Horace Clinton Hill

Huron County, Ohio, USA
Death 31 Mar 1916 (aged 36)
Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia, USA
Burial Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 198951890 View Source
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Son of Henry E. & Louise B. Harter Hill; husband of Ada Helena Donahue Hill, married October 15, 1914 in Harrison, WV.

He passed away at his home at the age of 36 of Bright’s disease.

Horace Hill was a native of Huron County. He was superintendent of the artificial gas plant in Akron, OH and held a similar position in LaPorte, IN. While in Akron he became interested in the manufacture of agate marbles and in 1913 he came to this city and organized the Akro Agate Co. (see Wikipedia article below) . He managed the new business and while it had been in business only three years it saw great growth to become one of the largest plants of its kind in the United States. Mr. Hill was a kind, pleasant businessman and had made a host of friends in Clarksburg.

Survived by his wife; also his mother, two sisters, Miss Ruth T. Hill and Miss Anna L. hill; and a brother, Marcus H. Hill, all of Akron.

Funeral services: Sunday, April 2, 1916, from the family home at 765 Glendale Avenue, Clarksburg.

Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery

Full obituary may be located here:
The Daily Telegram
Clarksburg, WV
Hill, Horace C.
1916 Apr 1 p1

West Virginia, Deaths Index, 1853-1973
Name: C. Horace Hill
Birth Date: abt 1880
Death Date: 31 Mar 1916
Death Place: Harrison, West Virginia
Death Age: 36 years 7 months 30 days*
Occupation: Gen. Mgr. Acro.
Race: White
Marital status: Married
Gender: Male
Street address: 765 Glandale Ave
FHL Film Number: 847171

*Ohio, Births and Christenings Index gives his date of birth as November 2, 1879.

From Wikipedia:
Akro Agate Company
“During the first decade of the 1900s, Akron, Ohio, residents Gilbert Marsh and George T. Rankin began to manufacture glass marbles on the second story of Marsh's shoe store. The men created their own machinery to manufacture the marbles, and demand grew quickly. In 1911, Marsh and Rankin registered the trademark Akro Agate and began to manufacture marbles under this name. To help increase production, the two men formed a partnership with Horace C. Hill, a former employee of the Navarre Glass Marble Company.

The company's market grew quickly, and in 1914, Marsh, Rankin, and Hill relocated the Akro Agate Company to Clarksburg, West Virginia. The three partners chose Clarksburg because of abundant supplies of sand and natural gas -- two important ingredients for glass-marble production.

By the 1920s, the Akro Agate Company had become the largest glass-marble manufacturer in the entire world. During the 1930s, with the company facing competition from other marble producers, the Akro Agate Company began to manufacture ashtrays and small glass containers. By the late 1930s, the firm also began to produce flowerpots and children's dishes, although the company continued to manufacture marbles.

Following World War II, the Akro Agate Company began to suffer financially. The widespread use of plastic dramatically reduced the company's market and its profits. Akro Agate ceased production in 1949, although the company continued to sell surplus stock until 1951.”

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