James L. Hale
Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri
Biographies of Scott County, 1888
James L. Hale, a merchant of Oran, Mo., was born and reared in Stoddard County, Mo., and is a son of William M. and Emeline (Nation) Hale, native of Tennessee. William M. Hale was the son of Nicholas Hale, a native of Tennessee, who came to Missouri about 1848, and located in Stoddard County, where he died at the age of ninety years. His wife also died in Stoddard County when about seventy-five or eighty years of age. They had nine children, all deceased, except one, John, who may be living in California, he having gone there about 1849. William M. Hale was born in Jackson County, Tenn., on June 6, 1817. He was twice married, and died on August 15, 1850. His first marriage occurred October 12, 1837, in Jackson County, Tenn., to Nancy Stamps, who died there in 1845. They had two children: Mary Ann Mariler, born March 24, 1840, died May 23, 1863, and Sarah Elizabeth, born April 13, 1843, also deceased. His second wife, the mother of the subject of this sketch, died in Stoddard County, Mo., on August 11, 1882, leaving two children: Nancy J. and James L. Nancy J. was born on January 3, 1851, married James Altman and removed to Illinois, where she died in 1875, leaving two children. James L. was born on April 3, 1849, and after the death of his parents, lived with his grandfather, until he was fourteen years of age, after which he resided with his uncle ,Giles F. Draper, until about 1865. He was then attending school, teaching school and engaged in business in Stoddard County until 1879, when he came to Oran and engaged in the mercantile business. On September 1, 1879 he was married in his native county to Sarah C. Aust, also a native of Stoddard County, born December 13, 1853. Mr. and Mrs. Hale's children were born as follows: Ida I., September 26, 1871, died December 23, 1874; Lillie May, August 5, 1875; Arthur O., January 11, 1878; Florence Ethel, July 20, 1880; and Effie born on February 20, 1873. Mr. Hale is a member of the A.F. & A.M. and of the A.O.U.W. He was commissioned notary public by Gov. Crittenden, March 23, 1882 and re-commissioned by Gov. Marmaduke, March 23, 1886. On December 14, 1885, he was appointed by the Governor Judge of the county court Second District of Scott County, to fill a vacancy, and was elected to the same office in 1886. The same year he was also elected justice of the peace for Sylvania Township. He is a licensed pharmacist, and is the author of a book to keep the civil docket court records.
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