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Ripley A. Hale
Lodomillo Twp.

Ripley A. Hale is a native of Norridgewock, Maine, born Sept. 12, 1825, and was a son of Ebenezer Hale, of English birth, and Ann, nee Densmore, born in Maine. They had eight children, of whom Ripley was the fourth son. He attended school until this thirteenth year, when he shipped as cabin boy on board the ship "Fortune," and made two trips from Boston to Germany. He next shipped aboard a ship bound for China, and was gone eighteen months. He then started to Calcutta, but was hurt while going around Cape Horn, and was discharged at Valparaiso, Chili. When he recovered he engaged with a company of whalers, and went to the Sandwich Islands, thence to the Arctic Ocean, taking about 3,000 barrels of oil. He made one trip to Japan, then returned to Chili. He ran away from the whalers there, and shipped in the brig "Fortune," and sailed from St. Cholis, Chili, to Panama two years, then came back to Baltimore, Md. He ran on the West India trade as captain five years, and in the spring of 1855 came to Iowa, and bought his present farm. He was married in Ottawa, Ill., to Electa Thomas, on March 13, 1856. She was born Aug. 2, 1827, in Maine, and was a daughter of Melzer and Sarah (Grear) Thomas. They have four children-- Ida, now Mrs. Ambrose Hughes; Edwin T., married Alice Bryan; Elivin, married Clora Annis, and Ada. Since his marriage Mr. Hale has made three trips to the West Indies, but has now settled down to farm life. In August, 1862, he enlisted in Company D, Twenty-first Iowa Infantry Volunteers, and served two years, when he was transferred to the gunboat "Chickasaw," and remained there until the close of the war. He particated in the battles of Champion Hills, Vicksburg, and many others, and while on the gunboat was in the bombardments of Forts Morgan, Gaines, Powell, Spanish, and the capture of the gunboat "Ram" at Mobile, Ala. At the close of the war he returned to his farm, which consisted of 125 acres, 90 under clutivation and well stocked. In politics he is a Republican, and has held many local offices.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 890
transcribed by Sally Scarff and Marlene Chaney


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