A. HALLEY, merchant, Cairo, was born February 6, 1837, in Monroe County, Ark. He is the sixth of a family of ten children of David and Elmira (Jacobs) Halley, the father a native of Virginia. Our subject was in early life left an orphan, and compelled to face the realities of life for himself In 1852, he went to Cincinnati, Ohio, where, although among strangers, he managed to avail himself of the advantages of a common school education, and then turned his attention to learning the tinners trade, but after serving two years his employers failed, and he went to St. Louis in 1858, where he completed his trade, and where he remained until the breaking-out of the war, when he became connected with the Quartermaster's Department. In 1863, he came to Cairo, Ill., and was here employed in the navy yard until its removal to Mound City, in which city he worked until the fall of 1864, when he returned to Cairo and opened a tin-shop on a small scale. After two years, he was able to add a stock of stoves to his business, and in 1875 extended the business to embrace a full line of hardware. Mr. Halley has been very successful, and is entirely the architect of his own fortune. He was married in Cairo on the 1st day of December, 1869, to Miss Mary Hartman, daughter of Daniel Hartman, of Cairo. She was born in 1844. Their family consists of four children, viz.: William, born November 4, 1870; Leah, born April 30, 1874; David, born March 11, 1879; and Pearl Halley, born August 31, 1881. Mr. Halley is a member of the I. O. O. F.
Extracted 31 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, pages 19-20.
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