hymnal
     #7 Gospel Songs
     #8 Gospel Songs
     #9 Gospel Songs (Mary Brush)
     #10 Westminster Sabbath School Hymnal
     #11 Shorter Catechism
     #12 Tresor Poetique (Julia Miller)
     #13 Gasc's French-English Dictionary (Julia Miller)
     #14 Tourist's Conversational Guide in English, French, German, Italian
     #15 Ahn's Practical & Easy Method of Learning the French Language
     #16 Method of French Conversation
     #17 Chardenal's Complete French Course (Mary Miller Brinkerhoff)
     #18 Ahn's First German Reader (Nancy L. Otis)
     #19 Boyer's French Dictionary (Nancy L. Otis)
     #20 Boyer's French Dictionary (Martha Raymond)

Box 16
Stationery & Cards for Webb C. Hayes, Mary Miller Hayes, Mr. & Mrs. Webb C. Hayes, III
Miscellaneous Empty Envelopes
Post Card Album

Box 17 Memorial Hospital
Folders:
     1 General Contract
     2 Building Expenses Journal
     3 Undated
     4 1914
     5 1915
     6 January - March 1916
     7 April - December 1916
     8 January - September 1917
     9 October - December 1917
     10 January - March 1918
     11 April - June 1918
     12 July - September 1918
     13 October - December 1918
     14 1919
     15 1920
     16 1921
     17 1922 - 1934
     18 Nurses Home/School of Nursing

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