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