JAMES HAYES-A capitalist of Corvallis, was born in Albany, New York. When quite young his parents moved to Cook
county, Illinois, where he was brought up on a farm. In the spring of 1852 he paid $100 to a company to allow him
to ride in their train across the plains to Oregon, arriving in Jackson county in the fall of the above year, where
he engaged in farming. In 1858 he went to Frazer river and embarked in mining until 1859, when he returned to Jackson
county and entered the employ of Thomas Cavenaugh, to work on his farm. One day, while in search of a lost mule,
Mr. Hayes discovered the well known "Gold Hill" mines, which has since proved a bonanza for some of the
residents of Jackson county. A short time after Mr. Hayes sold his interest in the mines and came to Benton county,
where he has since resided. Mr. Hayes took part in the Rogue river war, being a member of Maj. Bruce's company.
He is married and has two sons and three daughters.
History of Benton County, Oregon
Published by: David D. Fagan
A. G. Walling, Printers, Lithograohers, Ect.
Portland, Oregon 1885
Benton County, Or
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