Bio Bite: Howard Adrian Halse

By Eilene Lyon

Howard Adrian Halse (1897–1978)
Howard Halse (rear) with siblings Hazel, Everett, and Lloyd.

Howard was the first-born child of Guy and Mabel (Cutting) Halse. He came into, and left, the world in Dexter Township, Codington County, South Dakota. He inherited his size from Guy, standing nearly six feet and topping 200 pounds.

Howard Halse (rear) with cousins Pete and George Painter. (Courtesy of W. Halse)

“Mr. Halse attended country school near his home and farmed in the Florence area all his adult life. He served on the Dexter Township Board, the district school board and the Dexter Mutual Insurance Company board of directors. He was affiliated with the Methodist Church.”

Wedding photo of Howard Halse and Cecil Drake, 1920. (Courtesy of W. Halse)

In 1920, Howard married his 2nd cousin, once removed, Cecil Alice Drake. They had five children together, but two died as infants, one from appendicitis and one from spina bifida.

According to his son, Howard was a nice man who liked to tease. He also took in people who needed help, including his brother-in-law, Jack Wiesner.

Howard Halse with his horses on the farm in Dexter Township. (Courtesy of W. Halse)

Feature image: Clip from Halse family portrait taken around 1925.


Interview with W. Halse, August 27, 2015.

Unsourced newspaper clipping, obituary for Howard Halse, age 80.


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  1. These bites are great. I love that he was described as a nice man who helped others. If that’s all people have to say about me after I’m gone, then I figure that’s a life well lived.

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    1. No. Most of my dad’s relatives lived (and still do) in South Dakota. We never lived anywhere near there. Only visited once as a very young child. I did finally meet his last surviving maternal uncle and two aunts by marriage. Only one is still living.

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      1. Oh, that’s too bad. I know all of my mother’s aunts, uncles and cousins – on both sides. (Those that are left, of course.) My father’s side? None.

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      2. We were Army brats. But my dad didn’t grow up around too much family, either. My mom was never close to her cousins. I’ve met a number of them since I got very interested in family history. It’s been wonderful!

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      3. I cannot even imagine being an army brat. Hell, I STILL live in the same town! How wonderful that you have been able to meet a number of them 🙂

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  2. Interesting wedding image and quite playful compared to many and the man is usually standing over the woman or standing side by side. Wedding photos during the era and no matter what country, they didn’t look the most happiest of events. No doubt told not to smile?

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