FROM: The History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin, and Williamson Counties, Illinois (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887).  P. 701

          Hon. Louis Jasper Hale, attorney and farmer, was horn in Sparta, Tenn., November 25, 1839, the son of Peter and Sarah (Manning) Hale. Peter was of English stock and horn in Virginia in 1809. His father, Thomas, also a native of Virginia, was a soldier under Gen. Marion during the entire Revolution Peter went to White County, Tenn., in 1837, and at once married. In 1851 he came to Hamilton County, located northwest of the county seat, and died in 1882. The mother, of like stock and nativity, born in 1818, died in 1883. Our subject, the eldest of nine children who lived to maturity, was about twelve years old when he came to this county, and was educated in the public schools. He left the home farm when of age, and March 3, 1861, married Sophia, daughter of John Hayse. She was horn in Hamilton County June 15, 1845. Their children are Florence (wife of Thomas Browning), Alice, Laura, Rosa and Bessie. After marriage he began farming near the old home place, and in 1870 began studying law under Judge T. B. Stelle. In 1871-72 he attended a course of lectures at Chicago University, and in the spring of 1872 began practice at McLeansboro. He was elected State's attorney in the fall and served four years, and at about the same time began a partnership with Hon. L. Walker, present incumbent of that office, with the present firm name of Walker & Hale. The firm receives a good practice and are able men. Mr. Hale ownss135 acres, 55 being the old homestead. He has about 1,000 apple and other fruit trees of which he makes a specialty. He is a Democrat, an Odd Fellow and a member of the Christian Church, while his wife is a Baptist.

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