JAMES WILLIAM HALL
by JAMES WILLIAM HALL
I was born on 14 February, 1880 in Bierley Lane near Bradford, Yorkshire, England. My Father's name was John Hall. My Mother's name was Mary Ellen Pearson. I had five brothers; namely, Tom, Harry, Fred, Joseph and John. I had three sisters; namely, Eva, Florence and Lucy. Three brothers and one sister all died in England.
I had nine years of Public School at Bradford and Higham near Barnsley, Yorkshire, England. I worked at woolen mills and in coal mines in England.
My parents were baptized on 17 June, 1896 and confirmed (to the L.D.S. Church) on the same day at Barnsley, Yorkshire, England. My brothers and sisters all joined the Church at Higham, near Barnsley, Yorkshire, England. I did not join the Church in England.
I was the first one of our family to come to America. I left Liverpool, England on 25 August, 1904, landed at Boston on 2nd September, 1904 and went to Winter Quarters, near Scofield, Carbon County and worked in the Coal Mine.
My desire was to go to Australia but my Father and Mother and Elder William Moss from Woods Cross or Bountiful, Utah persuaded me to come to Utah. I saved my money and paid my own way to Utah. I boarded and roomed with a family who came from the same village as we lived in back home, and I sent all the money I could spare to my parents every month until we had enough for my Father, (John Hall) to come here, about 1906. We batched and sent all the money we could spare and then all the rest of the family came here. We paid for my oldest sister, (Eva) and her husband and her two children to come here. We had all our family here in Winter Quarters by 1908.
|Grace Hall Bennet|
I came to Provo in 1923 and lived in the 5th Ward, I did Ward teaching and Boy Scout work. I moved to Bonneville Ward and had charge of half the Ward for Ward Teaching, had twelve families to visit each month. I was in the Choir, had a quorum of Deacons, kept Aronic Priesthood records and Scout work and I had charge of Church Welfare in the Ward. I have lived in the 4th and 8th Wards and they have kept me busy. I came to the 2nd Ward in 1942 and have been active ever since
I was the first First Aid Instructor for the American Red Cross in Utah County. I have given Merit Badges for First Aid and standard and advanced classes to Boy Scouts. I have given first aid classes to Police Departments here and classes and demonstrations in just about every town and city in Utah County.
I have been Ward Teacher, Adult Aaronic Priesthood worker, welcomed members into the Ward for the Bishopric, welcomed members to Sunday School and am now a Stake Missionary (released 1st February, 1952). I have been to the Temple for the dead 120 times in the Salt Lake, Logan and Manti Temples up to 14 November, 1951. My wife and I have helped do the Temple Work for my Ancestors back to the year of 1757.