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Biography of Fred C. Hall

One of the alert and enterprising business men of Nowata is Fred C. Hall, secretary and manager of the Henderson Gasoline Company, with offices in the First National Bank building. He was born in Galt, Illinois, on the 15th of October, 1883. His father, William Boyd Hall, was a native of New York and removed to Illinois at an early day, where he followed farming. His death occurred in 1885. William B. Hall married Miss Alice Buck, a native of Illinois. Her death occurred in Nowata in 1919. In the acquirement of an education Fred C. Hall attended the schools of St. Joseph, Missouri, until he completed the eighth grade, after which he went to work, furthering his education by attending night school. In that way he contributed to the support of his mother, while he was getting an education, and in 1894 he went with her to Coffeyville, Kansas. At that place he conducted a shop where he sold all Kansas City papers and he likewise operated pop corn wagons, achieving substantial success in both connections. In 1900 he entered railroad service, becoming an employee in the clerical department of the Missouri Pacific road, and his conscientious performance of every duty assigned him won him constant promotion from one position to another, until he had been active in every position from yard clerk to chief clerk in both freight and passenger departments. In 1906 he was appointed chief clerk of freight and passenger service and he held that office until the 12th of August, 1913, when he was transferred to Nowata as passenger and freight agent. He was...

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