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Hall Maternity Hospital
Waukon, Allamakee co. Iowa



Hall Maternity Hospital
Hall Maternity Hospital, E. Main St., Waukon

I ran across this picture I took several years back, don’t remember the year.  It was called the Hall House & it was used as a maternity hospital years ago.  My 3 oldest siblings were born there ca: 1930’s.  I don’t know how long it was in use prior or after that time.  The house sustained fire damage & was scheduled for demolition so I made a trip to town to get the picture of it before it was torn down...... Jan Miller, May 2011

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The Hall Hospital was a private maternity hospital with 8 beds and 6 bassinets. In 1922 the hospital recorded 52 births.
~Adoption Agencies, Orphanages and Maternity Homes: An Historical Directory; Compiled by Reg Niles, 1981.

The hospital was in operation from ca1920 until the late 1940s or early 1950.

Catherine Donavon Hall, daughter of Daniel Donavon and Catherine Coughlin, was born in Iowa, July 16, 1865. She married Thomas Andrew Hall and they lived in Waukon. Thomas died September 14, 1922. The 1925 Iowa State census enumerated Catherine on E. Main St., Waukon, her occupation was performing 'personal services'. The 1930 Federal census enumerated Catherine (age 58) on E. Main St. She gave as her occupation 'Superintendent of the Maternity Hospital'. Catherine Hall died May 27, 1958 and is buried next to her husband in Mt. Olivet cemetery. ~Obituary

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Waukon, Ia., April 3 - The old Hall home, known to all as the "Hall Maternity Hospital," has been purchased from the heirs by Mrs. Thomas Hall of this city, who will continue to conduct a maternity hospital. The building, a spacious edifice, was erected about forty years ago by John Eddy, a pioneer Waukon resident, and purchased by Mrs. James Hall about twenty years ago. She continued to reside there up to the time of her death, about seven years ago, at which time Mrs. Thomas Hall opened up Waukon's first maternity hospital.

During this period of time, Mrs. Hall has looked after the care and welfare of three hundred infants, only one pair of twins being born, those of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Marsden of West Ridge, who are the parents of twin daughters.
~Dubuque Telegraph Herald and Times Journal, April 3, 1929

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Mrs. Catherine Hall is recovering from burns she received the past week when she was drenched with a boiler of hot suds, related the Waukon Democrat. It was wash day at the maternity hospital and Mrs. Hall had assisted in taking a boiler of hot suds from the stove to empty into a tub. The boiler slipped out of her hand and the boiling contents struck both knees, a foot and her left hand, inflicting deep and painful burns from which she has suffered intensely.
~Postville Herald, February 1931

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Waukon, Ia. - Mrs. Catherine Hall, who has operated the Hall Maternity Hospital here the past 16 years, has leased the business to Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Stults of Rochester, Minn. ~Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, March 14, 1938

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Waukon, Ia. - the former Hall Maternity Hospital, on East Main Street, has been leased by the city hospital trustees for use as a city hospital and will be known as the Waukon Emergency Hospital. It will be used until labor and material will be available for the construction of a new hospital, funds for which will be obtained through a bond issue recently voted in a municipal election. Mrs. Catherine Hall will be business manager and Mrs. George Hall will be superintendent of nurses. The hospital will be open to receive patients Thursday, May 4. ~Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, April 28, 1944

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Births in the Hall Maternity Hospital

This compiled list is from newspaper announcements & researcher-contributions as cited. If you can add to the list, email the Allamakee co. coordinator.

Kaeser - December 1920
John Clifford Kaeser was born December 28, 1920, at the Hall Hospital in Waukon, son of Charles and Katherine (Donnegan) Kaeser. ~from his obituary in the Clayton County Register, Dec. 3, 1997
Sweeny - January 1924
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Peter Sweeny, Jr., of Lycurgus, a boy baby, at the Mrs. Hall hospital in Waukon. ~Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, Wed., January 9, 1924 (Lycurgus column)
Fitzgerald & Ryan - July 1924
- Leo Fitzgerald Jr., was born to Mr. and Mrs. Leo Fitzgerald on Saturday July 19th and passed away the next day. ~Obituary
- A baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Ryan of LaFayette, at the Hall maternity hospital July 21st, but lived only a few hours. ~Obituary
Mealoy & Ray - September 1924
At the Hall maternity hospital in this city a baby boy was born to Mr and Mrs. Robert Ray of Union Prairie township, and a baby girl to Mr. and Mrs. James Mealoy of near Lycurgus. ~Dubuque Times Journal, Wed., August 6, 1924; Waukon news column
Hachlen - May 1927
Mr. and Mrs. Herman Hachlen are the happy parents of a winsome baby daughter, born to them this morning at the Hall hospital. This is the first event of the kind in their home and the little miss is assured of all the love and devotion her proud parents can bestow upon her. ~Waukon Democrat
Pottratz - November 1927
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Hartley motored to Waukon Sunday to form the acquaintance of a little grandson, born to Mr. and Mrs. Leo Pottratz at the Hall Maternity Hospital. They now have a boy and a girl.
O'Brien - November 1927
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard O'Brien became the happy parents of a fine baby boy, their first child, born at the Hall Maternity Hospital Monday. The mother and child are getting along nicely and the proud papa is receiving the congratulations of friends.
Hager - June 1928
Mr. and Mrs. Otto E. Hager of Ludlow are the happy parents of a baby daughter, says the Waukon Democrat, born to them Monday at the Hall maternity hospital. ~Postville Herald, Thurs., June 21, 1928
Hilmer & Herman - November 1928
Something that don't often happen was the situation at the Hall Maternity Hospital recently, says the Waukon Journal, two sisters with new born babies being there at the same time. While Mrs. Albert Hilmer of Ludlow township and baby were being cared for Mrs. Gus Herman, living east of town, came to the hospital last Wednesday gave birth to a baby daughter. Both the ladies are daughters of Mr. and Mrs. John Flage of this city. ~Postville Herald, Nov. 5, 1928 (County News column)
Klepper - 1929
Mr. and Mrs. Will Klepper are the proud parents of a baby daughter, born at the Hall hospital at Waukon on January 13th. ~Postville Herald, January 24, 1929
Cota - April 1929
A baby boy, their second, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Denis Cota at the Hall Maternity Hospital last Thursday evening. Mother and child getting along nicely.
Todd - April 1929
Tuesday night of last week Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Todd became the parents of a fine baby boy. The little one was born at the Hall Maternity Hospital, where the mother and child are receiving care.
Bulman - March 1930
Sheriff and Mrs. Leonard Bulman have another boarder who will no doubt decide to remain with them permanently, as on Tuesday morning a winsome lassie was born to them at the Hall maternity hospital. This event gives them a family of three children, whose birthdays are six years apart. ~Postville Herald, March 13, 1930
O'Riley - April 1930
Mr. and Mrs. Fred O'Riley have a nine-pound boy, born at the Hall maternity hospital Saturday. This event completes a trio of boys for the O'Rileys, but we venture to say this one was heartily welcomed into the family circle. ~Postville Herald, Thurs. April 3, 1930
Rea - October 1930
A fine baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rea of Union Prairie township at the Hall Maternity Hospital last Thursday, and mother and child are doing well.
Welper - October 1930
Mrs. Otto Welper and baby girl returned Saturday from the Hall Maternity Hospital at Waukon.
Deviney - October 1930
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Deviney of French Creek township became the happy parents of a fine baby boy Tuesday of last week. The little one was born at the Hall Maternity Hospital, where the mother and child are doing nicely.
Larson - November 1930
Mrs. Henry Larson, living near Dorchester, gave birth to twin boys at the Hall Maternity Hospital last Thursday and the mother and children are getting along nicely.
Howe - November 1930
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Howe of Union Prairie township became the parents of a baby daughter born Wednesday of last week at the Hall Maternity Hospital. Mother and child getting along nicely.
Magnusson - January 1931
Mrs. Herman Magnusson and new baby daughter returned from the Hall Maternity Hospital at Waukon, Sunday, and the little Miss has been busy getting acquainted with the Second street kids ever since.
Murphy - January 1931
Born, Tuesday, Jan 27, at Hall Maternity Hospital, Waukon, to Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Murphy, of this city, a boy. Mother and child have since been doing nicely and Cyril receiving congratulations of many friends. (Lansing newspaper)
Loritz & Schelhamer - April 1931
Two babies were born last Friday at the Hall Maternity Hospital, a girl to Mrs. George Schelhamer of Church and a boy to Mrs. Theodore Loritz of this city (Waukon).
O'Meara - May 1931
Maria born May 17th to Mr. and Mrs. James O'Meara of Hanover twp. The infant died at birth. ~Obituary
Todd - June 1931
Harry Todd was born at the Hall Maternity Hospital on June 1, 1931. Parents Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Todd. The infant died 2 days after birth. ~Obituary
O'Riley - February 1932
County Agent Fred O'Riley was wearing a broad smile Wednesday morning on account of a ten-pound baby girl having been born to Mrs. O'Riley at the Hall maternity hospital. They have three sturdy boys in their family and this little Miss is very welcome. ~Postville Herald, Thurs. Feb. 11, 1932
Hageman - April 1932
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hageman of this city became the parents of a baby boy Friday. The little one was born at the Hall Maternity hospital, where the mother and child are getting along nicely. Their children now consist of a girl and a boy.
Erickson & Hager - October 1932
- A baby daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Hager at the Waukon hospital, Friday, Oct. 7th. Postville Herald, Thurs. Oct 13, 1932, Frankville news (Note: interested researchers should verify that the birth was at the Hall Maternity Hospital; the same paper & issue noted visitors to Mrs. Erickon (below) at the hospital)
- An eight-pound baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Erickson at the Hall hospital at Waukon, Sunday morning, Oct. 9th.
Gavin - April 1933
A girl was born to Francis Gavin's at Hall Maternity in Waukon.
Schultz - September 1933
-Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Schultz, a baby boy, at the Hall hospital in Waukon. Mother and baby doing nicely.
-Mrs. Louis Schultz received word on Monday afternoon that a baby boy had come to gladden the home of her son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Schultz, at the Hall hospital in Waukon. This puts Mrs. Schultz in the Grandma class.
Troendle, McCarthy, Roth & Warnock - October 1933
-Boys were born at the Hall Maternity Hospital to the Elmer Troendle's and Maurice McCarthy's.
-An unusual incident occurred at the Hall Maternity hospital Tuesday, when four babies were born, all being the first of its kind in the family. The parents are: Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Troendle, boy; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Roth, girl; Mr. and Mrs. Maurice McCarthy, boy; and Prof. and Mrs. R.M. Warnock, a girl. (Dubuque Telegraph Herald and Times Journal, Fri. October 6, 1933; Waukon news column)
Kerndt - October 1933
William Collins Kerndt is the name of the 8 1/2 pound baby boy who will make his permanent home hereafter with County Clerk T.E. Kerndt and wife. He arrived Saturday morning at the Hall maternity hospital and in due time will be a happy companion for little Miss Ann.
Ryan - April 1934
Mr. & Mrs. Emmet Ryan, a son. Mrs. Ryan died of complications of the birth 9 days later. (mother was Gertrude (Ronan) Ryan)
Kerr - November 1935
Mr. and Mrs. George Kerr of Frankville became the parents of a baby boy born to them Sunday at the Hall maternity hospital, which gives them a family of two boys and a girl.
Butler - February 1936
Rev. and Mrs. Fred Butler of Frankville are the proud parents of a little son born to them Wednesday morning last at the Hall maternity home in Waukon. He will be christened Keith John. The mother and baby are getting along nicely.
Larson - April 1937
Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Larson are the parents of a son born at the Hall hospital at Waukon Sunday, April 4th.
Butler - May 1937
Rev. and Mrs. Fred Butler of Frankville are the proud possessors of an eight-pound girl born to them Sunday at the Hall maternity hospital. ~Postville Herald, Thurs. May 6, 1937
Connor - October 1937
Miles “Mike” and Virginia “Tiny” (Peyton) Connor became the parents of James Peyton Connor at the Hull House Maternity Hospital on October 11, 1937 in Waukon, Iowa. ~Martin Funeral Home obituary online ~contributed by Connie (Kelly) Ellis
Richter - November 1938
There is an added fervency to Thanksgiving, no doubt, in the house of Richter this year by reason of a baby boy having joined their family circle Tuesday, the birth having taken place at the Hall maternity hospital, relates the Waukon Democrat. Folks will readily understand that the above refers to Attorney G.B. Richter and wife of Waukon. Mrs. Richter was formerly Miss Lacy Bell, music instructor in the Postville schools. ~Postville Herald, Thursday, December 1, 1938
Kirkeby - March 1939
Peter Martin Kirkeby was born March 29 at the Hall Maternity Hospital. Parents Mr. & Mrs. Oliver Kirkeby. The infant died Wednesday, April 5, 1939. Obituary
Sunderman - August 14, 1940
Mary Lou Sunderman – b. August 14, 1940, daughter of Kermit and Dorothy (Duggan) Sunderman ~contributed by Connie Kelly Ellis; source: obituary of Mary Lou (Sunderman) Buege
Ryan - February 1941
Mr. and Mrs. Forest Ryan of Waterloo township are the parents of their second son who arrived Wednesday in the Hall maternity hospital.
Jelinek - August 1942
A daughter, their first child, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Jelinek of Postville, Tuesday, August 11, at the Hall Maternity hospital. Mrs. Jelinek is the former Martha Hager of Ludlow township. ~Waukon Democrat
Aschom - October 4, 1946
Mr. and Mrs. Norbert J. Aschom of Lansing, a girl. ~contributed by Connie Kelly Ellis, child's name was Kathleen 'Kathy'
Kellison - January 31, 1947
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kellison of Waukon, a boy who died shortly after birth. ~contributed by Connie Kelly Ellis, child's name was Timothy
Neverman - January 31, 1947
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Neverman of Waukon, a boy. ~contributed by Connie Kelly Ellis, child's name was Leslie
Elder - January 31, 1947
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Elder of Harpers Ferry, a girl. ~contributed by Connie Kelly Ellis
Schofield - February 1, 1947
Mr. and Mrs. Don Schofield of Monona, a boy. ~contributed by Connie Kelly Ellis
White - February 2, 1947
Mr. and Mrs. Walter White of Monona, a boy. ~contributed by Connie Kelly Ellis, child's name was Gary
Collins - February 5, 1947
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Collins of Lansing, a girl. ~contributed by Connie Kelly Ellis
Kelly - February 5, 1947
Mr. and Mrs. Forest Kelly of Monona, a girl. ~contributed by Connie Kelly Ellis (this is Connie's birth announcement)
Monroe - February 6, 1947
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Monroe of Waukon, a girl. ~contributed by Connie Kelly Ellis (per Aubrie Lenz Monroe: child's name was Patricia, she's my husband's aunt)
Aldrich - February 8, 1947
Mr. and Mrs. Hilliard Aldrich of Lansing, a boy. ~contributed by Connie Kelly Ellis
Krumme - February 10, 1947
Mr. and Mrs. Milton Krumme of Lansing, a boy. ~contributed by Connie Kelly Ellis, child's name was Allen
Wendel - February 10, 1947
Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Wendel of Lansing, a boy. ~contributed by Connie Kelly Ellis
Zimmerman - February 10, 1947
Mr. and Mrs. Herb Zimmerman of Lansing, a girl. ~contributed by Connie Kelly Ellis, child's name was Kay

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