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  • JONATHAN H. HALE. Jonathan H. Hale is residing at Grantsville and has retired from active business life. He was born at Salt Lake City on the 19th of January, 1854, a son of Aroet Lucius and Olive (Whittle) Hale. The father was born May 18, 1828, at Dover, New Hampshire, and in 1848 came to Utah with the Heber C. Kimball company. He was a drummer boy in the Nauvoo Legion at the time of the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith and he served as scout and hunter on the journey to Utah. He first settled at Salt Lake but later removed to Grantsville in Tooele county, and he participated in the Walker Indian war. He was commissioned by Brigham Young on the 10th of June, 1854, a second lieutenant of Company A, Battalion of Life Guards Cavalry of the Great Salt Lake military district. On the 16th of May, 1868, he was commissioned by Governor Durkee adjutant of the Second Battalion Infantry of the Nauvoo Legion in Tooele county. He became paymaster of the Great Salt Lake military district and in company with Dimick B. Huntington he secured the body and papers of Lieutenant Gunnison after the latter was killed by the Indians in southern Utah. He assisted in the settlement of Muddy and Las Vegas, Nevada, and served as a member of the bishopric at the former place. He was later a member of the bishopric at Grants ville and for twenty-four years was a member of the Grantsville high council. He was a patriarch many years and died in 1911. The mother of Jonathan H. Hale was born in Canada, December 9, 1833, and died September 14, 1860.
       Jonathan H. Hale has spent his entire life in Utah and Idaho and has given his attention to farming and cattle raising. He pursued a public school education and throughout his business career has made wise use of his time, talents and opportunities. In 1882 he removed to Idaho from Tooele county, Utah, settling in Gem valley, formerly Gentile valley. There he resided until 1910 and was extensively engaged in farming, cattle raising and ranching and also carried on dairying. His business affairs were characterized by marked industry and determination, and he won a substantial measure of success. He has also been a stockholder and one of the directors of the Bank of Grantsville and is now a stockholder in the Peoples Trading Company. Soon after his return from Idaho he erected a large brick residence in Grantsville and now has one of the attractive modern homes of the city. The house is supplied with artesian water and is equipped with every up-to-date comfort and convenience.
       In 1876 Mr. Hale was united in marriage to Miss Eliza Clegg, a daughter of Benjamin Clegg, who was born in Oldham, Lancashire, England, September 1, 1827, and came to Utah with the Ezra T. Benson company in 1849. Her mother was born in England, August 1, 1813, and died December 12, 1881, in Tooele. Mr. and Mrs. Hale had a family of ten children, of whom two died in infancy. Jonathan Herman, now living in the Gem valley of Idaho, where he is engaged in farming and ranching, married Rosetta Keller, of Mink Creek, Idaho, and they have eight children: Zella, Franklyn, Bessie, Rowetta, Herman, Helen, Jeniel and Everett. Olive Amelia, who died in 1910, was the wife of Elmer Wells, who resides at Oakley, Utah, where he is engaged in ranching. They had two children, Hazel and Bertha. Elizabeth is the wife of Sidney A. Judd, a sheepman and rancher living at Rose View, near Blackfoot, Idaho, and their five children are Annona, Nathan, Reed. Edith and Roma. Frank Benjamin was killed at the age of twenty years, being thrown from a hay derrick. Aroet Lucius died at the age of twenty years, while on a mission in Arkansas. Cora E. married Frederick Mark Cooper, a resident of Gem valley, Idaho, where he is engaged in farming and ranching, and they have two children, Mark A. and Irene. Parley W., a carpenter by trade, living at Burmeister, married Olive Cassidy and they have one child, Donald. Maylon A. is employed by the potash plant at Burmester. He enlisted in the marines October 27, 1918, went to Mare Island, California, and was honorably discharged in March. 1919. Jonathan H. went on a mission to Indiana, covering the years 1897 and 1898. Aroet L. was engaged in missionary work in Arkansas in 1907 and 1908, and Parley W. was on a mission in California in 1913 and 1914.
       The family has always been very active in the work of the church and Mrs. Hale served as the first president of the Relief Society in Gem valley, Bannock stake, Bannock county, Idaho, and later was president of the State Relief Society of Idaho until the removal of the family to Grantsville. At the present time she is a member of the state board of the Relief Society of Idaho. Mr. Hale has served as high counselor in Grantsville and also in Idaho. While in the latter state he did much missionary work and there are many who remember his great kindness and helpfulness while he was among the people of that region. He was one of the seven presidents of two different Quorums of Seventy in Bannock stake, Idaho. In 1889 he was on a mission in the southern states and went on a mission with his son to California, during which time he was superintendent of the Sunday school at Ocean Park. In politics he has always been a republican, giving stalwart allegiance to the party and its principles, yet never seeking nor desiring office as a reward for party fealty. His aid and influence, however, are always on the side of progress and improvement and in matters of citizenship he manifests a public-spirited devotion to the general good.
    ~Source: Utah Since Statehood: Historical and Biographical, Volume 2, by Noble Warrum, 1919


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