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Hybridizer David F. Hall --(1875-1968)

David Hall Wilmette, Illinois, USA

Won Hybridizer Award 1944
Recipient of the Foster Memorial Plaque in 1949

by Wilmer B. Flory

With tragic suddenness, another of the pioneer stalwarts of the horticultural world is gone. On July 24, Dave Hall, while walking across a railroad crossing in Wilmette, was struck by a train and died instantly. On August 15 he would have been 93 years young (young is the only way to describe him), nothing senile about Dave in spite of the fact that the years had left his physical health somewhat impaired.
....Dave was a man of innate modesty. In all the years I knew him, not once did I hear him brag about his horticultural achievements, impressive as they are. He had a rare sense of humor-droll, and at times earthy, but never coarse; and "gab" sessions with Dave, punctuated as they invariably were with amusing anecdotes drawn from his long and varied experience as trouble-shooting attorney for the AT & T, were occasions his friends will treasure and chuckle over for years to come, all the more so now that they have come to an abrupt end. I think the other quality that impressed me about Dave was the solid integrity of the man. In this sophisticated modern age, to say that a man's word is as good as his bond is to be branded old fashioned and 'square' and childishly unrealistic. Dave grew up in a different environment where one's personal integrity was as zealously nurtured and guarded as one's religious convictions.
....Dave was born in Blenheim, Ontario, Canada, on August 15, 1875. Thus his life span stretched an incredible distance from the horse and buggy days and all the term connotes to our own sophisticated modern age of space ships and projected trips to the moon and beyond. When he was but five, his father, then only 32 years old, was thrown from a wagon by a team of runaway horses and killed. Some four or five years later, Dave's mother married again; this time to a widower with three children, and the combined families made quite a houseful! A year later Dave went to visit his Grandfather and Grandmother Hamil and stayed on with them until he was fifteen. These were formative years for Dave, and Grandfather Hamil seems to have been the chief influence in shaping those rugged traits of character that made Dave so successful in later life. In 1896, at the age of 21, Dave started working for the American Telegraph and Telephone Company, and stayed with them for the next 44 years, retiring in 1940 at the age of 65. Since retirement he had devoted full time to the breeding of irises and daylilies, with the result that now well over 300 Hall varieties of irises and daylilies grace the gardens of discerning horticulturists all over the world.
....Dave Hall does not need a memorial. The great store of floral beauty he left to us is memorial enough, and the only one he would have wished.
And now, farewell to a great horticulturist, a devoted husband and father, and a loyal friend.


Border Bearded: 'Dream Girl', 'Forever Amber', 'Fringette', 'Little Gremlin', 'Rose Ballet'.

Minature Tall Bearded: 'Little Dolly',

Tall Bearded A-J: 'After All' 1967, 'Annette' 1955, 'Applause' 1956, 'Ballerina' 1951, 'Bandmaster' 1944, 'Bermuda Sand' 1939, 'Big Chief' 1964, 'Black Ruffles' R.1957, 'Bluebeard' 1955, 'Blush Pink' 1959, 'Bravado' 1959, 'Briar Rose' 1955, 'Briarwood' R.1947, 'Brilliant Star' 1961, 'Burgundy Rose' R.1945, 'Buttercup Lane' 1941, 'Cadillac' 1956, 'Candleflame' 1961, 'Captain Blood' R.1939, 'Chantilly' 1945, 'Cherie' 1948, 'Chicagoland' R.1942, 'Chi Chi' 1959, 'Cock Robin' R.1945, 'College Queen' 1964, 'Collegiate' 1955, 'Constant Comment' 1954, 'Coronet' 1938, 'Courtier' R.1945, 'Crown of Gold' R.1940, 'Dave's Orchid' 1960, 'Dazzelier' 1952, 'Deb's Delight' R.1999, 'Dolly Varden' 1950, 'Dot and Dash' 1960, 'Dream Girl' R.1942, 'Dusty Rose' R.1936, 'El Monsour' 1963, 'Enchantress' 1954, 'Fantasy' 1947, 'Fashion Fling' 1965, 'Festoon' 1958, 'Firecracker' 1943, 'Firefly' R.1939, 'Floradora' R.1945, 'Frost and Flame' 1957, 'Frostia' R.1936, 'Fuchsia' 1951, 'Garden Gold' 1956, 'Gay Troubadour' R.1942, 'Georgie Ernst' 1962, 'Golden Bells' R.1957, 'Golden Eagle' 1942, 'Golden Garland' 1957, 'Golden Russet' 1946, 'Golden Years' 1961, 'Hallmark' 1954, 'Happy Birthday' 1952, 'Hawaiian Breeze' 1961, 'Heartbreaker' 1964, 'Heather Rose' R.1940, 'Heritage' 1949, 'Highland' R.1946, 'Hi Time' 1948, 'Hit Parade' 1945, 'Illinois' 1949, 'Illustrious' 1953, 'Innovation' R.1939, 'Invictus' 1941, 'Judy Marsonette' 1962*, 'June Bride' 1952,

´╗┐Tall Bearded K-Z: 'La Rosita', 'Lady Sweet' R.1950, 'Lavender Mist' R.1945, 'Limelight' 1952, 'Lovely Letty' 1960, 'Lullaby' 1943, 'Lunar Fire' 1963, 'Lynn Hall' 1957, 'Lynn Langford' 1945, 'Maiden Blush' 1943, 'Mandalay' 1943, 'Ma Petite', 'Mauve Mink', 'May Day' 1939, 'May Hall', 'Mazatlan', 'Melody Lane' 1949, 'Modiste' 1938, 'Nelly Bly', 'Nightfall', 'Nightingale' 1942, 'Old Black Joe', 'Overture', 'Palomino', 'Pastella', 'Peach Brocade', 'Pink Bouquet', 'Pink Chimes', 'Pink Diamond', 'Pink Magic', 'Pink Sensation', 'Premier', 'Premier Peach', 'Radiation', 'Red Head', 'Remembrance' 1942, 'Remembrance Sister', 'Robin Hood', 'Romanesque', 'Romulus', 'Rose Flame', 'Rosecrest', 'Rosedale', 'Roseland', 'Rosetta', 'Rotary', 'Royal Command' 1939, 'Royalist', 'Royal Scot', 'Salutation' 1938, 'Samovar' 1941, 'School Girl', 'Sea Billows', 'Sea Mist', 'Sea Otter', 'Senator', 'Silvertone', 'Sky Ranger', 'Snowflakes', 'Splash O' Pink', 'Spring Charm', 'Spring Chimes', 'Spring Festival', 'Spring Prom', 'Stardom' 1941, 'Step Forward', 'Sun Chariot', 'Sunray', 'Sunshine', 'Sweet Heart', 'Sweet Refrain', 'Tally Ho' 1949, 'Tapestry Rose' 1942, 'Temple Bells', 'The Admiral' 1941, 'The Sentinel' 1942, 'The Swan', 'Tip Top', 'Token', 'Top Flight', 'Vagabond King', 'Vanity Fair', 'Victory', 'White Palomino', 'Wine and Roses'.

-- Main.RPries - 2011-08-02
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Hall.jpgjpg Hall.jpg manage 43 K 13 May 2014 - 12:21 BobPries Curtesy of Mike Lowe from Original HIPS Website
Topic revision: r51 - 26 Feb 2023, TLaurin
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