THOMAS H. HAILE
citizens are more extensively known or better esteemed than the subject of this sketch,
who was born near Big River Mills, St. Francois County, March 15, 1820. The Haile family
have been identified with the history of the above county from its very earliest date.
Thomas Haile, the father of the subject of this sketch was a native of South Carolina, and
came at an early date to Missouri, and entered upon the privations of a frontier life.
Here he married Mr. Margaret (Eads) Montgomery, a native of Missouri, and by her became
the father of six children, of whom but four are now living. One of these was Thomas H.,
who spent the period preceding his twentieth year on the farm with his parents. At that
age, he undertook the pursuit of agriculture for himself in Perry Township. In 1849, he
joined the pilgrims to the gold fields of California, and after about a year's experience
there, returned by the ocean and isthmus route. In Caribbean, however, the vessel was
wrecked on a rocky island, and for thirty-six days they endured some of the Robinson
Crusoe experiences before they were relieved. He again spent a year on the Pacific slope,
but in 1842 returned and permanently located in St. Francois County. Since then he has
been prominently identified with the interests of his county, which in 1844, he
represented in the State Legislature. He has served the people as assessor and in various
other positions of less importance. He heartily unites with the democratic party in
political affairs. Mrs. Ann E. Tate, to whom he was married in 1855, is a native of Polk
county, Mo. She was born in 1829, the daughter of William and Millie A. Campbell, who were
among the very earliest pioneers of Polk and Greene Counties. Mr. and Mrs. Haile's family
consists of Ella L. (now Mrs. J. F. Flowers, of Bonne Terre), Will T., Margaret A., Harvey
B., and Oscar L. the family are supporters and attendants of the Baptist Church.
GOODSPEEDS HISTORY OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
OLDEST CITIZEN DIED MONDAY
Thos. H. Haile, Who Celebrated his 100th
Birthday Two Months Ago, Died at Home of Daughter in Farmington, Monday.
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