“You ask me how I came to get these animals. Well, I just went out and bought ‘em, that’s all." ~ William Hall
New York Tribune, February 6, 1932
Hall's determination paid off. By the time he was 28, “he was spending $7,000 - $10,000 [$350,000 today] per week buying horses and mules,” reported The Lancaster Excelsior, March 4, 1892.
"Horses and mules were the county's largest export, being shipped throughout the country."
"Hall is the most remarkable man I ever knew.... he was a genius at mathematics and a 'regular gypsy horse trader'." ~William Woodcock, Sr., Elephant Trainer
Tom Parkinson, Bandwagon Magazine, Jan./Feb. 1964
Circus Historian Bob Cline added, “He was making his mark in the horse kingdom. He wore his Prince Albert coat of light blue color, silk top hat, and sparkling diamonds for years to come. His name became synonymous with class.”
“Locally, he was called ‘the lightning horse buyer.’ It was said that there was none other in the United States who knew a horse as well or could tell in so short a time what it was worth.”
The Schuyler County Republican, March 15, 1907
"Best Horse Buyer Anywhere," Marilyn Foreman, Schuyler County Hall Museum Curator
"No Order Too Small or Too Large"
Hall's Business Card, Circus World Museum archives
Hall began his career by supplying horses to the “New York Fire Department, Philadelphia Mounted Police, Pony Express, and his biggest client - the American Express Delivery Company,” explained Circus Historian Fred D. Pfening, III. Hall never forgot about the 'little man,' either - his business card read, "No order too small or too large." One such small order was to the Kirksville, Missouri Fire Department.
"Hall purchased eleven carloads of horses in less than eight hours. People from far away as Maine were buying Hall's excellent quality horses for use in logging camps.”