Biography of Vernon L. Hall
Tulare County, CA Biographies





VERNON LEE HALL.
Vernon Lee Hall, of the firm of Hall Brothers, proprietors of the popular Pioneer Cafeteria in Porterville, a veteran of the World war, and recognized as one of the most alert and progressive young business men of Porterville, is a native son of Tulare county and has lived here all his life. He was born on a ranch in the near vicinity of the city of Porterville in 1895 and is a son of Alma and Etta (Parker) Hall, the latter of whom also was born in the Porterville neighborhood, daughter of Jack Parker, who was one of the pioneer sheepmen of this county.

Alma Hall, who with his wife is now living retired in the city of Porterville, was born in the state of Missouri and was but a child when in 1864 he came with his parents to California, the family crossing the plains and mountains by ox team, and settling in Visalia. It was thus that Alma Hall grew up in what is now Tulare county. When he was twenty eight years of age he homesteaded a tract of land on Deer Creek and was there engaged in farming and in the raising of live stock until his retirement in 1904 and removal to Porterville. Mr. and Mrs Alma Hall have two sons, the subject of this biographical review having a brother, Ernest G. Hall, who is engaged with him in business in Porterville, the brothers being joint owners of the Pioneer Cafeteria, which they operate under the firm name of Hall Brothers and in which line they have made a conspicuous success, the Pioneer Cafeteria having come to be recognized throughout this region as one of the best eating places in this section of California.

Vernon Lee Hall was but nine years of age when his parents moved from the ranch near Porterville into the city in 1904 and his education thus was finished in the schools of that city, going on through the high school. As a young man determining on a business career he recognized the possibilities underlying a well conducted place of refreshment and in association with his brother, Ernest G. Hall, opened a candy store in Porterville, to which they gave the name of The Sweet Shop and he was thus engaged in business when this country took a hand in the World war in the spring of 1917. He went into the service of the army and was assigned for training to the camp at Camp Fremont, where he was made sergeant of the Forty third Ambulance Corps of the Eighth Division. Upon the completion of his military service Mr. Hall resumed his business in Porterville, he and his brother carrying on with The Candy Shop. The growing popularity of this shop and the general expansion of their business prompted Hall Brothers in 1921 to extend their operations to include an up to date cafeteria service and it was then that they opened their now popular Pioneer Cafeteria, a very well equipped and admirably conducted establishment in the Pioneer Hotel building.

On June 15, 1918, in San Jose, Vernon L. Hall was united in marriage to Miss Marjorie Leffler, who was born in Chicago, daughter of J. Frank Leffler, and who has been a resident of California since 1905. Mr. and Mrs. Hall are members of the Monache Golf Club and take a proper part in the city's general social activities. Mr. Hall is a member of the local post of the American Legion and an active member of the locally influential Lions Club. He is a Mason, affiliated with the local lodge (No. 303) of that ancient order, and is also a member of Porterville Lodge No. 1342, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks.

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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