The Lost Trotting Parks Storyboard Archives

The Lost Trotting Parks Storyboard Archives

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Searching for the Descendants of Billy Hall -- Harness Racing Driver before World War II

This is a story that starts with a letter from Delvin Miller to Clark Thompson written in 1995. Miller relates to Clark a WWII story of when he was responsible for taking 400 mules to India. While in India Miller met up with Billy Smith, a harness racing driver who often drove horses for a Mrs. Gross from Auburn, Maine. Miller knew Billy from his days at the Kite Track in Old Orchard Beach. Billy as did Jimmy Jordan drove a horse by the name of Forbes Direct. Miller spent an evening with Billy in India and months later met up with his group known as Merrill's Marauders. He found out that Billy had died of a jungle disease. Why tell this story. Here's the point! While Miller spent the evening with Billy Hall, Billy received a cable from the States telling him that his son had been born. If Billy Hall still has living descendants, this story might just be one they would like to hear.  The following images give context to Billy Hall as a harness racing driver and his death during WWII.              

Two Death Certificates for a William Hall (in India)

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