Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
ALVA C. WHITEHALL has achieved
success in Douglas county as a result of his own industry and the wise
bestowment of his labors, having shown himself master of the resources
granted by a generous nature to the dwellers in this favored section.
He is residing in Waterville at the present time, where he has tasty residence
and is engaged in farming. He has a good farm seventeen miles east
from Waterville, from which he derives annually a good revenue.
Alva C. Whitehall was born in Henderson county,
Illinois, on April 23, 1862, the son of James and Elizabeth (Clark) Whitehall,
natives of Indiana. The father was a farmer and a minister of the
gospel. Our subject was educated in Greene county, Iowa, and there
remained until he arrived at manhood's estate. He settled to farming
in the Hawkeye State and succeeded well until 1896, when he sold out and
came to this county. After due search, he settled on a homestead,
seventeen miles east from Waterville and there bestowed his labors until
recently he removed to town to dwell. Mr. Whitehall has the following
brothers and sister, Barclay W., Henry T., Nicholas C., Charles A., and
Mrs. Carrie M. Badger.
In Greene county, Iowa, on December 26, 1883,
Mr. Whitehall married Miss Arra B. Kuder and to them have been born the
following children; Legran, on November 13, 1884; George, on January 1,
1888; Minnie, on December 17, 1889; Bethal, on March 23, 1892; Leah, on
October 4, 1895; Joseph, on November 3, 1898; A. Curtis, on March 24, 1901.
All were born in Greene county, Iowa, but the last two who own Douglas
county as their native place. Mrs. Whitehall's parents are George
W. and Isabel (Brock) Kuder, natives of Pennsylvania and Indiana, respectively.
The former died on June 9, 1903, and the latter passed away on June 17,
1903. Mrs. Whitehall has two brothers and two sisters, Madison M.,
George F., Mrs. Jennie G. Whitehall, and Mrs. Malissa Harsh. Mr.
and Mrs. Whitehall are both members of the Church of God and are devout
supporters of it and its institutions. Mr. Whitehall is well posted
in the doctrines of this denomination and labors assiduously for the spread
of the faith.