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W. A. Hall
Mendon Twp.

W. A. Hall, M. D., one of the leading physicians of McGregor, was born in Blair County, Pa., Jan. 12, 1851, and was a son of W. B. and Sidney A. Hall, nee Ross, natives also of the Keystone State. W. B. Hall's early life was spent in the mercantile business, and was afterward engaged in contracting and building railroads. In 1850 he went to California, where he spent two years in mining and prospecting, and in 1852 returned to his home in Pennsylvania. In 1854 he came to Iowa, purchasing a large tract of land in Jackson County, which he farmed until 1867, then removed to Le Claire, Iowa. He engaged in the lumber traffic until 1874, and since that time has speculated in Westerlands. He is now a resident of Dakota. The subject of this memoir came to Iowa when three years of age, and was educated principally at Wesley College, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, graduating from that institution in 1873, being one of the youngest members of the class. He was subsequently employed as teacher in the chemical department for one year; also, by the Government, as Civil Engineer at Rock Island, one year. In 1874 he commenced the study of medicine under Dr. J. Conway, and in 1875 attended lectures at the Louisville, Ky., Medical College, from which he graduated in 1877. Prior to locating in practice in McGregor, he prosecuted his profession in Cape Girardeau, Mo., a short time. In the fall of 1881 he married Eliza Downton, daughter of Dr. W. A. Downton, of Danville, Ky., where she was born in 1853.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 984-98
transcribed by Sally Scarff and Marlene Chaney


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