Lennie Hall Biography
Newsletter and family information donated by Mona Foltz
Monthly Safetygram, Published by the Bell and Zoller Coal & Mining Co., Centralia Coal Company, Crescent Mining Company. Vol. 5, No. 4, March 1935. P. 12.
The daily routine of mine operations is followed day after day with comparatively few accidents in certain phases of the operation. The safety of the entire top force, and some of the underground men, depend on the proper maintenance of the surface plant and that part of the underground equipment which is maintained by the top force, The working condition of shaft, top machinery, steam lines, water lines, boilers, wash house, etc. is usually considered just a matter of course but it is due at Centralia No. 5 mine to the efforts of the master mechanic, Leonard Truman Hall, familiarly known as “Lennie.”
In addition to his duties as machinist, Lennie is the official “trouble shooter” on everything from changing a switch point in the load yard to changing a bearing in a motor in the tipple.
Lennie Hall has been an employee of the Centralia Coal Company for twenty-four years. He was born on a farm near Fairfield. Illinois, on February 22nd, 1883. He was educated in the country schools near Fairfield and lived on the farm until he was 22 years old. He then moved to Omaha, Nebraska where he lived for six years. Returning to Illinois, he came to Centralia and in 1905 went to work in the Illinois Central car shops. He started to work for the Centralia Coal Company in 1910. Most of his work has been at the No. 5 mine, although he worked at No. 2 and No. 4 and also at both Zeigler mines. He was married in 1908 to Miss Ida Wooters of Centralia. They are the parents of six children, all of whom are living.
Lennie says that all moving machinery, steam lines, etc., are potential accidents, both from a standpoint of safety and operation, and must be properly maintained and safeguarded. He says that many accidents can be prevented if every man will report any irregularity in things of this sort. Mr. Hall has always been loyal to his company, and feels that it is to the interest of every employee to cooperate in safety movements.
Family Information provided by researcher Mona Foltz:
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1. Alfred HALL b. 1794-1800 d. 1835. m. Jane Robinson, 1818, White County, IL.
2. Tyra Robinson HALL, Sr. (Alfred & Jane's youngest son) b. 18 Jan 1834, Wayne Co., IL, d. 21 Mar 1862, Pilot Knob, Mo, of influenza. Pvt. Co. D, 5th Reg., Ill Cavalry. He married Mary Elizabeth TREAT 4 Aug 1853, Wayne Co., Ill.
3. i. George Washington HALL, b. 4 Jan 1856, Wayne Co., Ill.,d. 15 Jan, 1933, Marion Co., Ill. m. Evaline DOWNEN, 13 Dec. 1877, Jefferson Co., Ill., b.7 Mar 1858, Fairfield, Wayne Co., Ill., d. 19 Sept 1926, Centralia, Marion Co., Ill.
ii. Andrew Jackson HALL, b. 4 July 1858, Wayne Co., Ill. d. Neb.
iii. Tyra Robinson HALL, Jr., b. 9 July 1860, Wayne Co., Ill.
Children of George Washington HALL and Evaline DOWNEN
4. i. Bessie HALL, b. 1 Sept. 1879, d. 1 Sept. 1879.
ii. Marion Frank HALL, b. 1 Feb 1881, d. 7 Feb 1881.
iii. Leonard Truman HALL, b. 22 Feb 1883, Fairfield, Wayne Co., Ill., d. 5 Sept., 1960, St. Louis, Mo. m. Ida Pearl WOOTERS 01 Jan 1908, Centralia, Marion county, Ill., b. 2 April 1885, Centralia, Marion Co., Ill.
iv. George Cloyde HALL, b. 22 Feb 1889, Fairfield, Wayne Co., Ill.; m Nora PEARSON 25 Dec. 1911.
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