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Clarence C. Hall

Throughout the Alexander valley district it would be difficult to find a ranch more thrifty in appearance or remunerative in income than the one which Clarence C. Hall owns and occupies, not far from Healdsburg. Here fruits of the various kinds as well as hops vie with each other on the eighty acres under cultivation, of the six hundred and fifty-six acres which comprise the home ranch, besides which Mr. Hall owns thirty-eight hundred acres of mountain land upon which he grazes large flocks of sheep. Mr. Hallís wonderful success as a rancher and sheep raiser is not the result of chance, but is rather the outcome of a careful training under his pioneer father, L. J. Hall, who has been a resident of Sonoma county since 1854 and the occupant of his present ranch in Russian River township since that year also.

The son of a pioneer and also a native son of the state, Clarence C. Hall was born near Healdsburg, August 29, 1855, the son of L. J. and Elizabeth (McCool) Hall, both natives of Missouri. Born in Lafayette county, that state, October 30, 1825, the father early in life assumed the responsibilities of his own maintenance, his first work, at the age of fifteen, being as a farm hand in the vicinity of his home in Missouri. He followed this for a number of years, and when only twenty-two years old took upon himself the responsibilities of married life by his union with Elizabeth McCool. Six years after their marriage, in 1854, the young people came to the west and located in Sonoma county, Cal., on the ranch in Russian River township which is still the home of Mr. Hall. Here the death of Mrs. Hall occurred April 29, 1903, when in her seventy-fifth year. Six children were born to this esteemed pioneer couple, four of whom are deceased, while those living are our subject and Rosella. Since the death of the mother the daughter has tenderly cared for her father in his declining years.

As he was the only son in the parental family Clarence C. Hall and his father became associated in the maintenance of the home ranch as soon as the schools days were over for the younger man, and the association formed so many years ago has only recently been severed, the year 1908 marking the independent venture of the son on property which he purchased from his father. This purchase consisted of six hundred and fifty-six acres of choice land in the Alexander Valley district, in close proximity to Healdsburg, and the diversity of its soil, much of which is rich river bottom land, makes it unexcelled for productiveness. Here he has thirty acres in prunes, from which he receives an average crop of one hundred and eighty tons of green fruit per season; for his crop of 1910 he received $65 a ton for his Imperials, while the French prunes brought $35 a ton. Besides his orchard he has twenty-five acres in hops, the crop from which during the last season amounted to one hundred and sixty bales; twenty acres in tomatoes, and five acres in peaches and apples. As has been stated elsewhere, besides the home ranch he also has thirty-eight hundred acres of mountain land, which furnishes unsurpassed grazing for his sheep, which number twenty-five hundred head.

In 1888 Mr. Hall was united in marriage with Miss Lela Allen, a native of Nevada, and three children have been born to them. The eldest child and only son, Conway Allen, born in 1890, is assisting his father on the ranch. Gladys, born in 1892, is attending the high school at Healdsburg. Gretchen, born in 1894, is a student in the state normal school at San Francisco. Politically Mr. Hall is a Democrat, and fraternally he belongs to the Masonic order, Knights of Pythias, Woodmen of the World and the Santa Rosa Lodge of Elks. Mr. Hall is one of the reliable and substantial men of Healdsburg, and one who wears modestly the dignity conferred by an upright, courageous and altogether worthy life.

History of Sonoma County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1911)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011