Biography of George M. Hall
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

GEORGE McCLELLAN HALL, whose sudden recent death was a great shock and a source of sincere regret in Homestead, Pennsylvania, was one of the foremost business men of the town, interested in many enterprises and a prominent member of the council.

John Hall, grandfather of George McClellan Hall, the first of this branch of the Hail family of whom we have any definite record, was one of the first settlers at Poke Run, near New Texas, Pennsylvania. He was the owner of a large tract of land in that section which became the family homesteacL He married and had children: James, see forward; William; Samuel; John; and two daughters, one of whom married a Mr. Crosier.

James Hall, son of John Hall, was born at Poke Run, Pennsylvania, about 1806, on the homestead farm. He followed the occupation of fanning all his life and later settled in Patten township. He died on the old homestead January 18, 1886. He married Evelyn Brown, daughter of William and Evelyn (Hively) Brown, of Jersey, England, and they had children: 1. William, resided in Turtle Creek. He married Agnes Giles and had children: Wilbert, Lewella, Carrie and Curtis. Both sons were in the' United States army in the Philippines, were wounded and died there, and their bodies were brought to this country. 2. John, resided in Thompson's Run.. He married (first) Margaret Martin, had children: Sadie, Jane and Frank. He married (second) Annie Parks, had children: Frank, Myrtle, George and Myrtle. 3. James, resided in Chicago, Illinois, where he died. He married Maria Martin and had children: Margaret, James, Thomas, Morris, William, Elmer and Harry. 4. Samuel, married Olive Smith and bad one child, Harry. 5. Henry, a steel worker, died from the effects of severe bums received in the mills, and is buried at Milton, Paiten township. 6. Albert, married and had children: William, John and several others. 7. Robert, married Jennie Kilpatrick, and had several children. 8. George McClellan, see forward. 9. Thomas, married Jennie Silvens and had five children. 10. Hiram, married Mary Riddle and had: Mantie, Harry, Walter, Ralph and others. 11. Ellen, married John Swissallen and had seven children. 12. Joseph, deceased.

George McClellan Hall, eighth son and child of James and Evelyn (Brown) Hall, was born in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, September 15, 1962. He was educated in the public schools pf that section and then commenced to assist his father in the cultivation of the home farm, with which work he was occupied until he had attained his seventeenth year. He then went to Turtle Creek, where he was apprenticed to learn the carpenter's trade with Mr. Lenhart. At the end of three years he came to. Homestead, where he followed his trade until he was twenty-five years old, and then branched out into the contracting business, with which he was associated for a period of ten years. He engaged in the lumber business and the operation of a planing mill in 1899, under the firm name of George M., Hall, continuing this alone until 1905, when he took in as partners Messrs. Kinley, Morgan, Bridinger, Becker and Flecker, with the idea of relieving himself of some of the care and attention which the many details of his extensive business required. This partnership was in existence at the time of his death. Mr. Hall was also closely identified with a number of other important business enterprises., among which may be mentioned: President and treasurer of the Nonpareil Stone & Brick Company; treasurer of the Empire Gold Mining Company; stock and office holder and also director in the Homestead Supply Company; member of the Lincoln Realty Company; president of the Homestead Ssvings & Trust Company; formerly a director of the Homestead National Bank; member of the Board of Trade; borough treasurer for a period of seven years, and president of the school board. His political affiliations were with the Republican party, and he was a member of the common council at the time of his death. He was a consistent member of the Presbyterian church and a liberal contributor to all church and charitable undertakings. He was a man of sound judgment and keen business foresight, and his counsel was sought by many. His fraternal connections were with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Royal Arcanum. His death, which occurred February 25, 1906, was a sudden one, he being in his office attending to business matters when he was stricken. He was taken to his home, where he expired after a lapse of a few hours.

He married, June 1, 1887, Margaret Hursh, born in Westmoreland county in 1870, a daughter of L. B. and Agnes (Gibbons) Hursh, of Irwin, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, who were the parents of children: r. Margaret, mentioned above. 2. Albert, married Nora Colligan, had children: Audrey, Lebbish and George. 3. William, married Callie O'Neil, had one son, Neil. Joseph Hursh, grandfather of Mrs. Hall, a resident of Irwin, Pennsylvania, was a soldier during the war of the Revolution. He .was wounded, sent home, and died in Irwin six weeks thereafter. He married Christina McKelvy and they had children: L. B., see forward; and Joseph, served in the army during the Civil war. L. B. Hursh, son of Joseph and Christina (McKelvy) Hursh, enlisted three times during the progress of the Civil war and served the full limit of time. Mr. and Mrs. Hall had children: Eva, born February 8, 1888; Olive Lacea, born December 2, 1890; Georgia, born September 7, 1894, died at the age of four years; Jessie, twin of Georgia; Clayton, born May 15, 1900.

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