The parents of Samuel Henderson Scales [Jr] were SHS Sr and Mahala Hammond Scales. Follows is Mahala's obit.
[Mahala Hammond Scales was the widow of Colonel Samuel Henderson Scales, one of the most successful mine owners in Lafayette County, WI and the gentleman for whom the village of Scales Mound, Jo Daviess County, Illinois, was named.]
ALMOST A CENTURY OF USEFUL LIFE CLOSED
Funeral for Mrs. Mahala Scales, Aged 99 years, 6 months and 24 days, held Friday afternoon [8 December 1922]
Three score years in the measure of most lives, and three score and ten is the maximum scriptured limit, but when the dial of time reaches the last year cycle of the century mark, wonderful indeed is that span of life and more wonderful when the years have in a large measure been years of good health, clear conscience, homely philosophy, with mental faculties, keen and active. Mrs. Mahala Scales whose death on Tuesday night, December 5th, was briefly noted in last week’s Recorder, lived almost a century and her life spanned two centuries --the most remarkable in all history.
This grand old lady, esteemed by all who knew her and dearly loved by near relatives and intimate friends, passed away at the home of her daughter and only surviving child, Mrs. Annabel Proctor, who for eighteen years has been her faithful guardian and tender nurse. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. F. P. Blakemore, pastor of the Congregational Church, were held from the Proctor residence, corner of Walnut and Sixth Streets, Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Burial was made in the Hampton [IA] cemetery.
The deceased was blessed with rugged health and remained quite active until about a year ago when she suffered from heart trouble, which coupled with her advanced age resulted in a general breakdown physically. On November 26th, she fell to the floor and from that time her condition rapidly grew worse until the end.
Mrs. Mahala Scales, whose maiden name was Hammond, was born May 11, 1823, at Brownsville, Illinois, and at the age of three years moved with her parents [James Hammond and Catherine Tomlinson Hammond of Rockingham Co, NC] to Galena IL where she received her education in the public schools and grew to young womanhood. Her father died and the widow married Judge John Wilford Blackstone. When about twenty years of age she moved with them to Shullsburg, WI and in 1844 was joined in marriage to Colonel Samuel Henderson Scales, formerly of Rockingham, at White Oak Springs, WI. The young couple made their home on a farm near Shullsburg where the husband died in 1877. Following Mr. Scales’ death, the widow continued to reside at Shullsburg until 1906 when she came to Hampton.
Mrs. Scales is survived by only one of her immediate family, Mrs. Annabel [Henry] Proctor of this city. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.
Franklin County IA Recorder, Dec. 13, 1922
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