By Beverly Clinkingbeard
Dean and Diane Hall were the Grand Marshals for the 77th Lord’s Acre Day in Westboro, Missouri, October 14, 2017. (Photo taken prior to the 14th. Though this year’s celebration was soggy, spirits remained buoyant and above puddles.)
But, a bit about the Grand Marshals. Dean greeted Atchison County on a ranch near Tarkio, Missouri, the son of Pete and Sadie Hall. The family moved to Atchison County in 1934 from Oklahoma. In all, there were two brothers and seven sisters. Eventually, the family moved to a farm east of Westboro. Along with his brothers and sisters, Dean attended Eureka School until the 7th grade when it was consolidated into the Westboro District.
Dean was expected to help with farm chores and the big garden his mother planted and harvested each year. There were chore duties morning and evening, and it was a hurry to finish, change clothes and climb aboard the waiting school bus for a ride to town. When the kids grumbled because the bus had to wait a few minutes for Dean, the driver, “Sheek” Clement, reminded them Dean had chores and to give him a break.
After graduating from Westboro High School, Dean began farming on his own. At a softball game between Westboro and Northboro, he was introduced to a Northboro farmer’s daughter, Diane Chapman. She is from a family of five sisters and three brothers, and is a twin – the twins were the youngest. It clicked between Chapman and Hall, and the farmer’s daughter became the farmer’s wife. Dean and Diane have three sons, Jeffrey, Chris and Brian, and four grandchildren. All live in the area.
When visiting with Dean and Diane, she commented, “We’re just simple folks and have done nothing special” [meaning to have the honor of Grand Marshal]. However, Dean drove a Westboro school bus for several years, he is a life-long member of the Westboro Volunteer Fire District and Board and served as their president, and is a member of the Lions Club. When the children were young, he was a member of the school board. They were active with school events and 4-H and alumni. The Hall family are members of Westboro Methodist Church and have assisted in many ways at the Lord’s Acre Day Festivals, as well as serving on various church committees and boards.
Simple folks? No way! Congratulations, Dean and Diane, on being Westboro’s 77th Lord’s Acre Day Grand Marshals.
It was a wet day for the 77th annual Lord’s Acre Festival, but that didn’t stop the people from celebrating in Westboro, Missouri. Despite the rain, the participants enjoyed the parade on Main Street and auction and bake sale in the church.