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Captain J.B. Hall's Death
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), 5 Aug 1916

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Captain J.B. Hall's Death.
Prominent and Well Known Lake Captain Will be Buried in Oswego

Captain John B. Hall, of Buffalo, well known vessel master, died at his home in that city yesterday after a brief illness. He was one of the oldest vessel masters on the lakes.

Captain Hall was born at Sacket's Harbor, Jefferson county, in April, 1838. His parents were John and Carissa A.Waldo Hall. His father was from Alnwick, Northumberland, England. The family removed to the United States about the close of the War of 1812. His mother was the daughter of John B. and Margaret Aldo, of Lewis county.

In his early life John B. Hall learned the business of rope-making. Then he spent a period on a farm in Oswego county. He began his sailing career on a tug in Oswego harbor in 1856 and was commissioned a lake pilot in 1861.

In his career as navigator Captain Hall commanded such ships as the Olean, Blanchard,Richmond, St. Louis, New York, Toledo and Havana. For five years until 1892 he commanded the Corona for the Mutual Transportation Company.

Captain Hall, in all his years of life on the blue water, had the record of never having lost a vessel. In 1894 he became agent of the American Steel Barge Company of Cleveland.

The funeral ceremonies will be Masonic and burial will be at Oswego.

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Genealogical Resource
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Date of Publication:
5 Aug 1916
Personal Name(s):
Hall, John B. ; Hall, John ; Waldo, Carissa A. ; Aldo, John B. ; Aldo, Margaret
Corporate Name(s):
American Steel Barge Company
Richard Palmer
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
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Captain J.B. Hall's Death