University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Horace Mark Hall Papers, 1871-1957



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hall, Horace Mark
Title: Hall (Horace Mark) Papers
Dates: 1871-1957
Abstract: Correspondence, a literary production, reminiscences, notes, a map, and photographs comprise the Horace Mark Hall Papers, 1871-1957.
Accession No.: 1960
Extent: 27 items
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Warrenton, Mississippi, and raised in Charleston, Illinois, Horace Mark “Hod” Hall (1854-1945) was the son of dentist Dr. Jesse C. Hall and brother of Bill, Clarence, and Sylvia Hall. In 1871, with his friend Will Denman, Hod Hall moved to Abilene, Kansas, where they met the town marshal, Wild Bill Hickock. Samuel Johnson, a cattle dealer from Blanco County, Texas, and later grandfather of President Lyndon B. Johnson, hired the two men for a cattle drive to Johnson’s ranch in what is now Johnson City, Texas. After several months working as ranch hands for Johnson, Denman left to study medicine in Illinois. Hall stayed behind, urging his father and brother Bill to join him. Unfortunately, he eventually contracted a fever, possibly typhoid, and his mother came to care for him and took him back to Charleston. After recovering he taught school for several years, before earning an M.D. from Chicago’s Northwester University College of Medicine in 1883. He had two sons, Jesse M. and Joseph S. Hall and practiced medicine all over the United States, including Seattle, Washington, Butte, Montana, and Los Angeles, California, where he died.

Source:

Hall, Joseph S. "Horace M. Hall’s Letters from Gillespie County, Texas, 1871-1873."The Southwestern Historical Quarterly 62(3): January 1959, pp. 336-355.


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, a literary production, reminiscences, notes, a map, and photographs comprise the Horace Mark Hall Papers, 1871-1957. The collection concerns Hall’s experiences as a cowboy and on cattle drives in Texas and the southwest, crops and land use, living conditions, map of the Johnson ranches, and a literary effort of Hall on money.


Restrictions

Use Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Hall, Horace Mark, 1854-1945 -- Archives.
Denman, Will
Hall, Bill
Hall, Edna
Hall, Harvey
Hall, Jesse C.
Hall, Jesse C., Mrs.
Hall, Jesse M.
Hall, Joseph S.
Hickok, Wild Bill, 1837-1876
Ingerton, Martha
Ingerton, W. H.
Jacobs, William
Johnson, Dick
Johnson, Samuel Ealy, 1838-1915
Moore, Dan
Rabb, Pike
Stone, Jim
Subjects
Agriculture -- Texas
Education -- Texas
Genealogy -- Texas
Texas – Social life and customs
Places
Los Angeles (Cali.)
Charleston (Ill.)
Abilene (Kan.)
Austin (Tex.)
Blanco (Tex.)
Blanco County (Tex.)
Fredericksburg (Tex.)
Gillespie County (Tex.)
Johnson City (Tex.)
Williamson Creek (Tex.)
Willow Creek (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Horace Mark Hall Papers, 1871-1957, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2D267 Correspondence, 1871-1873, 1935-1941, 1957
Literary effort
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3S2 Photographs
Carte de visite portrait of Horace M. Hall at age 17, [ca. 1872]
Colonel Harry Ingerton, Amarillo, Texas