Biography of William Electra Halsell
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The subject of this sketch was born June 7, 1851, in the State of Kentucky, fourth son of E. Halsell, Esq., who moved to Texas at an early date. William attended public school until eighteen years of age, when he started in the stock business and carried it on until 1882. During those years, in partnership with his brother Glenn, they accumulated a large herd of cattle, selling out for $300,000. Moving to Vinita, Cherokee Nation, the Halsell brothers bought another large herd, and in the spring of 1884 dissolved partnership. Glenn, going to California for his health, died in 1886. William, the subject of this sketch, married Miss Alice Crutchfield in January 1872. She is daughter to John Crutchfield, at one time a leading stockman in Wise County, Texas. By this marriage Mr. Halsell has four living children. Willie Edna, born July 16, 1873, died July 11, 1884. To the deceased little girl the Halsell College, at Vinita, is dedicated, the college having been erected chiefly through the assistance and support of Mr. Halsell. Ewing, the oldest surviving child, was born February 12, 1877; Eva, born February 21, 1886; Clarence, born November 4, 1889; Mary, March, 28, 1891. Mrs. Halsell is a lady of great refinement and superior education, and one of the most hospitable and popular persons in Vinita. She is a member of the M. E. Church South, and is president of the Home Mission Society, Vinita. Mr. Halsell is a tall, dignified, commanding and intellectual looking gentleman of great business ability, and ever ready in his generosity to assist in forwarding charitable institutions of any kind. He now owns 30,000 head of cattle in the Territory besides 6,000 in Texas and 1000 head of an improved grade of horses. His real estate in Texas is worth from $10,000 to $12,000, and he owns one hundred lots in the town of Vinita. He has also some 1,000 or 1,500 acres of land in cultivation. His residence in Vinita is one of the finest in the Indian Territory. Mr. Halsell is a Masonic member of old standing.