Asa A. Hall, a successful general merchant of Conroy, was born in Guernsey county, Ohio, on the 22d of December,
1858, a son of John W. and Eliza A. (Williams) Hall, both natives of Virginia. They removed as children with their
respective parents to Ohio, where their marriage occurred. The father followed agricultural pursuits in Guernsey
county and also in Perry county, where he resided upon removing from Guernsey county. In 1867, however, the family
removed to Iowa county, Iowa, and settled in Greene township, where the mother passed away in 1890. Two years later
the father removed to Washington county, Iowa, where he died in 1895.
Asa A. Hall spent his boyhood and youth under the parental roof and attended the common schools and the Keota high
school in the acquirement of an education. Upon reaching years of maturity he decided to follow the occupation
to which he had been reared and began farming independently. In 1886 he moved to Kossuth county, Iowa, but after
four years returned to this county and abandoning farming, located in Williamsburg, where he engaged in the livery
business. Upon selling out he became a painter and paper hanger and for a number of years was one of the leading
decorators of Williamsburg. In 1911 he arrived in Conroy and purchased the Godfrey & Eldridge store, which
he has since conducted. He does a large business annually, his patronage coming from the surrounding country as
well as from the village itself.
On the 23d of January, 1885, Mr. Hall married Miss Libby Johnson, of Greene township, this county, and they have
become the parents of three children: Elsie R., the wife of Arthur Black, a fanner of Honey Creek township, this
county; Ethel G., who married Clarence Lortz, of English township, this county; and Lucille A., now Mrs. W. D.
Cotton, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Mr. Hall is a republican and while living in Williamsburg served on the city council for two years. He was also
city treasurer for six years, from 1905 to 1911. In 1910 he was supervisor of the United States census for the
second congressional district. Mr. Hall is well known in Masonic circles in this part of the state, having been
district lecturer in the lodge for the past six years, and he still holds his commission. He is a member of Stellapolis
Lodge, No. 391, A. F. & A. M., of which he was master for three years, and he also belongs to Troy Chapter,
No. 117, R. A. M., and for three terms served as high priest. In his life he embodies the high moral principles
that are the basis of the Masonic order and his character commands the respect of those who are associated with
him. His energy, business experience and sound judgment insure his continued success as a merchant and in the building
up of his business he is also contributing to the commercial growth of Conroy.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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