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Horace Osborne Hall

Horace Osborne Hall

Horace Osborne Hall was born December 25, 1892 in Hyrum, Utah. After fulfilling a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he and his brother homesteaded a farm in the Springdale area of Cassia County in 1916. After two years, he returned to Utah and then joined the United States Navy. After his time in the Navy, he returned to Idaho. He had met a lovely young lady when he was previously there, and after a short courtship he married Leona Pickett from Oakley Idaho in 1919. They made their home in Burley. Horace worked at several occupations until in 1928 when he joined the New York Life Insurance Company. He advanced rapidly and soon became the leading salesman in seven states. He traveled the highways and byways of Idaho and became lifelong friends with his clients.

After living in town for 5 years, Horace and Leona bought 2 acres with a lovely home on the outskirts of Burley (which is now 21st Street) In the coming years it became a showplace with lovely landscaping and beautiful rose gardens. In this home they raised three children, Rex Pickett, Forrest Osborne, and Barbara.

Horace Hall was a very prominent citizen of Cassia County. Some of his accomplishments and service were Cassia County School Board; Chairman of the OPA during WWII; Rotary Club President; Member of the American Legion; Member of the Chamber of Commerce; Cassia County Commissioner and during his tenure he was largely responsible for the new hospital being built in 1960. He was a prominent speaker at civic and patriotic events. He was very influential in his church serving as a Bishop; in The Stake Presidency for 13 years, The Boy Scouts and was requested often to speak at funerals and other church meetings.

He had many other interests, one of which was farming. He purchased a farm and after his son, Forrest graduated from BYU in Animal Husbandry, they had a partnership in the farm and cattle business. He very much enjoyed being a part of that work. He was a good horseman and spent quite a few years as part of the Cassia County Posse . As his health declined in his later years, he wasn’t able to be as active as he would have liked. At his funeral this comment was made by a friend -- I’ve never worked with any man that had more energy and could do more things and do them well, whether it was camping, fishing or, hunting. He was an expert in many fields. Horace Hall died June 21, 1971.