Lawrence Cauley Hall, born 20 Feb 1884, Ray City, Berrien County, Georgia. Cauley was a son of Cassie Lee and John Lewis Hall, and a brother of Pasco Olandro Hall. He grew up in his parents’ household at Rays Mill (now Ray City), GA.
Cauley Hall completed the common schools of the area, and went on for more advanced studies. Family historian Mrs. Cyleta Austin said “he was a genius, attended Mercer but let the drinking get to him.” He gave up his college studies after the first year.
On December 1, 1908 Cauley Hall married Eula Bell Swindle. The ceremony was performed by Elder Aaron Anderson Knight. Eula was a daughter of Mary Etta and Redding D. Swindle, and sister of Henry Alexander Swindle, of Ray City, GA. Her father was appointed to serve as the first mayor of Ray City upon its official incorporation in 1909. Her mother is credited with naming the new town, formerly known as Ray’s Mill.
Eula gave birth to a baby girl on June 9, 1909, Eunice A. Hall, in Ray City, GA. It appears that Eula and the baby returned to live with her parents. She was enumerated in their Ray City household in 1910 under her maiden name. Her marital status was “single,” and Eunice Hall was enumerated as a grandchild of Redding Swindle. Cauley’s whereabouts in the census of 1910 are not known.
However, by 1918 Cauley and Eula were making their home at a company lumber camp at 4 Northport, Tuscaloosa County, AL. Lawrence was working for the Henderson Land & Lumber Company as a skidder foreman. There, he registered for the draft for World War I on September 12, 1918. His physical description was given as medium height, medium build, with blue eyes and grey hair.
The 1920 census shows the couple now with two daughters, Eunice and Helen Jeanette, living on 13th Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL. Cauley was working as a laborer at a logging camp, while Eula was at home raising the girls.
It appears that by the time of the 1930 census Cauley Hall was estranged from his wife, Eula B. Swindle. The census record show that year he remained in Tuscaloosa, AL, living in Young’s boarding home on 6th Street, operated by Nannie and Robert J. Young. He was working as a carpenter, and gave his marital status as “divorced.” Eula Bell had returned to Ray City,GA with her younger daughter Hazel Jeanette Hall, now 12. Eula rented a house (probably on Jones Street) near the homes of James Blanton, Pleamon Sirmans and Hod Clements, and took work as a seamstress. The 1930 census indicated her marital status was “widowed.
By 1940 Cauley Hall had also returned to Ray City, GA where he was living with his now married daughter, Hazel, and her husband, Reid Hearn Cox. Cox, a salesman of music supplies, originated from Eatonton, GA. The Coxes were in a new home they had built on the northeast corner of North Street and Jones Street in Ray City.
Eula Bell Hall was living with her widowed grandmother, Mary Etta Swindle, in her home on North Street in Ray City.
Lawrence Cauley Hall died on Christmas Day, December 25, 1954, in Ray City, Georgia. He was buried at Beaver Dam Cemetery.
Eula Bell Hall died January 28, 1965. Historian Cyleta Austin said she was in an automobile accident with Eula; Eula “died at home about two weeks later but not as a cause of the wreck.” Eula was buried next to her husband at Beaver Dam Cemetery, Ray City, GA.