Dr. Pliny Harold Hayes ~ A Portrait


Hamburg, United States

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Here we have a portrait in oils of my great great grandfather, P. Harold Hayes (as he preferred to be known), painted by noted artist Hamilton Irving Marlatt. This likeness was ‘taken’ in 1894, the year of Pliny’s death at age 69. Recently I’ve posted several photographs of the family houses along the Niagara River in Lewiston, NY, & the one seen here was built by this man in about 1890.
This Marlatt portrait is quite large & imposing, & is currently in the possession of Pliny IV (Mike). Mike’s father, Pliny III, owned the painting for years before passing it on to his son-of-the-name (& what a name), & we had riots of fun trying to guess what was on the other side of PHH the First’s head. It seems that most pictures of him are taken from this side (must have been his BEST side), & we decided that he had dreadlocks & multiple piercings on the right half. We do have a couple of straight-on pictures, none of which show anything particularly anomalous, but that was when he was much younger, & slightly less eccentric, perhaps. In any event, throughout his journey through medical school (graduated in 1848), years as a watercure practitioner, a dentist, & finally triumphant as a healer of those with asthma & hay fever (& he was highly successful & heralded for his strides through this hayfield), he was a fascinating man. He was visited by his cousin, President Rutherford B. Hayes at the Chautauqua cottage, built large houses in many parts of Western New York, wrote & traveled & kept his somewhat restless vision alive for those who followed. The Hayes Asthma Office in Buffalo, NY, remained open & active until the 1960s, when my granduncle, Dr. John Albert Hobbie, of Cedar Bank (a permanent home since the 1930s) finally retired.

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