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McLean County, Illinois
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WILLIAM D. HALLETT, of Bloomington, who is engaged in mercantile pursuits at the corner of Olive and Center streets, is a useful factor of the business community. He was born in England in April, 1841, being the son of James and Lydia Hallett, who are now living in retirement in Bloomington, and of whom a sketch is given in another part of this work.

William Hallett was educated in his native England and emigrated to America with his parents when about twelve years of age. He was early trained to habits of industry, and soon began to make himself useful, being variously employed until the outbreak of the Rebellion. He then enlisted in the 39th Illinois Infantry [ed., 39th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, a/k/a Yates Phalanx ], and was in the service three years and two months. He fought with his comrades at the battles of Charleston Harbor, Drury's Bluff [ed., Drewry s Bluff], and at Weire Bottom Church [ed., Ware Bottom Church] was wounded in the hip.

After remaining in the hospital for some time and his term of service having expired, he received his honorable discharge, and returning to Bloomington soon afterward engaged in the restaurant business, which he followed for fourteen years, and then engaged in the grocery trade, which he has pursued since that time. He purchased the lot on which his store was built in 1883. This structure is of brick, 21x60 feet in area, and is finely fitted up for the transaction of business.

Mr. Hallett was married in 1865, the lady of his choice being Miss Emma R. Harley, and they have four children Carrie M., William D., Harley J. and Ethel. The family residence is at No. 1008 South Lee street, where in 1866, Mr. Hallett purchased several lots. Here they have a convenient and comfortable home, and dispense to their many friends a generous hospitality. Mr. Hallett is Republican in politics, and a member of the I. O. O. F. He is a straightforward and methodical business man, and greatly respected by those who have dealings with him.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 389. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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