The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Meet Your Neighbor

by Joyce Wolf, The Quill

Meet your neighbor, Dr. Mark Hall, the veterinarian at the Kirkwood-Stronghurst Veterinary Clinic.

Dr. Hall graduated from Yorkwood High School in 1985, attended Western Illinois University for two years and graduated from the University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991.

Mark and Tracey (Olmsted) were married in 1992.

Tracey also works part time at the clinic, and works full time keeping up with their two daughters.

Kaylyn, 15, is a freshman at United High School, and Jessica, almost 13, is a 7th Grader at United Junior High.

They live in his grandparents historic house, where his dad was raised, built in 1902 in rural Monmouth.

Dr. Hall's parents are Fred and Janet Hall. They also live at rural route Monmouth.

Mark has one brother, Scott (Kelly) Hall, rural Geneseo.

After graduation from U of I, Mark worked at the Kewanee Veterinary Clinic in 1991 and 1992. He came to the Kirkwood-Stronghurst Clinic in the fall of 1992 and joined Elizabeth McBroom in partnership in 1995.

They serve clients in Hancock, Henderson, Knox, Mercer and Warren Counties, and have gone to McDonough and Rock Island Counties on occasion. The animals they treat range from large farm animals to the smallest domesticated pets.

Mark and Tracey share their girls interest in horses. The whole family rides. They belong to the Warren County Saddle Club and enjoy participating in the shows and riding in parades and just riding in the pasture at home.

Mark has served as a livestock judge for the Henderson, Warren and Mercer County fairs.

Mark was also a judge for the 4-H Horse Bowl in our region. He and his brother Scott are 4-H Sport-Shooting Coaches for Warren, Henderson and Mercer Counties. They teach firearm safety and the proper way to handle and shoot firearms

Their father Fred has accompanied Mark and Scott on hunting trips to Colorado and Alaska and they do have some wildlife tales to tell.

Mark is a member of the N.R.A., the Rockie Mountain Elk Foundation, and the Masonic Lodge.

He and his family attend the Sugar Tree Grove Church.