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Major William D. Hale


William Dinsmore Hale was born at Norridgewock, Maine, Aug. 16, 1836. He came to Minnesota in 1856, locating first in Goodhue County. At the breaking out of the Rebellion he enlisted as a private in Co. E, Third Minnesota Regiment. In July, 1862, he was captured and paroled, returning to Minnesota and taking part in Colonel Sibley’s campaign against the Sioux. Having been exchanged, he was again ordered south, and participated in the capture of Vicksburg and Little Rock. Later he became major of the Fourth Regiment of Colored U.S. Artillery, and served in that capacity until the close of the war. After the war he came to Minneapolis and entered the employ of W. D. Washburn & Co., and in 1876 became a partner in the company and manager of its growing business. Here has extraordinary talent for details found an abundant field for development. Every part of the Lincoln mill at Anoka, from the piling under the foundation wall to the weather vane on the pinnacle of the flagstaff was the product of his care and forethought, and his ability in the selection of fit assistants reduced the complicated combination of manufacturing and marketing both lumber and flour to a system which ran as smoothly ran as smoothly as one of their own Corliss engines. Major Hale’s connection with Anoka business affairs terminated with the transfer of the Lincoln mill to the Pillsbury-Washburn Flour Mills Co., but he still holds a high place in the respect and esteem of her citizens. Major Hale has held various official positions of trust, and at the present time is postmaster of Minneapolis.


source: History of Anoka County by Albert M. Goodrich – published 1905