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 The Beginning of Tulsa
By J. M. Hall (1927)

(c) Karolyn Kay Garland (1997)

Nothing here is free for the taking. This book is reproduced here with the permission of the copyright holder - see copyright statement.

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J. M. Hall

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Photo J.M. Hall         J. M. Hall, the author of this history, was the brother of H. C. Hall and he also came here in 1882 before the streets were laid out. He had charge of the stores that supplied the men with goods who were doing the construction work on the Frisco railroad from Vinita to the Arkansas river, or Tulsa.
       He was with his brother in the mercantile business in Tulsa from 1883 until 1903 when he sold the store to C. H. Nicholson and Co., engaging in the banking business for a few years. Later he engaged in the real estate business and when his health failed he retired from active business.
       The author was present at the first organization of any kind in Tulsa, the formation of a Union Sunday school. He was also present at the first church organization. He was the village's first resident-postmaster. He assisted in organizing the Commercial club in 1902 and was the president of that organization in 1904. He has held a Continuous membership in the chamber of commerce since its organization, and was made a life member in 1932.
       He has been an Elder in the First Presbyterian church 45 years and is a member of the Session at this time. Also superintendent of the Sunday school for 33 years. Is now superintendent emeritus.
       He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Tulsa for 25 years and is now an honorary member, and was president of Tulsa's first public school board.
       He is now 81 years old, writing this story with pen and ink, to be typewritten and published.
       For 50 years he has entered into all the activities for the building of Tulsa

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