From "A History of Baker, Grant, Malheur and Harney Counties"
Provided by The Grant County Museum




WILLIAM HALL - is one of the leading stockmen and agriculturists of Grant county, having come here before there were any improvements made by the hand of the white man, and being identified with the county from the incipiency of political organization, he has steadily allied himself with its development and labored for its advancement and progress, as well as prosecuting his own private business with a vigor and sagacity that have brought the wealth of prosperity, its well erned meed.

Mr. Hall was born in Dorset, England, in 1840 and came to America with his brother, Henry, in 1858, remaining in Guelph, Canada, for three years, engaged on a farm, after which he went to Salem, this state, to join his brother, who had preceded him thither. In 1861, in company with his brother, he bought a herd of dairy cows and took them to Walla Walla, and in the winter following was unfortunate enough to lose them all in the unusually cold weather. In the spring of 1862 he was induced by the rumors from the new diggins in the Powder river region to come thither. He pressed on into the Canyon City district and was occupied in mining until 1864, and then in company with his brother bought the farm where they now live, two miles west from Prairie City. Here he has operated in company with his brother and has given his attention to raising stock and tilling the soil. Prosperity, because of his energy and wise methods of procedure, has attended his efforts and he justly ranks at the head among the stockmen of eastern Oregon. In 1867 he made a trip to England for pleasure, and again in 1872, at which time he was married to his cousin, Miss Elizabeth Hall, a native of Ashmore, Dorset county, England. To them were born three children, William, Sarah and George. Mrs. Hall was taken by the hand of death from her family and husband and her remains lie buried in the cemetery at Prairie City. Her demise was universally mourned. Mr. Hall is a member of the I.O.O.F., Prairie City Lodge, No. 33. In political matters he is with the Republican party and is an ardent supporter of their principles. In 1886 he was a member of the state tax commission. It is of note that Mr. Hall and his brother were the first men to start a bakery in the county, which they operated for some time with success attending their efforts. Mr. Hall is one of the leaders in the county and is a man possessed of a broad public spirit, keen discernment, and a geniality that is manifest to all. Being a fine conversationalist and well informed, he is looked up to as one that is rightly placed in the position of leader among his fellows, and it is gratifying that he is always arrayed on the side of sound principles and uprightness.

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