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Moses S. Hallman

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Birth  25 Mar 1859    [1
Sex  Male 
Eby ID  00048-3555 
Person ID  I14271 
Last Modified  02 May 2005 
Father  Joseph C. Hallman, b. 28 Sep 1837 
Mother  Salome Schmidt, b. 27 Apr 1838 
Group Sheet  F3610 
Family 1  Fannie Foreman 
Group Sheet  F3750 
Notes  Moses S. Hallman, "was born March 25th, 1859. He is married to Fannie Foreman and resides at Red Bay, Bruce County, Ontario, where he is engaged in the fish business. On December 10th, 1894, he took his small boat and sailed over to White Fish Isle, several miles to the east of Bruce Peninsula where he had stored a number of barrels of fish. After having taken 18 barrels on his small boat he set sail for the main land. Not having proceeded far on his return, he was suddenly overtaken by a violent storm, tearing away his masts and sails and driving him northward towards the upper end of the peninsula. To keep his small leaky craft afloat he was obliged to toss the whole of his cargo overboard and work his way through the foaming waves the best he could with two small oars. It cost him all his time to guide the boat with one hand and with a small tin can bail out the water with the other. He was thus drifted along by the cold and severe snow storm now blowing at a terrific rate. When darkness set in he was passing Cabot Head and rapidly drifting out on Lake Huron where he spent the whole night and the greater part of the following day, working at his oars and bailing out the water. A change in the wind at six in the morning caused his boat to return towards Bruce Peninsula where he arrived at Stokes Bay late in the afternoon. His lower limbs were so badly frozen during the thirty hours he experienced on that never-to-be-forgotten trip that when he arrived at land he was not able to walk but crawled on hand and foot over one-half mile to the nearest residence which, to his great disappointment, he found vacated. From here he crawled to another log cabin about forty rods distant where he arrived at sunset. The inmates, who were kind people, did all in their power to alleviate the sufferings of their almost dying guest who was a perfect stranger to them. After partaking of some food he fell asleep and slept several hours. When awakening he suffered extreme pain in his limbs which continued for several days when he gradually commenced to recover. It caused tears of joy to his wife, mother, brother, and relatives when the news came that the "supposed lost one" was saved."
Sources  1. [S1]   Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., Ezra E. Eby, (Berlin, Ontario, 1895), 760   [View page(s) from the 1895-96 edition]
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