Wall was born 10 December 1838 at Steubenville, Ohio, son of
Nathaniel Wall and Sarah (Craddock) Wall, who came from Dursley,
Gloucestershire, England, eventually to Elliott, Iowa.
Thomas Wallís first wife,
married 4 December 1865, was Eliza Monsidee Mercer of Morgantown, W.
Va. Soon after the birth of their child, Jessie Wall, she died and
is buried in the old Mercer cemetery near Elliott. Jessie married
Joseph Henry Petty; they were life-long residents of Elliott.
August 1870, in Waveland Township, after Thomas returned from a
two-year tour of the west, he remarried, to Mary Amanda Collins,
born 25 February 1848 at Waterbury, Vt., who had come to Iowa as a
schoolteacher with her father, Alfred Collins, his second wife, and
children of two marriages.
stockman, Thomas Wall was noted as an orchard enthusiast; the
Elliott newspaper celebrated his setting of 500 trees. He carried
the habit when he went to Kansas at the end of the 1890ís. There he
farmed, operated stone quarries, and opened a real estate
development at Yates Center, seat of Woodson County.
two of Thomasís and Maryís children were born in their log cabin
home near Elliott, the third in a commodious farmhouse built between
1875 and 1884 and still (1975) standing, unoccupied. The three
Hermon Collins Wall, born 25
May, 1873, founded a business college at Perry, Iowa, but died 26
August 1897, on the eve of marriage to Clara Hully.
Aaron Wall, born 7 November 1875, attended the then Iowa State
Teachers College at Cedar Falls, later taught rural schools in
Kansas and Iowa, farmed, engaged with his father in the quarry and
construction business, and worked as a salesman. He married Madge
Winifred Walker of Batavia, Iowa, in 1897. Dying 3 March 1915, Alden
left two sons, the younger Homer Russell, died in 1916. The elder,
Hermon Duncan, retired after a career as newspaper man, in the U. S.
Department of Agriculture, and 13 years in Rome, Italy, with the U.
N. Food and Agriculture Organization.
Wall, born 29 October 1884, graduated in home economics from the
then Kansas college for women at Pittsburg and taught school in
Kansas. She married William L. Boyd. Together they operated
restaurants in Los Angeles, Oklahoma City and Kansas City, while he
engaged in real estate and banking. They were living in retirement
in Mena, Ark., when they died, she 23 March 1952, he a few years
later. To mourn a beloved citizen, the mayor of Mena proclaimed
business closing for her funeral.
Mary Wall also adopted a daughter called Birdie. When grown up,
Birdie returned to her native Nevada, Iowa where she died, probably
in the 1960ís, after winning wide affection for helping neighbors in
Thomas Wall died at Yates
Center 25 November 1912. Mary Amanda Wall died 7 December 1916 at
the home of her foster daughter, Mrs. Joseph Petty, in Elliott. Both
are buried in the Yates Center Cemetery with their son, Alden.