The “Aroet” book has been a labor of love and has taken a vast amount of time, work, and patience. All participants on the project are family volunteers who have collectively dedicated thousands of hours to complete this work. Aroet was a magnanimous person who accomplished many noteworthy things in his lifetime. His journals and letters are extensive, and his life affected many others. The basic manuscript is nearing completion and is beginning the editing process.
The book committee began meeting monthly to make decisions about the manuscript, including how many pages to work toward (this effects the final cost of printing each copy), what voice to use, which family members to include in this book, how to publish the current descendancy charts, the general layout and design, and several other details. One of the decisions we made together was to use Aroet’s words and perspective as much as possible–to let Aroet tell the story. When we decided that, all other details seemed to fall in to place and the project has flowed smoothly ever since.
We have been fortunate to have several talented and dedicated family contributors on this project. Lee and Debbie Hale, David S. and Christine Hale, Phil and Barbara Hale, David N. and NiCole Hale, and Donna Akers have been meeting regularly to sync their work on the project. Their talent and love for our common ancestor is fantastic, and shows in their work. What a distinct blessing it is to have their help!
The committee has collected photos, journals (and transcriptions), letters, and previous life sketches of ancestors–many of these items were given to the committee by Hale Family members at large. Additional information for the project came by visiting with older family members who preserved family histories, some information came from organizations such as Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, and a few pieces of information came miraculously as members became acquainted, through unlikely circumstances, with cousins they had never known before but had information that helped fill in the gaps. One project of the committee was to create an extensive timeline spreadsheet representing decades of collecting and organizing information from these sources for the Aroet book project. This detailed timeline for Aroet’s life has helped us sort through redundancies and errors in previously written histories and helped guide the organization and writing of the Aroet book.
Photos collected by the committee have created many hours of work in themselves. Committee members have spent many hours sorting through these photos in search of the best ones to include and restoring old faded memories to a crisp, clean image for printing. They will be added to the manuscript during the final formatting as soon as the written portion has reached its final editing.
In addition to a manuscript of Aroet’s life, the committee has been collecting life sketches of each of Aroet’s wives and children, and editing them to fit in the limited pages of our book. It is remarkable how much these wonderful ancestors accomplished through tenacity, hard work, and a generous dose of family love and good humor. As committee members have collected known histories and searched for missing ones, it has been surprising to find that some of the children have absolutely no known life sketches in print. Sadly, unless you (yes, YOU, dear reader) have something to contribute, a few of Aroet’s children will have little more than their vital statistics in their life sketch. These children include:
Olive Amelia Hale, born 1852
Esther Louisa Hale, born 1858
Robert Gee Hale (adopted son), born 1866
Leonard Wilford Hale, born 1869
Sarah Almina Hale, born 1874
Frank Boynton Hale, born 1877
It is our testimony that as we have worked on this project, we have had assistance from the other side of the veil. Aroet’s life and experiences have much to teach us as we face our own lives, and we are anxious to create a wonderful book that each of us can learn from and share with our children–to teach, to inspire, and to encourage both ourselves and the next generation.
If you have additional documents or pictures to share, now is the last call for those items. Please bring them to the temple meeting or scan a copy and send it to either NiCole or Lee. Please use these addresses for such contributions: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com