One of the youngest and most promising business men of Cypress, Illinois, whose career presages a brilliant future, is Mr. William Orwan Hall, who, although still in his early twenties, holds the responsible position of cashier in the Bank of Cypress. Mr. Hall is a native of Wichita City, Kansas, where he was born August 3, 1887, the son of William Franklin and Tiny Hall. His father was a Kentuckian by birth, but became a resident for a time of Kansas, returning again to his native state, however, in 1891. Ten years later he sought a new location and removed his residence to Williamson county, Illinois, where he located on a farm, and he died on August 24, 1911. He is survived by his wife and eight children, one child, Zella Cleveland, having preceded him to the land beyond. The living children are Verdin Lilian, Lola Mont, William Orwan (the subject of this sketch), Frederick Darrell, William Harland, Dorris Morton, Dewey and Glee.

William Orwan Hall attended school in Wichita, Kansas, Sebree, Kentucky, and Johnston City, Illinois, and succeeded in attaining a good education before his early entrance into the commercial world. Previous to becoming cashier of the Bank of Cypress he worked as a bookkeeper and engaged in mercantile pursuits. He has achieved flattering success in whatever line of endeavor he has directed his talents, and has already attained a position rarely reached by men of his young age.

Mr. Hall carries a good policy in the Aetna Life Insurance Company and has laid the foundation for a successful financial career.

On December 31, 1910, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Hall and Miss Nola May McClintock, daughter of Charles E. McClintock, a wealthy merchant of Johnston City and owner of stock in the Bank Cypress, of which Mr. Hall is cashier.

Mr. Hall is affiliated with several of the leading fraternal organizations and holds membership in the A. F. & A. M., the Woodmen of the World and the Ancient Order of United Workmen. He is a man of genial personality, and enjoys the respect and confidence of the community of which he is a leading citizen.

Extracted 07 Nov 2018 by Norma Hass from History of Southern Illinois, by George Washington Smith, published in 1912, volume 3, pages 1455-1456.

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