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From Blenheim News-Tribune April 13, 1939 page 1
COMMUNITY MOURNS MRS. FRED H. HALL
Prominent Blenheim Woman Passed Away in Chatham General Hospital Last Saturday Morning
By J. M. D.
It was not sudden as a day or an hour is concerned, yet it was sudden as years are concerned, as death early last Saturday in Chatham General Hospital claimed Mrs. Fred H. (Bertha) Hall. Until a few weeks ago, Mrs. Hall had been possessed of a rather normal health, but after surgical examination was made at the hospital three weeks ago, she was found to be hopelessly ill of a dread malady that little could be done for other than relieve her of suffering.
Mrs. Hall was a member of the well known Peacock family of Blenheim. Her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Peacock, predeceased her, but hers was the first break in the adult Peacock family of eight. These include Mrs. W. E. Hall (Florence), of Blenheim; Mrs. H. W. Edmunds (Cecil); Miss Ada and Miss Ida (twin sisters) of Blenheim; Mrs. A. D. Bruce (Winnie), of Edmonton; Arthur of Vancouver; Frank of Ridgedale Sask. who has been here during the past few weeks of his sister's illness. Other survivors besides her sorrowing husband are a son, Ernest, his wife and his infant son, born the same day as Mrs. Hall passed away.
For her husband and relatives who gave Mrs. Hall every devotion, there is a universal and sincere sympathy.
Mrs. Hall spent all her days in Blenheim, and in her youth rendered a very real service to the community by being switchborad operator for the Bell Telephone Company when it was still a young and underdeveloped enterprise in this town and district. At that time, the "central" was housed in the drug store of her brother-in-law, H. W. Edmund. This was when the drub store was located in the building now occupied by the Georgia Restaurant.
Mrs. Hall was a member of the Blenheim United Church, and active in its support. Remains rested at the Hall residence, Hall Street, until Monday noon, Service was at 2:30 o'clock Monday afternoon in Needham's Funeral Home, in charge of her pastor, Rev. E. F. Armstrong. The floral tokens of sympathy were numerous and beautiful. The pallbearers were James F. Pegg, Dr. C. E. Buchanan, George T. Ross, Glenn C. Rutherford, F. M. Knight and C. F. Tumelty.
Among the friends from a distance who attended were Mrs. Edmonds who has been stopping here for some time, and son Murray, of Toronto; Mr. and Mrs. Will Hall, of Aylmer, and Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Shillington, of Amherstburg. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.Submitted by Bob Betts