Story and photos provided by Ken Gagne, Yachats
Wow, Lester Hall turns 102 years old this Monday the 28th of January. He and his family are celebrating this joyous event for the entire weekend. They are having an open house at Lester’s Ranch for all of his friends and acquaintances both Saturday and Sunday between 1:P.M. and 4:P.M located at 7762 Yachats River Road.
Lester Hall was born Jan.28th,1911 in Agnes Or. He moved to Waldport in 1929 and graduated from Waldport High School in 1932 and married his school sweetheart Doris Johnson in 1934. After graduating high school he worked for his brother Claude Hall as a butcher for Hall’s IGA in Waldport and in 1942 Lester and Doris bought a dairy farm on the Yachats River Road. Lester and Doris had 3 children, John(75), Shari(70) and Terry(60). Doris passed in 1992 and 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’s favorite saying is ” I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else other than Yachats” I asked Lester his secret to his longevity and he said “It’s the Spring Water and lack of stress”. His daily routine is to go out to both his farms and feed his cattle along with his ranch hand Jon Batchelor at 8:30 every morning. When he returns he makes breakfast and this morning he made buttermilk pancakes for the whole family. I spent the entire morning with Lester and he is very sharp, spry, vibrant, alert and his memory is outstanding as we talked about his wonderful life. I think he must have found the “Fountain Of Youth” on his property. Happy102nd Birthday Lester.
His daughter and son shared a story about Lester. When Lester had his dairy farm and were milking cows Lester everyday while milking would be singing and then jumping into the air clicking his heels at least twice and sometimes 3 before hitting the ground. They said he was always happy and singing and just full of energy. He’s pretty much the same way today.