California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
LOUIS R. HILL, general superintendent and chief engineer of the San Bernardino plant of the Southern California Ice Company, is one of the experienced and skilled men of his profession and a citizen who is held in the highest esteem because of his professional and personal qualifications. He is a native son, having been born at Santa Barbara, California, February 6, 1876, a son of the late Dr. R. W. Hill, for many years a prominent practicing physician of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Born in Vermont, of Revolutionary stock and English ancestry, he came to California about 1870, located in Santa Barbara, and was there married to Mary Carmel Guitterez, a native of Santa Barbara. Her mother, Sarah Guitterez was also born in California and was a daughter of Benigo Guitterez, who owned the first drug store of Santa Barbara, and continued to conduct it until his death, or during a period of fifty-six years. He was also the owner of the historical Rincon ranch, which marks the dividing line between Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Benigo Guitterez, came to California in the early '40s from Valparaiso, Chili. Mrs. Hill survives and lives at Ventura City, California. She and her husband had twelve children, those other than Louis R. Hill being as follows: Emmet, who resides on the Rincon ranch; Ruby, who is deceased; Benjamin, who is deceased; Edward, who is with the Southern Counties Gas Company at Ocean Park, California; Carmelita, who is the wife of Douglas Rhodes, of Los Angeles, California; Jesse, who is the wife of Andrew Claussen, of Santa Barbara; Grace, who conducts a millinery store at Ventura; Abner, who is a resident of Ventura ; Newton, who 'is studying pharmacy in the University of Southern California ; Esolina, who is the wife of Bert West, of Ventura; and James, who is engaged in farming in the vicinity of Portland, Oregon.
Louis R. Hill received his educational training in the public schools of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, after graduating from the Ventura High School he at once turned his attention to stationary engineering, working at that calling for five years at Santa Barbara and going from there to the famous Yellow Aster Mine at Randsburg, where he worked as an engineer for one year. Returning to Santa Barbara, he spent a short time in that city, but left it for Los Angeles, and became an engineer for the Southern California Ice Company. After a year he was transferred by the company to San Bernardino, in 1906, and since then has been general superintendent and chief engineer of the company's plant here.
Fraternally Mr. Hill maintains membership with the San Bernardino Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He is a republican, but has never been active in politics and has never sought public preferment.
In 1895 Mr. Hill married at Santa Barbara Miss Alice^ Henry, a native of California, and a daughter of Jacob Henry, now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Hill have two daughters, namely: Irene, who is the wife of Earl Douglas of San Bernardino, and an employe of the Walk Over Shoe Company; and Miss Margaret, who is at home with her parents. The Hills are all members of the Catholic Church. The duties and responsibilities of Mr. Hill's position are so heavy as to necessitate his devoting practically all of his time and attention to them, but he is interested in the progress made by his city and county, and anxious to have a proper amount of public improvement done in order that this locality maintain its prestige of being one of the most desirable parts of the Golden State.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011