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James Edward Hall

Birthplace: Provo, Utah County, Utah Territory, USA
Death: Died in Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Place of Burial: Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Hall and Nancy Eleanor Hall
Husband of Mary Catherine Wiggins
Father of Katie Pearl Hall; Mary Myrtle Harrison; James Edward Hall; John Elton Hall; Julia Maud Curtis and 4 others
Brother of Mary Ann Hall; William Isaac Hall; Sarah Jane Johnson; John Thomas Hall; Nephi Edwin Hall and 5 others

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About James Edward Hall

A figure of some prominence in Springville, UT, which he helped to found according to the wishes of Brigham Young.

"As a man, he has been one of the foremost citizens in the development of our city in all lines of advancement... He has served the city as marshall and mayor and is now a counselor to Bishop Joseph Lloyd." - from "A brief history of Springville, Utah : from its first settlement September 18, 1850 to the 18th day of September, 1900 : fifty years" by Don Carlos Johnson (1900)

The introduction to the book has been placed under the "Sources" tab. Note the references to the "Halls from Connecticut," as well as to the striking description of the pioneers' triumph over the "rude forces of nature.

They were pioneers in very deed, in many states and territories. Many of them penetrated the undeveloped West, and made several homes. All of our pioneers came from the older states, and by successive stages arrived in the land of Utah to make their future and final earthly homes. The Millers, Crandalls, Birds and Sanfords came from "York State;" the Johnsons and Halls from Connecticut; the Mendenhalls from Delaware and the Deals from North Carolina. They all passed through the different phases of the Mormon church: in its meanderings from Kirtland, Ohio, Far West, Missouri, and Nauvoo, Illinois. They made settlements at various places in Iowa during the time between 1846 and 1850. In the latter year they crossed the Plains to Utah, where they found a resting place, and where now their numerous descendants mostly dwell.

As for the pioneers, their days are numbered, their life's work is done, and that it has been well done none will care to dispute. The rude forces of Nature were made subservient to their will, and to minister to our comfort and pleasure. The wild Indian who once owned these fair acres and who roamed at pleasure, hunting and fishing, upon the grassy expanses and beside the streams and lake in our beautiful valley, stands now a melancholy specter upon the horizon, as he is about to disappear forever from the haunts of men.

But few of the Red-men remain to tell of the rude race that has been supplanted by the restless and progressive Pale-face. The conquest was inevitable. The two races could not live in the same valley, and as Fate has ordained, the weak gave way to the strong. It has been so from the morning of time. The room of the inferior races has been more desirable than their company, and acting upon this theory the superior races have, with almost ruthless hand, swept everything undesirable to themselves, or that retarded their progress, to the wall.

Not only have the vile reptiles and every noxious thing that creeps and crawls been mostly destroyed, but the beautiful denizens of the forest and plain have been removed to give place to the cattle and other domestic creatures of the civilized home. The canyon torrents which dashed and foamed down between the towering hills, stealing through sun and shad across the beautiful valley, where now our city stands, were turned aside upon the thirsty soil and thus the earth has been made to yield all the fruits and dowers, and foods of man in endless variety and great abundance, or turned upon the mill wheel, made to furnish power for the factories, light our homes and perform many of the labors of men.

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James Edward Hall's Timeline

October 10, 1850
Provo, Utah County, Utah Territory, USA
February 7, 1874
Age 23
Springville, Utah, Usa
December 4, 1875
Age 25
Springville, Utah County, Utah Territory, USA
April 25, 1878
Age 27
Springville, Utah County, Utah Territory, USA
January 18, 1880
Age 29
Springville, Utah, Usa
July 27, 1882
Age 31
Springville, Utah County, Utah Territory, USA
December 29, 1884
Age 34
Springville, Utah, Usa
December 1, 1887
Age 37
Springville, Utah County, Utah Territory, United States