Biography of Oscar H. Hale
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Hale, Oscar H., Norfolk, was born in Norfolk on the farm he owns, February 6, 1835. His father was Ira, son of Moses Hale, a native of Vermont, where he was reared and educated. He married Freelove Barber, September 30, 1798, by whom he had six sons and three daughters. He came to Norfolk and settled on a farm, and here spent the remainder of his days. Ira Hale was born in Vermont, February 15, 1800, and in 1823 came to Norfolk and purchased twenty five acres of land, where our subject now resides. The next year he settled where he resided until 1859, when he built a residence at North Stockholm, and there spent the remainder of his days. He married Amelia Judson, February 18, 1823. Her father was one of the early settlers of Norfolk, where he lived and died. Mr. Hale and wife have had these children: O. J. Hale, who in 1857 went to Milwaukee, where he lived until his death November 8, 1886. He was a prominent and wealthy man, and for a number of years was connected with the transportation business; our subject and one daughter, Louisa D., wife of M. R. Knapp, of Stockholm. Mr. Hale owned about 600 acres of land. He was agent at Knapp's Station about thirty years, and was then engaged in the mercantile business a number of years. He was land agent for Mr. Constable forty years, was prominent in politics, was a Whig in an early day, and a Republican after its orgamzation. He was supervisor of Norfolk several years, and also of Stockholm. He was justice of the peace a number of years. He died October 30, 1878, and his wife March 2, 1848. Oscar H. was reared on a farm and educated in the common and select schools of the town and St. Lawrence Academy. At eighteen years of age he engaged with his father in store and station at Knapp's Station. Mr. Hale took up farming and except in 1864 when with his brother in Milwaukee in transportation business, has since followed that occupation. Where he resides he owns 470 acres of land, follows general farming, and keeps a dairy of thirtysix cows and 150 sheep. April 8, 1858, Mr. Hale married Margaret Gage, of Fairfield, Herkimer county, and daughter of Elijah B. Gage of the same place, but who settled in Norfolk in 1844, and spent his last days. Mr. Hale and wife have had four daughters: Ettie A., H. Louise, Margaret G., and Gertrude M. Mr. Hale has always been a Republican, has been an assessor nine years, and at present is supervisor of Norfolk, a position he has held for seven years in succession. Mr. Hale and wife are members of the Congregational church of Norwood, of which Mr. Hale has been clerk twelve years, and at present is one of the elders. Mr. Hale has been connected with County and State Grange, and was county deputy five years.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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