Eldon Lincoln Hall is a prosperous and progressive farmer of Poweshiek county, his possessions comprising three
hundred and twenty acres, located in Scott and Bear Creek townships. He was born in Berrien county, Michigan, September
23, 1860, a son of George and Katharine (Deardorff) Hall, the former a native of Butler county, Ohio, born in February,
1826, while the latter was a native of Indiana. They came to Poweshiek county in 1865 and the father was here engaged
in farming to the time of his death on the 12th of January, 1898. The mother survives and makes her home in Brooklyn.
More extended mention of the family is made in connection with the sketch of Orlando D. Hall
on another page of this work.
Eldon L. Hall, the third in order of birth, was a little lad of five years at the time the family home was established
in Poweshiek county. He was reared on the home farm, early being trained in the duties and labors that fall to
the lot of the farmer boy, and in the winter season he pursued his studies in the district school near his father's
home. After reaching mature years he decided to start out upon an independent business venture, choosing as his
life work the occupation to which he had been reared. From time to time he has made investment in land until today
he is the owner of three hundred and twenty acres in Poweshiek county, one hundred and sixty acres of which lie
in the home farm on section 4, Scott township, while he has eighty acres on section 3 and an eighty acre tract
in Bear Creek township. This is all cultivable land and the two farms in Scott township are well improved and valuable
It was on the 19th of March, 1885, that Mr. Hall was united in marriage to Miss Mary Mike, who was born in Scott
county, Iowa, February 4, 1864. In her childhood she accompanied her parents, Stewart and Mary (Chapman) Milne,
to Poweshiek county but after residing here for some time they removed to Oregon, where they are now living.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Hall have been barn five children: Elza Ross, of Scott township; John LeRoy, who makes his home
in South Dakota; Lewis Arden; Roscoe; and Eldon Clinton. They also took into their home Lois Marie Hall, when she
was but three days old, she being a daughter of Mr. Hall's brother and his wife's sister. She is being reared and
educated as her own.
Mr. Hall has always given his political support to the democratic party but is not active in its ranks, taking
merely a citizen's interest in public affairs. His success has been by no means the result of fortunate circumstances.
It has come to him through energy, labor and perserverance, directed by an evenly balanced mind and by honorable
business principles. In manner he is quiet and straightforward, and his word has become a synonym for business
History of Poweshiek County, Iowa
A Record of settlement, organization
progress and achievement
By: Prof. L. F. Parker
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Poweshiek County, IA
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