Idaho County Free Press

November 25, 1915





Last Thursday evening at 8 o’clock W.A. Hall, a respected citizen of Grangeville and a pioneer of Idaho County passed into the silent realm of death and thus the ranks of the old time residents, the pioneers, are thinner by one.  Not long ago, on the occasion of the Fourth of July celebration last summer, on old pioneers’ day, Mr. Hall stood before the audience and told the story of the olden days, the younger days of the county, of this state and the nation.  Another must now detail these events of the past.

The deceased followed a period of several weeks’ illness and Mr. Hall was confined to his bed during that time.  His malady, which ended in death, was leakage of the heart and he endured great pain during the time he was ill.  From the time he took to his bed there was no hope expressed for his recovery and he gradually became weaker until the end came in death.  The funeral services were conducted from the old Methodist church where Reverend Hall as a minister preached the gospel.  The funeral sermon was preached by Edward Robert Gornall and the funeral was in charge of the local Odd Fellow lodge of which he was a member.  He was 68 years 9 months and 3 days old.

No man was of wider or more extensive acquainted with a larger group of friends than W.A. Hall.  He preached here in the early days, taught in the academy, and after he was admitted to the bar, practiced law, being an honorable and respected practitioner.  His life has been one of activity and service without a moment of idleness. 

He has been an unbuilder and a constructionist.  That his life has been fruitful may be seen in the telling.  The following is a brief statement contributed by a friend:

William A. Hall was of English parentage, born near London, England Feb. 15, 1847, being the son of William and Lucy Hall.  His father was born in 1813 and in 1857 came to Wisconsin where he died.  The son grew to manhood in that state and the widow mother married Wm. H. Ambler, who later became a soldier in the Union army during the civil war, and then threw the burden of the support of the mother upon Mr. Hall, and prevented him from attending school.  Late however, he studied under private tutors and educated himself.  During this time he was reading law.  In 1866, he went to Montana where he farmed, taught, and later became an ordained preacher of the Methodist church.  Later he removed to Salmon City , Idaho , where he preached.  In the fall of 1872 he went to Michigan and attended school for a time, teaching two years.  In 1874 he returned to Idaho and later took charge of the Bitter Root circuit in Montana .  In 1879 he came to Grangeville and took charge of the Columbia River Conference Academy where he taught for eight years.  He continued to study law during these years under Judge Norman Buck.  He was admitted to the bar in Idaho in 1884, commencing practice in Idaho County being one of the oldest practicioners in the county.

On July 18, 1876 , Mr. Hall was married to Miss Susan M. Hayes, daughter of William Hayes, a native of Bath , Maine and of Scotch extinction.  Mr. Hall has one brother, John S. and a sister, Jane Margetts, and a half-brother Robert H. Ambler who resides in Grangeville.  He leaves surviving him a widow and a daughter, Mrs. D.H. Sasenbery.  He was a member of the I.O.O.F. order, encampment, and Rebekahs.  He was also a member of the Masonic order, affiliating with the Clarkston lodge.  He was formerly a law partner of Judge James F. Ailshie and during his residence here served as county superintendent and probate judge.  He served in the Indian war of 1877, being orderly sergeant of a company in Montana .  By examination in 1902 he received an honorary diploma from an eastern college with the degree of Doctor of Law.




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