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William H. Hailway is one of the well-known and popular citizens of his native County of Bartholomew, where he has held various offices of public trust and where he is now giving a characteristically loyal and efficient administration as postmaster of the vital little City of Hope.

Mr. Hailway was born in Bartholomew County on the 11th of November, 1873, and the place of his nativity was the parental home farm in Columbus Township. He is a son of Henry and Sarah (Kitzmiller) Hailway, both of whom are now deceased.

Henry Hailway was born and reared in Germany and settled in Indiana in the year 1866, he having become one of the enterprising and successful farmers of Bartholomew County and he and his wife having here remained until their death, their children having been five in number. William H. Hailway early gained close fellowship with the varied activities of the home farm and the rural schools in Flat Rock Township afforded him his preliminary education.

In the early stage of his independent career he continued his active association with the farm industry, and in 1911 he turned his attention to the contracting business in road construction. With this line of enterprise he continued to be identified until 1922, he having in that year resigned his office of township trustee, to which he had been elected in 1918, and January, 1922, having marked his appointment to the office of county highway superintendent, a position that he retained four years and in which he gave a well ordered and progressive administration.

After his retirement from the office he gave one year to the management of his farm and then, in 1926, he was appointed postmaster of Hope, the office of which he has since continued the efficient and popular incumbent.

Mr. Hailway is a member of the Tn-State Postmasters Association and the National League of District Postmasters; his political allegiance is given to the Republican party, in the local affairs of which he has been active and influential, and he is essentially loyal and public spirited in. his civic attitude, with a constant manifestation of his deep interest in all that touches the welfare of his native county and state.

He was for several years a member of the board of directors of the Bartholomew County Fair Association. Mr. Hailway married Miss Elizabeth Windhorn, born in Ripley County, and reared in Bartholomew County. They have two children: Alma received the advantages of the celebrated Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, is a talented musician and has been a successful and popular teacher of music. She served as assistant postmaster of Hope, under the administration of her father, until her marriage to Jasper Spaugh, who is one of the progressive exponents of agricultural and horticultural industry in Bartholomew County. Miss Rema, the younger daughter, remains at the parental home.