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HAYS, James E

Male 1927 - 1985  (57 years)


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  • Name HAYS, James E 
    Born 25 Apr 1927  Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 14 Jan 1985  Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Valhalla Memorial Gardens, Monroe County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Dorothy White and James E. Hays had triplets The triplets were in the paper Tuesday July 22, 1958. I believe the triplets names are Tim, Tom and Tony. (They were always refered to in the paper as a "Triple Threat" or the Hay's Triplets. The first triplets born in Monroe county. They also owned Hay's grocery store. In later years the Triplets and their family are still doing business in Bloomington, Indiana. Not in grocery stores but real estate, banking, and investing.

      Family sells downtown grocery

      Market to close at end of year; building to be renovated for retail use, apartments

      By Brian Werth
      November 23, 1996

      Hays Market, a small grocery in downtown Bloomington operated by the Hays family since 1948, has been sold to developer Tim Henke.

      The building, at the corner of Sixth and Morton streets, operated as a grocery before James D. Hays bought the business, according to Elmer Mobley, a retired food distributor and former owner of Tom Taylor Foods in Bloomington.

      "It was a grocery for as long as just about anyone can remember," Mobley said. "Times have gotten tough for the small grocer. The competition from the big stores has about killed them all off."

      Henke, the developer of residential projects in Bloomington such as Scholar's Rock (63 apartments at 17th and Walnut streets), the Hopewell Street project and Huntington Gardens off Miller Drive, will renovate the grocery building and market it for retail on the first floor and make apartments out of the second floor.

      "I like renovations," he said. "The property is uniquely visible. When it's done properly, it will really stand out. There's plenty of this kind of development going on in that area and this will blend in and be a part of it."

      Henke said it was doubtful that the building would re-emerge with a grocery in it.

      "I've tried to recruit a small convenience store/deli operation for part of it," he said. "But it won't be a grocery. It could be commercial or office space. There just isn't the interest in doing a grocery." Each floor has about 5,000 square feet and if all goes well the project should be completed by next summer.

      "We will start our work before we sign leases," Henke said. "People will notice that something is going on."

      Terms of the purchase were not disclosed. The grocery is expected to close at the end of December. Members of the Hays family declined to comment about the sale.

      Talisha Coppock, director of Bloomington's downtown, said it's a shame a memorable landmark that has operated as a grocery for so long will change into something else.
      "But it's not crucial for it to remain a grocery," she said. "We have Mace's and Kroger in the area to serve downtown. It is an important piece of real estate and it will be nice to have it develop along with the rest of Morton Street."

      Hays Market was best known for its meat department and friendly atmosphere. But over the past few years, especially after its main supplier - the Wetterau food distributor - closed, the business seemed to limit its variety of merchandise.

      "It was one of the best local groceries in its day," Mobley said. "But you just don't see many like that any more."
    Person ID I3660  oldham
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2012 

    Father HAYS, James D.,   b. 25 Sep 1902, Brown County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1973, Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother DECKARD, Ruby,   b. Abt 1901,   d. Mar 1984, Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years) 
    Family ID F1587  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family WHITE, Dorothy Mae,   b. 6 Jan 1927,   d. 23 Nov 2005, Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Children 
     1. HAYS, Dana Keith
     2. HAYS, Denise
     3. HAYS, Jerry
     4. HAYS, Tim (Triplet)
     5. HAYS, Tom (Triplet)
     6. HAYS, Tony (Triplet)
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2013 
    Family ID F15971  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Apr 1927 - Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Jan 1985 - Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Valhalla Memorial Gardens, Monroe County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S882] Letter from Jean Stillion dated Sep 1982.