Mathew Hall Lumber Company was founded in the fledgling city of St. Cloud. The company made its first sale on July 29th, 1889.
Every customer – large or small – received prompt and enthusiastic service and good, honest advice on lumber and related building materials. Mathew Hall was insistent on a larger supply and a greater variety of building materials on hand for customer selection.
Mathew Hall expanded his lumber storage facilities with the addition of three large, roofed lumber sheds. Dimension lumber was ordered by the “carload” so that both selection and price would be improved.
Mathew Hall was rapidly changing. A team of horses and a wagon served as a delivery service. During this time, Mathew Hall Lumber Company had a “fleet” of these horse-drawn teams.
Mathew Hall bought the warehouse, coal business, and railroad trackage of the Fisher Company in St. Cloud. This new acquisition gave Mathew Hall Lumber a new retail office, showroom, and needed warehousing. It also included railroad trackage for more efficient material handling and unloading.
During the Great Depression, Mathew Hall made it through the hard times by selling coal and oil to St. Cloud residents to heat their homes.
Mathew Hall retires and his sons take over the business. He remained active with his company until his death in 1958.
As Mathew Hall’s four sons were planning to sell the family lumberyard to an outside firm, his grandson James A. Hall decided to develop a business plan to purchase Mathew Hall Lumber and keep the business family owned. Jim began working with his uncles at the lumberyard and became president of Mathew Hall Lumber Company that same year.
Loran, John, and Dan take over the business from James Hall, becoming the fourth generation of Halls at the Company.
Right in the middle of the recession, Loran, John and Dan Hall made the decision to keep investing in Mathew Hall and put in a wall panel manufacturing plant. The company continues to make advancements to keep the company current and continue to treat each customer like a personal friend.