WARREN BRADFORD HAYWARD
One of the leading establishments of its kind in the west is the W. B. Hayward Catering Company, situated in its
own three story building at 3210 Geary street in San Francisco, California, and owned by Warren B. Hayward, an
acknowledged authority on catering, and who has been engaged in this vocation for over forty years.
Mr. Hayward was born in Westfield, Massachusetts, on August 30, 1872, and is a son of the late James Franklin and
Alice Elizabeth (Fitch) Hayward, the father having been a manufacturer of whips. Both of the parents died in the
east. Warren B. Hayward studied in the public schools of his native city, and when fifteen years of age came with
his father to California to visit an uncle. Captain Henry Hayward, who was chief officer of the vessel Mariposa.
Mr. Hayward was impressed with the opportunities on the western coast and decided to remain, his father then returning
to Massachusetts. His first employment was with C. S. Wheeler, who was one of the foremost caterers of San Francisco
and situated at Polk and Sutter streets. Mr. Hayward progressed rapidly in the business, his talents having been
well adapted to this distinctive profession, and eventually he became a partner, and the firm name was changed
to Wheeler & Hayward. This association continued until 1916, in rhich year Mr. Hayward purchased the interest
of his partner, and remained in the same location until 1925. He had acquired property at 3210 Geary street, and
on a portion of this site he constructed his modern three story building for the accommodation of his increasing
trade. This building is entirely devoted to the catering business, and contains a most complete and well selected
stock to supply the demands of the patrons. Mr. Hayward is the sole owner of his establishment, and it is the only
complete catering organization west of Chicago, Its reputation has extended throughout the western states. The
owner has taken his two sons into the business, where they have the opportunity of learning under his guidance
and following along the lines of conduct which have brought such outstanding success.
On September 21, 1909, Mr. Hayward was united in marriage to Miss Sigrid Cecelia Ohlsson. By a former marriage,
he was the father of the two sons mentioned above, Raymond B. and Edmund L. Raymond B. Hayward is a member of the
Native Sons of the Golden West. There are two grandchildren in the family.
Warren B. Hayward is a thirty second degree member of the Masonic fraternity, and belongs to the Mystic Shrine
and to the Sciots. He was first treasurer of the Order of De Molay in San Francisco, and has been very active in
the work of this organization. He is also a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, the National Union, and the Geary Street Merchants Association. Of particular interest to
him is the welfare of the youth of the city, and he was one of the leaders in organizing the Boy Scouts in San
Francisco. He was a member of the first troop. His citizenship has been of the highest order, one instance of which
may be mentioned as his loyal and dutiful act during the appalling days of the influenza epidemic in 1918 and 1919.
During this period, he closed up his catering business, and devoted his time and that of his employes to the preparation
of food for the sufferers from the epidemic. He is fond of travel, has made several trips to Europe, and enjoys
The History of San Francisco, California
Lewis Francis Byington, Supervising Editor
Oscar Lewis, Associate Editor
The S. J. Clark Publishing Company
Chicago-San Francisco 1931
San Francisco, CA
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