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Hall, James 1819 – 1898


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 11/15/2017 at 18:06:23

Iowa Plain Dealer October 4, 1898, FP, C6

Again it becomes our sad duty to chronicle the death of an aged and honorable citizen. Mr. James Hall, one of the pioneers of Howard county, has been gathered unto the fathers. The end came to him peacefully on Wednesday night of last week. Death was to him, a sweet relief, he having been confined to the bed and utterly helpless since March 19th, 1897.
Mr. Hall was born at Girard, Erie Co., Pa., on April 12, 1819. He was the oldest of seven children of whom only one, a brother in California, survives him. He came to Howard county, Iowa, in 1854. settling at what was then known as Pettibone, afterwards Howard postoffice or Busti, where for many years he kept store and held the position of postmaster. He was married in Nov. 1862 to Maggie J. Gibbons, the faithful wife who has tenderly nursed him thro’ his long suffering and who now survives him. In 1895 he moved to Elma where he had built a large residence. After he was taken down to his bed Mr. and Mrs. Hall thought this house too large for them and therefore sold it and built another and somewhat smaller one. He expressed much satisfaction after he was moved to his new home about two months ago. He was a man of remarkable vitality and strong will power. He was first stricken with paralysis about four years ago but recovered to a remarkable degree, but with each attack of the disease he became weaker and more helpless. The writer having been his near neighbor for several years, can say from personal knowledge that he was sociable, friendly, kind and neighborly. It is said that in his younger days he was a hard worker and in his old age always tried to do something useful as long as he was able to move a limb. He became a member of the Masonic order in Pennsylvania and was one of the charter members at the organization of the Elma lodge. His funeral was conducted under the auspices of Maple Leaf Lodge A. F. & A. M. on Saturday, Sept. 24th at 2 p. m., Rev. Potter officiating. Mrs. G. B. Wage, of Chicago, an adopted daughter of deceased was notified of his death but was unable to attend the funeral on account of sickness. Mrs. Hall has the heartfelt sympathy of this entire community.—Elma News-Register.

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