Dan HAYNES BIO SOUTHEAST MISSOURI HISTORY
From the HISTORY OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI p. p. 905 and 1164
CAPTAIN Daniel HAYNES A well-known and highly esteemed citizen of Malden, Dunklin county, Captain Daniel HAYNES served with distinction as an officer in the Civil War and now, in these days of peace and prosperity, is serving with equal ability and fidelity in public positions, being justice of the peace and notary public. A native of Illinois, he was born June 3, 1839, in Wayne Co. IL, where he grew to man's estate, spending his earlier years on the old home farm. Asa HAYNES, his father, a native of Tennessee, came to Illinois as a young man, and was married to Miss Nancy TURNEY, a native of Bowling Green, Kentucky. They led a life of agricultural pursuits there until the father's death and since then the mother (Nancy TURNEY HAYNES) has made her home with the subject of this sketch.
Captain HAYNES had little more than the usual farmer boy's educational advantages, except in a short course at Lebanon College.
During the progress of the Civil War he promptly responded to the call of Governor YATES for one hundred-day men and was mustered into the state service by General U.S. GRANT. In April, 1861, he enlisted in Company G, Eighteenth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, as a private. On May 28, 1861, he was mustered into the United States service by Captain T. C. PITCHER as a member of the Eighteenth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, which was under command of Colonel M. K. LAWLER, serving for three years as a brave and faithful soldier. Because of gallant conduct on the field he was soon promoted to Corporal, then to Sergeant and Second Lieutenant, and in June, 1862, for meritorious services at Fort DONELSON and PITTSBURGH LANDING, the second battle of SHILOH and at IUKA, he was promoted to Captain of his company. The Captain was in the fiercest of the fight at Fort DONELSON, where thirteen of his comrades were killed and at SHILOH he was at the front during two days of fighting, his regiment forming a part of General John A. McCLELLAND's division. He took part in the siege of VICKSBURG and with his comrades, he was later sent to LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS and was an active participant in the engagements at MOUNT ELBA and SALINE RIVER, where a shot in the left leg shattered a bone, and he was obliged to give up active service for a time. (NOTE: During his service in the Civil War "Uncle" Dan was wounded twice, but notes do not state where the second injury occurred.). Captain HAYNES subsequently did special court-martial duty, later being inspector of army supplies. At the expiration of his term of service, he was honorably discharged in 1864 at Springfield, Illinois, and returned to his old home in Wayne County, where he served as Deputy Sheriff and Sheriff. He also served for one session of the State Legislature.
In 1870 Captain HAYNES located in Stoddard County, Missouri, and in 1877 became a resident of Dunklin County. Having formed a partnership with Sylvester W. SPILLER, he filled several contracts on the narrow-gauge railroad, (Little River Valley & Arkansas Railway), grading several miles of the road, reaching Malden, Missouri, July 4, 1878. Moving a frame building from Cotton Hill, three miles away, to Malden, the Captain and Mr. SPILLER put in a stock of railroad supplies, and on the completion of the railway in the following spring, installed a full line of general merchandise and embarked in the years 1877 to 1881 in business under the firm name of SPILLER, HAYNES & Company, Mr. J. H. McREE subsequently being admitted to partnership. The firm built up a good business, and in addition to the selling of groceries, dry goods, etc., bought all the cotton grown in the country roundabout, erected a gin, and made a specialty in dealing in cotton until 1881, when that branch of the business was abandoned on account of the credit system then introduced.
The firm then accepted a contract for grading the right-of-way for the railroad for a distance of twenty-five miles south of Malden, and in the spring of 1882, the grading was finished and the ties ready to be laid. The road, however, passed into the hands of a receiver, and after taking debenture the firm of SPILLER, HAYNES & McRAY realized but sixty cents on the dollar, even after waiting four or five years and having a law suit.
After completing the twenty-five-mile contract on the Cotton Belt Railway in 1882, Captain HAYNES took charge of the Malden CLIPPER, a newspaper which he managed for one year. In 1884 he was made justice and notary public, and in 1886 he organized the Dunklin County real estate agency and started the well-known county paper, the NEWS, which he has since published. Captain HAYNES was the first Mayor of Malden, and served for about eight years.
Captain HAYNES then embarked on agricultural pursuits opening up a farm and carrying on a good business as a dealer in cattle. He bought a large tract of land at five dollars an acre, the land being heavily timbered, and after clearing one hundred and twenty acres of it sold it for thirty-five dollars an acre, the same land at the present writing being worth fully one hundred dollars an acre. Leaving the farm in 1905, the Captain returned to Malden, and has been actively engaged in official work, having been elected Justice of the Peace, a position which he had previously filled for six years, and is also serving as Notary Public, positions for which he amply qualified and which he is filling with credit and honor.
A staunch Democrat in politics, Captain HAYNES was the chairman of the first Board of Trustees of Malden, serving for six years after the organization of the village. Fraternally he is one of the charter members of Malden Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Order of the Masons, with which order he united forty-five years ago and which he has served most acceptably as Master, and of which he is now Secretary. He is also a Royal Arch Mason, and he represented his Masonic Lodge at the Grand Lodge of Masons in Missouri.
The Captain read law in early manhood, but was not admitted to the bar, although his legal knowledge has oft times been of inestimable value to him in his business enterprises. He has dealt in real estate to some extent, haveing sold several hundred acres of Missouri land. In 1877, when he was engaged in railroad work, he frequently saw bear tracks in the woods, and as a hunter found not pleasure only, but considerable profit, at one time selling seventy dollars worth of hides and pelts.
At Clarkton, Dunklin County, Missouri, November 6, 1879, Captain HAYNES was united in marriage with Judith E. McCONNELL, who was the daughter of John McCONNELL and a niece of Hon. W. B. McCONNELL of Kentucky. She was born in Obion County, Tennessee, and came to Missouri with her uncle, Gilham HOPPER, who is now living retired at Malden. She was educated in Kentucky, her native state. Captain and Mrs. HAYNES were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.
Mrs. HAYNES died in April, 1889, at a comparatively early age. Of the six children born of their union two died in infancy and four are living, namely: Irene, a stenographer and bookkeeper for the Campbell Lumber Company at Kennett, Missouri; Inez, wife of Dr. J. B. SHARP of Senath, Missouri; John A., who is connected with the Iron Mountain Railroad Company; and Nancy, who presides most gracefully and ably over her father's household.
Many funny anecdotes are told of Captain HAYNES. On one occasion a young man was brought before him charged with stealing a saddle. The young man pleaded guilty and in assessing his punishment, Captain HAYNES said, "Young man, owing to the fact that you have a great deal of competition in your business I will make your punishment light. I will fine you twenty-five dollars." On another occasion a man was sued for delinquent poll tax before the Captain, and not wishing his case to be tried before him, prepared an affidavit for a change of venue, which motion HAYNES at once overruled. The man told him he had a right under the law to a change of venue. "I know it", said HAYNES, "but a man who refuses to pay his taxes is an undesirable citizen and not entitled to the protection of the law." At the proper time judgment was rendered by default, the man's wages were garnisheed and the tax collected. Captain HAYNES has the reputation of being very just and impartial in his rulings and decisions, and is seldom reversed by the higher courts.
Great Uncle Dan was also known in Wayne County newspaper circles by the Nome de Plume of Steve CLIPS and submitted many acidic and funny articles commenting on the politics of the day. Some of his articles can be found in the older copies of The Wayne County Press at the Fairfield IL. Library.
His sister Lucretia HAYNES married Thomas CURRY and resided in Wayne City IL. She is buried in THOMASON CEMETERY in Wayne City IL. His younger brother William HAYNES died in service in New Orleans at the Union Hospital in New Orleans LA. His older sister Ellen HAYNES b. Oct. 11, 18 married Hiram POTTER, also a native of Kentucky. Their son Asa HAYNES POTTER was my Great Grandfather.
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