|HON. CHARLES E. HAYDEN.|
Hon. Charles E. Hayden, a civil
engineer, who is manager of the Cody Milling Company at Cody,
Wyoming, was born at Detroit, Michigan, July 27, 1866, a son of
Martin and Louisa (Cotton) Hayden. The mother is still living and
makes her home in Chicago. The father was a farmer in early life and
afterward became an itinerant minister of the Baptist church. He was
killed by a train on the Northwestern Railroad in Chicago in 1907.
Charles E. Hayden pursued his education in the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where he specialized in the study of civil engineering, having as one of his tutors General Pershing, who led the American expeditionary force into France. During his attendance at the university Mr. Hayden was connected with the engineering department of the Burlington Railroad on construction work from the Nebraska state line to Billings, Montana, and also on the Black Hills line. In July. 1895, he came to the Big Horn basin of Wyoming and assisted in the survey work on the Cody canal, following the completion of which in 1898 he engaged in the general practice of his profession, which occupied him until 1915. He then broadened the scope of his business activity to include the conduct of a feed and grain business. In August, 1917, he organized the Cody Milling Company and was made general manager, purchasing the mill of the Shoshone Milling Company. which he at once began to operate. He is now in charge of the business, which is constantly growing in volume, in importance and in substantial financial results.
On the 8th of January. 1897, Mr. Hayden was married to Miss Eva Nash, of Sheridan, Wyoming, and to them have been born three sons, Francis Dwight E. and Eugene C.
Politically Mr. Hayden is a republican and tour times has been elected to the state legislature of Wyoming, being called to the office in 1903, 1905, 1907 and 1909. He was speaker of the house during the session of 1909 and it was during that session, through the efforts of Mr. Hayden and J. M. Schwoob, of Cody, that Park county was created, they being instrumental in carrying the bill through the house. Mr. Hayden has served as vice president and also as president of the Cody Club. occupying executive positions as a member of that organization for several years. He was a member of the state board of examining engineers from 1907 until 1911. He is a member of the town council at the present time, having acted in that capacity for several years, and he is today one of the leading men not only of his city but of his adopted state as well. His public record has extended over a long period and has been faultless in honor, fearless in conduct and stainless in reputation. Throughout his entire career he has been actuated by the laudable ambition of attaining success, which has caused him to make wise use of his time, talents and opportunities. In citizenship he has been guided by a lofty patriotism that has prompted him to put forth most earnest and effective effort for the general good. He has left the impress of his individuality indelibly upon the legislative records of the state, his name being interwoven with many progressive legislative enactments which are now proving of direct benefit to Wyoming.