Financial and commercial interests of Boonville, Oneida county, New York, have both felt the stimulus of the
keen business sagacity and executive ability of E. N. Hayes, now president of the National Exchange Bank
and for many years identified with the grocery business at this point. He was born in this city on the 23d of September,
1851, a son of John P. and Sarah (Nellis) Hayes, fhe former a native of Boonville and the latter of Jefferson county,
New York. He received a good education in the schools of his native town, and his initial step in the business
world was in connection with his father's retail grocery store at Boonville, assisting his father until the latter's
death in 1868. In that year, although but a youth of seventeen years, he assumed. full control of the business,
early manifesting sound judgment and good business ability. Under his careful supervision the trade steadily increased
and as the years passed prosperity attended his efforts in a substantial degree. He was thus associated until April,
1910, when he sold his business to Peter Gill, and is now serving as president of the National Exchange Bank of
Boonville. This bank is one of the well known, moneyed institutions of the district, becoming very popular with
a large number of patrons, for its safe, conservative policy has commended it to the trust and, confidence of the
residents of Boonville and vicinity.
Mr. Hayes was married, in 1876, to Miss Ella J. Brinckerhoff, a daughter of John L. Brinekerhoff, and to them were
born four children, as follows: Eugenia, who passed away in 1879; L. Rena; J. Harold, a graduate of the Boonville
high school and Poughkeepsie Business College, now assistant cashier in the National Exchange Bank; and Laura B.
Mr. Hayes and his family hold membership in the Presbyterian church and Mrs. Hayes belongs to William Floyd Chapter,
D. A. R. She is a lady of estimable character, occupying a foremost position in the social circles of the community.
Mr. Hayes' fraternal relations are with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, belonging to Adirondack Encampment,
and also with the New York State Banker's Association. He is a trustee of the Boonville Cemetery Association and
served as assistant superintendent of section 1 of the Black River canal. He is deeply interested in the public
affairs of the community and has served his townsmen for several years in positions of trust. He has become widely
known throughout this locality as a man of honor and business rectitude, always endeavoring to deal justly with
his fellowmen, and Boonville numbers him among her most respected and valued citizens.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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