Obit: Hales, Albert W. (1852 -1925)

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Surnames: Hales, Wonser, Schroeder, Spry, Pietenpol, Wright, Nonhof, Wierenzenski, Grabe, Rowe, Schmidtke, Davis, Mallory, Campbell, Bender, Coleman, Runyan, Hohertson, Smithers, Hibergen

----Source: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 06/18/1925

Hales, Albert W. (22 Oct. 1852 - 8 June 1925)

Albert W. Hales was born Oct. 22, 1852, in New York State. He came to Wisconsin with his parents when a small child, moving to Iowa with them in 1871. At the time of the gold rush in the Black Hills of North Dakota with several others he went by wagon train to the hills. Failing to find gold, he started for his home on foot, a distance of 800 miles, making it in 16 days. When within one half mile from home, he became so exhausted he was unable to go further, His mother, hearing their dog in the marsh near by, found him there with feet so swollen his boots had to be cut from them.

On Jan. 8, 1880, he was married to Maggie D. Smithers, coming to Wisconsin in 1883, and settled on the farm which he still owned. To this union 8 children were born, all living, and all present at the funeral namely, Anna B. Campbell of Neillsville, Philip W. of Poynette, Lottie M. Page of Stanley, Guy S. of Port Washington, George and Loren on their farms, Harry on the old home farm in the town of York, and Ella at home. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife and children and his grandchildren, one brother, Hiram of Loyal and 4 sisters, Mrs. Jennie Bender of Spencer, Iowa, Mrs. Neillie Coleman of Milford, Iowa, Mrs. Hattie Runyan of Harwood, Mo., and Mrs. Jessie Hohertson of Bear, Idaho.

In July, 1919, he moved to Granton where he still resided at the time of his death.

With failing health he went to Rochester April 30, for medical treatment, passing away Monday afternoon, June 8, after undergoing tow serious operations, his wife being with him all the time and some of the children most of the time.

The funeral was held at the home in Granton Thursday afternoon, June 11th, and he was laid to rest in Neillsville Cemetery. Rev. Wilson Mallory preached the funeral sermon.

The pall bearers were E. R. Wonser, Edw. Schroeder, W. J. Spry, John Pietenpol, Fred Wright, Al. Nonhof, Nick Wierenzenski and Ernest Grabe. The singers were Mr. and Mrs. Walter Rowe, Mrs. Esther Schimdtke and Merton Davis.

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Albert W. Hales

Albert W. Hales was born October 2Z, 1852, in New York State, son of Philip Hales and Sarah (Moody) Hales. Albert Hales spent a large part of his boyhood in Green Lake County, Wisconsin, growing to manhood in Iowa. On Jan. 8, 1880, he married Maggie Smithers, who was born in Fondu Lac County, Wisconsin, on May 29, 1857, daughter of Wm. Smithers and Lois (Knight) Smithers.

Mr. and Mrs. Hales came to Clark County in December, 1883. They bought a tract of 120 acres of land in the town of York. Twenty acres were covered with stumps and the balance covered in brush and timber. Land was cleared and a house was built and later enlarged, and a barn was built and since has been remodeled and enlarged. They had eight children: Anna, Mrs. Will Campbell; Philip; Lottie, Mrs. Moses Page, all deceased; George (Town of York); Loren, deceased; Guy, of Port Washington; Harry of Wis. Rapids; Ella, Mrs. Will Eibergen.

Albert Hales died in 1925 and Mrs. Hales died in 1941. They lived in Granton for several, he having died while a resident there. Harry Hales and his wife lived on the farm for seven years. Mr. and Mrs. Will Eibergen were married in April, 1927, and lived on the farm fro '928 to 1960. They have two children, Richard, town York, and Diana, now living in San Francisco. Will Eibergen and son Richard purchased the farm in 1945. Richard bought his fathers share in 1960. Will Eibergen retired at that time and is now living in the former Fred Wright house which they purchased. The original farm of 120 acres now consists of 360 acres. An addition of 120 acres was in 1948, eighty acres in 1962, and 80 acres 1968. The farm is now owned and operated by Richard Eibergen and his wife Betty (Zaradka) Hibergen and their four sons, Jeffrey, Keith, Gary, and Eric.

 

 


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