Biography of Captain G. W. Hall
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CAPTAIN G. W. HALL
After a long and honorable career in the military service of his country, Captain G. W. Hall is now living retired in his comfortable and attractive home in San Leandro, secure in the respect and esteem of all who know him. He is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, born on the 9th day of January, 1872, and is a son of Captain George and Jennie (Morgan) Hall. His father was a native of France and served as an officer in the French army. After coming to the United States he settled at Cincinnati, where he married Miss Jennie Morgan. He died when their son, G. W., was but two years of age, and four years later the mother died, leaving the son to the care of his mother's sister, Miss Ella Morgan, of McMinnville, Tennessee, by whom he was reared.

After completing the public school course, he attended Short Mountain College, in Tennessee, where he pursued an academic course, and then went to work in a drug store in McMinnville. Later he entered the College of Pharmacy at Cincinnati and was graduated in 1890, after which he was employed in a drug store about one year. He then enlisted in the United States Army, joining the Eighth Infantry Regiment, but was later transferred to the cavalry, and afterwards to the artillery branch of the service. Again he was transferred, this time to the Medical Corps, and entered the Brooklyn Medical College. However, at the outbreak of the Spanish-American war he gave up his medical studies and served with the United States troops in Cuba. He afterwards served in the Boxer campaign in China, and then accompanied his command to the Philippine islands, where they quelled the insurrection. In an engagement there he was severely wounded, his left leg being broken in four places, and he was placed on the retired list, but was recalled to active service when the United States entered the World war, serving as recruiting officer and in the intelligence department, being stationed during a part of the time at Fort Riley, Kansas. He was on duty throughout that war and had volunteered for active service in France, but the Armistice was signed before he received orders. He then retired from the army and, coming to California, located in San Leandro, where he has since resided. He engaged in the real estate business for a few years, but discontinued that business in 1922.

In 1902, in San Francisco, Captain Hall was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Irene Taylor, a daughter of General Ashby C. Taylor, of the United States Army. She was born on Governor's island, New York city, and is a lady of gracious and charming manner, who has made a host of admiring friends since coming to San Leandro. Captain and Mrs. Hall have a daughter, Irene, the wife of Judge Warren V. Tryon, who now occupies the bench of the superior court of Del Norte county, this state, being the youngest superior court judge in California, and they have a son, Warren V., Jr.

Captain and Mrs. Hall are well pleased with their home community, in which they enjoy well merited popularity, for their home is characterized by a spirit of genuine hospitality and good cheer which has made it a favorite rendezvous for their many friends. They derive much pleasure from motoring and have driven over most of the Pacific coast region, from San Diego, on the south, to British Columbia, on the north. Ardent lovers of outdoor life, they are both experts with rod and gun, and many of their most enjoyable hours are spent in the great out of doors. In 1925 Captain Hall was elected a member of the board of city trustees and has taken a keen interest in the affairs of the municipality as a member of the street and finance committees. In her religious faith, Mrs. Hall favors the Church of Christ, Scientist. Well informed on public affairs, the Captain is a man of sound opinions on matters of public policy, and is ready at all times to cooperate in measures for the advancement of the general welfare. Because of his splendid career in his country's service, as well as for his sterling character and strong personality, he is accorded the confidence and respect of all who know him.

From:
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928


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