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    AUGUSTUS C. HALL, D. D. S., one of Covington's best known and esteemed citizens, who for thirty years has been engaged in the practice of dental surgery at this place, is also an honored veteran of the great Civil War. Dr. Hall was born on a farm in Butler Township, Montgomery County, Ohio, July 1, 1834, and is a son of James and Henrietta (Sidden) Hall.

    James Hall was born in South Carolina and was a son of William Hall, who was a Quaker in religious faith, and it is probable that he came to Ohio in 1808 in order to rear his family in a free State, the Quakers being notably opposed to slavery. He lived at first at Dayton, but later settled on a farm in Montgomery County, on which he resided until his death, when aged eighty-six years three months and twenty-one days. When the family came to Ohio James Hall was small. He was reared on the home farm and devoted himself to agricultural pursuits. His death took place December 14, 1854. He married Henrietta Sidden, who was born in North Carolina and died in Ohio, April 24, 1850. A numerous family was born to James Hall and wife, and four of the sons adopted dentistry as their profession. These were: William P., who practiced at Piqua for many years and resides in that city, aged eighty-six years; Horatio G., who died at Piqua, in May, 1901; Samuel T., a twin brother of Dr. Augustus C., who is still in active practice at Coffeyville, Kansas; and Augustus C., of Covington. The profession has claimed practitioners from the next generation. Dr. Ward Hall, son of Dr. W. P., died at Shanghai, China, of hydrophobia, September 29, 1908. Dr. Edward and Dr. Eugene Hall, sons of Dr. H. G. Hall, are practitioners in Columbus, Ohio. The two sons of Dr. Augustus C. Hall have both become prominent in the same profession.

    Dr. Augustus C. Hall began the study of dentistry with his eldest brother in April, 1855, and after completing his course of study he opened and conducted an office, at Piqua for four years. His practice was interrupted when he enlisted for service in the Civil War. On September 22, 1862, he enlisted in Company H, Sixty-third Ohio Volunteer Infantry, as a private, serving through his first period and re-enlisting at Prospect, Tennessee, as a veteran. Although he participated in all the dangers in which his company and regiment took part, including the march to the sea with General Sherman, the Atlanta campaign, the battle of Kenesaw Mountain and many others, and was so valiant a soldier as to gain promotion to the first lieutenancy of Company H, Sixty-third Ohio Volunteer Infantry, he was never either wounded or taken prisoner. He was honorably discharged and was mustered out at Louisville, Kentucky, on July 8, 1865. He is a valued member of Langston Post, No. 299, Grand Army of the Republic.

    On November 11, 1879, Dr. Hall located at Covington, and this city has been his chosen home ever since. In 1880 he established a dental office at Pleasant Hill, and for twenty years it was his custom to receive patients at that point every Friday. About the same time, in order to accommodate the people of Bradford, he established an office there which for twenty-four years he visited every Tuesday. His scientific skill is appreciated all through this section and, although he is no longer quite so active in professional work, having delegated a considerable portion of it to his capable partner, Dr. George Y. Hall, he still enjoys perfecting some of the delicate and important bits of dentistry which much scientific, study and long experience have so thoroughly qualified him for and which place him in the front rank of his profession in Eastern Ohio.

    May 1, 1866, Dr. Hall was married to Miss Caroline Yount, a daughter of John and Nancy (Insco) Yount, natives of North Carolina. Two sons were born to this marriage, Ernest and George Y. Dr. Ernest Hall was graduated from the Ohio Dental College, after studying three years with his father. He remained with the latter for a short time, and then opened an office first at Wapakoneta and later at Hamilton, where he is well established in practice. He married Miss Jessie Sortman, of Hamilton, and they have one son, Dwight Elvin.

    Dr. George Y. Hall, the second son, who is the present manager of the dental business both at Covington and Pleasant Hill, was born at Piqua, Ohio, September 2, 1877, and was a student in the Covington High School until in his senior year, when, on account of his older brother leaving home, he entered his father's office as student and assistant. After proper preparation he entered the Ohio Dental College at Cincinnati, and was graduated in the class of 1901, receiving honors. He continues to reside with his parents, and is one of the city's most enterprising young professional men. He is a Mason, and belongs to Covington's Ancient and Honored Order of Gobblers. The Hall family is affiliated with the Christian Church.

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