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Title: James E. Hall
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This is an age in which the farmer stands pre-eminently above any other class as a producer of wealth, and there is a rapidly growing sentiment among the dwellers of the great cities that the rural districts are the best, so they are going back to the soil in ever-increasing numbers, for there they not only find a greater independence and really have more of the good things of life, not the least of which is better health of both body and mind. Among those who have spent their lives in the honorable calling of farmer is the gentleman whose name appears at the head of this sketch and he has had no reason to regret his choice of occupation, for he has met with a very satisfactory degree of success.

James E. Hall was born in Adams township, Warren county, Indiana, in 1840, and is the son of Abraham and Esther (Campbell) Hall. Abraham Hall, who was a native of Virginia, removed from that state to Ohio and, after remaining in that stae for awhile, he came to Warren county, Indiana, settling in Adams township, where he was successfully engaged in farming during the remainder of his life. He was a well known and influential citizen in his community. A Republican in politics, he was elected justice of the peace and rendered efficient and appreciated service in that position for many years. His religious membership was with the Methodist Episcopal church. To him and his wife were born seven children, namely: Allen C., Mary, Jonathan C., James E., Elizabeth, Sarah and Evaline.

James E. Hall received a good practical education in the common schools and he learned what hard labor meant, as his services were needed on the home farm. He was followed the pursuit of agriculture all his life and his efforts have been rewarded with a fair measure of success. His farm is well improved and its general appearance indicates the owner to be a man of excellent taste and good judgment. He raises all the principal crops common to this section of the country and also gives some attention to the raising of live stock. He is up-to-date in his methods and employs modern implements in his work, so that his labor is reduced to the minimum.

On April 8, 1875, Mr. Hall was united in marriage with Julia Ridge, the daughter of John C. and Elizabeth (Clark) Ridge. Mr. and Mrs. Ridge were natives of Ohio, but in an early day they came to Indiana, settling at Battle Ground. There Mr. Ridge became postmaster, filling the office for many years. By occupation he was a cabinet-maker and was considered an excellent workman. They were the parents of seven children, Mary Jane, William, Julia, Alice, Charles and two who died in infancy. To Mr. and Mrs. Hall have been born three children, one that died in infancy, and Campbell R. and Eilzabeth, who are both at home.

Mr. Hall gives his political support to the Republican party and has always been actively interested in the success of that ticket. Religiously, he is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, to which he gives his earnest support. Of forceful personality and genial disposition, Mr. Hall readily makes friends and in the circles in which he moves he is well liked by all.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001109
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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