JOHN C. F. HALES, a prominent merchant of Toronto, was born in East Liverpool, Ohio, August 18, 1862, the son of Robert and Elizabeth (Staley) Hales, who were both natives of England. Robert Hales, on coming to America, first settled at Smith's Ferry, but afterward removed to East Liverpool, where he followed his trade as a potter. At the outbreak of the rebellion he enlisted in the One Hundred and Forty-third regiment Ohio volunteer infantry, Company I, and served about four months, when he was compelled to leave the service on account of broken health. He died January 1865. In 1856 he was married to Elizabeth Staley, who died in 1877, leaving five children. Mr. Hales was educated at East Liverpool and was given a thorough knowledge of the pottery trade, which he still follows in connection with his mercantile business. He was married September 9, 1880, to Polly Pfoffenbauch, of Wellsville, Ohio and they have three children: Anna R., John C. F. and Clarence. He and wife are members of the Methodist Protestant church and is affiliated with the Knights of Labor. In politics, he is a republican. Mr. Hales is a good and reliable business man, and is highly esteemed.
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