Richard Mayes was born in Westmorland County, PA, on March 13, 1861, one of the six sons and five daughters of Charles
Alexander and Sarah Jane (Graham) Mayes. He came to Jefferson Countly in 1870 when his father purchased a farm in Warsaw Township, at what is now the town of Hazen. He attended the area schools and
participated in the running of his parent's farm. He married Eliza Lorraine Raught, in 1879. She was born July 10, 1861, at Hazen, the daughter of Jacob and Lucy (Schreckengost) Raught, who were also
residents of that township.
His first employment was with the Jefferson Milling Company in Brookville. In 1895, they moved to Ridgway,
where he worked for a machine shop owned by J. H. McEwen, and then for the Ridgway Dynamo and Engine
Company, later called the Elliott Company. While working for that company, it was necessary for him to travel
to every state in the United States, as well as to the Philippine Islands, Mexico, and Canada. In 1914, he
installed the electrical equipment on the island of Corregidor, which is now famous in the history of World War
Two. After leaving that company he came back to Jefferson County about 1920, and established his own business in Brookville for several years. In 1924, they moved to St. Petersburg in Florida.
Mr. Mayes was an avid baseball fan and from about 1883, was known as a semi-professional player. He had
a tryout with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1890's. From 1936 to 1943, he was a member of the "Three-quarter
Century Baseball Team of St. Petersburg, Florida, and was acquainted with many major league players.
Richard and Eliza were the parents of five children: James Matson Mayes who died in infancy, Clara Ella Mayes Holmes, Blaine Richard Mayes, Leah N. Mayes, and Burton James Mayes,
Richard Mayes died September 11, 1945, and was buried in the Temple Cemetery, in Warsaw Township,
beside his infant son. In 1948, his wife Eliza, died on April 13th and was buried beside her husband.
(tombstone photo by Patricia M. Steele)
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