Vernon (Buck) Hayes was born in Deland, Florida. He attended the schools and the John B. Stetson University of Deland.
He homesteaded in the Del Bonita area in 1912. He owned the first Star car in the district and also one of the first John Deere "D" tractors. In those days whenever homesteaders went to Lethbridge they would usually bring back orders for the neighbors. They made it a rule to stop at the railroad station and pick up any freight that had come in for the neighbors in the district.
Harry Bowen went into Lethbridge before Christmas one year and he brought back a big box which had come in by freight from Florida for Buck. It was filled with various kinds of nuts including pecans and walnuts grown in Florida. There were also different kinds of fruits and jellied candies. Needless to say the neighbor children enjoyed a real treat, as some had never seen or eaten some of the kinds of fruits and nuts.
In April 1915, Buck enlisted in the 13th Battalion Canadian Mounted Rifles as a private in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He served in Canada, England and France. He was discharged at the end of World War I having attained the rank of First Lieutenant in the Canadian Machine Gun Corps.
He came back to Del Bonita again. Buck started corresponding with Sarah McKenna (from Ireland) who was working at that time for Eatons in Winnipeg. Later she came out to Ledgerwoods and from there went to keep house for Buck. They were married on the 27th January 1927. Sarah was very quick tempered and Buck being so drawl, they made quite a couple to be around.
Buck used to ride to Magrath, and one time he became snow blind for a few days. Buck farmed in Del Bonita for a number of years then sold out and moved back to Florida, where both Buck and Sarah passed away. They had one son.
Buck was one of the colorful people of the early days.
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