Memories and laughter flowed at Sauk City’s village board meeting June 24 as officials and family members of Chuck Hall gathered to rename the baseball field at the Jaycee Park in his honor.
The village board met at the field to pass a resolution officially declaring the baseball diamond Chuck Hall Memorial Field.
The name Jaycee Park remains in tact, but with Hall’s name attached specifically to the ball field.
With Hall family members and close friends in attendance, village president Jim Anderson described Hall via an official resolution.
As the owner and operator of Hall’s Pharmacy for 45 years, comments from those in attendance focused on his community involvement and jovial personality.
“Chuck was a life-long resident of Sauk City where he was known for his intelligence, his humility, volunteerism and for his ever present sense of humor,” Anderson said. “If we would have done an appropriate resolution for Chuck, it would have been 12 pages long and everybody here would have been waiting until midnight for me to finish reading it.”
Hall served on the Sauk City Library Board from 1981 until his death in February 2014, and the Sauk City Historical Preservation Committee from 2000 to 2007.
He was among the organizers of the annual Civil War Days, a two-day festival at August Derleth Park.
His wife Penny Hall, her children and other Hall family members gathered to unveil the new Chuck Hall sign on the building that houses the ball field’s concession stand and receive a plaque in Hall’s honor.
The land for the park was donated in the early part of the 19th century for a baseball field.
“My dad’s grandparents donated this land to the village to always be used as a baseball field,” Charlie Hall said. “They were the Steidtmanns that came across the pond. This was the Steidtmann farm in the late 1800s.”
“Chuck was very instrumental when we started renovating this ball park and helping out,” village trustee Steve Haag said. “He was up here most every night. There was a libation or two and we had some fun with it. It’s a well deserved honor. He could make the devil smile. He was a special person.”
Chuck’s sister Mary Tallitsch who expressed how much she missed her brother during the ceremony.
“We had great times together,” Tallitsch said. “Chuck and I did every thing together. He was a very special guy.”
Sauk City Library Director Ben Miller worked with Hall for four of the 33 years Hall served on the board.
A month after Hall’s death, the library board passed its own resolution renaming the library’s Wisconsin Room the Charles E. Hall Room because it houses historical works.
“We wanted to give him a place in the community because he loved history so much,” Miller said. “He always had a story. He loved history and he’d tell you things he discovered or learned about. He’d get a twinkle in his eye when he was talking about it. He approached everything with a sense of humor.”
Family and friends of Hall’s gathered at the Dorf Haus on June 29 for a memorial celebration.
“It was amazing to see how many people came out,” Miller said. “They filled that whole back room at the Dorf Haus. It was very touching to see.”