Rutherford B. Hayes Collections

Collection ID: HAYES-PH-7
Location: HAYES-PH-7

(Description ID: 595735)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Admiral Webb and Martha Baker Hayes Photograph Collection


Biographical Sketch
Scope and Content

This collection consists of photographs of the naval career of Admiral Webb C. Hays II, the Admiral’s family, and the family of his wife Martha Baker Hayes. The contents of this collection were removed from the Hayes home in the 1990s.

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 World War I Hayes served as executive officer on the destroyer U.S.S. Trippe, operating in European waters under Admiral Simms. He was then a destroyer officer in the Queenstown Flotilla in 1917 and 1918. From 1918 until 1927 he commanded the United States ships Champlin, Wood, Moody, and Sinclair and then in 1927 and 1928 he commanded the U.S.S. Tracey as part of the Mediterranean Fleet. In March 1928 he transferred to the U.S. Naval Reserve. Shortly before World War II broke out Admiral Hayes was recalled to active duty in the Bureau of Navigation and in March 1942 was appointed Director of Recruiting and Induction for the United States Navy. In 1944 Hayes applied for active sea duty and was given command of the U.S.S. West Point, the largest troop transport ship of the U.S. Navy, transporting some 175,000 troops to forward combat areas. He was relieved of active duty in 1946 and promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral in 1955.

Martha Beatrice Baker was born, with her twin brother William, in Toledo, Ohio, December 22, 1896 to Arthur Ernest and Daisy Lorenz Baker. She had two younger brothers, Gerald Van Cleve Baker and Arthur Lorenz “Toot” Baker and an older half-sister Frances E. Baker. Her father, Arthur E. Baker, was founder of Baker Brothers, Inc.

Webb Hayes and Martha Baker were married in 1919.They became the parents of three sons: Webb Cook III, Arthur Baker, and Scott Birchard Hayes. Admiral Hayes died in Fremont, Ohio in 1957. Three years later Martha married Harry Wilder and moved to Perrysburg, Ohio. Martha died in Cleveland, Ohio in 1988.

Scope and Content
The Admiral Webb and Martha Baker Hayes collection spans the time period from the late 1890s to the 1970s. The first section is made up of photographs of the family of Martha Baker of Toledo, Ohio including her grandparents and parents as well as her brothers and their children. There are also two albums and a large number of photographs showing Martha’s childhood or high school friends and their activities.

Another part of this collection focuses on the naval career of Admiral Webb C. Hayes II spanning the years from his time as a student at the U.S. Naval Academy (class of 1911) through his service in World Wars I and II. This section includes photographs of the Admiral at various stages of his career, different ships to which he was assigned, and inscribed portraits of some of his fellow officers.

The final portion of the collection holds photographs of the Hayes family including the Admiral and his brothers growing up in Toledo, Ohio. Additional files contain photographs of the Admiral and Martha with their sons as they grow, their sons’ families, and other descendants of President Rutherford B. Hayes.


Box 1

1 George and Martha Lorenz (Martha’s grandparents)
2 Arthur E. Baker
3 Daisy Lorenz Baker
4 Arthur E. and Daisy Baker
4-A Photo Album – Martha Baker Hayes’ family
4-B Photo Album – Daisy Baker
5 Martha Baker Hayes & Twin Brother William as Children
6 William Baker, Twin Brother of Martha Baker Hayes
7 Jean M. Baker, daughter of William Baker
8 Arthur L. “Toot” Baker
9 Mrs. Arthur L. Baker and Daughters
10 Gerald Baker
11 Frances Baker Williams and Children
12 Lloyd Williams
13 Misc. Baker Family Members
14 Baker Family Photos
15 Early Baker Family Photos – unidentified
16 Early Baker Family Photos – Daytona Beach, Florida
17 Martha Baker Hayes
18 Photo Album - Martha Baker & Friends – Camping Trip to Lake Erie Area (WWI era)
19 Photo Album – Martha Baker High School
20 The Misses Master’s School
21 Martha Baker – Group Photos
22 Martha Baker – WWI Nurses
23 Martha Baker Hayes Wedding Photos

Box 2

1 Martha Baker Hayes – Photos of Friends and Events
2 Martha Baker Hayes at Various Stages of Life
3 Martha Baker Hayes at Another Wedding
4 Martha Baker Hayes at Spiegel Grove
5 Harry Wilder
6 Spiegel Grove
7 Webb C. Hayes I and Siblings
8 Birchard Hayes Family
9 Mary Sherman Hayes
10 Hospice Marcotte – Lewiston, Maine
11 Sherman Hayes
12 Scott Russell Hayes
13 Webb C. Hayes II as a Child
14 Webb C. Hayes II and Lucy Elliot Keeler
15 Academy Photos
16 Hayes Family at Spiegel Grove
17 Baptism of Arthur Baker Hayes
18 Hayes and Baker Families at Spiegel Grove
19 Webb C. Hayes II
20 Webb C. Hayes II and Martha at Beach With Friends
21 Admiral Webb C. Hayes II – Early Naval Career
22 Admiral Webb C. Hayes II – 1925, Woodmen of the World – Haiti
23 Captain Webb C. Hayes – Letter of Thanks Ceremony July 1944
24 Captain Webb C. Hayes Receiving Navy Commendation Letter
25 Admiral Webb C. Hayes II in Uniform
26 Admiral Webb C. Hayes II in Uniform
27 Admiral Webb C. Hayes II Navigating Ship
28 Webb C. Hayes With Navy Officers and Crew
29 Webb C. Hayes and Arthur in Uniform
30 U.S.S. Washington
31 S.S. America
32 U.S.S. West Point
33 Launching of U.S.S. Norman Scott
34 Unidentified Navy Ships
35 Ned Whiteup
36 Travis Rayby
37 J.O. Richardson
38 Rear Admiral Norman Scott
39 Unidentified Naval Friends of Webb C. Hayes II
40 Military Photos of Martha Baker Hayes
41 Military Hospital 1943
42 Christy Cabanne and Commander Herbert A. Jones
43 Launching of U.S.S. Spiegel Grove 1955

Box 3

1 Webb C. Hayes II in Later Years
2 Webb C. Hayes II and Martha Hayes
3 Webb C. Hayes II and His Sons
4 Sons of Webb C. Hayes II at Spiegel Grove
5 Martha Hayes and Children
6 Martha Hayes and Webb III
7 Webb C. Hayes II, Martha, and Webb III
8 Webb C. Hayes II, Martha, Their Children & Grandchildren
9 Webb C. Hayes & Martha Hayes Photo Album
10 Postcards – Martha Baker Hayes
11 Travel Photos of Webb C. Hayes II & Martha
12 Webb C. Hayes & Martha On “Lively Lady” and Other Boats
13 Sons of Webb C. Hayes II – Young
14 Webb III, Arthur, Scott Hayes
15 Scott and Webb C. Hayes III – Boxing
16 Webb C. Hayes III – Childhood
17 Webb C. Hayes III – Military Service
18 Webb C. Hayes III – Adulthood
19 Webb III and Betty Hayes
20 Betty Hayes and Children
21 Children of Webb C. Hayes III
22 Webb C. Hayes III and Children
23 Webb C. Hayes IV
24 Webb C. Hayes V
25 Webb III and Arthur Hayes
26 Arthur Hayes – Childhood
27 Arthur Hayes – Adulthood
28 Arthur and June Feltman Hayes
29 June Feltman Hayes
30 Leslie Hayes
31 Arthur and Scott Hayes
32 Scott Hayes – Childhood
33 Scott Hayes – Adulthood

Box 4

1 Scott and Dee Dee Hayes
2 Chloe Hayes (Dalton’s daughter)
3 William Platt Hayes – Alaska Trip, 1916
4 Birchard P. Hayes Family
5 James Hayes
6 William Taylor Hayes
7 Walter “Sandy” Hayes, Jr. – Family
8 Rachel (Carr), Hayes, Betty (Carr) Slade, Louise (Carr) Yerxa
9 Lucy Webb Hayes (Daughter of Sherman Hayes)
10 Wedding of Lucy Webb Hayes & Lloyd Hough
11 William Taylor Hayes
12 Margaret Hiett
13 Troxel Family
14 Bernard Baker
15 Harold Boeschenstein
16 Marvin Rorick and Family
17 Fielding Lewis Family
18 Friend of Webb C. Hayes II Bill (Dunkak?)
19 Burt Tolhurst
20 Allen Montgomery
21 Japanese Officers & Civilians – WW II
22 Unidentified Friends of Martha Baker Hayes ? c. 1910-1920
23 Unidentified Adults
24 Unidentified Adults – 1960s
25 Unidentified Babies and Children
26 Unidentified Houses – Exterior and Interior Views
27 Unidentified Sailing Ships
28 Unidentified Boats and Water Scenes
29 Unidentified Outdoor Scenes
30 Unidentified Photos with Horses
31 Unidentified WW I
32 Unidentified Hunting
33 Unidentified
34 Photo Album of Trip to Greece, Portugal, Azores (by whom?)
Rolled Photo – 42nd Battalion Aug. 7, 1944, Great Lakes, IL
Rolled Photo - U.S. Naval Academy 1910 – Army/Navy Game
Rolled Photo – Unidentified Sailing Ship Crew
16 mm Home Movie dated 1949 (transferred to HPC film vault)
16 mm Home Movie dated 1955 (transferred to HPC film vault) 

Box 5 - Oversized

1 George and Martha Lorenz
2 Bill Baker
3 Arthur Baker’s Family
4 Gerald Baker
5 Frances Baker Williams’ Children
6 Baker Family Photos
7 Martha Baker Hayes
8 Martha Baker Hayes Wedding
9 Spiegel Grove
10 Baptism of Arthur Baker Hayes
11 Webb C. Hayes I at Spiegel Grove
12 U.S.S. Delaware
13 Unknown People

Box 6 - Oversized

1 Webb C. Hayes II in Uniform
2 Webb C. Hayes II in Uniform - WW II
3 U.S.S. Delaware
4 Unidentified Naval Ships
5 S.S. America
6 U.S.S. West Point
7 Launching of U.S.S. Spiegel Grove
8 Webb and Martha Hayes
9 Martha and Webb C. Hayes III
10 Martha, Webb III, and Arthur Hayes
11 Webb C. Hayes II – Family
12 Webb C. Hayes III
13 Webb C. Hayes III – College Years
14 Webb C. Hayes III – Wedding
15 Betty Hayes
16 Arthur Hayes
17 Arthur Hayes – Children
18 Scott Hayes
19 Lucy Hayes Hough
20 Admiral Chester W. Nimitz
21 George Murray
22 Rear Admiral Arthur S. Carpender
23 Rear Admiral Randall Jacobs
24 Arthur Johnson
25 Unidentified Sailing Vessels

Box 7

Unsorted Negatives