He was born in Illinois in 1882. My brother and I believe he got his college education in that state, but we have no evidence of that. He would have been about 20 years old when he answered a classified ad looking for “School Superintendent” in Akron, Colorado. He arrived on horseback to a general store on the prairie that he believed to be near that town. As my father tells the story, he first enquired as to whether this was in fact Akron, and, upon finding that it was, asked about the ad for school superintendent.
He pointed to a large covered wagon. That was the school. Apparently it moved from farm to farm collecting students.
According to his son (my father), Charles C. Hay, that’s how he began his career.