Colonel Jack C. Hays,
I've been reading again and thought this might be of interest to some of you Californians. If you live in Oakland it might be interesting reading of Colonel Jack Hays, Texas Ranger, who became Sheriff of San Francisco County. In the early 1850's President Franklin Pierce (No relation to Hawkeye Pierce) appointed Hays the surveyor general of California. He then laid out the city of Oakland and later he became one of the founders of the city of Oakland itself. Hays county in Texas is named in his honor.
I just thought some of you history seekers might want to check this out. I thought it was interesting that a fifteen year old kid from Little Cedar Kick Tennessee became a surveyor, then went on to be a Texas Ranger, Founding father of Oakland California, Delegate to the Democratic convention, rancher and real estate business man. That is only the tip of the iceberg of all he accomplished in 66 years. Had he been around later he would have been a gentleman biker perhaps like Malcolm Forbes.