Yachats River Valley native Lester Hall turned 103 years old Tuesday, spending it quietly at home, resting up for his big birthday party coming up this weekend at the Yachats Lions Club. Only a couple hundred of his closest friends are expected to show.
Lester is an icon in the Waldport/Yachats area. Three years ago he was the Grand Marshal of the big Waldport birthday party for the town, which turned 100 years old in 2011. And there, riding in a big red classic car at the front of the parade was Lester, himself turning 100 years old that very year. You don’t see that happen very often.
Lester came from a big family – most of them very long lived. Four sisters – all of them nurses. Six brothers, two of them living ’til 96. His last brother died last year in Newport – Clifford Hall.
Lester Hall was born January 28th, 1911 in Agnes, Oregon, about half-way between Brookings and Port Orford in the Wild Rogue Wilderness. He moved to Waldport in 1929 and graduated from Waldport High School in 1932 and married his high school sweetheart Doris Johnson in 1934. For a time he worked for his brother Claude Hall as a butcher for Hall’s IGA in Waldport. In 1942 Lester and Doris bought a dairy farm on Yachats River Road. Lester and Doris bore 3 children, John, now 75, Shari, 70 and Terry, 60. Doris passed away in 1992. To this day Lester has kept the old mailbox with Doris’s name on it in remembrance of her.
Lester bought a cattle farm in 1947 and another one in 1972 where he lives to this day. Lester is very active and has been operating his cattle ranches for over 70 years.
Lester says the secret to a long life is to keep your stress down, cherish life, work hard and enjoy your loved ones.
Sounds ’bout right.
Lester was paid a birthday visit by one of his biggest fans Tuesday, retired realtor Ken Gagne of Yachats. Ken even returned the favor and popped off a shot of yours truly with our favorite Centenarian.
See you at the Lion’s bash for him this Saturday in Yachats! Stop in anytime 1-4pm and congratulate this venerable cattleman.