LTC William Guy Wall


LTC William Guy Wall

Bucklodge, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Death 16 Jan 1941 (aged 65)
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Burial Beallsville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Plot Row E, Lot 19, Site 3
Memorial ID 68557341 View Source

- William Edward Wall [1846-1929]
- Mary Catherine (Dade) Wall [1849-1932]

Married (1) Minnie (Tyndall) Wall on April 22, 1909 in Marion, Indiana

- William Guy Wall, Jr [1911-1911]

Married (2) Helen (Wessel) Wall in March 1934 in Bucklodge, Montgomery, Maryland

Studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Class of 1896, Cambridge, MA.

Military Service
Veteran of the Spanish-American War, Colonel
WWI - U.S. Army, Major

Wall Will Build Battle Trucks
Motor Truck: The National Authority of Power Haulage, Vol. 8

William Guy Wall, vice president and chief engineer of the National Motor Car and Vehicle Corp., Indianapolis, has been commissioned major by the War Department and assigned to duty, which will consist chiefly of designing and building truck and cars that will be armored and armed for battle purposes. Major Wall was graduated by the Virginia Military Institute and served as an officer of a volunteer company he raised in the Spanish-American war. He was an organizer and first president of the Hoosier Rifle Club, which was formed with the approval of the War Department, and has been a vice president of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

As an engineer, he designed and built the first American-made six-cylinder engined car, and was one of the first to sense the value and utility of 12-cylinder engines. He designed and built the National No. 8 car that won a notable 500-mile race. Major Wall is stationed at Washington, but will probably be active at plants that will build the cars and trucks designed for battle.

Funeral Rites for Col. W. G. Wall

Col. William Guy Wall, 65, consulting engineer, of Indianapolis and "Walldene" (Boyds, MD), died in Indianapolis January 16. He was a past president of the American Automobile Engineers and a secretary of the American Legion Endowment Fund Corporation.

He served as a lieutenant colonel in the World War. Subsequently he was made a colonel in the Army Reserve Corps.

He leaves a wife, two sisters, Mrs. Jacqueline Taylor, of Richmond, Va., and Mrs. Gen. Stanley D. Embrick, of Washington, D.C., and two brothers, Stanley and Earl Wall, of North Carolina.

Funeral services will be held this morning at Waldene with interment at Beallsville Cemetery.


After his mother's death in 1932, "Walldene" (formerly "Friends Advice") was inherited by William Guy Wall. Colonel Wall was an automotive engineer and a graduate of VMI and MIT and veteran of the Spanish-American War.

By 1900, he moved to Indianapolis, center of activity for the budding automobile industry. He was the founder, Vice president, and chief engineer of the National Motor Car and Vehicle Corporation and in 1917 was one of the first automotive engineers to be called upon by the U.S. government to assist in wartime. For two years, he headed the Ordinance Department section charged with design, construction, and maintenance of armored cars, tanks, ammunition trucks, and artillery tractors, playing an important part in the motorization of the American army.

After WWI, he returned to Indianapolis and became the consulting engineer for several prominent automobile companies. Colonel Wall, in 1928, was President of the Society of Automotive Engineers, a professional standards organization for the automotive industry.

His first wife, Minnie, died in 1931. Three years later, he married Helen Wessel of Washington, D.C. The couple maintained homes in Indianapolis and "Walldene" in Boyds.

The Walls liked to entertain. Colonel Wall's membership in several prestigious Washington clubs and his position as Master of the Potomac Hunt club, a county institution, solidifed their local social connections.

Colonel Wall died in 1941. Helen Wall continued to live at Walldene for another decade. To conserve costs, she used the rear north room on the first floor of the new stone addition as her kitchen. As they had no children of their own, Colonel Wall's will directed his surviving siblings to elect among his nieces and nephews the Dade descendant who should inherit the ancestral home upon Helen's death. They chose Elizabeth Dade Wedemeyer, granddaughter of Mary Dade Wall, who since her marriage in 1925 had lived in different parts of the world with her husband, General Albert C. Wedemeyer.

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