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
JAMES WHITEHALL is a farmer and
wagon maker and one of the respected citizens of Waterville. Also
Mr. Whitehall has been of Waterville. Also Mr. Whitehall has been
an elder and minister in the Seventh Day Adventists church and is active
in that capacity at the present time. He was born in Fountain county,
Indiana on April 20, 1833, the son of Alexander L. and Elizabeth (Newborn)
Whitehall, natives of North Carolina. In 1832, they were pioneers
to Indiana and sixteen years later the mother died. Our subject attended
school in a log cabin school house in Fountain county, Indiana and early
began to learn the wagon making trade from his brother. At the age
of eighteen, he left the shop and did farm work near his native place.
In 1854, he moved to Mercer county, Illinois and there farmed for twenty-one
years. In 1875, he moved thence to Greene county, Iowa, and there
farmed for twenty years. In 1895, he began pulling up stakes and
moved farther west, this time settling in Douglas county where he took
a homestead of one hundred and sixty acres which lies about twelve miles
north from Waterville. The place is in a high state of cultivation
and well improved. It has an elegant orchard with every variety of
fruit for this climate and is a model estate. Mr. Whitehall also
owns a fine residence in Waterville.
He has the following brothers and sisters,
Nicholas N., Alexander L., Thomas B., Sarah, and Fruza A. Nicholas N. is
the patentee of the celebrated Whitehall plow attachment, which is extensively
At Newtown, Indiana, on November 20, 1852,
Mr. Whitehall married Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth
(Hieschoner) Clark. The father was born in Virginia and followed
farming all his life. The mother comes from German extraction.
Mrs. Whitehall was born in Fountain county, Indiana on March 6, 1832 and
her brothers are named as follows: Solomen, James D., Jacob. To Mr.
and Mrs. Whitehall have been born six children: Barclay W., in this county;
Henry T., living near Scranton, Iowa; Alva C., Nicholas C., Charles A.,
all in this county; Carrie B., born in Illinois on October 30, 1872 and
died October 7, 1901, having been the wife of Louis Badger. Mr. Whitehall
has held the position of justice of the peace, besides other positions
of trust and is a venerable man of industry and worth. He is affiliated
with the I. O. O. F and the A. O. U. W., while he and his wife belong to
the Seventh Day Adventists church.