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Lieuallen Jones Hall

It is interesting to chronicle the history of the pioneer who has passed through the struggle of the development of a new country until it has become a veritable garden spot. Among such men we find L. J. Hall, who came to Sonoma county in pioneer days and has been a continuous resident upon his ranch in Russian River township since the year 1854. Many are the changes that have taken place in the years that have intervened, waste fields and forests giving place to cultivated ranches of luscious fruits, tended by happy and prosperous owners who have come hither from all parts of the country. Mr. Hall is a native of Missouri, his birth occurring in Lafayette county October 30, 1825. As a youth of fifteen years he started out in the world by working as a farm hand in the neighborhood of his home, and by saving his wages he was enabled to come to California in the year 1854.

In the meantime, however, Mr. Hall has assumed other responsibilities by his marriage, December 19, 1847, with Miss Elizabeth McCool, she too being a native of Missouri. After crossing the plains with his family he at once located on his present ranch in Sonoma county, where he has since engaged in raising grain, hops and stock. From the first his undertaking proved successful, and he soon needed more land upon which to carry out his plans. As a consequence more land was added to the original purchase from time to time, until at one time his holdings amounted to sixty-five hundred acres. For many years Mr. Hall had the help and co-operation of his son Clarence, the two working together with mutual interest in the maintenance of one of the finest ranches in Sonoma county, but owing to Mr. Hallís advancing years it became necessary for him to withdraw from active participation in affairs to a large extent. Consequently he has disposed of considerable of his land, and in 1808 his son purchased six hundred and fifty-six acres upon which he has since carried on ranching independently.

Six children were born of the marriage of L. J. and Elizabeth (McCool) Hall, four of whom are deceased, two dying in infancy. Those living are Clarence C., of whom a sketch will be found elsewhere in this volume, and Rosella. The wife and mother died April 29, 1903. Throughout his life Mr. Hall has been a stanch advocate of Democratic principles, but has never cared for office-holding, finding his time fully occupied in caring for his ranch and in participation in such social and other obligations as one of his broad, humanitarian views would find necessary to his well-being. Now in his eighty-fifth year, Mr. Hall can look back upon a life well spent, content in the knowledge that he has intentionally wronged no man, and that he has the highest respect of those who have been intimately associated with him for the past fifty-six years.

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