I had a few questions when I read Grandmother’s note, “Mother’s Ranger,” alongside the first article about Sergeant Haywood…even more questions when I read her note beneath the second article: “Will I ever meet him?” But when I saw that Haywood was employed at the Curtis Publishing Company in Philadelphia, the connection became clear.
Hiram “Henry” Ayres, my Great-Great-Grandfather, was a book gilder in Philadelphia. His company, “Wright, Ayres & Co.,” was located in the Curtis Building. Great-Grandmother must have been following Haywood’s wartime welfare (at the very least) because of this connection.
Haywood eventually made it home safely. His grandson recounts the bluff on the bluff at “The Wartime Memories Project.”