Lee County Biography


J.G. Hall, Jr., a well known agriculturist and public official of May township, devotes his attention to the operation of an excellent farm of three hundred and sixty acres on sections 3 and 4 and also ably discharges the duties devoting upon him in the capacity of township clerk. He is numbered among the worthy native sons of Lee county, Illinois, and was born on the farm on which he now resides, on the 1st of July, 1877, his parents being J.G. and Mary Hall. The father, one of the pioneer settlers of this county, was busily engaged in general agricultural pursuits throughout his active business career and is now living in honorable retirement at Amboy, Illinois. He held the position of highway commissioner for sixteen years and has long enjoyed an enviable reputation as one of the prosperous, popular and representative citizens of the community. During the period of the Civil war he loyally fought as a soldier of the Union army. The Hall family is of English origin.

J. G. Hall, Jr., attended the district school in the acquirement of an education and also pursued a course of study in Dilley's Commercial College at Dixon. After returning home he assisted his father in the work of the farm until twenty-three years of age and then rented the property, comprising three hundred and sixty acres of rich and productive land on sections 3 and 4. May township, which he has operated continuously and successfully since. He cultivates the cereals best adapted to soil and climate and also devotes considerable attention to stock-raising, making a specialty of shorthorn cattle and Poland China hogs, Mr. Hall assisted in making the improvements on the place, which is now lacking in none of the accessories and conveniences of a model farm of the twentieth century.

On the 3d of October, 1901, at Amboy, Illinois, Mr. Hall was united in marriage to Miss Lela Rex, her parents being Charles and Amelia (Clink) Rex, residents of Sublette township, this county. The father, an agriculturist by occupation, took up his abode among the pioneer settlers of that township. Our subject and his wife have two sons, Frank and George, both of whom are attending school.

Mr. Hall gives his political allegiance to the republican party and has held several positions of public trust and responsibility. He is the present incumbent in the position of township clerk, which office he has held for two years, has also acted as treasurer for three years and for the past fifteen years has been a director of the board of education, serving in the last named capacity at the present time. His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Congregational church, and in the community where his entire life has been spent he has a circle of friends which is almost coextensive with the circle of his acquaintances.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.


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