Historical records matching Rosina Hall
About Rosina Hall
Rosina Wäffler (1844-1924)
Rosina, daughter of Jacob Wäffler and Susanna Teuscher, was born on 11 October 1844 in the village of Diemtigen, Bern, Switzerland. Little is known of her early life, but her family had lived in Diemtigen for many generations and she had many relatives there. Some of those relatives, belonging to the Kunz family, began joining the LDS Church in 1862. Many were Simmentahl cheesemakers. In the 1870's some members of the Kunz family came to the United States and settled in Bern,Idaho near Montpelier.
According to the Bennington Ward records, Rosina was baptized 9 June 1874 by her distant cousin John Kunz. A year later, she joined other members of the Simmenthal Branch in coming to America. She was thirty years old and single. Rosina came to the US on the Wisconsin, a British steamship. They left Liverpool on 16 June 1875 and arrived in New York eleven days later. On board were 167 LDS passengers under the leadership of Robert T. Burton. According to Burton, the trip went smoothly with only a moderate amount of seasickness. On June 28, they arrived in New York and were processed at Castle Garden. From there they traveled across the country by railroad, arriving in Salt Lake on July 8.
Since many of her Swiss friends and relatives had settled near Montpelier, Idaho, that was the natural place for Rosina to go. Three years after her arrival, she became a plural wife to Samuel Hall of Bennington. She was thirty-four and he was fifty-seven. During the next twelve years, Rosina lived in Bennington and on a farm near Montpelier. She bore five children, one of which died at birth.
In October of 1890, a Manifesto was issued by the church, ending polygamy. Samuel's first wife, Catherine, died a month later. In order to make sure their marriage was valid, Samuel and Rosina were married again in a civil ceremony on 24 November 1890 in Montpelier.
Rosina cared for Samuel until his death in 1901. He was eighty years old, but she was left a widow at the young age of fifty-seven. In 1906, she moved back to the farm near Montpelier with her three unmarried children. Her son, Joe, never married and spent his life looking after his mother and running the farm. Rosina's grandchildren used to visit her on the farm in the summer. Her grandson described his Grandma Rosie as a kind but determined little lady who spoke with a strong German accent and worked very hard.
In her biography of Bishop Amos Wright of Bennington, Geneva E. Wright described the following incident that took place at his death in 1915. "Amos had left strict instructions that his funeral was to be as simple as possible. He didn't want a lot of expense. He especially said, 'no flowers.' Rosy Hall, a little German woman, laid a tiny bouquet of red geraniums on the coffin in defiance of his wish." Rosina passed away eight years later on 3 January 1924.--Colleen Helquist
Rosina Hall's Timeline
October 11, 1844
Diemtigen, Bern, Switzerland
July 12, 1879
Bennington, Bear Lake County, Idaho, United States
September 13, 1888
January 3, 1924
Bear Lake County, Idaho
Bennington, Bear Lake County, Idaho