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George A. Hall

The initial period of American development witnessed the immigration of the Hall family to this country and their settlement along the rock-bound coast of New England, where several successive generations followed seafaring lives. Far from their native shores they sailed in their own crafts and at the end of the fishing seasons they returned with their vessels heavily laden with the results of their toil in the midst of danger and hardship. Their lives of peril developed within them traits of self-reliance. While they were out at sea far more than on land, they exhibited the most ardent loyalty to the country under whose flag they sailed and in the early wars they proved their patriotic spirit by their service in the army and the navy.

Nowhere along the coast of Main is the shore more deeply indented by bays or rendered more perilous for vessels by the presence of thousands of tiny islands, than along that portion occupied by the county of Knox and there it was that the Hall family made their home, their ocean-going ships returning from fishing expeditions and making their tortuous way through the narrow straits into the harbor of South Thomaston, the headquarters of the family and the anchoring-place of the ship. From that port Capt. Charles M. Hall sailed on many a long and dangerous expedition, beginning in 1842 when he was a lad of fourteen years and continuing for some time after he had risen, at the age of twenty years, to the command of his own vessel which sailed to the northern seas. While still in the prime of life he left South Thomaston and came via the Isthmus of Panama to the western coast, settling in Petaluma, where he died a the age of thirty-six years.

Surviving Captain Hall were his wife and four children, of whm the only son, George A., resides in Sonoma county. The wife and mother bore the maiden name of Louisa Boyd and was born at Rockland, Me., in 1834, coming to the west while still a young woman and afterward residing in this state. Her eldest daughter, Elizabeth S., is the wife of Charles J. Lipsky, of Seattle, Wash., and the mother of eight children, namely: Alfred, Arthur, Carl, Bailey, George, Nettie, Marie and Estella. The eldest son, Alfred Lipsky, married Anna Martin and they have five children, Charles, Alfred, Melvin, Ettie and Permelia. The second son, Arthur Lipsky, is married and the father of one child. The daughter, Marie Lipsky, now Mrs. Robertson, has one child, Elizabeth. The youngest of the daughters, Estella Lipsky, became the wife of Ralph Bender, and two children bless their union. Mary L. Hall, sister of George A., is the wife of Charles C. Walker and the mother of three children, Carl, Earl and Josephine, Mrs. Harrison, the last-named being the mother of two children. The youngest daughter in the Hall family, Nettie S., is now Mrs. A. G. Walker, of Minneapolis, Minn., and in her family there are two children, Hall and Evaline.

The early memories of George A. Hall cluster around the state of California, for he was only an infant when the family left his birthplace in Maine and came to the far west, settling near Petaluma, where he attended the grammar-school. Later he was sent to the Pacific Business College at San Francisco and upon leaving school he secured employment in a drug-store, continuing in that business for five years. Leaving commercial affairs for agricultural activities he came to the ranch in Sonoma county where he now lives. Later he spent seven years in Mendocino county and one year in Santa Clara county, then returning to the ranch in Sonoma county near Penn Grove. Here he has five hundred acres under lease and devotes his attention to the dairy and poultry industries. On the place there now are sixty head of fine milch cows and twelve hundred fine blooded white leghorn hens, also fifteen head of young cattle. By careful management the proprietor has been enabled to earn a neat annual income from the cows and the chickens. The care of the ranch and the stock leaves him little leisure for outside matters, but he occasionally indulges his fondness for hunting and he also finds time to participate in the activities of Petaluma Lodge No. 30, I. O. O. F., and Petaluma Lodge No. 127, Fraternal Brotherhood. Politically he votes with the Republicans and in religion he favors the doctrines of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1889 occurred his marriage to Decia Morton, who was born in Sacramento, Cal., in 1867. Their union has been blessed with four children, Fletcher, George, Gladys and Mabel.

History of Sonoma County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1911)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011