Friday, October 15, 2010

Gammon Hayward's Death and Funeral

Death of an Old Citizen.—News has reached this city of the death at San Francisco, of an old citizen of Utah, Mr. Gammon Hayward, who formerly resided in the 16th Ward. He was carried off by an attack of pneumonia, and was aged 55 years at his demise. We understand that some time since himself and family had concluded to return to this city and again take up their abode here, but death stepped in and prevented the consummation of this intention. The deceased had numerous friends and acquaintances here who will sympathize with the bereaved family.

Since the foregoing was written we have learned that the body of the deceased is now en route to this city, for burial, and that the funeral services will be conducted at 12 m. [sic] on Friday, at the 16th Ward School House. It is probable that the family accompany the remains.

The Last Offices.—The body of the late Gammon Hayward arrived in this city from California at 11.40 o'clock to-day, and were taken to the Sixteenth Ward Hall, where the funeral services were conducted, Bishop F[redrick] Kesler presiding.

Elder Joseph Horne preached the funeral sermon, and was followed by several others, among whom were Wm. Grimsdell, W. L. Binder and Bishop Kesler, who spoke words consolation to the family and friends. The remains were followed to the cemetery by many friends.

(From the Deseret News, March 7, 1883, reporting news from February 28 and March 2, 1883. The family record has his burial listed as March 1, which may be the case. Bishop Kesler also blessed and confirmed Gammon's granddaughter, Jean Hayward, and several of her brothers and sisters back in the day when these ordinances were usually performed by the ward leadership rather than the father.)

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