by Ted Hall..................................
Painting by Ted's uncle, Ralph T. Hall, depicting
George Hall fishing near his 1927 trout boat.
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
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.
of George Hall's rowboats rebuilt by Harry Hall
1-The 1927 trout boat before restoration by Ed
Wightman in 2000
2-Ted & Becky Hall at the 2003 FLC Boat Show with
their restored trout boat.