Probably half of Yachats and a pretty good number of Yachats Valley residents turned out to wish long time farmer and rancher Lester Hall a very happy birthday; number 103! One by one they stopped by his table at the Yachats Lions Club Saturday, shook his hand and reminisced about the good ole days – but not as far back as Lester can remember.
It was back in the early 1930’s that Lester embarked on what turned out to be a very long, productive and happily married life in the Yachats River Valley. Lester said the best thing he ever did was marry his childhood sweetheart Doris.
Lester started his career working for his brother Claude Hall, founder of Hall’s IGA grocery in Waldport. Lester was a butcher. Later Lester and Doris launched a dairy farm a few miles up the Yachats River Valley. Doris was described as a tireless partner for her husband, as they grew their ranch holdings over the years, totaling at one time 600 acres. Eventually they switched from dairy farming to beef ranching. Doris passed away in 1992. Lester keeps her name on the ranch’s roadside mailbox and at the entrance to the main ranch house. Lester says ranch life was always hard work, even to this day. Last week Lester lost a calf to either coyotes or a resident cougar.
Over the past few years Lester has enjoyed a more laid back lifestyle, no longer having to be the primary worker on the ranch. But you can bet he sure knows what’s going on and remains firmly in charge.
Often asked about his secret to a long life, Lester responds with a favorite refrain, “It’s the spring water on the ranch, hard work and low stress. I wouldn’t live anywhere else except the Yachats River Valley.”
Here’s to you, Mr. Hall! May you live even longer and prosper! You are a bona fide inspiration.