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Alfred Iowa Hall

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Alfred Iowa Hall
1847-1905

Iowa Hall was born September 13, 1847 in a wagon box at Little Pidgeon River, Pottowattamie County, Iowa.  He was the sixth child of Joshua Challis and Sally Ann Bybee Hall.

His folks owned a find ranch in Kaysville, Iowa that was well stocked with fine blooded horses, cows and sheep.  His father was half owner of a grist mill with his brother.

When he joined the L.D.S. church he was soon advance into the priesthood and was the first of our family to go through the temple, so he is heir to our Hall family's genealogy work.  He was Bishop of Kaysville for several years before coming west.

Iowa's folks came west in 1852 when Iowa was five years old.  On the way across the plains they suffered lots of hardships.  On their way here they were camped on a river where Iowa and Chellus were playing beneath a sandy bank.  A herd of buffalo came stampeding up the country and jumped over the bank directly over the boys but they were unharmed.

They moved first to south Weber fork, south Ogden, then later to Ogden, and on to Huntsville.

Iowa met Mary Elizabeth grow, daughter of John Henry Grow who was the architect of the renown Mormon tabernacle.  They were married in February 1870.  To this union eleven children were born.  Henry Chellus was born in Huntsville.  They moved to Beaver, Utah where they resided until 1879.  Three children were born in Beaver; Mary Elizabeth (Mame), Sarah Melissa and Iowa Jefferson.

They came to Ashley Valley in 1879 and settled in Dry Fork (Mt. Dell), sharing the hardships of the "hard winter" with the other settlers.  Seven more children were born to this union; Mark B., Joseph W., Ruth May, Orson Grow, Charles William, Chloe Mariah and George Alfred.

His wife, Mary Elizabeth, died in 1900 from gall stones.  His youngest son, Alfred, died in 1918 witht he flu which he contracted on his way home from the  First World War.

Iowa was a freighter and freighted to Price.

Iowa Hall bought the Ott Hall place and the Mary Bingham place in 1902 when Ott left for Canada.  Upon his death, John Hacking bought all the property then he split it from north to south and sold it to Orson G. and Bill Hall.

Iowa died April 9, 1905 and is buried in Dry Fork by his wife and son.  Jerome Merrill washed and layed him out when he died.  

Source:  Uintah County Library Regional Room, file folder #365j

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