Dr. William Robert Hall was born February 10th, 1852 in Richmond Hill, Ontario. He was the sixth child in a family of 12 and four of the children entered the medical profession. His father Henry Hall, was a successful manufacturer of agricultural implements and a devoted Christian man. His mother was the former Elizabeth Lemon 1824-1903. Dr. William Hall attended Richmond Hill Elementary and Secondary School. In 1874, he started studying medicine at the old Detroit Medical College (which later became the Detroit College of Medicine) and he graduated in 1877.
In 1881, Dr. Hall married Eleanor Louise Minturn. She was born on the 6th of June, 1861 in Detroit, the daughter of Adam Minturn. They had two children, Fredrick and Edith. After practicing medicine for 5 years, Dr. Hall returned for postgraduate studies in New York and Trinity College in Toronto. Between these two institutions he received the degree’s of M.C., P. & S.O. in 1884. He joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 24th of April, 1884. Dr. Hall moved his family to Chatham in 1885 and set up a general practice. That same year, he set up a practice with Dr. John Phillips Sivewright in Wallaceburg and Dr. Hall was named the Medical Officer of Health, a position he held for the rest of his life. Dr. Hall was a member of the Chatham Medical Society, the Canadian Medical Society, the Pan American Health Officers Association and the Canadian Health Officer’s Association.
Dr. William Hall was nominated for the Conservation candidacy for West Kent in 1898 but failed to win the election. Dr. Hall opened a new medical office on King Street in September of 1900. According to the 1896 Chatham City Directory, Dr. Hall was in partnership with Dr. William Henry Tye and their office was located at 181 King Street. He belonged to a number of fellowships and community organizations, including the I.O.O.F. Dr. Hall was president of a number of business’s including The Chatham Mineral Water Company, the Chatham Hedge Fence Company and the Chatham Oil Company, which was active in oil development in Kent County. Dr. Hall was the Honorary Captain and paymaster of the 24th Kent Regiment.
Dr. Hall enjoyed fishing in his spare time.
Dr. Hall died on August 21st, 1915. Mrs. Hall died on the 9th of May, 1921 in Chatham. Dr. and Mrs. Hall are buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham.
*Dr. John Phillips Sivewright, Dr. William Henry Tye and his son Dr. Frederick William Hall are also featured on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.