Dr. Stephen Ferguson Hale


Son of Thomas Harvey Haile, Sr. and
Margaret Eads Montgomery Haile

Content for this page contributed by Jack Hale, Jr.

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Name of Deceased: HALE, Dr. Stephen Ferguson
Name of Newspaper: The Daily Enquirer
Date of Obituary: January 28, 1901

OBITUARY:  Died at his home in Bunker Hill, Ill. on Saturday, Jan. 26, 1901, at 11:30, Stephen F. HALE, aged 77 years, 10 months and 8 days. The funeral services will be held at his late residence on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 2 o'clock p.m. under the auspices of Bunker Hill lodge, No 151, A.F. & A.M., Rev. E. FRAME, pastor of the Congregational Church, officiating. Dr. HALE was born March 18, 1823, near Farmington, MO. to Thomas and Margret [Margaret] HAILE. After finishing school he read medicine with Dr. SCOTT at Potosi, MO., and completed his studies at the old McDowell College, St. Louis. After finshing his medical course he enlisted and experienced active service in the Mexican War under General PRICE. At the close of the war he returned to Missouri and located at Warsaw and engaged in the practice of medicine. He was then 25 years of age. During the "gold fever excitement" in California he crossed the plains in the fall of '49 with his brothers Irvin Haile, Thomas Haile and Samuel Haile, and returned to Missouri via Panama and Boston. During the trip Dr. Hale and his brothers were ship wrecked on an island and survived eating bird eggs.  After reaching Boston Dr. Hale and his brothers stopped at Camden, South Carolina to visit family. He again crossed the plains with his brothers taking a herd of cattle to California and was fairly successful. In due time he returned to Missouri. On the 5th of February, 1852, he united in marriage with Miss Eliza P. HILL, daughter of Dr. HILL of Warsaw, Mo., where he located and practiced medicine until the breaking out of the Civil war. He enlisted in 1861 and served in Company C 4th Regiment 8th Missouri State Guard with the rank of Col. He was in Gen. PRICE's division and took an active part in a number of important engagements, most notable being Wilson's Creek where he was almost mortally wounded. He also fought in the battle of Pea Ridge where he was shot and taken prisoner. He was paroled in St. Louis at the Libby Prison in 1864 at the time he was released he received the news of his father Thomas Haile and brother Irvin Haile had been killed by Federal Troops. Dr. Hale moved to Woodburn, Ill., with his family and brother Samuel Haile where he followed his profession until the winter of '65. He moved to Bunker Hill and opened a drug store and continued actively in business until the fall of '74, when on threat of impaired health he disposed of his drug store. In 1878 he started a private bank, under the name of the HALE Bank. This business did not seem congenial to him and he soon abandoned it. In 1877 he purchased a lumber yard of Capt. H. M. PEDAN, at that time the only one here. In 1880 an oposition yard was purchased by F. W. CROSS & Co., which was purchased by Dr. HALE in 1882, and in 1884 he disposed of his lumber interests to Andrew CRANDALL, and retired from active commercial life. Since then, though his health has not been very good, he has occupied his time in looking after his large and varied real estate interests. In financial affairs the Doctor was highly successful, due in a large measure to his indomitable persistance and frugality, coupled with the fact that he was naturally a man of excellent judgement. He was courteous to all, exact and scrupulously honest in his dealings. In matters of local enterprise he could always be depended upon to do his part--in fact was for Bunker Hill's interest at all times and under all circumstances. In him the deserving poor ever had a faithful and sympathizing friend. The Doctor never identified himself with any church. He was a consistent member of the Bunker Hill lodge No. 151, A.F. & A.M. In politics, he was a Jeffersonian Democrat, and firmly believed that the perpetuity of civil and religious liberty in this country solely depended upon the sucess of his party's principals. His widow, Mrs. Eliza P. HALE and the following children survive him: Jas. [James] B. HALE, Centerview, Mo.; Gustavus A. HALE, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Thomas HALE of this city; Mrs. Mamie C. REINHARDT, Roberts, Ill.; Samuel B. HALE, Carlyle, Ill.; Mrs. Nellie DAVIS, St. Louis; Stephen A. HALE, Carlyle, Ill. Two brothers, Thomas Harvey HAILE of Farmington, Missouri and Samuel Guy HAILE of Farmington, Missouri. His parents Thomas and Margret HAILE and one brother Irvin HAILE preceded him in death. Our friend Serenely to his final rest has passed, While the soft memory of his virtues yet Lingers like twilight hues when the bright sun has set.  

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The following are notes written down by Jack Hale, Sr., father of Jack Hale, Jr.
who contributed the information and photos for this page.  Jack Hale, Jr. advises
that his father got this information from his grandfather, Thomas Halton Hale, Sr.

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Jack Hale, Jr.'s Direct Male Blood Line:

Humphrey Haile 1544 - 1625 Kent, England
--John Haile 1575 - 1680 Kent England
----Captain Richard Haile 1626 - 1697 Kent England, died Essex, VA
------John Richard Haile 1676 - 1744 Essex, Virginia
--------Captain Benjamin Haile 1735- 1794 Columbia, South Carolina
----------Ferguson Haile 1764 Essex, VA - 1830 Clairbourne, La.
------------Thomas Harvey Haile Sr. 1791 Lancaster, S.C. 1864 Big River Mills, Mo.
--------------Dr. Stephen Ferguson Hale 1823 Big River Mills, Mo.-1901 Bunker Hill, Ill,
----------------Thomas Halton Hale Sr. 1859 Warsaw, Mo. - 1953 Pryor, Ok.
------------------Herbert Bruce Hale 1885 Bunker Hill, Ill - 1985 Pryor, Ok
--------------------Jack Herbert Hale Sr. 1918 Pryor, Ok - Living 
----------------------Jack Herbert Hale Jr. 1942 Pryor, Ok - Living
------------------------Michael Thomas Hale 1971 Pryor, Ok - Living



Company C 4th Regiment 8th Missouri State Guard

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Captain Benjamin Haile - American Revolutionary War 1779 to 1782
General Marshal's South Carolina Militia Calvery

Private Ferguson Haile - American Revolutionary War 1782
General Marshal's South Carolina Militia Calvery

Captain Thomas Harvey Haile Sr. - War of 1812
General Andrew Jackson's 4th Calvery Unit

Colonel Stephen Ferguson Hale - Mex War 1848 and Civil War 1861 - 1864 General Sterling Price Company C 4th Regiment 8th Missouri State Guard Infantry

Yeoman Second Class Jack Herbert Hale Jr. U.S. Navy Aviation, Vietnam 1961 1965

Thomas Halton Hale, Sr., & Family
(Thomas Halton Hale, Sr. is son of Stephen Ferguson Hale)

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Photo of Thomas Halton Hale, Sr. and his children
Top Row (L-R): Emmett Hale, Joyce Daunt Hale, Herbert Bruce Hale, Thomas Halton Hale, Jr., Thomas Halton Hale, Sr.
Bottom Row (L-R):  Amy Hale, Josephine Hale, Kathleen Hale

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