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William Edward Hall
Birth: Mar. 14, 1845
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
Death: Jun. 27, 1907
Jasper County
Missouri, USA

Veteran: Civil War (CSA)

h/o 1st Margaret C Glasscock, 2nd Martha Ellen Webb.

Birth: 2nd of nine known children in Jasper county, Missouri.

WILLIAM HALL owned and operated one of the nicest stables in Carthage, located at 4th & Garrison. (2nd picture at right)
Sadly, it was destroyed by fire, as were many early day buildings. See the photo of the fire by clicking on "view all images"

The account was written in the Carthage Press newspaper on October 8, 1896. It read:



May Have Been Fired by Tramps- Horses Were Saved, but the Rest of the Contents Nearly all Lost
The Insurance Small

One of the most disastrous fires which has occurred in Carthage for several years took place this afternoon when W. E. Hall's handsome boarding and livery barn at the corner of Fourth street and Garrison avenue was destroyed.
The wild alarm of fire was sounded at three o'clock. At first it was thought that the Globe mills were on fire but is was soon found that the fire was at Hall's barn. When the department, after a quick response and fine run, reached the scene of the conflagration the sheds on the east side of the barn were all ablaze and smoke was pouring from every portion of the stable, showing that the flames had gained tremendous headway. J. Schlect's house just east of the sheds looked to be in imminent peril, but the water was soon playing on the sheds down and removed the danger to Schlect's house. Effort was made to control the fire in the hay loft of the barn but it was to small effect and though slightly checked the flames raged on with great fury.
In the meantime the fire and smoke in the lower part of the barn had been sufficiently checked to permit men to rush in after horses not yet removed from their stalls. This was done at great peril as the smoke was blinding and the heat fierce. Citizens helped the firemen with a will. The horses in many instances almost unmanageable from fright and blankets had to be thrown over their heads to get them out of the burning building. One horse, however, was eager to get out and when turned loose rushed to the street through fire and smoke.
Considerable harness and a few carriages were gotten out, but nearly all the vehicles, many of which belonged to the patrons of the stable, were destroyed.
Six or eight tons of hay, mostly baled, were in the loft and added to the fury of the flames. Considerable feed was also burned. S. B. Griswold's barn, just north, caught fire and was much damaged.
So certain did it seem for awhile that Schlect's house would go that carrying household goods out was begun.
At the Globe mills, just west across Garrison avenue, the employees of the mill kept the hose playing on the roof and sides of the mill constantly while the fire was in progress.
The barn is apparently nearly a total loss as the walls are badly damaged and at this writing the fire is still raging.
The barn is one of the finest, if not the finest, in the southwest. It was built in 1892 by Mr. W. E. Hall at an expense of probably ten thousand dollars. For several weeks past it was been in charge of Messrs. Manning & Hurst who leased it from Mr. Hall. So far as can be learned there was but $1,500 insurance on the building. This was carried by A. G. Newell & Son. There was no insurance on the contents.
The origin of the fire is a mystery. There is but one clue. That is that it was fired by tramps. Dr. McCagne, the veterinary, who stays at the barn says that shortly before three o'clock George Robb, an employee of the barn who had been cleaning harness near the back door came forward and remarked that he had callers - a couple of tramps. The doctor cautioned him to look out that they didn't steal his harness. He started to the rear of the barn to see about it but had only gone a few steps when he exclaimed, "My God, the sheds are on fire." It was then seen that the straw used for bedding and kept in the sheds at the back the barn were ablaze. A hasty message was telephoned for the fire department and the cry of fire was sounded on the streets. The stable force began rushing the horses out but the smoke was heat soon blinded them to such an extent that they could not proceed till the fire department arrived and fought the fire somewhat. For awhile it looked as though many horses would be burned alive.
The supposition in connection with the tramps is that they may have maliciously fired the straw of may have recklessly thrown a cigar stump among it.
Mr. Hall was at the funeral of Mrs. George Crawford and did not learn of the fire till it had been in progress nearly an hour. He hurried to the scene. To a PRESS reporter he said that the barn would not be rebuilt for the present at least.
James Newell confirmed the statement that there was but $1,500 insurance on the barn, although at first it was thought there was $2,500.
One hundred chickens belonging to Mr. Hall were in the sheds and are supposed to have burned to death.
All the horses except Artist, Jr. and Victor Ene were turned loose when taken from the building and men are now out locating and catching them.
At 4:30 the fire is under control. A section of the east wall has fallen and the west wall is in bad shape. The roof and second floor are destroyed. It is believed the walls are all right to the second story, however.

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Those Who Suffered by the Burning of Hall's Barn --Other Details

The burning of W. E. Hall's barn, the largest boarding barn in Southwest Missouri, yesterday afternoon, was so rapid and furious that practically all the destruction had been done by 5 o'clock.
The report of the fire in yesterday's PRESS was given to the readers before the flames had fairly ceased their damaging work. The completeness and accuracy of the report have been much complimented.
The section of the east wall which fell to the second story during the heat of the fire was only part of the walls which went down, but the building is a mere shell full of charred stalls and flooring, mixed with the metal parts of the thirty-one vehicles which went up in smoke. The charred mass is still smoldering in places, as is only the straw in which the fire started and which was soaked with water. The place is a desolate looking mass of ruins.
This morning, the lessees, Manning & Hurst, are busy getting the horses together which were turned loose when taken from the burning building. Twenty-four horses were in the building at the time the fire broke out. A. A. Ramsay's horse fought so hard against being led out that he had to be given up, but was later led out with a blanket over his head. Earl Hurst had a terrible time rescuing "Victor Ene." The horse had his hind feet so tangled and the fire was so close that it seemed as if he could not be saved. George Robb had great difficulty in getting Artist, Jr. out. His box stall was nearest to where the fire started and he was forgotten until almost the last. Robb had to beat him unmercifully with a halter strap before he could be made to move.
When Mr. Ramsay's horse was turned loose, he started for Pittsburg, KS., where Ramsay's formerly lived and was almost to Webb City when caught. The horses were scattered in all parts of town. Naulty's sorrel horse was found near the West [Park] cemetery. Twelve of the horses were taken to Wescott's stable this morning, including Victor Ene. Artist, Jr. and some others are in Shelton's stable.
Though he had such a narrow escape, Artist did not have a hair singed. He was probably be taken to the fair at Sarcoxie next week.
The loss of course, falls most heavily on Mr. Hall. The only insurance he had was as stated yesterday. $1,500 in the Royal of Liverpool, carried by A. G. Newell & Son. It is reported that Mr. Hall had cancelled a policy for $5,000 only last Monday, thinking fire improbable because of the excellent construction of the building.
Manning & Hurst, who recently leased the livery outlet, lost their park wagon and buggy, about seven tons of hay and a number of bushels of wheat, corn and chop, which was stored on the second floor. Mr. Manning was in the country at the time of the fire and knew nothing of it until he came in sight of the ruins after the blaze.
Other vehicles whose owners were fortunate enough to have them out were Dr. L. E. Whitney's buggy, Dr. W. B. Slutz's surrey, W. E. Hall's three seated back and brake cart, Manning & Hurst's surrey, Mrs. W. E. Hall's surrey which Mr. Hall had at the funeral and J. L. Naulty's new cart, which he had at Wentworth. Mrs. A. G. Newell's surrey had just come in and was easily taken from the entry. All the harness in the barn was taken out. Dr. W. H. McCague the veterinary saved his instruments and medicines, valued at $200, and the office furniture was also saved.
Those who boarded their horses at the barn and suffered loss by the burning of their vehicles were J. L. Naulty, fine trap elegant new buggy and sleigh; C. G. Sloan, fine buggy, spring wagon and $12 lap robe; J. W. Haliburton, fine surrey and phaeton. Thos Hackney, fine surrey and buggy; T. N. Davey, fine surrey, W. L. Burlingame, surrey; F. Harrison, surrey; E. C. Watkins, buggy; P. N. Wiggins, surrey; A. H. Caffee, surrey; H. H. Beckwith, buggy; A. H. Snyder, buggy; Dr. Whitney, sleigh; A. A. Ramsay, phaeton; A. B. Deutsch, phaeton; W. E. Hall two buggies and phaeton; Manning & Hurst park wagon and buggy; a transient buggy belonging to Mr. Petty of Webb City. Several other rigs which have been stored on the second floor for some time were almost burned.
Manning & Hurst have rented he all old Wescott barn of east Fifth street and are getting ready for business there as fast as they can get things in order. ❧


~ The home the Hall's lived in at southeast corner at 6th and Garrison streets in Carthage may be seen by clicking "view all images"

*Mr. Hall was a member of 1st Board of Directors of Carthage's first YMCA in 1890.

*Charter member and first treasurer of Jasper County Camp 522, United Confederate Veterans founded 22 May 1894 whose 1906 state encampment was in Joplin in September, less than a year before his demise.

*A member of the board of directors for Central National Bank.

*Sold lot where Carthage Public Library was built at a reduced price in honor of deceased daughter, Ruth Hall-Vanderford, whose tablet is on the wall across from one honoring Andrew Carnegie.

*Amassed some 800 acres of quality farm land north of Spring river, northwest of Carthage Missouri, named Hallwood Farm, where his widow Martha, son Edward and house keeper horrifically perished in or as result of a late night fire in 1916, later owned by family friend, James Luke passed to his son David until 1958.

Census: 1900 Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri with 2nd wife and youngest son at 600 south Garrison across street from Judge Edmond Orlando Brown, now the Colonial Apartment complex since 1948.

1903, Source: Mornin'Mail
( whose dates are not always correct.)
A letter received in Carthage from a Colorado tourist states that W. E. Hall and son, Tom, left Manitou last Thursday for Thunder Mountain, Idaho, to view their mine investments. Their wives are at 121 Hill Top, near Chautauqua ampi-theatre. Mrs. W. W. Flora is at 1415 Colorado avenue. At the Sunnyside hotel, kept by Capt. Rogers in Manitou, are Mesdames Greenwood, O. D. Royse, Margaret Lister and daughter, Miss Flo, Mrs. Wallace Matthews and sister, Mrs. Ed Jenkins of Joplin. Others from Carthage are expected there. Mrs. A. F. Wise and daughter, Miss May, are in Manitou. ❧

Miss Mae Pauley now there, is to be married the middle of August and will come to Kansas City on a bridal tour, then live in a cottage in Colorado Springs. Milt McClure, now in Colorado Springs, points out to his tourist friends a mountain top of which he has a claim, and shows dirt which he declares has gold.

The new house at Seventh(sic) street and Garrison avenue is to be built and occupied by Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Hall, and not by their son Ed Hall Jr. Ed was only joking when he talked to the reporter Saturday. The present Hall home is to be rented when the new house is ready for their occupancy.

~ From Mornin' Mail, 1898:
Mrs. Mary Reynolds, better known as "Aunt Polly," an aunt of W.E. Hall, died at her home near Scotland in this county last night. She had lived in this county since 1837 and was 84 years of age. The remains were yesterday interred in Diamond Grove Cemetery aka Stone Cemetery. ❧

SOURCE: The Biographical Record of Jasper County Missouri 1901 by Malcolm McGregor.

Faithfulness to duty & strict adherence to a fixed purpose in life will do more to advance a man's interest than wealth or advantageous circumstances. The successful men of the day are they who have planned their own advancement and have accomplished it spite of many obstacles & with a certainty that could have been attained only through their own efforts.

Today William E Hall stands as a representative of important agricultural and mining interests in southwestern Missouri, & his splendid business ability has won him continued prosperity until he is now accounted one of the wealthy residents of Carthage.

Mr Hall was born upon a farm in Jasper county, Mar 14, 1845, & represents one of the old families of N.C. His grandfather, Harrison Hall, was a native of N.C., whence he removed to ILL. At an early day in it's development & there spent the remainder of his life. his wife, who bore the maiden name of Rebecca East, was also a native of the old North state. Their son, Winston Hall, the father of our subject, was born in N.C. In 1818 & in 1837 or '38 came to Jasper county. He afterward married Jane Roberson, a native of Stokes county, N.C., whence she removed with her parents to this county in 1840. Here the young couple were married & then located upon a tract of unimproved land. Their home home was a comfortable hewn-log house, in which they lived for a number of years. Indians were still numerous in this portion of the country, but occasioned the settlers little trouble. Many hardships & trials incident to frontier life were to be borne, however, & the task of developing a new farm was an arduous one. Mr Hall purchased from the government 240 acres of land, & made it his home until his death in 1863. His widow died in the Lone Star state in 1869.

William E Hall their son spent his early boyhood days upon his fathers farm on Jasper county, & during that period attended a private school & later a district school, pursuing his studies through the winter months, while in the summer season he assisted in the labors of the farm. Owing to the death of his father the management & care of the farm developed upon him as he was the eldest son. He assumed this heavy responsibility when only 18 years of age, & well did he discharge his duties, giving evidence of the elemental strength of his character which has since been shown in e control of important & extensive business interests.

At the age 18 he cast his lot with the confederate army, & served under Generals Shelby & Standwaite & later General Cooper, being discharged in 1865 at the close of the war. He again went to Tx, where he resided with his mother until 1869. while living there he returned to his native county & was married to Margaret C Glasscock, who died in Tx in April, 1870. In that year he returned to Jasper county, Mo.
For some time Mr Hall engaged in the stock industry, buying cattle in Tx & driving them north to Jasper county, where they were wintered. In this enterprise he was associated with John S McBride, who was afterward elected sheriff of Jasper county. In the spring of 1871 Mr Hall located near Webb City. On May 7, 1871 Mr Hall married, the lady being Miss Martha E Webb, daughter of John C Webb, of Webb City, the discoverer of zinc & lead in that local [and creator of Webb City]. He found those minerals upon his farm & became the pioneer miner in the industry which has brought millions of dollars into Jasper county.

After his marriage Mr Hall took up his abode upon a farm in Mineral township, adjoining the home farm of his father-in-law, who resided there until 1879. While living upon the farm Mr Hall was elected township assessor, serving in the years 1874-5-6. In 1878 he was elected to the office of county collector, & the following year removed to Carthage to take charge of the office, which he creditably filled for 2 years. On the expiration of his term he became interested in mining & farming, & to his business affairs he devoted his energies with marked success.

He is the owner of a fine farm of 800 acres under a high state of cultivation, & part of it is under laid with ore. In 1883 he took up his abode on the farm, remaining until 1889' when he again came to Carthage, from which place he manages his important & extensive business interests. His farm is well stocked with cattle & horses, & he has bred some of the finest trotters & saddle horses in the state.
A man of resourceful ability, his efforts have been by no means confined to one line, & his sound judgement & enterprise have been important factors in the successful conduct of many enterprises. He was one of the organizers & is still a stockholder in the Central National Bank, & was one of a company of 10 reliable & prominent citizens who organized & conducted the business of the Jasper County Street Railway until all the stockholders sold out.

The marriage of Mr & Mrs Hall has been blessed with the following children: John Winston, who died in his 18th year; Ruth who became the wife of Harry A Vanderford, of Nashville, Tn, & died in 1897; Thomas, who wedded Mary H Hendrix, of Fayette, Mo, & resides in Carthage; & Edward M, who is engaged in the stock business upon his fathers farm.

In his political affiliations Mr Hall is a pronounced Democrat & warmly espouses the principals of the party, but has never been aspirant for office, serving only in local positions previously mentioned. Socially he is identified with the Masonic fraternity. He is a man of very strong convictions & his integrity stands as an unquestioned fact in his career. The business policy which he has always followed has been most commendable. He is methodical, careful & thorough, & his career is one which will bear the light of the closest investigation & scrutiny.



Found Dead in Bed at Three o'Clock This Morning

Heart Failure the Cause - Never in Better Health Than Yesterday - Was Born and Reared in Jasper County.

W. E. Hall, one of the widest known and most universally respected of the citizens of this county, died very suddenly of heart failure a few minutes before 3 o'clock this morning at his home at the corner of Garrison Avenue and Sixth Street.

Mr. Hall had gone to bed feeling perfectly well and there was not the slightest indication of any illness. A few minutes before 3 o'clock Mrs. Hall was awakened by his hand touching her face. She spoke to him but there was no answer and she reached over and touched his arm and spoke again but when he still did not reply she called to him again and at the same time shook him.

His continued silence frightened her and she sprang out of bed and rushed to the adjoining bedroom where her son, Ed Hall, was sleeping and called to him, "Ed come to your father quick, I am afraid that something awful is the matter." He responded at once and reached the room just as Mrs. Hall struck a light. His father lay on the bed looking perfectly natural and peaceful. "He is asleep," said the son and shook him slightly. Receiving no response to his accompanying inquiry he raised the body to a sitting posture in the bed and when the head fell limply forward on the breast he realized the truth.

He at once rushed to the telephone and summoned Dr. Whitney who lives nearby. The physician arrived within five minutes and worked with the body in the hope of reviving a spark of life, but it was all to no avail.

Heart failure was the cause of the death as assigned by the physician.

It was only yesterday that Mr. Hall remarked to his family that he had never felt better in his life. The night before he had sat up all night with a sick relative south of Joplin, and he said that he had not lost a night's sleep recently which had caused him so little inconvenience.

Yesterday afternoon he had gone for a drive with his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Tom Hall and her children, returning after planning another trip to Joplin for today.

Besides the wife, who is ill from the great shock, the deceased leaves two sons, two sisters and three brothers of the immediate family. The sons are Ed, who has charge of the Hallwood Farm, and Tom who lives on South Garrison Ave and has charge of the Hall Brothers shoe store on the west side of the square. One son, John W. died in his eighteenth year and a daughter, Ruth, married and died in 1897.

One of the sisters, [Mrs. Morris A.] Rebecca Hall Ewing of Morrisville, Missouri has been heard from and will be here. A brother Albert , will also be here from Georgetown, Texas. The others of the family are Mrs. Mary Halley of Round Rock, Texas and Henry and George, who live near Georgetown, Texas who have not been heard from as yet.

Mr. Hall is the second member of his family to pass away, a brother, Thomas C. Hall, having preceded him.

The funeral was held at the First M. E. church and Rev S. G. Keys, pastor of the M. E. South church officiated.


Although his obituary show some of the siblings there were actually 9 total.

Parents: Winston Hall and Jane (Roberson) Hall were the parents of 9 children, they were John H Hall, James N Hall, & William E Hall of Jasper county Mo, Thomas C Hall, George W Hall, Augustus H Hall, Albert W Hall, & Mrs Mary E Halley, all of Williamson county Texas & Mrs Rebecca J Ewing of Morrisville Mo.

John H Hall (1843 - 1848)*
William Edward Hall (1845 - 1907)*
Thomas C Hall (1847 - 1904)*
George W. Hall (1849 - 1918)*
Augustus Henry Hall (1852 - 1912)*
Albert Winston Hall (1854 - 1927)*
Mary Elizabeth Hall Halley (1857 - 1929)*
Rebecca Hall Ewing (1859 - 1931)*
James N. B. Hall (1861 - 1862)*
Family links: 
  Winston Hall (1818 - 1863)
  Jane Roberson Hall (1821 - 1869)
  Margaret C Glasscock Hall (1851 - 1870)
  Martha Ellen Webb Hall (1853 - 1916)
  John Winston Hall (1873 - 1890)*
  Ruth Hall Vanderford (1874 - 1897)*
  Charles Thomas Hall (1875 - 1929)*
  Edward Marvin Hall (1877 - 1916)*
  John H Hall (1843 - 1848)*
  William Edward Hall (1845 - 1907)
  Thomas Clisby Hall (1847 - 1904)*
  George Washington Hall (1849 - 1918)*
  Augustus Henry Hall (1852 - 1912)*
  Albert Winston Hall (1854 - 1927)*
  Mary Elizabeth Hall Halley (1857 - 1929)*
  Rebecca Hall Ewing (1859 - 1931)*
  James N. B. Hall (1861 - 1862)*
*Calculated relationship
Park Cemetery
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
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