JAMES ERWIN HILL, deceased, was one of the best known and most respected residents of Steubenville, where forty years of his life were spent. He was born April 9, 1831, on the Oak Grove Farm, in Steubenville Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, and died at his residence, corner Third and Ross Streets, Steubenville, March 13, 1909, at the age of seventy-eight years. Formerly superintendent of bridges for the Panhandle Railroad, which position he held for a quarter of a century, he afterwards settled in Steubenville, and here for many years subsequently was engaged in business as a contractor and builder, in which line of enterprise he was very successful.
Mr. Hill married Miss Loretta Adams, who survives with six of their children, namely: Mrs. George N. Hammond, of Smithfield; Mrs. William Leech, of Steubenville; George W. Hill, of Fotrt Wayne, Indiana; and Mary, Laura and Stella, residing at home. Mr. Hill was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. he was a Knight Templar Mason for over a half century and for twenty-eight years was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. His business career was honorable, his home life happy and worthy of emulation; he took a keen interest in everything that made for the moral or material betterment of the community in which he lived. After an illness of some four weeks, he quietly laid down the burden of life, mourned by his family and deeply regretted as a worthy and conscientious citizen by a wide circle of friends.