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    A medical practitioner at Alcony, Dr. Hayes has demonstrated his ability to successfully cope with many of the intricate problems which meet those who become identified with the science and practice of medicine. His recognized skill has gained him a liberal patronage and won him a place among the leading representatives of the medical fraternity in this section of the state.

    The Doctor is a native of Pennsylvania, his birth having occurred in Lancaster county, on the 30th Of May, 1862, his parents being Joseph and Leah (Stamni) Hayes. The father was a farmer, and when his son Samuel was eight years of age he came with his family to Miami county, Ohio, locating in Bethel township. He is now living a retired life, and after twenty-six years residence upon the old homestead, he removed to Medway, where he is now spending his last years unencumbered by business cares.

    Dr. Hayes spent the first eighteen years of his life upon his father's farm, and through the summer months assisted in the work of the fields, while in the winter season he pursued his literary education in the schools of the neighborhood. About 1880 he began reading medicine with Dr. C. M. Dixon, of Brandt, who directed his studies for a year. He afterward spent two years in the medical department of the State University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, and then devoted two years to study in the Cincinnati College of Medicine and Surgery, being graduated in the latter institution in the class of 1886, with the degree of M.D. Having thus thoroughly prepared himself for his chosen calling, he began putting to a practical test the knowledge he had acquired by responding to professional calls at Ludlow Falls, where he first opened an office, there remaining for a year. On the expiration of that period he went to Westville, Ohio, and in October, 1893, came to Alcony, where be has since constantly been engaged in practice, his business steadily increasing both in volume and importance. He is a close student of his profession, and keeps in touch with the onward march of progress made by the medical fraternity.

    In September, 1886, Dr. Hayes was united in marriage, in Brandt, Miami county, to Maliala Belleiliali, a daughter of Henry and Eliza Be'iletijan. Her father was one of the veterans of the civil war. Mrs. Hayes was born in Brandt, and by her marriage has become the mother of two children, Ruth Beatrice and Thomas Corwin. The Doctor holds membership in Christiansburg Lodge, I. O. O. F., and in New Carlisle Lodge, A. F. & A. M., while his wife belongs to the Methodist Episcopal church. He possesses energy and laudable ambition--qualities which are essential to a successful career, and in a profession where advancement depends alone upon individual merit he is rapidly pushing his way to the front.

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