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Henry Oliver Hale

  • Birth 18 Aug 1878 Kalo, Webster County, Iowa, USA
  • Death Feb 1948 Webster County, Iowa, USA
  • Burial Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa, USA
  • Plot Forest Lawn Lot 9 Grave 6
  • Memorial ID 29815111

He married first (contrary to the articles below) to Catherine Horback 1 Apr 1903. Katie died the following year. Henry eventually became a millionaire. He is buried between his second wife Elizabeth C. Farley and third wife Cora Stark in the Fort Dodge Memorial Park.

From the Fort Dodge Messinger:
"H. O. Hale Dies in Fort Dodge"
(The Register's Iowa News Services.)
Fort Dodge, IA.--Henry O. Hale, 69, reputedly one of Iowa's wealthiest men, died in a hospital here Saturday after a six-week illness.
Sole survivor is his second wife, the former Mrs. Cora Newton of Webster City, whom he married a few months after the death of his wife in 1938.
Gypsum Mines Worker.
Mr. Hale, who was born in Webster county, was an employee in the gypsum mines of this vicinity when he married Elizabeth C. Farley, of Ogden, daughter of a banker and real estate man.
The first Mrs. Hale left most of her estate to her husband, with some provisions for two children they had taken into their home. One of these is Mrs. Kenneth K. Kaupp, wife of a Des Moines mail carrier.
Contested Will.
Relatives of the Farleys unsuccessfully contested the will in 1940, and in the same year law suits were filed by the executor of the estate, and government agencies seeking collection of income and inheritance taxes.
Most or all of these resulted in decisions for Hale, who continued to improve the estate through investments in various property, including large tracts of farm land."

From the newspaper, Feb. 9, 1948:
"Henry O. Hale Services Tuesday
Funeral services for Henry O. Hale, 69, widely-known Fort Dodger, who died at Lutheran hospital Saturday afternoon following a six weeks' illness, will be held at Epworth Methodist church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
The Rev. B. M. Watson, pastor, will conduct the rites and burial will be in Memorial Park cemetery.
The Young funeral home is in charge of funeral arrangements. The body will be at the funeral home until 1 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, when it will be taken to the church. There it will lie in state until the time of services.
Mr. Hale, born at Kalo Aug. 18, 1878, was the son of Webster county pioneers, Chester and Grace Hale. As a young man he was employed in the coal mines at Kalo.
He was married to Miss Elizabeth Farley, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Farley of Ogden, July 3, 1920. She preceded him in death a number of years ago. His marriage to Mrs. Cora Stark Newton of Hartford, Conn., took place August 8, 1938 and the couple had lived in Fort Dodge ever since.
Mrs. Hale is his only survivor.
Mr. Hale was one of the chief donors to a fund for the purchase of an iron lung for Fort Dodge hospitals and he and Mrs. Hale...
Mr. Hale was especially fond of gardening and of flowers. He had made his home at 920 south Twentieth street for many years."

From the newspaper, Feb. 9, 1948.
"Final Rite For Henry O. Hale
Funeral rites for Henry O. Hale, 89, well-known resident of Fort Dodge, were held at the Epworth Methodist church at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. The Rev. B. M. Watson, pastor of the church, officiated at the services and burial was in the family lot in Memorial Park cemetery.
During the church rites Mrs. Lloyd Belmer and Mrs. Robert Schwieger sang 'Beautiful Isle,' 'Good Night and Good Morning' and 'Rock of Ages.' Mrs. William Davis served as their accompanist.
Pallbearer, all tenants of farms owned by Mr. Hale, were Walter Heatherington, Paul Zaabel, Lloyd Hagem Earl L. Werts, Clifford Widick, Herbert Geis, Henry J. Eckerman and Edward Wilmer. John Decker served as usher. The many floral tributes, which completely banked the front of the church, were arranged by Mrs. Ernest Dolder, Mrs. John Decker and Mrs. Herbert Peterson.
Out-of-town relatives and friends attending the services included Mr. and Mrs. Winslow Stark, Mrs. Annette Woods, all of Webster City; Mrs. Stephen H. Hollern of Royal Oak, Mich.; Maurice Stark of Iowa City, John Stark and Miss Helen Woods, both of Chicago, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Max Stark and Richard Stark of Woodstock, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wilmer and daughters, Mary and Betty of Alden, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Eckerman of Duncombe, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kaup of Des Moines, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Zaabel, Earl Wertz and Miss Bonnie Wertz, all of Evanston, Ia.; and Mrs. Clifford Widick and Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Geis of Lehigh, John Desmond, Lorenz Horn and Earl Goodspeed all of Webster City; Louis Knoble of Council Bluffs, the Misses Elaine and Delores Eckerman and Lawrence Eckerman, all of Duncombe; John Wertz of Duncombe, Mrs. M. Casey and Mrs. Anna Powell, of Lehigh, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Zaabel of Duncombe, Mr. and Mrs. N. E. Nelson of Otho, Fred Jones of Atlantic and Mrs. Arthur Ruebel of Barnum."

(Thanks to Ann Bowler for these obituaries)


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  • Created by: Burt
  • Added: 15 Sep 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 29815111
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Oliver Hale (18 Aug 1878–Feb 1948), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29815111, citing Fort Dodge Memorial Park, Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Burt (contributor 46867609) .