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 Dr. William Francis Haynes

[Source: O'Beirne, Harry F. Leaders and Leading Men of the Indian Territory: With Interesting Biographical Sketches, vol. 1: Choctaws and Chickasaws, with Brief History of Each Tribe, etc. (Chicago: American Publishers Association, 1891), pp. 76–77.]

This popular physician and businessman was born in September, 1848, at Cambridge, Salem county, Missouri. He was educated at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and became a graduate of medicine at the Belleville Medical Hospital College, New York. His father, W. Haynes, was an architect or builder, and at that time resided in Lafayette county, where the young man commenced his career as a physician; afterward moving to Bates county and then to Denison, Texas, in 1874. Practicing in the "Gate City" for two years, Dr. Haynes directed his attention to the Indian Territory, where good physicians were in great demand, and soon settled down at Stringtown, where he opened a drug store. Two years afterward he married Miss Hattie Garner, daughter of J. D. Garner, a merchant of that place. In twelve months he purchased the mercantile firm of A. Thompson & Co., and in 1885 his father-in-law's interest in business. In 1878 he had taken his brother-in-law, George Garner, into partnerships, but has recently bought him out, and now runs the firm in his own name.

During the years 1877, 1878, 1879, Dr. Haynes held the contract for the MK&T railroad, but owing to a pressure of business was obliged to give it up. In a comparatively short time he has accumulated a very considerable share of this world's goods. He is the owner of half an interest in the Haynes & Garner block, in Denison, his property in that city being valued at thirty-five thousand, not including bank stock and investments. His business house at Stringtown carries about sixteen thousand dollars' worth of goods, so that he is in a fair way of further accumulation.

Few men are better worthy of success, for Dr. Haynes has invested his own means most liberally in every public enterprise started in his vicinity. The Stringtown schoolhouse was built by him solely, while the Presbyterian church in the same town owes its existence mainly to himself and his father-in-aw. For three years past, he has been an elder in the Cumberland Presbyterian church, and superintendent of the Sunday school for thirteen years.

As a businessman, Doctor Haynes has few equals in the Choctaw Nation, his energy and force of character being remarkable. His wife is a charming young woman, whose amiability has rendered her beloved by all.



William Francis Haynes was born to William Washington and Frances (Harbin) Haynes on Sept. 12, 1848, at Cambridge, Mo.

He graduated from the Bellevue Hospital Medical College in New York in 1876 after having attended Miami University at Oxford, Ohio.

He first practiced medicine in Lafayette County, Mo., after which he moved to Denison, Texas, and practiced for two years.  Later he practiced in Stringtown, presently located in Carter County, Oklahoma, where he met and married Hattie Garner in 1878.

Dr. Haynes operated a mercantile business with his father-in-law, J. D. Garner, as well as running his practice in Stringtown. 

After ten years in Stringtown, Dr. and Mrs. Haynes moved to Denison.  Hattie Garner Haynes died there in 1892. 

In 1895 he married Mada Pitman. They moved from Kiowa, I.T., to Davis in 1889 and to the new town of Lindsay in 1902 or 1903.  Dr. Haynes may well have been Lindsay's first doctor.  Others who might have been there before him include Drs. A. P. Keever, T. J. Frost, and S. W. Wilson.

Dr. and Mrs. Haynes were among the charter members of the Eastern Star chapter at Lindsay.  He took a prominent role in Masonic affair. 

Dr. Haynes was a Presbyterian.  He served as an elder for 35 years and often stood in for the pastor, conducting services and even officiating at funerals.

Children of Dr. and Mrs. Haynes were Ruth, William Francis Jr., and Naomi. Ruth married Claude Hugh Elswich in 1917 at Lindsay.  William Francis Jr. married Jimmie Allen at Pauls Valley.  Naomi married Clarence Bailey Embree in 1919 at Purcell.  She passed away that same year.

Mada Pitman Haynes was the daughter of Col. Robert William Pitman and Mary Elizabeth Cole Pitman.  She was born Sept. 19, 1867, in Arlington, Tennessee, and died in 1943.



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