William C. Hall, a prominent physician and surgeon of the city of Coffeyville, was born in Highland county, Ohio, Oct. 29, 1860, a son of Carey F. and Hannah (Milburn) Hall, the former a native of Highland county, Ohio, born Oct. 20, 1836, and the mother was also born in that county and state. The father was a merchant by occupation and died in December, 1895. The paternal grandfather, Jacob Hall, was born in what is now West Virginia, where he was reared, and he settled in Highland county, Ohio, where he became one of the early pioneers and was by occupation a farmer. The paternal great-grandfather, George Hall, was born in New Jersey, but settled in Virginia in early life, and the family is of English descent, history saying that the first American ancestor came over on the Mayflower. The mother of Dr. Hall was a daughter of Daniel and Esther A. (Rice) Milburn, natives of Pennsylvania, who became early settlers in Highland county, Ohio, their homestead adjoining the farm of Dr. Hall's paternal grandfather, the father and mother of the Doctor having attended the same school. The mother is living, at the advanced age of seventy-two years, the parent of five children, four of whom are living: Luellen Nora is the wife of J. C. Price, a director of the Coffeyville Stoneware Company at Coffeyville; Laura C. died at the age of eighteen years; Virdie R. is the wife of Hardie Staufield of Coffeyville; Carey F. is also a resident of Coffeyville, and Dr. Hall is the eldest of the children. His boyhood days were spent in Highland and Adams counties, Ohio, and his preliminary education was secured in the schools of Adams county. He also attended a normal school in that county and finished a teachers' course in the National Normal University at Lebanon, Ohio, of which institution Prof. Alfred Holbrook, the originator of normal schools, was president. Dr. Hall was engaged in teaching several years, beginning at the age of seventeen at a place called Falls of Blaine, in Lawrence county, Kentucky, where he taught one term, and thereafter taught in Adams and Pike counties, Ohio. While engaged as a teacher he began reading medicine and in due time entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Baltimore, where he completed the required course of study, in 1885. In the same year he began the practice of medicine at Latham, Ohio, but in 1886 took up his residence in Sinking Springs, Highland county, Ohio. In 1887 he removed to Kansas, locating at Coffeyville, where he has since been engaged in general practice. He has taken a post-graduate course in the Chicago Polyclinic School and in other ways keeps abreast of the times in the advancement of the medical profession. He is a member of the Montgomery County, the Kansas State and the American Medical associations. In politics Dr. Hall is a stanch Democrat, firmly believing in the cardinal right of the people to govern themselves, but has never sought political office, although he has served as a member of the school board, of which he was president one year, and he served as pension examiner during Cleveland's administration. He is a Mason of the Thirty-second degree and a Noble of the Mystic Shrine. Not only has he been a successful physician, but he has also been identified with a number of large and important industrial and business enterprises, and is distinctively a man of affairs. He is one of the directors of the Condon National Bank, president of the Coffeyville Stoneware Company, vice-president of the Coffeyville Gas & Fuel Company, and is interested in many other business enterprises of Coffeyville. He served as president of the Commercial Club during the years of special effort to advance the commercial and industrial interests of Coffeyville, which effort did much in the way of locating industries in that city. He is interested extensively in real estate, has an interest in the Mecca Hotel property, and is also a stockholder in the Coffeyville Foundry & Machine Company. He is the local surgeon of the Missouri, Kansas & Texas and the Santa Fe railways, and is the division surgeon for the Missouri Pacific and the St. Louis, Iron Moutnain[sic] & Southern railways, having several surgeons under him. He is also president of the Good Samaritan Hospital at Coffeyville.
Dr. Hall has been twice married. On June 15, 1887, he was married to Miss Sara H., daughter of Rev. Addison Elite of Sinking Springs, Highland county, Ohio. She died April 1, 1906, leaving two children: Levera May, an assistant in the office of the Coffeyville Stoneware Company, and William Carlton. The second marriage occurred in September, 1907, to Miss Nellie E. McCord, who was born in Adams county, Ill., where the marriage was solemnized.Pages 727-728 from volume III, part 1 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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