"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg.706-07
Samuel M. Haley. Mr. Haley is a Huntington farmer resident of forty-five yearsâ€™ standing. Any community is fortunate in the possession of such estimable members of society as Samuel M. Haley. It is in farming that he won his greatest success as a business man, but has always at the same time enjoyed the esteem and confidence of his civic community, and is a man whose services and character have not been without value to the social welfare. While he has never attained great wealth, Mr. Haley has prospered in a quiet fashion, has provided a good home for himself and his children, and has upheld those responsibilities of citizenship which fall on every independent and right thinking man. He is the proprietor of what is known as the Fast Homestead, located two miles north and one mile west of Roanoke.
Samuel M. Haley was born in Holmes county, Ohio, April 5, 1840, a son of James and Catherine (Matthews) Haley. The mother was a native of Pennsylvania, and the father of Holmes county, Ohio. In 1856 the parents came to Indiana and settled in Deer Creek township near Huntington county, where they remained until death came to them at a good old age. In their household were fourteen children; nine of whom by two marriages are living at the present writing, mentioned as follows: S. M. Haley; Richard; Lauretta, wife of Frederick Upham; Leonard, who lives in Canada; Elmira, wife of Silas Jackson; James, of Wayne county, Ohio; Edward, deputy sheriff of Huntington county; Clement, who lives in South Dakota; Katherine, wife of Sam Christian of Fort Wayne.
Samuel M. Haley was twenty-seven years old when he came with the rest of the family to Huntington county. In the meantime back in Ohio he had acquired the substantial rudiments of an education, and had been well trained in the arts of farming and had demonstrated his ability to win his way without any help beyond his own resources. After a few years of work and industry in Huntington county, he was married in March, 1874, to Miss Cordelia Fast. The Fast family has long been well known in this county. Mr. and Mrs. Haley are the parents of four children, as follows: Royal, who is a graduate of the Roanoke high school, and married Dessie Purviance, and their home is at Auburn, Indiana; Rilla, a graduate of Roanoke high school, and the wife of Harry Wasmuth of Andrews, Indiana; Bethel, who is a high school graduate, is bookkeeper for the Electric Light Company at Fort Wayne; Don, who married Fern Feightner, is a clerk for the A. Wasmuth & Sons Company at Roanoke.
Mr. Haley is affiliated with Little River Lodge No. 275, of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Roanoke. In politics he gives his support to the Democratic party, but has never sought nor held any political office.