Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

 

Webb C. Hayes II

 

HAYES-11


Introduction

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Inventory

Introduction

The Admiral Webb C. Hayes II Collection consists primarily of the admiralís personal, military, civic, and business papers. Also included are personal correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks, and other material concerning the life and activities of his wife, Martha Baker Hayes Wilder.

Biographical Sketch

Admiral Webb C. Hayes II was born in Toledo, Ohio September 25, 1890, the third son of Birchard Austin and Mary Sherman Hayes. He was a grandson of President Rutherford B. Hayes and Lucy Webb Hayes. After attending Howe Military School, Hayes entered the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, graduating in 1911. He was commissioned lieutenant in 1912, and lieutenant commander in 1917. During WWI, Hayes served as an executive officer on the destroyer U.S.S. Trippe, operating in European waters under Admiral Simms. From 1918 until 1927, he commanded the United States ships Champlin, Wood, Moody, and Sinclair. He was a destroyer officer in the Queenstown Flotilla in 1917 and 1918. In 1927 and 1928, Admiral Hayes commanded the U.S.S. Tracey in the Mediterranean Fleet. In March of 1928, he transferred to the U. S. Naval Reserve. Shortly before WWII broke out, Admiral Hayes was called to active duty in the Bureau of Navigation and in March of 1942 was appointed director of Recruiting and Induction for the Untied States Navy. In 1944, Hayes applied for active sea duty and was given command of the U.S.S. West Point, which was the largest troop transport ship of the U.S. Navy. He transported some 175,000 troops to forward combat areas. He was relieved of active duty in 1946, and was promoted to the rank of rear admiral in 1955. In 1930, Admiral Hayes became president and director of Pemiscot Land and Cooperage Co. of Caruthersville, Missouri. He continued in this position until the company was dissolved in 1951. Through his efforts, the company established a ginning mill and increased the companyís valuation to $600,000. Hayes was also director of the executive committee of Baker Machine Tool Co. (later known as Baker Brothers, Inc.) of Toledo, Ohio from 1933 until 1952. From 1937 until the time of his death, except for the period of his WWII service, Admiral Hayes served as the president of the Board of Trustees of Fremont Memorial Hospital. He also served as president and trustee of the Rutherford B. Hayes and Lucy Webb Hayes Foundation and the Hayes Historical Society from 1950 until his death. He was a member of numerous veteransí and civic organizations. In 1928, he was decorated by the president of Portugal with the countryís highest honor, the Military Order of Aviz. In 1919, Admiral Hayes married Martha Beatrice Baker of Toledo. She was the daughter of Arthur Baker of Toledo, founder of Baker Brothers, Inc. They were the parents of three sons: Webb Cook, Arthur Baker, and Scott Birchard. The admiral and all three sons saw service during WWII. Admiral Hayes died in Fremont, Ohio in 1957. Three years later, Martha Hayes married Harry Wilder. For the next twenty-eight years she continued her commitment to the Hayes Presidential Center, the Junior League of Toledo, the Fremont Federation of Women, and the U.S. Navy auxiliary. Martha Hayes Wilder died in Cleveland, Ohio in 1988 at the age of 92.

Scope and Content

The Webb C. Hayes II Collection consists primarily of the personal, military, and business papers of Admiral Hayes. Beginning with his entry into Howe Military School in 1904 and continuing to his death in 1957, the collection provides a comprehensive overview of the admiralís naval career and civic activities as well as his education. Personal correspondence, comprised mainly of letters to his family, exists from the time Hayes entered Howe Military School through his years at the United States Naval Academy. Naval service records, reports, scrapbooks, photographs, news clippings, and personal correspondence offer highlights of his naval career through two world wars, particularly as captain of the U.S.S. West Point and as director of Recruiting and Induction during WWII. The collection also contains correspondence, documents, records, and news clippings concerning Admiral Hayesí work as officer or trustee of the Hayes Historical Center (Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center), Memorial Hospital of Sandusky County, the Ohio Historical Society, and the Rutherford B. Hayes and Lucy Webb Hayes Foundation. Papers concerning the Dart Boat Company (1928-1932) represent the only business matters preserved within the collection. For further information on Hayesí business career, see the Pemiscot Land and Cooperage Co. Collection. Much of the material contained in Boxes 7 and 13 is devoted to his wife, Martha Baker Hayes Wilder, the daughter of Arthur Baker, co-founder of Baker Brothers, Inc. She survived him by thirty-one years. The collection contains information on the Baker family as well as selected personal and business correspondence, scrapbooks, and photographs of Mrs. Martha Baker Hayes Wilder. Her diaries exist for the years 1911-1931, 1940-1944, 1951-1955. For additional material on Admiral Webb C. Hayes II and Martha Baker Hayes Wilder, see the Webb C. Hayes I Collection.

Inventory

22 1/4 linear ft.

 

Box 1

Folders:
1 Public Schools & Sunday School 1896 - 1904
2 Correspondence - Undated
3 Correspondence - Pre 1905
4 Howe School Printed Material
5 Howe School Travels
6 Correspondence - Howe School 1904 - 1905
7 Correspondence - Howe School Jan. - June 1905
8 Correspondence - Howe School 1905 - 1906
9 Correspondence - Howe School Sept. - Dec. 1906
10 Correspondence - Howe School 1906 - 1907
11 U.S.N.A. Preparatory School 1906
12 Correspondence - School of Wilmer & Chew Jan. - April 1907
13 Regulations Governing Admission Into U.S.N.A.
14 Examination Papers for Admission Into U.S.N.A.
15 Entrance Into U.S.N.A.
16 U.S.N.A. Requisition Book 1907 - 1911
17 Correspondence - U.S.N.A. June - Dec. 1907
18 Correspondence - U.S.N.A. Jan. - Aug. 1908
19 Correspondence - U.S.N.A. Oct. - Dec. 1908
20 Correspondence - U.S.N.A. Jan. - April 1909
21 Inauguration 1909
22 U.S.N.A. Physical Disability April 1909, Feb. - March 1910
23 Correspondence - U.S.N.A. May - July 1909
24 Correspondence - U.S.N.A. Aug. - Dec. 1909
25 Correspondence - U.S.N.A. Jan. - May 1910
26 Correspondence - U.S.N.A. June - Dec. 1910
27 Correspondence - U.S.N.A. Jan. - May 1911

Box 2

Folders:
1 U.S.N.A. Orders, Graduation
2 Newspaper Clippings - U.S.N.A. 1907 - 1911
3 U.S.N.A. Grades, Dismissal
4 U.S.N.A. Programs, Schedules, Misc.
5 Toledo Students at U.S.N.A.
6 "Naval Academy Bulletin"
   Lucky Bag U.S.N.A. Yearbook 1911
7 U.S.N.A. Electricity & Mechanics
8 U.S.N.A. Marine Engineering & Naval Construction
9 U.S.N.A. Mathematics
10 U.S.N.A. Chemistry I
11 U.S.N.A. Descriptive Geometry
12 U.S.N.A. Inorganic Chemistry, Kinematics, Logarithms
13 U.S.N.A. Instructions for Slide Rule, French Play
14 U.S.N.A. Navigation
15 U.S.N.A. Navigation
16 U.S.N.A. Boilers
17 U.S.N.A. Gymnasium Manual, Manual of Physical Drill, U.S. Army Infantry Drill Regulations
18 Register of U.S.N.A. 1908 - 1909
19 Register of Navy & Marine Corps. 1911
20 List of Officers in Navy & Marine Corps. 1904

Box 3

Folders: 
1 - 25 Correspondence June 1911 - 1937

Box 4

Folders:
1 - 19 Correspondence 1938 - 1957
20 Ohio Archaeological & Historical Society Trustee 1932 - 1936
21 Ohio Archaeological & Historical Society Trustee 1937 - 1940
22 Ohio Archaeological & Historical Society Trustee 1941 - 1951
23 Ohio Archaeological & Historical Society Trustee 1951 - 1956

Box 5

Folders:
1 Memorial Hospital
2 Memorial Hospital - Newspaper Clippings
3 Memorial Hospital - Trust 945 1934 - 1940
4 Memorial Hospital - Trust 946 1936 - 1940
5 Memorial Hospital - Hospital Service Association of Toledo 1938 1941
6 Memorial Hospital - Correspondence 1937 - 1941
7 Memorial Hospital - Correspondence 1946 - 1948
8 Memorial Hospital - Correspondence 1956 - 1958
9 Memorial Hospital - Guest Patient Fund 1937 - 1941
10 Memorial Hospital - Auxiliary
11 Dart Boat Co. - Correspondence
12 Dart Boat Co. - Directors, Balance Sheets
13 Dart Boat Co. Miscellaneous
14 1940 Presidential Campaign, Alternate Delegate to Republican Convention
15 1941 Infantile Paralysis Campaign Correspondence, Financial Records
16 1941 Infantile Paralysis Campaign Bulletins - Releases from National Headquarters
17 Journey Book 1919
18 Broker Statements 1928, 1932
19 217-219 Summit St., Toledo (Stein Property) 1932 -m 1933, 1956
20 Dictation Notebook 1952 - 1953
21 Business Address Book
22 Calling Cards, Lapel Pins
23 Greeting Cards
24 Membership Cards
25 Post Cards from Europe
26 1956 European Trip
26-A Kenyon College
27 Animals & Pets, Dog Pedigrees
28 Humor
29 Poems
30 Newspaper Clippings
31 Newspaper Clippings - Martha Hayes
32 Newspaper Clippings - Miscellaneous Hayes
33 Newspaper Clippings - Hayes Memorial
34 Newspaper Clippings - Toledo Friends
35 Chester Nimitz
36 Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificate
37 Wedding
38 Power of Attorney
39 Passports

Box 6

Folders:
1 Insurance Policies
2 Bowling Green State University Degree, The History of Birchard Library 1874 - 1940
3 Death & Estate of Webb C. Hayes, II including Will & Trusts
4 Funeral Home Register
5 Obituaries & Memorials
6 Memorials
7 Sympathy Letters - Unknown
8 Sympathy Letters - A-G
9 Sympathy Letters - H-O
10 Sympathy Letters - P-Z
11 Sympathy Telegrams
12 Miscellaneous Printed Excerpts
13 Miscellaneous
14 - 34 Income Taxes 1917 - 1956
35 Webb C. Hayes, III Baby Book

Box 7

Folders:
1 Martha Baker Family
2 Daisy Baker Trust (Madison Ave. Property)
3 Martha - Diaries 1911 - 1931
4 Martha - Diaries 1940 - 1944, 1951 - 1955
5 Martha - 1944 Calendar
6 Martha - Notebooks
7 Martha - Address Books
8 Martha - Christmas Lists
9 Martha - Cards to Her Mother
10 Martha - Household Accounts
11 Martha - Business Correspondence 1957 - 1958
12 Martha - Correspondence 1958 - 1959
13 Martha - Correspondence 1959 - 1973
14 Martha - Financial 1959
15 Martha - Luella Cummings School 1958
16 Martha - Memberships
17 Martha - 1959 European Trip
18 Martha - 1959 European Trip
19 Martha - Itinerary Lists of Mr. & Mrs. Harry Wilder
20 Martha - Health
21 Martha - Private Possessions for Distribution to Children
22 Martha - "Joke" Book
23 Martha - Miscellaneous
24 Martha - Remodeling of Perrysburg House 1957

Box 8

Folders:
1 Navy - Awards & Citations
2 Navy - Resignation 1928
3 Navy - Recruiting Publications
4 Navy - Recruiter Applications A-L
5 Navy - Recruiter Applications M-Z
6 Navy - Correspondence Jan. - April 1942
7 Navy - Correspondence May - August 1942
8 Navy - Correspondence Sept. - Dec, 1942
9 Navy - Correspondence Jan. - June 1943
10 Navy - Correspondence July - Dec. 1943
11 Navy - Correspondence 1944 - 1946
12 Navy - U.S.S. West Point Captainís Correspondence Jan. 1944 - Feb. 1946
13 Navy - U.S.S. West Point Printed Booklets
14 Navy - U.S.S. West Point History
15 Navy - U.S.S. West Point Manuals
16 Navy - U.S.S. West Point Manuals
17 Navy - Regulations 1942, 1943
18 Navy - Correspondence 1914 - 1941
19 Navy - Orders

Box 9

Folders:
1 Navy - Orders 1941 - 1944
2 Navy - Newspaper Clippings 1912 - 1920
3 Navy - Newspaper Clippings - WW II, Stars & Stripes Aug. 16, 1945
4 Navy - Dead Reckoning Altitude & Azimuth Table, Boarding Book
4-A Navy - U.S.S. Wood Captainís Night Order Book 1921 - 1924
5 Navy - Miscellaneous
6 Navy - U.S.S. Norman Scott 1943
7 Navy - U.S.S. Nautilus 1954
8 Navy - U.S.S. Spiegel Grove 1955

Books:
Launching of the U.S.S. Spiegel Grove Nov. 10, 1955
New York Yacht Club 1927
New York Yacht Club 1930
New York Yacht Club 1931
New York Yacht Club 1939
New York Yacht Club 1940
New York Yacht Club 1950
New York Yacht Club 1951
Stone Trust Corporation Biographies of Members 1863 - 1939
Cruise to West Indies & South America Log Book 1923
Pilot Rules for Great Lakes 1937
Catalogue of Nautical Charts 1937
Great Lakes Pilot - Lake Huron & Georgian Bay 1933
Survey of Northern & Northwestern Lakes 1936
Catalogue of Nautical Charts n.d.

9 "Saguaro"
10 26' Boat 1950
11 "Lively Lady" Log Book

Box 10

Folders:
1 - 21 Bills & Receipts 1916 - 1959

Box 11

Canceled Checks & Bank Statements (unsorted)

Box 12

Check Stubs (unsorted)

Box 13

Folders:
1 Martha - School Books
2 Martha - School Books
3 Martha - School Books
4 Martha - School Books
4-A Martha - Bible
5 Martha - Diary 1913 - 1916, 1924 - 1925
6 Martha - Correspondence n.d., 1909
7 Martha - Correspondence 1917
8 Martha - Correspondence Jan. - Sept. 1918
9 Correspondence Aug. - Oct. 1918
10 Correspondence Nov. - Dec. 1918
11 Correspondence Jan. 1919
12 Correspondence Feb. 1919
13 Correspondence March 1919
14 Correspondence April 1919
15 Correspondence Aug. - Nov. 1919
16 Correspondence 1920
17 Correspondence 1922
18 Correspondence 1924
19 European Travels 1927 - 1928
20 Christmas Cards
21 Miscellaneous

Box 14

Miscellaneous printed material and books

Box 15 - Scrapbooks:

#1 Childís Scrapbook
#2 Spiegel Grove Guest Book 1937 - 1957
#3 Martha Baker Scrapbook 1914 - 1915
#4 Spiegel Grove Photographs by Constance Stuart
#5 Touraine the Garden of France

Box 16 - Scrapbooks:

#1 Martha Hayes Society Scrapbook (Photocopy)
#2 Portfolio of Famous Paintings
#3 Scrapbook 1911 - 1950
#4 World War II Scrapbook (Photocopy)
#5 U.S.S. West Point Photos & Scrapbook
#6 Commission as Commander in Naval Reserve June 18, 1942

Box 17 - Scrapbooks:

#1 Baker Brothers, Inc. Scrapbook 1943
#2 U.S.S. Tracey 1927
#3 World War II Scrapbook
#4 Leather Folder

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