Hugh Hall

Hugh Hall

Birth
Plymouth, Windsor County, Vermont, USA
Death 26 Jan 1931 (aged 88)
Columbus, Columbia County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Columbus, Columbia County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 46392284 · View Source
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At the age of nine-teen he enlisted in the United States Army in Company G 23rd Wisconsin Infantry during the Civil War. He fought in many battles including the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi where he was wounded several times. He was taken prisoner by the Confederate Army November 4, 1863 at Carrion Crow Bay, and was imprisoned at
Andersonville. He was exchanged on December26, 1863, and was honorably discharged on July 4, 1865 at Mobile, Alabama. He was then sent to Madison, Wisconsin where he was discharged from state service on July 2, 1865. After a year of traveling he returned to Madison and was employed in the windmill and pump business. After moving to Columbus, Wisconsin added agriculture implements to his business. His favorite past time was a game of checkers and he would sit and talk at great lengths about war incidents. In 1892-1893 he was Mayor of Columbus,
Wisconsin. In 1894 he was elected Sheriff of Columbia County, Wisconsin.

(The Columbus Republican January 30, 1931 page 1)
"The memory of our country's dead shall strengthen and encourage in us all a deeper and more abiding patriotism." So reads part of the Grand Army of the Republic ritual for the Memorial Day service at the cemetery. Last Memorial Day it was read by Hugh Hall. Since then this veteran, who so much appreciated Memorial Day in all its significance has been slowly failing and on Monday, January 26th, 1931, he stood "AT ATTENTION" before the Great Commander. Eighty-eight years were given him. He gave eighty of these years to this county. These years marked the development of a territory into a great commonwealth. Today we honor a pioneer. Mr. Hall was born at Plymouth, Vermont, Jan. 14, 1843. The parents, Daniel and Lydia Hall, were natives of that state. In 1849 the family came to Wisconsin and experienced all the adventures and hardships of the pioneer days. From Aug. 14, 1862 until July 4, 1865---three years---Mr. Hall served in the Union Army in Co. G of the 23rd Wisconsin Infantry. Three times he was wounded. For two months he was a prisoner in a Confederate prison. On Sept. 21, 1875, he was married to Miss Ellen Fairbanks. Last Sept. Mr. and Mrs. Hall quietly observed their 55th wedding anniversary. After seven years on a farm in the town of Hampden, Mr. and Mrs. Hall came to Columbus where Mr. Hall engaged in the implement business. Mr. Hall was always keenly interested in public affairs. In 1892 to 1893 he was Mayor of Columbus. In 1894 he was elected sheriff of Columbia County. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. It was the G. A. R. however that claimed his chief allegiance, especially during recent years. He attended many of the National Encampments and many of the State Encampments of the G. A. R. The local veterans knew him as their leader. There survive to cherish the memory of this soldier and pioneer: his wife; three daughters, Miss Mabel F. Hall of Columbus; Mrs. E. A. Selk of El Paso, Illinois; and Mrs. Earl Rueter of Fall River; one brother, Mr. Addison Hall, town of Pacific; and three grandchildren, Mary Ellen Selk, Hugh Earl Rueter, and Robert Rueter. This obituary closes with the words he so often read: "The memory of our country's dead shall strengthen and encourage in us all a deeper and more abiding patriotism." He passed away at his home last Monday, January 26. Funeral services were held at the home on Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. H. G. Trost officiating, with military burial at Hillside cemetery.


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  • Created by: Bradley Moody
  • Added: 6 Jan 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 46392284
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Hugh Hall (14 Jan 1843–26 Jan 1931), Find A Grave Memorial no. 46392284, citing Hillside Cemetery, Columbus, Columbia County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Bradley Moody (contributor 47097169) .