TABLE OF CONTENTS
Hall Family Scrapbooks
An Inventory of the Collection
George Henry Hall was born October 11, 1895, in Marble Falls, Texas to George Thomas Hall and Martha LaForge Hall. In 1922, he married Edna Maxwell in Austin. He worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone for 39 years, retiring in 1960. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, an Army veteran of World War I, and a 32nd degree Scottish Rite with the Ben Hur Temple of Austin.
Edna Maxwell was born to Harry and Jennie Chapin Maxwell in 1901 in Austin, Texas. She had two siblings, Velma and Dwight. She died in 1965 and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery. George remarried following Edna’s death, to Elsie Runnels in 1969. George died in 1986 and is also buried in Oakwood Cemetery.
Dorothy Louise Hall was born Jan. 26, 1926, in Austin, the only child of George Henry and Edna Hall. She studied dance at an early age and performed in many Austin recitals and parades. She attended Fulmore Elementary and Allan Junior High. She graduated from Austin High School on January 22, 1943. During high school, she was a member of the Red Jackets. She was always interested in music and performing arts, attending as many programs and concerts as possible. Dorothy joined the First Methodist Church of Austin on March 26, 1944.
After graduation Dorothy enrolled in Durham's Business College at Austin. She studied the secretarial training program, graduating from Durham's on December 22, 1943, at age 17. She secured several secretarial positions before hiring into the Stenographic Bureau at the University of Texas at Austin. She and her co-worker, Marguerite Ekman, received an award for their preparation of the minutes taken at the General Faculty & Faculty Council meeting on May 8, 1945. The entire assembly gave them a standing ovation.
Dorothy met Lt. Joseph V. Emmert during Sunday School at the First Methodist Church of Austin in July 1945. He was a young pilot from Michigan stationed at Bergstrom Field. They were married at the First Methodist Church in December 1945. A month later they were on their way to Michigan to make their home in Flint. Dorothy went back to work as a secretary in 1966 at the Hope United Methodist Church of Flint, retiring 20 years later.
Almost every summer Dorothy and Joe would take their three children, Jennie, Daniel, and Donald, and drive from Flint to Austin to visit her parents during Joe's two-week vacation. The vacations to Austin ended in 1964 when George Henry and Edna Hall moved to Flint. Dorothy and Joe's last trip to Austin was in 1986 for the funeral of her father. Dorothy's poor health prevented any future trips. Dorothy died in Flint on May 27, 2007, and is buried there.
The scrapbooks were assembled by Dorothy Louise Hall Emmert’s daughter, Jennie Walker, using material from her mother’s and grandmother’s scrapbooks. Walker took them apart and reassembled the information in the same order as the originals, placing material on archival paper and making photocopies of original items that were too damaged to use. Walker also inserted family photos and material that seemed relevant to the scrapbook subject matter, but was not part of the original books. Walker added dates and information that were not on original pages. Dorothy Hall Emmert had saved 3 complete editions of Austin newspapers that Walker clipped pertinent information from to add to the scrapbook, primarily old advertisements.
The first two scrapbooks were intiitally created by George and Edna Hall. Scrapbook #1 chronicles the Maxwell family’s life in the early 1900s, including photographs of Edna Maxwell in Austin Public School and clippings and photographs documenting Dwight Maxwell’s service during World War I. Obituaries and photographs of Oakwood Cemetery are also included in the scrapbook as well as photographs of George Henry Hall, Edna Maxwell Hall, and baby pictures of Dorothy Hall. News clippings and wedding photos of Joseph Emmert and Dorothy, and clippings and photographs about World War II are also in this scrapbook. A large portion of the scrapbook documents George Henry Hall’s career at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. Scrapbook #2 contains photographs of Barton Springs and Marshall Ford Dam (now Mansfield Dam) in the 1950s to 1960s. Photos of Jennie Emmert Hall as a child visiting her grandparents are also included. A large amount of material documents George Henry Hall’s involvement with the Ben Hur Shriners. Postcards, clippings, and ephemera document local activities and businesses.
Dorothy Louise Hall Emmert was the initial creator of Scrapbook #3, which chronicles her school career at Austin High School and Durham’s Business College. Dorothy’s work as a secretary and stenographer for the University of Texas is also documented through clippings, correspondence, photos, and invitations. Loose items included a branded set of playing cards for Austin Laundry and Dry Cleaning Company and Austin souvenir postcards and photos.
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Scrapbooks were assembled by the daughter of Dorothy Louise Hall Emmert, Jennie Emmert Walter, using the material from her mother's and grandmother's original scrapbooks.
Hall Family Scrapbooks (AR.2018.048). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2018/080
Donation Date: 2018 August 28
Processing and finding aid by Kelly Hanus in November 2018.