Chauncey L. Hayes was born in LaSalle county, Ill., in 1861; was brought up on a farm and educated in the public schools, and at the Wheaton College, where he took a classical course. He engaged in farming and stock raising, and came to California first in 1884, for the winter. He then returned to Illinois, where he was married to Miss Minnie C. Gurnea, a native of Illinois. In 1887 Mr. Hayes again came to California and has since resided in Redlands. In this city he has been engaged in orange growing and upon his home lot, which comprises about one-third of his 12 -1/2 acre ranch, he has forty-seven different varieties of choice fruits. In the winter of 1887 he opened the first livery stables in Redlands, one at the Terrace Villa Hotel and another in a brick building on West State street, which he still owns, but the business was purchased by Caves & Reeves, who afterward moved their horses and other accessories of the business to a stable on Orange street.
(Source: Illustrated Redlands, 1897, p. 61)