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Dr. John D. Hayward, a St. Louis surgeon, was born January 18, 1878, in Kirksville, Missouri, his parents being James M. and Susan (Arnold) Hayward. The father, a native of Indiana, was of English lineage, the ancestral family line being traced to James Hayward, who came to America in the Mayflower. One of his descendants, who also bore the name of James Hayward and who was the great-great-grandfather of Dr. Hayward, served under Washington in the Revolutionary war. As settlement pushed westward the family became connected with Indiana and fn that state James M. Hayward, the doctor’s father, was reared and educated, but prior to the Civil war he came to Missouri with his parents, settling in Schuyler county. There the grandfather engaged in farming and James M. Hayward afterwards began farming and stock raising on his own account. He followed the business successfully for many years and is now living retired. His wife, a native of Missouri, belonged to one of the old pioneer families of the state of Scotch-Irish descent. She passed away in 1879, leaving a family of eight children, four sons and four daughters.
Dr. Hayward, the youngest child, was educated in the public schools and in the Kirksville State Normal school, where he remained a student for three years. He then matriculated in the Barnes University as a medical student and was graduated there with the M. D. degree in 1906. He then entered upon general practice and also taught anatomy and clinical surgery in the Barnes University and later was made professor of those branches, continuing his connection with the school for five years. While thus engaged he also took post-graduate work in the laboratory of surgical technique at Chicago and likewise attended clinics, using every available means to promote his knowledge and advance his efficiency. He is now a member of the surgical staff of the St. Louis Baptist Hospital and is well known as a contributor to the leading medical journals upon surgical questions. He belongs to the St. Louis, Missouri State, Southern Medical and American Medical Associations and through the proceedings of these bodies as well as through private reading and study keeps in close touch with the trend of modern professional thought and progress.
On the 18th of October, 1906, in St. Louis, Dr. Hayward was married to Miss Lenore Gaynes, a native of Montgomery county, Missouri, and a daughter of D. J. and Mrs. (Logan) Gaynes, both of whom have passed away. The Logans were an old Montgomery county family. Dr. and Mrs. Hayward have become parents of two children: Aurora Lee, born August 7, 1908, in St. Louis; and Ruth Genevieve, born August 30, 1911. The family residence is at Clayton, where they have an attractive suburban home and Dr. Hayward has his city office in the Metropolitan building. Thus the farm bred boy, for he was reared on a farm to the age of sixteen years, has become a well known surgeon of one of the metropolitan centers of America. He turns from arduous professional duties to hunting and fishing for his recreation. Fraternally he is connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In club circles he is well known as a representative of the Kiwanis Club and his religious faith is that of the