February 27, 1889 The Hale Family Organization established its beginning. The purpose was to do as much Genealogy and Temple work as possible. Our ancestors set up an organizational structure to help our kindred dead by starting a fund to defray the costs of the work. The organization and the fund still exist today. The month of February was the month chosen for everyone to assemble in Logan to do as much of the work as possible that had been collected during the year. Everyone met at the Alma Helaman Hale home to distribute the work and to enjoy the family reunion. Most of them stayed with Alma and Sarah or other family in the area. There were several reasons for choosing February for this gathering. First, most of the families were involved in farming or related industries that were not as busy in the winter months. Second, February was the birth month of our patriarch Jonathan Harriman Hale.
For many years now, the Hale Family Organization has tried to carry on this tradition by celebrating the last Saturday in February in the Logan Temple with a family meal and Endowment Session. The Logan Temple has traditionally closed for repairs and cleaning the first week in January, but has now found that it needs to change their schedule to close for maintenance at the end of February, affecting our traditional temple date.
We must now adopt a new date for our tradition and we want input from family members as to that change. This year we will be having the Hale Family Temple day on the 10th of September. In making this change, many things were considered by the HF Organization Board. The obvious ones were winter weather and travel, busy summer schedules for families, and LDS church events such as General Conference. Hale celebratory dates were also considered: February is Jonathan’s birthday, July is Olive’s birthday, and September is their wedding month.
Thanks to all of the family members who sent in their feelings about the temple date change. It was very positive and unanimous that the September date becomes permanent and would be a better date than the winter month of February. The September date as been arranged with the Logan Temple and we invite all our family who can come.