Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
John R. Hale was born at Sangersfieid, Oneida Co., N. Y., Feb. 5, 1822, on the same farm and in the same house
where his father, Seneca Hale, was born in 1790. John R. lived at home until he was twenty-one, and that year (1842)
came to Michigan with one hundred dollars, bought land in Ingham County, where he remained some three years, exchanging
that property for one, hundred and sixty acres of land where he now resides, and upon which he moved in 1845. The
whole county was then a wilderness, scarcely settled and all new beginners, not more than fifty acres of land at
that time had been plowed in the town of Bingham. Mr. Hale's first dwelling was a log cabin of the most primitive
kind, where he and his mother lived for several years. To supply the necessaries of life Mr. Hale was obliged to
seek employment in the more populous portions of the State, consequently the improvements upon his own land were
made with the greatest difficulty. In 1852 he went to California; was absent two and a half years, when he returned
with sufficient money to enable him to purchase other lands, erect a more pretentious log house, and make substantial
improvements from time to time until he now has a fine farm of three hundred and twenty acres and a commodious
brick residence, a view of which may be seen in this work. Mr. Hale has been twice married: first to Cordelia E.
Redfield, June 2, 1847. She died Dec. 26, 1876, leaving two children, Emma, married Milton Smith; the son, Frank
O., lives at home. Mr. Hale was again married August, 1877, to Doriasa Miles, by whom he has one daughter. Politically,
Mr. Hale is a Democrat, has held several town offices, and is classed among the substantial and reliable men of
History of Shiawassee and Clinton Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Their Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.