J. Hill

J. Hill, master mechanic of the Lake Erie & Western,
Fort Wayne, Cincinnati & Louisville and Northern Ohio railroad shops at
Lima has been a resident of this city only short time, coming here
September 1, 1904. He was born in Scotland in 1865, and is a son of
John Hill, deceased, who was at one time master mechanic in charge of
the roundhouse of the Wisconsin Central Railway at Stevens Point.
When our subject was five years old, his parents came to the
United States and located for a short time in Milwaukee. Later they
moved to Stevens Point, Portage County, Wisconsin, where young Hill
acquired his education. As soon as he was old enough to begin learning
a trade, he was apprenticed in the Wisconsin Central Shops, where he
served four years to master the machinists' trade. After working in the
shops by the day for six or eight years, he was promoted to the position
of foreman of the Waukesha railroad shops. His fidelity and ability
were rewarded one year later when he was transferred to the St. Paul
Division of the Wisconsin Central as division foreman, having
jurisdiction over both the St. Paul and Minneapolis roundhouses. He has
risen steadily from one post of trust to another by the loyal and
faithful discharge of his duties and when, one year later, he accepted
the position of foreman of the Chicago & Calumet Terminal Railroad
repair shops in East Chicago, he was advancing a step higher in the
confidence and regard of his employers. Three years later, in 1896,
this company was merged into the Chicago Terminal Transfer Company, and
Mr. Hill was placed in charge of the locomotives and cars of the company
as master mechanic. Six years later, he resigned this position to
become foreman of the shops of the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern
Railway at Elkhart, Indian, where he remained 18 months, going then to
Kankakee, Illinois, as general foreman of the Indiana, Illinois & Iowa
Railroad. A year and a half later he accepted his present post and
moved to Lima, where he has ably filled the duties of his position.
Mr. Hill was married November 4, 1896, to Mary Edgar, daughter
of the late Thomas Edgar, of Leesburg, Indiana. They have one child,
Eloise. Mr. Hill is a member of the Masonic fraternity and is also a
prominent Knight of Pythias.