Joseph Gale

Joseph Gale

Birth
Utah, USA
Death 11 Jan 1946 (aged 85)
Boise, Ada County, Idaho, USA
Burial Meridian, Ada County, Idaho, USA
Plot IOOF
Memorial ID 40987362 · View Source
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Joseph was born in 1860, the eighth of the ten children of his father's first marriage and was the first born in Beaver where his parents settled after emigrating from Australia. He was five years old when his father, a practicing polygamist married his second and third wives. Joseph would have nine half brothers and sisters. As a boy he attended school and learned to read and write. Joseph married in 1883 and his first son was born the following year but did not live long. His second son was born in 1885 seven months before Joseph's father was sent to the state penitentiary for cohabitation, where he served six months.

Not long after his father's release, Joseph left Beaver with his young family, moving to Price in the winter of 1886, where he worked on the Miller ranch. In 1889 his growing family was once again on the move, this time leaving Utah for Idaho's Teton Valley, where they were among the first settlers. In the spring of 1890 Joseph located at the edge of the bench near the Teton River bottom. Unfortunately the land had already been taken and Joseph was sued in February 1891 for illegal possession of 160 acres lying two miles south of the junction of Leighs Creek with the Teton River. The land was on the Harrington Ranch lying in what was then Bingham County, Idaho and the judge ordered him to pay $200 to Edwin Harrington. Five years later Joseph homesteaded 158 acres near the Teton Valley between Haden and Driggs, where he built a farmhouse. He was the first carpenter in the area. Joseph, who had asthma which was aggravated by the farmwork, also bought a townsite in Haden and opened a store which he ran until February 1908.

After the store burned down Joseph and Mary Ann moved to High Valley about seven miles from Union County, Oregon where they lived for five years. By 1923 Joseph and Mary Ann bought a farm on Overland Road just south of the town of Meridian in the Boise Valley where they grew strawberries. Joseph, who was a smoker, developed emphysema, which together with his asthma, gave him more and more trouble as he grew older. He died at age 86 Joseph Gale of Meridian died Friday morning at a Boise hospital two days after the death of his wife, Mary Ann Gale on Wednesday.

Joint services for the two will be conducted Monday at 2 p.m. at the LDS church in Meridian. Burial will be there with Robisons in charge. Survivors of the pair include 4 sons, 4 daugthers, 42 grandchildren and 43 great grandchildren.

**Information kindly provided by Find A Grave contributor #47721800 Bonnie Ross**



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  • Maintained by: Kat Carter
  • Originally Created by: Aaron
  • Added: 22 Aug 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 40987362
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Gale (26 Sep 1860–11 Jan 1946), Find a Grave Memorial no. 40987362, citing Meridian Cemetery, Meridian, Ada County, Idaho, USA ; Maintained by Kat Carter (contributor 47421883) .