|Birth: ||Mar., 1882|
|Death: ||Mar. 5, 1938|
Second wife of Henry O. Hale, whom she married on 3 July 1920 in Fort Dodge, Iowa
From the"Fort Dodge Messenger & Chronicle", Fort Dodge, Iowa, May 5, 1938.
"Mrs. Henry O. Hale, Wealthy Fort Dodge Woman, died today"
"Mrs. Henry O. Hale, one of Iowa's wealthiest women, died at her home, 920 south Twentieth street, at noon today after a long illness.
She was about 55 years old.
Mrs. Hale had been in poor health for a number of years. Her condition became serious early in the winter and grew steadily worse in recent months.
Daughter of Wallace Farley, widely-known Ogden, Ia, banker, she came into a fortune of more than a half million dollars when he died in 1921. Her mother, who died in Fort Dodge several years ago, left her an additional $350,000.
Fortune in Bonds
The bulk of the wealth that came to Mrs. Hale from her parents was in the form of state, municipal, county and school bonds. Her fortune is believed to have appreciated considerably in recent years through careful investment.
Mrs. Hale and her husband brought action against the Iowa board of assessment and review a year ago to halt collection by the board of state income tax on the interest from their public bonds.
They contended these securities were tax exempt. The board of assessment and review held the bonds were exempt from property tax but not from income tax.The Hales lost their suit in Webster county district court and appealed to the Iowa supreme court, which upheld the lower bench. They then appealed to the United States supreme court, which also ruled against them.
Mr. and Mrs. Hale had no children.
Some years ago they took a boy and girl into their home and brought them up. The boy, Herman O. Hale, now 21 year old, recently brought as action for the appointment of guardian for Mrs. Hale, contending she was not competent to administer her fortune. He subsequently dismissed the action, and it was reported he received a substantial settlement in an out of court agreement.
The girl, Betty is now Mrs. Wayne Kaupp of Des Moines.
Mrs. Hale made no lavish display of her wealth. She and Mr. Hale lived quietly and comfortably. Mrs. Hale had many charities but few knew of her kindnesses except those she and her husband helped. They aided a number of young people in obtaining college educations. One of the girls they assisted, Lucille Baker, a young Negro woman, a few weeks ago won a fellowship to Yale university, the first girl of her race to be so honored.
Last winter, when an epidemic of infantile paralysis inspired many communities to purchase respirators (iron lungs) Mrs. Hale and her husband were the largest contributions to a fund to provide one of those machines for the Fort Dodge hospitals.
The Hales have lived in Fort Dodge about 17 years.
No funeral arrangements for Mrs. Hale had been made this afternoon.
The body is at the G. Marshall Young funeral home."
From the "Fort Dodge Messenger & Chronicle, Fort Dodge, Iowa, May 9, 1938.
"Last Rites for Mrs. H. O. Hale
Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth C. Hale, who died at her home, 920 south Twentieth street, Thursday noon, were held at the G. Marshall Young funeral home Saturday afternoon at 2:30 and at 3 o'clock at the Epworth Methodist church. The Rev. Arthur Peterson of Rockwell City, former pastor of Epworth church, conducted the services, assisted by the Rev. M. L. Sunderlin.
During the services a quartet composed of Mrs. J. L. Porter, Mrs. T. E. Tomlinson, Alton Newsum and Edward Whitcome sang 'In the Garden' and 'Under His Wings,' accompanied by Mrs. George Fox. Mrs. Fred Alstrand sang 'This World Is Not My Own.'
The sanctuary was banked with floral tributes, which were arranged by Mrs. L. D. Gibbons, Mrs. H. Mericle, Mrs. M. Swalin and Mrs. D. Holtman.
Friends acting as pallbearers were Robert Chase, Roy Alexander, Roy Barnes and Charles Eldridge of Des Moines, Frank Porter of Ogden and O. M. Thatcher, Adair Johnston and Herbert Hoeflin of Fort Dodge.
Relatives from out of the city who came for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kaupp of Des Moines, Mrs. Peter Farley and Elizabeth and Loyal Farley of Grand Junction, David and Wallace Malone of Hammond, Kas., Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hamilton of Border Plains, James Patterson and Michael Casey and Mr. and Mrs. John Lairman of Lehigh, John Hamilton of Webster City, Mrs. John Martin, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Laird of Kalo and Vernal Hurlbut and Bert Kellum of Otho."
(Thanks to Ann Bowler for this obituary)
Henry Oliver Hale (1878 - 1948)*
Fort Dodge Memorial Park
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Record added: Sep 15, 2008
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