Biography - J Hale

J. I. HALE, physician, Anna. Among the rising medical practitioners of Anna, and her influential and self-made citizens, is the subject of this sketch, who was born in Union County on the 16th of April, 1844. He is a son of James V. and Susan Hale, who were natives of Kentucky and early settlers in Southern Illinois. Mrs. Hale is still living and resides with our subject. She is the mother of three children, of whom he is the second. When he was six years of age, he was apprenticed to Adam Lentz, a farmer in Saratoga Precinct, and while with him received the benefits of the common schools at such times as the work of the farm would permit, which, to say the least, was very limited. He remained with Mr. Lentz until he was eighteen years of age, when he enlisted in the late civil war, and served in Company C, One Hundred and Ninth Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He was principally engaged in hospital duty, first as nurse and afterward as hospital warden and steward. He was wounded at the siege of Vicksburg, and as a proof of his patriotism now carries the ball in his arm. July 21, 1865, he was mustered out of the service, and immediately returned to his native county, and soon after entered the Southern Illinois College at Carbondale, where he remained until the summer of 1867, when he began the study of medicine with Dr. S. S. Condon, of Anna. In the fall of 1868, he entered the Chicago Medical College, and after attending a course of lectures he in the spring of 1869 began the practice of his chosen profession at Saratoga, and in the spring of 1870 removed to Penninger; but, in the fall of 1873, he returned to Chicago, and in the same college he had already attended he completed his medical studies and graduated in the spring of 1874. Since then he has resided in Anna, where he has, by a faithful attendance to duty, acquired a large and lucrative practice. It became so extensive that recently (in the spring of 1883) he took into partnership Dr. Martin, a gentleman of fine ability and an ornament to the medical profession. Dr. Hale was married in Caledonia, Ill., in 1868, to Miss Mary J. Wilson, a native of Union County. Three children have blessed their union — John Adam, Esculapius V. and Flora Ann. Religiously, they are connected with the Presbyterian Church of Anna, of which he is one of the Elders. Dr. Hale is a member of the American Medical Association, the State Medical Association and of the Southern Illinois Medical Society; of the latter body he is Secretary. He is also a member of the Masonic, Odd Fellows and K. of H. orders. He was State Grand Master of the order of Knights of Trinity, an order that is still flourishing in some locations. He has served two years as Postmaster at Penninger, this county. Is now holding his second term as a member of the City Council, and is Coroner of Union County. Politically, he is a Democrat.

Extracted 02 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 69.

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