Edith Hale

13 September 1878–29 April 1950 (Age 71)
Cottage Grove, Washington, Minnesota, United States

The Life of Edith

When Edith Hale was born on 13 September 1878, in Cottage Grove, Washington, Minnesota, United States, her father, Frank Wayland Hale, was 25 and her mother, Alice Cowell, was 19. She married Walter Babcock Swift on 26 November 1907, in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. She lived in Washington, Minnesota, United States in 1878 and Boston Ward 8, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States in 1920. She died on 29 April 1950, in Richmond, Macomb, Michigan, United States, at the age of 71.

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Walter Babcock Swift
Edith Hale
Marriage: 26 November 1907
Barbara Swift
Phyllis Swift

Spouse and Children

26 November 1907
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States


    Barbara Swift


    Phyllis Swift


Parents and Siblings

    Frank Wayland Hale


    Alice Cowell




World Events (8)

1879 · New State Capitol Building Dedicated

Age 1

After the second state capitol had been destroyed, Michigan Governor Henry P. Baldwin initiated the passing of a bill that would cover the costs for a new building. The bill was adopted and raised over $1 million by a six year state income tax. Architect Elijah E. Myers' design named Tuebor, or I will defend, was selected and he was commissioned to design the new capitol building. The renaissance revival brick and sandstone building soared 267 feet from the ground and was dedicated on January 1, 1879.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 3

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 20

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

Name Meaning

1 English (also well established in South Wales): topographic name for someone who lived in a nook or hollow, from Old English and Middle English hale, dative of h(e)alh ‘nook’, ‘hollow’. In northern England the word often has a specialized meaning, denoting a piece of flat alluvial land by the side of a river, typically one deposited in a bend. In southeastern England it often referred to a patch of dry land in a fen. In some cases the surname may be a habitational name from any of the several places in England named with this fossilized inflected form, which would originally have been preceded by a preposition, e.g. in the hale or at the hale.2 English: from a Middle English personal name derived from either of two Old English bynames, Hæle ‘hero’ or Hægel, which is probably akin to Germanic Hagano ‘hawthorn’ ( see Hain 2).3 Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Céile ( see McHale ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Edith H Swift in household of Walter B Swift, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Edith Hale in household of Frank W Hale, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Edith Hale in household of Frank Hale, "United States Census, 1880"

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