JOHN W. HALL, proprietor of the Osceola creamery, is a native of Whitehall, Indiana, born December 27, 1841. He came to Iowa with his parents, Warren and Cynthia (Parks) Hall, in 1851, they locating near Leon, in Decatur County, where the mother died. The father died in Clarke County. John W. Hall came to Clarke County in 1860 and settled at Green Bay, where he was engaged in carpentering and contracting for a time. He subsequently engaged in farming, which he followed till 1872. He was married in Mills County, Iowa, in 1868, to Sarah A. Scott, a native of Wisconsin, but at the time of her marriage living in Mills County. Mr. Hall came to Osceola, where he again began contracting and building, erecting creameries in different parts of the State, and was the contractor on the State Asylum for the feeble-minded. He continued contracting till he engaged in his present business, as successor to I. W. Johnson. The business was established by Holt & Hall, in 1878, and has always been carried on with success. The building is 30 x 120 feet in size, the rear part being the creamery department, and the front devoted to their butter-and-eggs business. They manufacture about twenty-five hundred pounds of butter daily, and also deal extensively in eggs, shipping a car load a week, their average shipment per year being about 30,000 dozen.
SOURCE: Biographical and Historical Record of Clarke County, Iowa, Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1886 p. 397