|Birth: ||Sep., 1875|
New York, USA
|Death: ||May 22, 1953|
William Patrick Hilley was born on September, 1875, in Glens Falls, New York. Uncle Bill was the intellectual in the family, an outstanding student, and valedictorian of his class. He attended college and earned his teaching diploma, and later studied law. His real interest and hobby was inventions of many kinds. He perfected an idea for a new kind of stove, and developed a new process for taking colored pictures. He seemed to have little interest in reading fiction preferring scientific magazines to even farm journals.
He liked good furniture and when we moved to Ogden in 1919 he brought some of his furniture to our house. He had a big couch of green velvet with carved lion heads on the arms and lion claws on the feet. He also had two 9 by 12 rugs which were very beautiful. One was mainly reds and the other was gold and soft tans. His bed was of cherry wood with a headboard at least 61/2 feet high, so the bed could be folded up in the daytime. It revealed a full length mirror with two shelves on each side.
The bed was put in the front bedroom, and it was here that I suffered through a bout of double pneumonia when I was in the first grade. Several weeks later Grandma Hilley became ill and was put in the bed to be close to the living room so mother could take care of her. She died on June 10, 1922. Our First Holy Communion was the following day on June 11, 1922, in St. John's Church.
In 1923 Uncle Speck rented a farm several miles north of Ogden, and Uncle Bill came with us to help with the farming. During this time Mother was very busy, having a school teacher board with us but also was cooking for a "road gang", of six or seven men who were working on and improving the roads. The following years when we moved back to Ogden, Uncle Bill went back to the ranch. He remained there until 1934, when he and Uncle Speck moved to Washington, a move they had been anxious to make for several years. Both worked in the shipyards for several years before buying a farm near Vancouver. Uncle Bill died there in 1952 on a heart attack. He lived 77 years and never married.
Note: Int. 5-27-1953
Park Hill Cemetery
Plot: J 144-3
Created by: Scott Bolliger
Record added: Dec 02, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81415908