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Windham County Connecticut
WINDHAM COUNTY RECORDS
EDWIN HARRISON HALL
AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES.
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 884
EDWIN HARRISON HALL. The largest
and oldest of North Windhams industries is the cotton thread manufactory
of E. H. Hall & Son, which is located near the bridge on the
north side of the Natchaug river, in Windham county. A wheel of 91-horse
power gives the required motion to some 4,000 spindles, and about
3,000 pounds of yarn a week are produced. Some forty people are employed,
and dull times is something not found in the history of this enterprise.
The land on which the factory is located has been used for manufacturing
purposes for more that a century. Here paper was made in the early
part of the nineteenth century, but that gave way to cotton making
in 1831. In 1860 the buildings were destroyed by fire, and the new
structures were leased to Merrick Brothers for thread making. In
1871 the property was
Nathan Hall, the grandfather of Edwin H. Hall, was born in June, 1781, and he died Dec. 6, 1841. Philomela, his wife, was born May 30, 1785, and died April 13, 1838. To them were born the following children: Stephen F., born in 1804, died in 1879; Origen B., born in 1806, died in 1888; Philomela, born in 1808, died in 1890; Gardiner, born in 1809, died in 1879; Lurancy, born Nov. 12, 1811, died in 1887; Eleazer B., born in 1813, died in 1850; Norman B., born in 1815, died in 1891; Deborah, born in 1816, died in 1883; Lyman, born in 1818, died the following year; Egbert, born in 1820, died in 1878; Edwin H., Sr., the father of the subject of this article; Nathan Lyman, born in 1823, died in Willington; Lovisa, born in 1827, died the following year. Nathan Hall is remembered in the city as a man of great physical power and steady endurance. He lived for a time in the Yellow Row, belonging to the Windham Co., and afterward built the Moynaham block, on Main street.
Edwin H. Hall, Sr., was a life-long
resident of the town of Windham, with the exception of a very brief
period, and died at his residence on High
Edwin H. Hall, Sr., was a candidate
on the Republican ticket for the office of representative, and was
defeated by John L. Hunter, who had only a margin of two votes in
his favor. This was in 1878, and the following year Mr. Hall was
chosen a commissioner of Windham county, a position he held until
failing health compelled his retirement in January, 1884. During
1883 and 1884 he was the committee of the First School District,
and for many years was one of the trustees of the Willimantic Camp
Meeting Association. About the time of his return to Willimantic,
during the pastorate of Rev. J. A. Robinson, he became a member of
the Methodist Church. In every position of life his zeal for the
public welfare, and his fidelity to the duties of every trust, and
his steadfast conviction of right commanded the admiration of his
associates. Twice in his life time, as he was wont to tell his friends,
did he come near to a violent death: Once in March, 1876, when the
Of the children born to Edwin H. Hall, Sr., and his wife, Edwin Harrison is mentioned below; Luthera, wife of Charles S. Lyman, lives at Holyoke, Mass.; Alice A., is the wife of P. H. Foland, of Boston; and Ella M. and Francois P. are both deceased.
Edwin Harrison Hall, the subject of this writing, was born in Willimantic, Dec. 29, 1848, in the family home on High Street, and with the exception of five years passed in South Willington and in Holyoke, Mass., has spent his life in his native community. His education was obtained from the public schools, and his special business training secured at Bryant & Strattons Business College in Hartford, in 1865. For two years he was successfully engaged in mercantile business with his father, but preferring manufacturing, he entered the employ of the Willimantic Linen Co., remaining with that corporation several years. His next engagement was with Gardiner Hall, Jr., & Co., of South Willington, which continued three years, and which he gave up to go with the Merrick Thread Company, of Holyoke, Mass. After spending two years with them he entered into business relations with his father as narrated above, and since 1872 his life has been passed in North Windham. His manufacturing career has been identified with the thread business and several of the thread mills of New England have been planned and started in one way or another by the Hall family and their connections.
Mr. Hall has always been a stanch Republican,
and has creditably filled several local positions, having refused
those of larger importance on
On Dec. 29, 1869, Edwin H. Hall was married to Maria A. Ayers, a native of Coventry, and a daughter of Wolcott H. and Lydia S. (Fargo) Ayers, the former of whom is deceased, but the latter is still living in South Coventry. To this marriage was born one son, Louis, who married Queeny, a daughter of Anderson J. Greenslit, of Hampton, and is now the superintendent of his fathers factory at North Windham; he has grown up in the business, and knows it from start to finish. There is also an adopted daughter, Nettie L., now at home.
Mr. Hall united with Eastern Star Lodge, No. 44, F. & A.M., at Willimantic, Nov. 5, 1879, and also belongs to the A.O.U.W., at Willimantic. Framed and hanging in his office is a picture in which Mr. Hall takes much pride. It is of nine young men who formed the Willimantic Base Ball Club of 1866. Several of these young men have since become widely known, and four are now deceased. From a newspaper clipping it appears that they won the most of the games they played, defeating Rockville, South Coventry, Danielson, and clubs of other towns. In that year an experienced ball player came to work in Willimantic, and was given a position on the team. The first curved pitcher Willimantic had known, he proved a valuable acquisition to the club, and a wonder to the spectators.
Linda D. Pingel great-great granddaughter of Cyrus White of Rockville, Ct.
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