16 March 2012

Treasure Chest Thursday-Ira Hall Obituary

Don't you just love it when you find something on a family line you are not even working on yet??  I found this brief note on my paternal great-great grandfather, Ira Hall, in the "Lake Placid News, Friday, March 21, 1930"

Ira Hall died Saturday night.  He was an old resident of the town and well known.

I had to laugh when I first read it.  Short and simple.  A genealogist's nightmare!!

So another search found this obituary in "The Record-Post, Au Sable Forks, N.Y., Thursday, March 20, 1930".

     Ira Hall, whose illness was reported in the last issue of the Record-Post, died at his home a short distance south of Elizabethtown village Saturday night a little after 8 o'clock, in the 75th year of his age.  Two weeks before his death he was partially stricken with paralysis.
     Deceased was a son of the late Amasa Hall by his first wife and grew up in the Keeseville section.  In his young manhood he married Miss Ella Johnson, whose death occurred five years ago.
     Ira Hall was for a time located in Butte, Montana, shortly after that city had been laid out by his brother-in-law, the late George Wood, an elder brother of our venerable townsman Robert H. Wood.
     In 1885 Mr. Hall was employed at Tarrytown, N.Y.  A few years later he worked for the late "Lock" Reed of Moriah.  In the winter of 1896-7 he was employed on a lumber job in the Roaring Brook section of Elizabethtown conducted by Allen H. Laverty.  In the spring of 1897 his family joined him in Elizabethtown, since which the family residence has been here.
     Mr. Hall was a good general gardener, being employed by William M. Kingsley at "The Balsams" and later by Ed. Lee Campe at Legdewood Farm several summer seasons.  He was fond of horses and flowers and had had successful experience as a landscape gardener, being able to make shrubbery and plants grow.
     He is survived by three sons-Earl of Keene Valley, Jesse J., Elizabethtown plumber, Loren C., Elizabethtown painter and paper hanger-and one daughter, Miss Beatrice Hall, who is connected with the Keene Valley Neighborhood House.
     Funeral services were held at his late home Monday afternoon at two o'clock, the Rev. H. H. Pittman officiating.  Interment was beside the grave of his wife in Riverside cemetery.

WOW.  I know have his father's name, which was previously unknown to me.  I have collateral lines to add to my tree and research.  And I now know the gardening gene passed me by on BOTH sides as my mother was into gardening as well. I have killed not one but TWO cacti.....it can be done!!

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