Dr. Andy Hall
Funeral Services For
Famous Physician And Leading Citizen To Be
Held Tuesday Afternoon.
Mt. Vernon's beloved Dr. Andy Hall is dead.
Dr. Andy died at 8:30 Saturday night at Good Samaritan Hospital,
a week after he suffered a stroke.
Mt. Vernon's famous physician and most respected citizen was 93 years, ten months
and 17 days of age. Funeral Tomorrow. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at
3:00 p.m. at the First Baptist church.
The Rev. Eugene Halcomb will officiate and burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
The body will lie in state at the Pulley Funeral Home, where friends
may call after 4:00 p.m. today. At 1:00 p.m. Tuesday the body will be taken
to the church, to lie in state until the funeral hour. The family asked that
flowers be omitted. Although Dr. Andy's death was expected it left the people
of the doctor's home town with a feeling of deep loss. Dr. Andy had become
as much a part of Mt. Vernon as the public square and the court house.
He was the best-known and most loved man in the community he served as a
doctor and booster for 71 years.
Dr. Andy was many things to many people in his home town and county-doctor,
friend, philosopher, story teller and most enthusiastic community booster. A
Doctor 71 Years Dr. Hall started his distinguished career in medicine as a
"horse and buggy" doctor in Mt. Vernon 71 years ago, shortly after his graduation
from Northwestern University medical school in 1890. He hung out his shingle from
a two-room office with a coal stove. The young doctor, who started broke, paid $5
a month for his office but economized by sleeping there, too.
From this small beginning the dedicated young doctor who was born in a log cabin
in Hamilton county earned home town, state and national honors which come to few
men. He was mayor of his home town... served his state as director of its public
health department.. was honored as Mt. Vernon's "Man of the Year" in 1946...and
as America's "Doctor of the year" in 1949.
Dr. Andy was born on a farm in Hamilton county in 1855, the son of Hiram Wesley
and Julia (McLean) Hall. His father was a veteran of the Mexican War and a colonel
in the Civil War. He got his early education in a log school where he sat on split
log seats. He attended McLeansboro high school and Northern Illinois Normal
College before enrolling in the Northwestern medical school
Submitted by: Cindy Ford