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Hall, Robert Reid (1881–1960)

Patrick Judd Biography Entry

Robert Reid Hall, mayor of the town of Bishop, Nueces County commissioner, and superintendent of the Corpus Christi waterworks, was born on Chaparral Street in Corpus Christi, Texas, on July 12, 1881, to John A. (born 1843) and Amelia (Reid) Hall (born 1848). His parents were married in 1867 in Corpus Christi, and Robert was the seventh of their ten children. When Robert was seventeen he joined the U.S. Army to serve in the Spanish American War. He never saw combat but worked in the Ordnance Department’s accounting section. Robert Hall returned from the war and married Doretta “Dora” M. Stevens, a lifelong resident of Nueces County. They had a daughter named Bertha. During World War I Hall worked as an auditor for the federal government for about ten months. Tragedy hit the Hall family when on September 14, 1919, a hurricane devastated Corpus Christi. Hall’s parents and his sister Margaret drowned in the storm. His wife Dora lived to tell her harrowing story of being blown all the way across Nueces Bay to White Point during the storm and riding on the wreckage of a house in the middle of the night. Thoroughly bruised and shaken, she survived.

Hall worked for Corpus Christi’s water and gas department and became an expert on the building and drainage of roads. He eventually became superintendent of Corpus Christi’s waterworks. Robert Hall also held elective office as the first mayor of nearby Bishop, Texas. He was a progressive politician who promoted road improvements and was active in pushing forward the farm-to-market road system. In 1936 he was elected as a Nueces County commissioner for Precinct No. 1. He served in this capacity for sixteen years. Hall promoted public improvements in the county and was instrumental in getting a 300-foot wooden public pier built in Nueces County Park on Padre Island south of the Corpus Christi Pass (off Exit Road 5). The pier opened to much public acclaim in 1950 and was named Bob Hall Pier in his honor by his fellow Nueces County commissioners. Hall retired in 1952.

Robert Reid Hall, a longtime member of Woodlawn Presbyterian Church, died at his home in Corpus Christi on November 23, 1960. He was buried in Corpus Christi’s Rose Hill Cemetery.

Corpus Christi Caller, October 29, 1936; January 18, 1948. Corpus Christi Times, November 24, 1960. Vertical Files, Local History Department, La Retama Central Library, Corpus Christi, Texas (Parks—Padre Balli Park). 

Time Periods:

  • Texas in the 1920s
  • Great Depression
  • Texas Post World War II

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Patrick Judd, “Hall, Robert Reid,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed October 20, 2020,

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