Jul. 4, 1841 South Glastonbury Hartford County Connecticut, USA
Jul. 11, 1904 Long Beach Los Angeles County California, USA
His grave marker says Company H, 25th Connecticut Infantry, Union army. From the Civil War Pension Record #60985-1, Oliver Hale, Jr. says that he had lived in Glastonbury from his discharge date to November 1867 when he moved to Otho Twp., Webster County, Iowa. 1862-1863. (Pension Record) Flag bearer during Civil War. (Family lore)
Oliver Hale, Jr., wife Alwilda Maria, son Revilo moved to Iowa from Glastonbury, Connecticut in 1866.
Oliver Hale, Jr. purchased first 40 acres in Otho Township, Webster County, Iowa,signing contract on October 26, 1867. The land record shows: "The South West quarter of the South West quarter of Section No Twenty-one (21) in Township No Eighty -eight (88) North of Range No Twenty-Eight (28) West of the Fifth Principal Median Lower containing forty acres more or less.
From the "Fort Dodge Messenger", Fort Dodge, Iowa October 13, 1887. "Kalo-Otho" Excerpt "According to the invitations that were sent out a large company of people from around here and Fort Dodge were present at the twenty-fifth anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. O. Hale of this place. Mr. and Mrs. Hale are old settlers here and what they did yesterday was of great honor to them. They had a tent of the W. C. A. S.'s. In this was plenty of room. A table was spread and a splendid supper was given all who were present. The G. A. R. also the W. R. C. of Fort Dodge, of which members, came down from town and in spite of the cold afternoon and evening a nice time was had by all. The following is the list of presents given: Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Minnick, syrup cup; Otho friends, 12 knives and forks and ten set; the Sperry family, pickle dish; Otho young people, cake and butter dish; Fort Donelson Post G. A. R. and W. R. C., fruit dish and spoon, half set table spoons, set dessert spoons, set teaspoons, thimble; Mr. and Mrs. Marquette, napkin rings; Mr. and Mrs. S. Andrews, butter knife; Fred Hancock, butter knife."
From the "Fort Dodge Messenger", Fort Dodge, Iowa, October 20, 1887. "Kalo-Otho" Excerpt "I wish to make a few corrections of my last week's items. I find as I read over the item about the silver wedding that there are several mistakes. I wish to correct one at least. Where it reads the Otho old people it should read Kalo Otho old people, as the Kalo old people were a great deal more liberal that the Otho people were in their gifts. The other mistakes were bad ones, but I will not take time to correct them now. We wish to tender our most heart felt thanks to the many kind friends which met with us to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of our wedding. Not only for the warm hand shaking but also for the many presents which we received at their hands, which were as follows: Friends of Kalo-Otho--Tea set, pickle dish, one dozen knives and forks, cake basket, butter dish. Fort Donelson Post G. A. R. and W. R. C. of Fort Dodge--Berry dish and spoon, half set table spoons, set dessert spoons, two sets tea spoons, thimble. Mr. and Mrs. Marquette, Fort Dodge--Two napkin rings. Mr. and Mrs. F. L. and Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Sperry--Pickle dish and tongs. Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Andrews, of Fort Dodge--Butter knife. Fred Hancock, of Elkhorn--Butter knife and silver coin, with which we purchased a nice castor. Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Hale."
Family writes the name as Oliver Hale, Jr., but Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, DC says the name is Oliver Francis Hale.
Moved from farm in Otho Township about 1891 near the time when daughter Mattie was married. Lived in City of Fort Dodge until 1901/2 when he and wife moved to Long Beach, California.
From the "Long Beach Daily Press", Wednesday, July 13, 1904. "DEATH OF OLIVER HALE FUNERAL FROM HOUSE AT 2 O'CLOCK THIS AFTERNOON. Friends and Neighbors Pay Last Respect to a Good Man and Honored Citizen. There passed away on Tuesday morning, July 12, shortly after midnight one of those quiet, unpretentious souls whose virtue seems to loom so much higher after their departure. Oliver Hale has been a resident of Long Beach only about three years, and may not have become known to a wide circle of acquaintances, but to those who have known him with any degree of intimacy he has endeared himself by the quiet helpfulness which began in his home and spread as widely as time and strength permitted. Never in the possession of robust health his later years have been filled with more or less of weakness and suffering, but his patience and sweetness of disposition never varied, nor did his own suffering cause him to falter in his generous thoughfulness for his wife and family. Mr. Hale was on the street Saturday morning when he was seized with a violent heart attack, and was carried to his home on Golden avenue. He rallied under the care of Drs. Wood and Hamman but he passed away quietly, attended by the members of his immediate family. Oliver Hale was born in South Glastenbury, Conn., July 4, 1841, and has therefore, just passed his 63rd birthday. He lived on the farm until 1864 when he enlisted and served as colorbearer in the Twenty-fifth Remiment, Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. His regiment was stationed at Port Hudson under General Banks and at the time of the surrender of Vicksburg a bursting shell killed one of the standard bearers, caused the insanity of another and affected Mr. Hale so that it has always been a serious effort to do concentrated thinking. At the expiration of his term of service he returned to his home and to his wife. He had married at the time of his enlistment, Miss Alwilda Bolton, 9 Oct 1862 at Willimantic, Connecticut, and in 1867 they removed to Otho, Iowa, and there carried on farming operations until 1890 when they removed to Fort Dodge, Iowa, where Mr. Hale engaged in gardening. They came to California in 1901 and have made their home in Long Beach since that time. Mr. Hale united with the Congregational church when 26 years of age and has been a faithful member. Soon after coming to Long Beach he united with the First Congregational church, and has been a faithful attendant when health permitted. Mr. Hale leaves, besides his widow, a son, Revilo Hale, and a daughter, Mrs. G. L. Neibel, both of whom live in Long Beach, and a daughter, Mrs. E. E. Smith, of Fort Dodge, Iowa. The funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. Chas. Pease this afternoon, at 2 o'clock, and the interment was in charge of the G. A. R. Post, of which he has been an active and enthusiastic member. Mr. Hale by a number of circumstances, was made intensely patriotic. Descended from the line of Revolutionary patriot, Nathan Hale, born on Independence Day, a soldier of the Civil War, it was no wonder that the old flag had a power to bring tears to his eyes and to stir all the best impulses of his nature. Years ago when the tattered battle flags were removed from the old State House to the new capitol in Hartford, as Mr. Hale read the glowing account from the pen of an old comrade he threw himself upon his couch and bursting into tears, he cried, 'I ought to have carried the old flag!' Last Christmas the gift he prized most highly was a beautiful flag sent him by his daughter, and wrapped in its folds his body will go to its rest. May his spirit pass to the youth of n're land so that not only his own children but young men everywhere may rise up and call him blessed. Deceased had been a resident of this city only three years, but during that time he had made many warm friends, and his best friends were those whom he had known longest. He was possessed of considerable means, dealt considerable in real estate, and was conservative business man."
Day is done....gone the sun...from the hills....from the lake...from the sky....All is well...safely rest....God is nigh...~~~~Go to sleep....peaceful sleep...may the soldier or sailor God keep....on the land or the deep...safe in sleep...~~~~Love, good n...(Read more) -
In Honor of Corp Oliver Hale, Jr. Sir! Added: May. 14, 2010