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Herman H. Halladay papers

Identifier: UA-1.1.13

Scope and Contents

This collection contains letters and newspaper clippings pertaining to the development of Walter J. Hayes State Park near Clinton, Michigan. Herman Halladay, a Clinton resident and Secretary of the Michigan State Board of Agriculture, was one of the first to suggest creating a state park at Wamplers Lake in the heart of the Irish Hills. Interest in the project was aroused through Halladay's friend, T. F. Marston, who was with the State Conservation Department. Through the help of the members of the Clinton community who helped purchase the land, Wamplers Lake became the site of Hayes State Park in the early 1930s.


  • Creation: 1922 - 1931


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Herman H. Halladay was born January 4, 1869 in Clinton Township, Lenawee County, Michigan to Addison P. and Henrietta Rosetta Halladay. After graduating from Clinton High School, he attended Adrian College and was a schoolteacher. On April 5, 1893, he was married to (Sarah) Virginia Daniels (September 1870 – August 2, 1961). Together they had two daughters, Hope Hermina Flynn (November 13, 1901 – September 13, 1987) and Louise Virginia Carpenter (September 21, 1895 – June 29, 1983).

Halladay was appointed state livestock commissioner by Governor Chase Osborn in 1912. After serving in that position for six years, he was appointed commissioner of the Bureau of Animal Industry by Governor Albert E. Sleeper. Halladay was among the first to suggest creating a State Park at Wampler's Lake in the heart of the Irish Hills. In 1920, the site became one of the first 25 state parks in Michigan. It was renamed W. J. Hayes State Park in 1930.

In December 1921, Halladay became the Secretary of the State Board of Agriculture (now known as the Board of Trustees), Michigan State College’s governing body. He retired from Michigan State College (now called Michigan State University) in January 1935. According to his obituary, Halladay was an early member of the Lansing Rotary Club and served in many civic posts. Halladay died on September 10, 1943, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


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Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Processing Information

Record group changed from c.00284 to UA 1.1.13 to reflect Halladay's connection to MSU. -M. Badgley-Malone, August 2021.

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