|Birth: ||Apr. 29, 1880|
|Death: ||Jul. 22, 1954|
Biography 1919 listed in the history of Fresno County:
HARRY HILL An industrious and successful rancher of Riverdale, well known for his large-heartedness and kind disposition, is Harry Hill, whose record alone as a nurse for three years in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War would entitle him to the consideration of his fellow men. He is a dairyman, following the most scientific methods, and owns and operates 100 acres known as the Sunny Hill Stock Ranch, a mile west and a mile north of Riverdale, and operating also a second ranch.
He was born at Victoria, Kans., and when six months old was taken to Junction City, Kans., where a dreadful tragedy occurred which threw a shadow over his whole life. His father, Thomas Hill, a Scotch-man by birth, had a livery stable: and on February 17. 1887, returned to his barn after supper and was there attacked by one Jem Smith, and stabbed to death. Smith had nursed an old grudge on account of a horse-trade, and in this way sought to wreak his unholy revenge. He was apprehended and sent to Leavenworth prison for life, but this was little help to the dependent widow and her two children, Harry and Thomas Oliver, who is employed by the Standard Oil Company at Coalinga.
Five months after the death of the father a sister was born, but she died, while Harry was in the Philippines, of spinal meningitis. Thomas Hill, the father, married Mary Caroline Ashbaugh, a native of Freeport, Ill., and a member of a family that came from Canada to Stephenson County, that state. They were of Scotch-Irish blood, and their children thus inherited the most serviceable of personal characteristics. The parents both came to Kansas while they were young, and they married at Hayes City, after which they moved back to Junction City. Mr. Hill left a little home and livery barn, and a life insurance of $2,000, but our subject shared in a hard time.
Harry grew up at Junction City, and lived with and worked for two
uncles, Fred and Oliver Ashbaugh, at the home of their mother, Mrs. Julia Ashbaugh, who owned the farm of eighty acres near Junction City. On December 13, 1899, he enlisted in the Spanish-American War, joining the Hospital Corps, and went to Jolo, in the Island of Jolo, a very interesting section of the Philippines and the home of the sultan or ruler with his twenty-three wives. He served in the Fifteenth United States Cavalry under the redoubtable Col. Hugh Scott, who had two fingers of his right hand and three fingers of his left shot off in action. He sailed from San Francisco thirteen days after enlisting, and stopped for six hours at the Island of Guam.
going over, and then sailed directly for Manila, arriving .there under quarantine. The United States battleship New York, Dewey's flagship, fired a salute, as the transport Sheridan, carrying our subject's company, sailed into Manila harbor.
Mr. Hill had plenty of training and practice as a hospital nurse, was never sick in the service, and served three years and sixteen days, or sixteen days over the time for which he enlisted. Coming home, his transport sailed through Formosa Straits, and stopped at Nagasaki, Japan, for three days, whence they proceeded to Honolulu, and landed at San Francisco, on December 28, 1902. After the war, Mr. Hill went to Los Angeles and worked in a drug store until six months before his marriage.
On October 14, 1905, he was married at Downey, to Miss Ethel A. Andrews, the daughter of William Henry and Martha Sabria (Curtis) Andrews, both natives of Ohio, in which state they were married in Putnam County, on April 13, 1867. Mr.' Andrews enlisted as a private in Company H, One Hundred Thirty-third Ohio, N. G. Infantry, and served through the Civil War. He was an engineer and ran a traction engine and a threshing machine. Mrs. Andrews was born at Ottawa, Ohio, on March 22, 1847. Soon after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Andrews came to California, and the vicinity of Colusa. The trip took a month or more, and was made by water, via Panama. They later moved to Los Angeles County, where they lived for many years. For forty-nine years Mrs. Andrews lived in California, seeing its evolution from a collection of scattered mining camps to one of the finest commonwealths in the Union ; and during this time she became the mother of eight children, six of whom survive her: R. C. Andrews and Mrs. Mina King live at Long Beach ; Mrs. Bertha Scholl resides at Venice; Mrs. Lena Davidson is in Los Angeles; F. A. Andrews and Mrs. Ethel Hill are residents of Riverdale. Two brothers of Mrs. Andrews, W. W. Curtis of Kerman and Bildad Curtis of Downey, also survive her. William Henry Andrews died on March 22, 1908, after which she made her home with her Riverdale children. Mrs. Andrews passed away on November 25, 1916.
After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Hill made a wedding trip to Kansas, but they returned to California in December, 1905. It was then that they came to Riverdale and the next year bought 100 acres, on which they have built a house and the usual barns and other outbuildings. They have twenty-two milch cows, young stock and hogs. In 1916, Mr. Hill bought eighty acres more, six miles west of Riverdale, and south Burrel, so that he is now the owner of 180 acres in the Riverdale and Burrel sections of Fresno County. Mr. Hill is now engaged in breeding full-blood registered Holstein-Friesian cattle. He has twelve registered cows, and a registered sire, Sir Veeman Helena-Korndyke, from a champion butter-and-milk strain, being from dams with records of 31.9 pounds of butter per week. He is also breeding full-blood registered Duroc-Jersey swine, and has several of the finest individuals in California. The boar at the head of his drove is a son of the celebrated Berk's Good-Enough, one of the most valuable prize-winners in America. Mrs. Thomas Hill, the subject's mother, was married a second time, when she became the wife of C. C. Daggett of Riverdale; and their daughter, Julia A. Daggett, is the wife of A. D. McKean, the cashier of the First National Bank of Riverdale.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hill have seven children, all boys, of whom Walter H. is the eldest, in his twelfth year. Thomas Clayton comes next, while Harold F. and Gerald C. are twins. Then there are William A., Howard W., and Francis L. Mr. Hill was in the eighteen-forty-five draft, Class 4 A, and did patriotic duty as the drill-master at Riverdale, getting into excellent shape a volunteer company of fifty soldiers. Mr. and Mrs. Hill are active members of the United Brethren Church at Riverdale, in which Mr. Hill is a trustee. They also belong to the church choir. Mrs. Hill is active in the Ladies' Aid and the Red Cross.
Mr. Hill was school trustee of the district for nine years and of the Riverdale high school for two years. He is a Republican in national politics, and is ready to support all movements for local advancement regardless of party lines. We take pride in calling attention to the portrait of Harry Hill and family, with seven bright and vigorous sons. It is just such a family as the late Theodore Roosevelt cherished.
Biography listed in History of Fresno County
Harry and Ethel went on to have 2 more children: Lois and Johnny for a total of 9 children.
Thomas Hill (1853 - 1887)
Mary C Ashbaugh Hill Daggett (1861 - 1917)
Alice Ethel Andrews Hill (1887 - 1970)
Walter H Hill (1906 - 2004)*
Thomas Clayton Hill (1908 - 1974)*
Harold F. Hill (1910 - 1981)*
Gerald C Hill (1910 - 1991)*
William A. Hill (1912 - 1995)*
Howard Hill (1915 - 2006)*
Francis Leroy Hill (1918 - 1988)*
Harry Hill (1880 - 1954)
Thomas Oliver Hill (1884 - 1968)*
Wynona Hill (1887 - 1903)*
Julia Almira Daggett McKean (1894 - 1976)**
Washington Colony Cemetery
Maintained by: Betty Hill
Originally Created by: Lester Letson
Record added: Apr 28, 2009
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