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Sherman, Texas


Mita Holsapple & Hugh Edward Hall


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Newspaper Clippings - Obituaries

10 Februray 1931

Civic Leader Passes Away
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    OFFICIAL OF TEXAS NURSERY CO.; WORKER IN BUSINESS AND CHURCH CIRCLES
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Hugh Edward Hall, 59, prominenet business man of Sherman for the past 27 years, died at his residence at 1519 South Travis street at 9:50 o'clock Tuesday morning following an illness of less than a week.  Mr. Hall was secretary-treasurer of the Texas Nursery company and was noted as an authority and writer on nursery stock. 

Funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning from the First Presbyterian church, with which Mr. Hall was identified as an elder and former Sunday school superintendent and choir chairman.  Dr. C. T. Wharton, pastor of  the First Presbyterian church, will conduct th service, assisted by Dr. Roy H. Biser, pastor of the Central Christian church.  Interment will be made in West Hill cemetery with the Dannel-Scott Funeral Home directing arrangements. 

The body of Mr. Hall will lie in state at the First Presbyterian church from 9 o'clock until time for the services at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning, with Boy Scouts acting as a guard of honor.

Surviving Mr. Hall are his wife, two sons, Clyde Lewis and Hugh Edward Jr., one brother, Lewis W. Hall of Nashville, Tenn. and four sisters, Misses Louise and Eunice Hall and Mrs. E. A. Lindsey and Mrs. James A. Hamilton, all of Nashville, Tenn.  Miss Madge Hall, another sister, died at Nashville about a year ago.

Pallbearers for the funeral have been named as follows: C. C. Mayhew, A. B. Mayhew, H. L. McLean, Osgood Campbell, C. R. Van DeMark, Frank Thompson, J. J. Scull and C. S. Roberts.

Mr. Hall died from pneumonia which developed from a cold.  He attended a banquet given last Tuesday night by the Boy Scouts to their fathers and appeared in excellent spirits, it was said.  The next morning he was taken seriously ill at his home.  Friday attending physicians diagnosed his case as pheumonia.  It was reported Monday that he was apparently better, but his condition suddenly turned worse Tuesday morning with death resulting shortly afterwards. 

Mr. Hall lived in Sherman for more than 27 years, moving here from Winchester, Tenn., March 21 1903.  He has been identified promienetly with various organizations in the civic, educational and religious progress of the city.

In addition to his business connection as secretary-treasurer of the Texas Nursery company, one of the largest nurseries in the United States, Mr. Hall at the time of his death was serving as president of the board of directors of the Sherman Young Men's Christian association.  He has been extremely active in Y.M.C.A. work in Sherman. He also was president of the Southwestern Nurserymen's association from September 1928 to September 1929.

Another phase of work in which Mr. Hall was exceedingly interested is Boy Scout work. He was scout-master of Troop No. 5 of the Sherman scouts, having been the organizer of this troup, one of the first in Sherman, and having worked with it until his death.  He has held positions on the scout executive board and has done much toward promoting the scout  work in the city.

Mr. Hall served in practically every department of the First Presbyterian church and Sunday school over a period of years.  He has been an elder for the past five years and preceding that time served as a deacon for seven years.  He served as Sunday school superintendent from 1914 to 1927.  For many years he has been a member of the choir and was chairman of the choir committee for several years.  When he first came to Sherman,  Mr. Hall sang with St. Stephen's Episcopal choir, and has assisted in major musical programs of the city for a long period of years.  At the time of his death he was teacher of an intermediate class of boys at the First Presbyterian Sunday school.

Mr. Hall was a former Rotarian, but was not connected with any civic clubs at the time of his death.

Besides serving as secretary-treasurer of the Texas Nursery company, other business connections of Mr. Hall were as secretary of the Durant Nursery of Durant, Okla., and before moving to Sherman he worked with Carmack, Hall and Martin's general merchandise from 1896 to 1903.  He became connected with the Texas Nursery company here immediately upon arrival in Sherman and has held various positions in the organization, serving as secretary-treasurer for the past several years.

Although Mr. Hall did not receive a higher education, having finished eleven of the twelve 
grades in high school, he was a writer of note on nursery stock, on which subject he was regarded as a leading authority.  His articles were published in various publications, including Holland's magazine.  His sister, Miss Madge Hall, before her death last year, was also a widely known newspaper woman, having served for twenty years as society editor on the Nashville Tennesseean.  A brother, Lewis W. Hall, is vice president of the Tennessee HermitageNational bank of Nashville and a sister, Miss Louise Hall, is on the faculty at Ward-Belmont college.

Mr. Hall took an active part also in the beautification program of the city, one of his best pieces of work in this line being that done with the Sherman mausoleum.

Just as Mr. Hall has been so closely identified with wrk among boys of Sherman throught the Y.M.C.A. and the Boy Scouts, Mrs. Hall is similarly identified with Camp Fire work among the girls of Sherman.

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