|Birth: ||Nov. 15, 1864|
|Death: ||Dec. 9, 1899|
Article from the Sweetwater Newspaper clipped w/o date & saved by Pete's daughter, Bess Pearce;
PETE M. HALL, DEAD
The sad accident that befell Sheriff Pete M. Hall last Saturday evening a little after 2 o'clock resulting in his death a few hours later, has caused our town to mourn as it has never before mourned the demise of another citizen.
Mr. Hall with his assistants George King, Tom Wittenburg and Tom Brandon were grinding corn on the mill, recently added to his gin house, when the belt leading from the mill to the shaft, upon which the belt wheels for propelling all of the machinery are attached, broke. One end of the broken belt in some manner caught under the mill, and Mr. Hall noticing that the other end was winding around the shaft he made an attempt to throw the belt off and his left hand caught between the belt and the shaft. He was drawn against the shaft which made four complete revolutions with his body before the machinery could be stopped, and each revolution the body was hurled against an 8x8 inch sill, about two feet below the shaft. When Mr Hall was released it was found that his hand had been badly lacerated, the arm broken about halfway between the wrist and elbow, and the hand left hanging by a few threads of flesh, and another break near the shoulder, and numerous bruises on every part of the body.
Every physician in town was summoned and after checking the flow of blood he was removed to his residence and the arm amputated just below the elbow, and the broken bone above set. After the operation he appeared to be getting along as well as possible for one in his condition and gave hopes to the physicians that he had sustained no internal injuries, but at 11:30 o'clock there was a sudden and unexpected change and within fifteen minutes Pete Hall was dead.
To the devoted wife who remained by his side from the hour of the accident, the blow was a fearful one, and those who witnessed the scene when it was realized that death was conquering, will never be able to erase it from memory. Pitifully did the wife appeal for one word from the dying husband, but the appeal was unheard.
In his death a loving wife has lost a true and devoted husband whose every endeavor was to make her life one of happiness,and well had he succeeded. Four little children who were the idols of the deceased, are left to never again experience a father's love while upon this earth Sweetwater and Nolan county has lost a generous, honest and progressive citizen; a capable and fearless officer who was never known to shirk his duty.
A short funeral service was conducted by Rev. W. H. Harris at the Methodist church Sunday evening at 3:30 o'clock, and the body was turned over to his brother Masons, he being an honored member of the order. To the writers knowledge, a greater number of people never before followed the remains of one of our citizens to the last resting place.
To the broken hearted wife and aged mother, whose home is in Milam county and who could not reach here before the burial of her son, and other relatives, the people of Sweetwater extend sympathy that is truly heartfelt.
Mr. Hall carried $10,000 insurance on his life.
Mr Hall was 35 years and 24 days of age, was born in Milam county, Texas. He was married to Miss Nannie Hopkins on May 8 1887 at Ad Hall, Milam Co., which place was named after his father. They moved to Sweetwater [in] 1890. Mr. Hall was elected Sheriff and Tax Collector of Nolan county in 1896 and was re-elected to the office in 1898. He was a man of cheerful disposition, always able to find a bright side to the darkest hours of life. His friendship for his friends was always unwavering, and he knew no limits when his assistance was needed by a friend.
He left a wife and four children, two boys and two girls ages 8, 6, 4 and 2 years also a mother four brothers and three sisters.
Adam J Hall (1827 - 1886)
Prudence Walker Hall (1845 - 1937)
Nancy Ida Lee Hopkins Hall (1870 - 1951)
Bess Hall Pearce (1893 - 1986)*
Shelby Madden Hall (1897 - 1957)*
James Henry Hall (1862 - 1935)*
Peter Madden Hall (1864 - 1899)
Lillie Hall (1867 - 1867)*
Mary Brady Hall (1868 - 1936)*
Richard Tice Hall (1872 - 1944)*
Eliza Hall (1874 - 1874)*
Sarah L. Hall Donaldson (1877 - 1952)*
Prudence Hall Scarborough (1878 - 1962)*
Adam John Hall (1881 - 1954)*
Dempsey Kemp Hall (1884 - 1961)*
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Originally Created by: Janie Healer Davis
Record added: Aug 26, 2006
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