Obit: Hills, William (1831 - 1920)

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----Source: LOYAL TRIBUNE (Loyal, Clark County, Wis.) 04/23/1920

Hills, William (22 MAR 1831 - 21 APR 1920)

Wm. Hills died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. R. Clementson, on Wednesday, April 21, 1920, at the age of 89 years. He was born in Hebron Township, Washington Co., N.Y., March 22, 1831, and came with his parents to Jefferson Co., Wis., in 1845. When 27 years old he married Phoebe Sitts of Iron Ridge. After his marriage he, with his bride, returned east for two years, then coming back to Iron Ridge, dodge County, where he conducted a hotel and grocery store for his father-in-law.

In the spring of 1864 in company with three others, William Welch and two brothers-in-law, Abraham Smith and Henry Sitts, he came to Clark County, Wis., walking from Tomah to Black River Falls, from there to Neillsville and then to Loyal township. Each man selected a quarter section, cornering together on Sec. 10 and 11. That fall they went to Dodge County and brought their wives back.

With an axe as his only tool, Mr. Hill built a log house. In his spare time he spent making shingles, which he sold at Neillsville for $2 a thousand. After about a year on the farm, Mr. Hill lost his wife. He later married Delany Fuller, who died in 1884. Later he married Tammie Nichols, who died a number of years ago.

Mr. Hill lived on his farm about 30 years and during that time he held offices of constable, assessor, justice of the peace, and school clerk. He was a kind neighbor and friend. During the past few years he has been a great sufferer, but was always patient.

He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Francis Clementson of Loyal, two sons, George Hill of Michigan, Ray Hill of Elmhurst, one sister, Mrs. Annie Mingle of Wibeaux, Mont., seventeen grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren.

The funeral services were held at the Methodist Church at 2 o'clock on Saturday afternoon, and was largely attended by friends and neighbors. Rev. Chatterson officiated.

The remain were interred in the Dodgeville Cemetery.



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