ELWYN B. ROBINSON DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
CHESTER FRITZ LIBRARY
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
GRAND FORKS, NORTH DAKOTA 58202
COLLCTION: OGL #84
SIZE: Two folders
ACQUISITION: The Luella J. Hall Papers were deposited by Luella J. Hall on August 9, 1952. Hall deposited additions on November 30, 1953 and June 16, 1954.
ACCESS: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Department of Special Collections.
Luella Jemima Hall, born October 18, 1890, was the daughter of Martin O. Hall. M. O. Hall, born in Norway on October 30, 1853, founded Mohall, North Dakota in 1901. Luella attended the University of North Dakota, earning a B.A. in 1917 and a M.A. in 1919. Her masters thesis was titled County Boundaries in North Dakota, 1849-1916. She was a charter member of the Upsilon Chapter of Delta Zeta, a womens fraternity installed at UND in 1919. She joined the UND faculty, and served as advisor to Delta Zeta. In about 1923, she wrote The Early History of Mohall, North Dakota. M. O. Hall became ill and moved to Los Angeles, California, where he died on January 12, 1925. By 1925, Luella also had moved to California, where she taught at Lodi. Luella earned the Ph.D. in History from Stanford University in 1937, titling her doctoral dissertation The United States and the Moroccan Problem. In 1937, she accepted a position at Hartnell Junior College (Salinas, California), where she served as a professor of Geography and History until 1960. She was an expert on U.S.-Moroccan relations, but primarily taught courses concerning Latin America, International Relations, and American Indians. She revised her dissertation, which was published as The United States and Morocco, 1776-1956 (Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1971). She died on June 15, 1973.
The Luella J. Hall Papers consist of two folders. Folder one contains newspaper clippings from The Renville County Farmer from 1951 to 1954. The bulk of the clippings are from the June 21, 1951 edition, issued to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of Mohall. Most clippings concern Mohall and Renville County history and are individually mounted on paper. Also included are two postcards, featuring Mohalls first community Christmas tree in 1925, and the Mohall City Park.
Folder two contains a paper written about 1923 by Luella, The Early History of Mohall, North Dakota. The paper, fifty pages long, contains four chapters: I. Physiography of the Mouse River Loop, North Dakota. II. The founding of Mohall. III. The coming of the railroad. IV. The reorganization of Renville County. The first three chapters cover to 1903, and the fourth covers to 1910. The paper includes a description of the area, mentioning floods, blizzards, travel, Mohall pioneers, and railroad expansion. Also mentioned are regional towns, including Minot and Towner, N.D., and the separation of Renville County from Ward County.
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