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Rosa Belle (Hall) Haysmer, 1866-1955

Rosa Belle
              Hall Haysmer

Rosa Belle Hall was born on 29 August 1866 in Bushnell Twp., Montcalm Co., Michigan, and was the second of five children born to William and Sarah (Davis) Hall. Although she was born near Sheridan she was less than a year old when her family moved to Kankakee, Illinois, in the spring of 1867, and she was barely two years old when they moved to Renville County, Minnesota, in late 1868 (according to her father's Civil War pension application). Rosa and her older sister, Nettie, were born in Michigan, while the next two children, Frank and Edwin, were born in Minnesota. When Rosa was seven years old her family moved back to Kankakee where her youngest brother, Thomas, was born in 1874. From there they moved back to Sheridan which is where her mother died when Rosa was only 10 years old. Rosa then moved with her widowed father and siblings to Cedron Twp., Lincoln Co., Kansas, where they are listed in the 1880 census (at that time Rosa was 14 years old). When she was 17 they moved to Mecosta Co., Mich., and then moved back to Montcalm Co. prior to 1888 when she married Edward Haysmer at the age of 21. After all this travelling during her childhood she was able to settle down with her husband on their farm east of Sheridan where they lived for over 50 years. They had two daughters: Estella, born in 1889, and Elsie, born in 1900. The Hall reunion photo from about 1902 below shows Rosa sitting with Elsie on her lap and Estella sitting next to her.

Hall Reunion with William Hall,
                  Rosa Belle Hall, etc.

In the above photo Rosa's father, William, is sitting at the far left with his granddaughter, Alice, on his lap (Alice was daughter of Thomas). In his later years William lived with Rosa and Ed on their farm until he died in 1927. Below is a photo of William and Rosa probably in the 1920's:

William Hall and his
                      daughter Rosa Belle Hall Haysmer

After Ed died in 1942 Rosa sold their farm to their grandson, Earl Lund. In her later years she was a housekeeper for Chester Norwood in Sheridan. After he died she went to live with her grandson, Claud Lund, until she died there on 8 July 1955 in Bushnell Twp., Montcalm County.

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