BENJAMIN F. HALL. For a period of nearly twenty years Benjamin F. Hall has been identified with the commercial activities of Carlinville. His birth occurred at Alton, Illinois, on the 7th of November, 1866, his parents being John and Mary Ann (Watts) Hall, the father a native of Durham county, England, and the mother of Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania. John Hall was reared and educated in his native land, where, when old enough he entered the mines. Upon his arrival in the United States he first located in Alton, Illinois, again engaging in mining. Later he removed to Macoupin county, continuing in the same occupation until his demise on the 4th of September, 1903. The mother still survives at the age of sixty-nine years, but is in delicate health.
Benjamin F. Hall was reared in the town of his birth whose public schools he attended until the age of thirteen, when he discontinued his studies and entered the coal mines. He followed this occupation for thirteen years, but feeling convinced that there was no future in it, and being desirous of improving his condition, he accepted a clerkship in a grocery store. At the expiration of eighteen months he purchased the stock from his employer and engaged in business for himself. Despite his limited education and experience as a business man his venture proved successful from its inception, and today he is one of the prosperous merchants of the town.
On the 12th of June, 1895, Mr. Hall was united in marriage to Miss Anna W. Paul, a daughter of Henry and Caroline (Plumnhoff) Paul, natives of Germany. Upon their arrival in America they located in St. Louis, where he followed the trade of wagon making. They subsequently removed to Carlinville and for some years thereafter he operated a grist mill but later returned to his trade. The west attracted him and he went to Kansas, where he resided for a time, but later making his home again in Carlinville and succumbed here on the 4th of January, 1896. The mother survives at the venerable age of seventy-two years. To Mr. and Mrs. Hall have been born seven children: Adolph, Clara, Lydia, May, Alma, Lucille and Rose, May's twin sister, who died in infancy.
Mr. and Mrs. Hall and their family affiliate with the German evangelical church, while fraternally he is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In matters politic he is a republican, and is now representing his ward in the city council in which capacity he has served for two terms. Mr. Hall is a man well adapted to commercial activities as is attested by the success which has rewarded his efforts. He is reliable, conscientious and accommodating in his transactions, these qualities enabling him not only to win patrons but to retain them. His progress has not been phenomenal in any way, but it has been the steady advance which always assures permanency, and in addition to his fine store he owns two nice residences in Carlinville; his own home being located at 804 North Broad Street.