Biography of Daniel M. Hall
Oneida County, NY Biographies





Daniel Mills Hall, now deceased, was for thirty years actively connected with business interests in Rome and was known as a representative and highly successful citizen. The announcement of his death on the 30th of April, 1908, was received with general regret, as he was one of the most useful members of the community, a man whose life had largely been devoted to the welfare of those with whom he associated and to the upbuilding of his adopted city. He was born at Verona, Oneida county, October 22, 1849, a son of Elias and Betsy (Mills) Hall. The father was a prominent farmer of this county. The surviving children of Mr. and Mrs. Hall are, beside our subject: Harvey S., of Verona; Jason W., who is living at Racine, Wisconsin; and Mrs. Emma Maycock, also of Verona.

Daniel M. Hall received his education in the district schools and Oneida Seminary. After arriving at his majority he went to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was employed for several years as messenger by the American Express Company. He became an expert bookkeeper and in 1878 returned to his native state and was employed by James S Dyett, who conducted a large grocery store on West Dominick street. Later Mr. Hall was connected with Fred J. Brigge, William J. Cramond and also with the wholesale grocery firm of A. Ethridge & Company, continuing for seven years with the latter organization. In 1901 he was appointed manager of the Rome Home Telephone Company's plant and was very successful in extending the business of this company. He resigned his position in 1903 and became identified with the metal sign business as a member of the firm of Putnam & Hall. They soon afterward bought the two story brick factory at 420 West Court street, into which they moved their business. In 1905 Mr. Hall acquired Mr. Putnam's interest in the firm and Mr. Hall became a member of the J. H. Matthews Company, of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. He took charge of the plant in this city, which he conducted most successfully during the remainder of his life.

On the 12th of May, 1875, Mr. Hall was married to Miss Kathryn Kneaskern, of Verona, and by this union one son was born, William K., who is now the head of the Rome Bronze Company. The parents of Mrs. Hall were William N. and Jeraima (Flanders) Kneaskern, the latter of whom was born at St. Johnsville, New York. The father was a native of Herkimer county, New York. He was proprietor of the Union Hotel of Verona for fifteen years. He moved to. Rome in 1875 and there continued living a retired life until his death August 31, 1885.

Mr. Hall of this review was a prominent worker in behalf of the republican party. He served as alderman of the third ward for four years and was president of the Rome Republican Club and chairman of the republican city committee. He was elected chairman of the republican congressional district convention about two weeks before his death. He was a good speaker and often made nominating speeches at republican conventions, being especially gifted as a political orator. He was a wide reader, a Shakespearean scholar and a man of broad observation and unusual mental grasp. He was optimistic in temperament, always looking upon the bright side, and very popular wherever he was known on account of his genial and pleasing qualities and his open and upright character. Fraternally he was connected with Roman Lodge, No. 223, F. & A. M.; and Rome Council, No. 150, R. A. He was also a member of Rome Tent, Knights of the Maccabees, in which he served as commander; the Junior Order of American Mechanics, in which he filled the office of councilor and senior past councilor; the Senior American Mechanics; and the Independent Order of Foresters, of which he had been chief ranger. He was also a member of the Rome Country Club. Few men in this city have ever taken greater interest in fraternal work than Mr. Hall and he will long be missed from the lodge gatherings in which he was for many years a prominent figure. Mrs. Hall still makes her home at the comfortable family residence, No. 739 Armstrong avenue, in this city and can claim many friends here.

From:
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1912


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