Biography of Drs. John & Dorothea Hall
Riverside County, CA Biographies





DRS. JOHN AND DOROTHEA S. HALL
The worthy couple whose names head this article will ever be remembered in Riverside for the good they accomplished to humanity by ministering to their well being, and by their many acts of philanthropy and kindness.

Dr. John Hall was born May 13, 1819, in Leeds, Yorkshire, England, and was there reared and educated, after which he learned the trade of printer. In 1885 he decided to immigrate to the United States, having in mind the better opportunities for advancement and money making than his native country afforded. He located in Wisconsin for a time, following his trade, and in 1848 went to Canada and found employment in Toronto. Working at the printer's trade and studying medicine in the Toronto School of Medicine until 1857, he again came to the United States and entered the Western Homeopathic College in Cleveland, Ohio, from which he was graduated in 1858. That same year he was united in marriage with Miss Dorothea Stahl, a native of Darke county, Ohio, born May 14, 1824, and who had completed her medical course in the same class as Dr. Hall. The young couple located in Cincinnati and began the practice of their profession, later, in 1860, removing to New York City, where they continued successfully until 1873.

In that year, with their son, the late Priestley Hall, and a daughter, Miss Jennie, who passed away May 9, 1882, they came to California by way of the Isthmus of Panama and located in Riverside, then but a new and undeveloped colony. Here the doctor purchased forty one acres of land and began its development, aided by his son after he had completed his schooling. Mrs Hall practiced medicine in the new colony for a time and ministered otherwise to the needs of the families of the pioneers. Dr. John Hall eventually gave up his practice and engaged in horticultural pursuits. He first planted two acres of raisin grapes, being one of the pioneers in that industry that grew to such large proportions a few years later. He experimented a great deal to secure the best results from deciduous and citrus fruits, and gave much attention to nursery stock adapted to this soil and climate. After many years of useful activity he and his wife retired to quiet home life, the business being carried on by their son. Dr. John Hall died April 1, 1896, his widow surviving him until August 27, 1909. They were both members of the Universalist Church and the doctor was a strong Prohibitionist. They were liberal in their support of all movements for the up building of Riverside, and their acts of charity, which were numerous and kindly, were performed without ostentation. No worthy and well considered project was presented to Dr. Hall without receiving his sanction and assistance, and he not infrequently took the initiative in such movements. He was a noble, high minded, useful citizen and friend, who deserves a place of prominence in the history of the county.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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