Lewis Clary Hall –
The 1900 Great Register of Voters shows Lewis Hall as a dairyman. It is not known whether or not he maintained his own herd of cows locally or if the milk was shipped in from Barstow on the train. In 1904 however, it is documented that a brindle calf was born in the “cowbarn” which caused saloon owner Pat Byrne to run up “Old Glory” over his establishment in celebration of the event. Based on this event it seems reasonable to assume that Mr. Hall maintained his own dairy herd.
A man by the name of Corbin, who reportedly had been the milkman in Randsburg, was now hauling freight in Ballarat, according to the September 22, 1900 issue of the Randsburg Miner.
September 30, 1899: “PURE MILK – Corbin our home dairyman sells pure, clean, sweet milk, without adulteration. His cows are fat and healthy, the yard kept clean, plenty of good alfalfa hay and water at all times, his cows are in the best condition.” –Randsburg Miner
Matthew Hood Adams –
A native of Glascow Scotland Mr. Hall was first mentioned in the Randsburg Miner in June of 1904 when his milk wagon became a runaway. It was reported, that as the horse ran at a pace just a bit faster than a walk that no damage resulted. Matthew is again shown as a milkman in the 1906 Great Register of Voters. It is not known whether Mr. Adams was the actual owner of a dairy herd or if the milk was shipped in from Barstow. During 1904 two of Mr. Adams major accounts were with the Yellow Aster Mining & Milling Co. for their boarding house and the Houser Hotel, which they were leasing at the time to Mr. Lilliard. Matthew later left the dairy business and became a miner. In March of 1915 Mr. Adams passed away and is buried in an unmarked grave in the Johannesburg Cemetery.