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22 Aug 1907


Chris Hill Died Monday in Iowa

Word was received Tuesday morning that Chris Hill had died at his home in Leon, Iowa, Monday evening.  The news had been daily expected for it was known that he could not last long, nevertheless, it was received with much sadness, for Mr. Hill had scores of friends in the city who regretted to have him move to Iowa as all felt that if he had not left Shawano he would have lived many more years.

Chris Hill was born in Stenben County, New York, on June 22nd, 1836, and died at Leon, Iowa, Aug. 19th, 1907.  About fifty years ago he moved to Winneconne, this state where he lived about ten years.  He then moved to Belle Plaine and resided there a short time and then enlisted in the war, being a private in Co. B. 21st Reg. Infantry.  He served with honor to his country and returned to Shawano County to make his home.  About 1874 he kept what was known as the Log Cabin, a well known stopping place for loggers on the main road north of the reservation.  He also logged there considerable.  He was proprietor of the Murdock House for a few years and then moved to Waupaca, where he kept the Grand View Hotel and lost considerable money.  About seven years ago he returned to Shawano and made his home until last spring when he moved to Iowa.  In the fall of 1904 he was elected sheriff in Shawano County and made an excellent official.  On his 70th birthday he entertained a large number of his friends at the court house.  He was married three times, and three children were born to his first wife, only one living, Mrs. Arthur James, of Antigo.  He was married the last time about ten years ago and besides his wife leaves one little daughter, also three brothers and two sisters.  Ed Hill resides in this city.

Much could be said about the deceased.  He was well known throughout the county and his friends were legion.  He was out spoken and if anything did not suit him in any way he said so, and one always understood him.  He was a member of the Masonic order of this city, and that order will have charge of his funeral.  Chris as he was called by his friends was liked by all and it is with much sorrow that they learned of his departure.  The funeral will be held at Embarrass this afternoon at 2 o’clock and the Masons will go down on the noon freight.  Many others will no doubt also go to pay their respect to their departed friend.  The relatives have the sympathy of the community in their bereavement. 




22 Aug 1907

Old Soldier Gone

Chris Hill Dies Monday at His Home in Leon, Ia.

News was received by relatives in this city that Christopher Hill had died Monday afternoon at 3:00 o’clock at his home at Leon, Iowa.  Mr. Hill had been confined to his bed for several months, and notice of his death was not unexpected.  The cause is said to have been a general breaking down, incident to old age.  The remains will be brought to Embarrass today (Thursday) for interment in the old family lot in the cemetery there.  The funeral arrangements and services will be in charge of the Masons, he having been a member of Shawano Lodge No. 170. F & A M, for many years.  A large delegation from the local order left for there this morning.  The funeral will take place at 2:30 this afternoon.

Mr. Hill was born June 22, 1836 in Stenben, N.Y.  He came to Wisconsin in early manhood with his parents, settling at Winneconne, where he married Miss Rachael Rice.  After the war he settled in the town of Matton, Waupaca County.  His wife died there and he was afterwards married to Miss Eva Rice, a sister of his first wife.  He moved to the Log Cabin, at Markton, Langlade County, where he conducted a hotel and summer resort for several years.  The place became well and favorably known to the many lumbermen and others who had occasion to stop there.  He also carried on extensive logging operations during his residence there, as he did for many years afterward, at one time being in partnership with T.H. Dodge, (now deceased), under the name of Hill & Dodge.  His logging operations were always confined to the Wolf river valley.

From the Log Cabin he moved to Shawano, where he resided for many years; was mayor of the city in 1892, and was postmaster from 1890 to 1894, also conducted the Murdock House for several years.  He went to Waupaca in 1894, where with Mr. Nessling, a brother-in-law; he conducted the Lake View House for several years.

His second wife died while they resided in Waupaca and later he was married to Miss Annie Wesley, of Green Bay, the ceremony having taken place in this city.

He again moved to Shawano, and was elected sheriff in 1904, serving out his term of two years, and had the honor of being the oldest sheriff in the state at that time.

At the close of his term as sheriff, Mr. Hill decided to leave Shawano again, and in the spring of 1907, after having visited several places in the west, finally located in Leon, Iowa, where he remained until his death.

Mr. Hill leaves, besides his widow, and daughter Evelyn, who are well known in this city, one daughter by his first wife, Mrs. Arthur Jaynes, of Antigo, two brothers, Albert, of Waukechon, and Edward of this city, and two sisters. Mrs. Clark, of Embarrass, and Mrs. Brinkerhoff, of Gault, Iowa.

Chris Hill enlisted in Oshkosh in 1862 and served to the close of the war, being a member of the Co. B., 21st Wis. Vol. Inf. His record as a soldier was a brilliant one, it being marked for bravery and patriotism.  In fact, Mr. Hill was noted for his patriotic and public spirit.  He was a member of the G. A. R. and often met with them at their reunions, especially with those of the 21st Wis.  An occasion of great pride to Mr. Hill was the welcome the citizens of Shawano gave the 21st Wis. on the occasion of their reunion in this city during his incumbency as mayor.