This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Botany loses an eminent worker in the death of Elihu Hall, which occurred at his home near Athens, Illinois, on the 24th of September last. He had suffered for a long time from consumption, and his death was not unexpected by his friends. He leaves a widow and three grown children. He was a Virginian born on the 4th of June, 1822, but in 1829 was brought by his parents to the spot where he died.
His devotion to botany began a few years before the rebellion. In 1862, when it was very difficult and dangerous to travel through the Rocky Mountains, he made an extended exploration through the mountain region of Colorado, in company of Harbour, which expedition resulted in the discovery of many new species, and added largely to our knowledge of plants already identified. Subsequently he made a botanical expedition to little known portions of Texas and to Oregon, both of which resulted in great additions to knowledge. A number of Rocky Mountain plants bear his name. Dr. Gray has named for him Seseli Hallii, Pentstemon Hallii, Astragalus Hallii and Heuchera Hallii. Englemann gives him one of the rashes, .Juncus Hallii; Olney a sedge grass, Carex Hallii, and Lesquereux two mosses, Campylopus Hallii and Orthotrichum Hallii.
During the later years of ill health he derived great pleasure from work on his botanical and conchological collections, and he had much consolation in his last days by the reflection that though not gifted with the strength of other men, he had performed to the best of his ability the work given him by his Maker to do; and that to some extent at least the world had benefited by the life which he led.