Biography of Andrew W. Hall
Big River Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Andrew Winslow Hall, Son of Jeremiah and Huldah Winslow Hall, was born in Cumberland county, Maine, November 9, 1825, and resided at his birthplace till 1850. He received his education in the Westbrook Seminary and the Yarmouth Academy. At the age of twenty three he began operations for himself in the mercantile business at West Falmouth, Maine, which he continued till 1850. In March of that year he sailed for California via Panama, and arrived in San Francisco the following month. He immediately proceeded to the mines, where he engaged in mining operations till July of that year. He then began farming and merchandising in connection with John M. Neville, at Benicia and Suisun, Solano county. He continued here till 1854, when he went to Sacramento City and established a grain warehouse in connection with his Suisun business, and opened a wholesale grain and flour store, manufacturing all the flour for his own trade. He remained in Sacramento till 1858, when he moved his family to San Francisco, where they resided till July, 1861. His next move was to Point Arena, Mendocino county, where he opened the first store in that place, which business he continued to conduct till 1870. He remained in Point Arena till 1873, when he moved to his present ranch in Big River township, ten miles north of Point Arena, where he has since been engaged in farming and building the Mendocino railroad, of which he was superintendent till May, 1880, when he resigned. Mr. Hall is not a professional politician, but few men have taken a deeper interest in matters pertaining to the welfare of the county than he has. He is a genial gentleman, a man of intellect and refinement, and one with whom it is a pleasure and a profit to meet. September, 26, 1853, he was united in Marriage with Miss Julia M. Wilde, a daughter of Rev. John and Julia Forbes Wilde, and a native of Worcester county, Massachusetts, born July 6, 1834. They have had one son, John Wilde, born December 4, 1859.

From:
History of Mendocino County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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