Newsletter of the Finger Lakes Chapter, ACBS

Volume 18, Issue 1 Newsletter of the Finger Lakes Chapter, ACBS March 2008

UPDATED March 18th 2008 - page 10


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Article by Ted Hall..................................

Painting by Ted's uncle, Ralph T. Hall, depicting George Hall fishing near his 1927 trout boat.

In 1909, Ole Evinrude of Milwaukee, Wisconsin designed and tested the first Evinrude outboard motor. Now, almost 100 years later, the Evinrude outboard motor has been a favorite for over five generations of boaters. T hat includes five generations of the Hall family which have enjoyed outboards and experienced wonderful times on Keuka Lake since the 1920s.

Each summer during the 1920s and '30s, my great grand-father, George W. Hall, and his wife, Carrie Campbell, rented cottages at Campbell's Beach (now Camp Good Days and Special Times) in the "Basin of Keuka Lake" near Branchport. There, George built and rented-out his own style of rowboats. Before his death in 1939, he had built over 40 boats in the red barn that still stands on the grounds of Camp Good Days.

Growing up in the 1950s and '60s, I first learned to row a boat in a 1927 12-ft. Penn Yan Solo Fishing Boat (locally known as a trout boat) first owned by my great-grandfather.

One of George Hall's rowboats rebuilt by Harry Hall in 1971.

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picture 1-The 1927 trout boat before restoration by Ed Wightman in 2000

picture 2-Ted & Becky Hall at the 2003 FLC Boat Show with their restored trout boat.