Biography of Ray W. Hall
Kings County, CA Biographies





RAY W. HALL.
One of the progressive and successful business men of Kings county, whose indomitable courage, persistent and aggressive efforts, and excellent management have brought to him the prosperity which he enjoys today, is Ray W. Hall. He has ever stood ready to do what he could to push forward the wheels of progress and advance the commercial prosperity of his section of the state, and his career has been such as to earn for him the respect of the entire community. He is the proprietor of the leading dairy in Hanford, and was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on the 23d day of March, 1877, a son of Charles and Emma (Fairfield) Hall. Charles Hall was a well known minister of the Gospel and for many years devoted his life to missionary work in southern Africa and in the West Indian islands. He and his faithful wife are both deceased.

Ray W. Hall received a good public school education, which he supplemented by study in Union College, at Lincoln, Nebraska. After leaving college he was employed in railroad work for about a year and a half. In 1897 he came to Kings county and went to work on a ranch for T. McCarthy, followed by four years on the ranch of Robert Dougherty. Mr. Hall then bought a ranch, which he operated on his own account until 1922, when he came to Hanford and established a dairy. While on his ranch he had operated a dairy business to a limited extent, but sufficient to impress him with the possibilities of the business. He has been very successful since starting his Hanford dairy and has made many substantial improvements, installing much up to date equipment, at considerable cost, so that today he is prepared to take care of his large and steadily increasing trade. He buys his milk, all of which must be from thoroughbreds of the best strains, and the greatest care is taken in the handling of the product from cow to customer. Seven men are required to handle the business and three motor trucks make deliveries.

Politically Mr. Hall gives his support to the democratic party, while his social affiliation is with the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Mr. Hall was married in Reno, Nevada, in 1903, to Grace Dillon, and they were the parents of two sons: Mart, who is his father's assistant in the operation of the dairy; and Glenn, who saw service with the United States army during the World war. There is also one grandchild, Ruth Elaine Hall. Mr. Hall was married on December 24, 1921, in Hanford, to Miss Josephine Allen, who was born and reared in Kansas. Mr. Hall is a genial and accommodating gentleman, with whom it is a pleasure to transact business, and he enjoys a deserved popularity throughout Kings county. Mr. Hall owns eighty acres just south of Hanford, where there is located an up to date dairy.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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