STEPHEN F. HALE, M.D. A life of usefulness, characterized by an untiring devotion to the relief of the sufferings of others and crowned by a substantial success which had been most honorably and worthily won, was brought to a close in 1901. Dr. Stephen F. Hale was born in St. Francois county, Missouri, on the 18th of March, 1823, a son of Thomas Hale, who was also a native of that locality. The father was a farmer by occupation and was killed on his place during the Civil war.
Dr. Hale, who was one of a family of seven children, pursued his early education in the schools of his native state and after mastering the preparatory courses took up the study of medicine in the McDowell College at St. Louis. He had just completed his professional training when the Mexican war broke out and, being actuated by a spirit of patriotism, he joined the United States forces under General Price. At the close of hostilities he returned to Missouri and took up the practice of medicine in Benton county and there devoted his attention to his professional duties until the outbreak of the Civil war. Again laying aside all personal interests, he joined the Confederate forces with the rank of captain and later was promoted to colonel under his old superior, General Price. At the battle of Wilson's Creek he was wounded, receiving an injury which caused his resignation from the army. Upon again returning to professional life he came to Macoupin county, Illinois, locating at Woodburn and later he took up his residence in Bunker Hill about the year 1864. Here he established a drug store, which he conducted in connection with his professional duties until feeble health and age required his retirement from active life. He proved himself very successful both in professional and business circles and at his death left to his family a most substantial competence. He passed away in 1901 and his remains were laid to rest in the Bunker Hill cemetery.
In 1852 Dr. Hale was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Hill, who was born in London, Laurel county, Kentucky, a daughter of Dr. B. and Sarah P. (Moore) Hill, natives of North Carolina and Virginia respectively. The father, a successful medical practitioner, passed away in 1885. Mrs. Hale was one of a family of two sons and two daughters, her sister, Mrs. A. M. Bennett, being now a resident of San Antonio, Texas. Unto Dr. and Mrs. Hale were born seven children, as follows: James, deceased; Gustavus, at home; Thomas, a lumberman of Prior Creek, Oklahoma; Mamie, who married Ernest Rheinhart, of San Antonio, Texas; Nellie, the wife of P. B. Davis, of St. Louis, Missouri; Stephen A., in the government employ at the League Island Barracks, Pennsylvania; and Samuel, who has also passed away.
Dr. Hale was known in fraternal circles of this locality as a member of the Masonic lodge, and in politics gave his support unfalteringly to the democratic party. A man of considerable ability along the line of his profession, he also possessed that keen business sense which is the basis of success in all lines of activity and at the time of his death Bunker Hill lost one of its most substantial and representative citizens whose life had ever been in harmony with high professional ethics and governed by honorable and upright principles. Since his demise his widow has continued to reside in Bunker Hill, where she occupies a beautiful dwelling. She is the owner of heavy real estate in this town and in the social circles in which she moves, the hospitality of the best homes in the community being extended to her.