VARIOUS HILL PEOPLE.
Kansas 1875 Census Otter Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name age sex color Place/birth Where from
James Hill 31 m w England Iowa
L. Baldwin 25 f w Iowa Iowa
Jas. Hill 10 m w Iowa Iowa
R. Hill 4 m w Kansas
S. Hill 1 m w Kansas
BOLTON TOWNSHIP 1880:
Hill, Green, 22. No spouse listed.
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP 1875-1876.
Hill, J. Age not given. No spouse listed.
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP 1878:
Hill, John H., 28. P. O. Address: Rose Valley. No spouse listed.
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP 1882:
Hill, John A.., 32; spouse, Elizabeth, 22.
OTTER TOWNSHIP 1873:
Hill(s)??, James. Spouse: Maretta Hill(s).
OTTER TOWNSHIP 1874:
Hill, James. No spouse listed.
OTTER TOWNSHIP 1880:
Hill, Mrs. Ettis, age 31. Post Office: Clover Dale.
ARKANSAS CITY 1893:
Hill, H., 45; spouse, Carrie, 35.
Hill, H. H., 28; spouse, Lena, 26.
Hill, W. J., 54; spouse, Serena, 32.
SPRING CREEK TOWNSHIP 1882:
Hill, Winkfield, 35; spouse, D., 34.
TISDALE TOWNSHIP 1873:
Hill, J. A., 23. No spouse listed.
TISDALE TOWNSHIP 1874:
Hill, J., 24. No spouse listed.
WALNUT TOWNSHIP 1881:
Hill, H. A., 27; spouse, Esther, 45.
Hill, Perry, 39; spouse, Mattie, 32.
WALNUT TOWNSHIP 1882:
Hill, Peny [??],40; spouse, Esther, 47.
Hill, Samuel H., 53; spouse, Hattie, 32.
WINDSOR TOWNSHIP 1878:
Hill, W., 48; spouse, M., 37. Post Office Address: Lazette.
WINDSOR TOWNSHIP 1879:
Hill, W. H., 48; spouse, Margarette, 38. Post Office Address: Lazette.
FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
W. A. Hill...
Winfield Courier, September 2, 1875.
Solomon Smith, Job Shields, T. J. Forsyth, John Stalter, E. F. Green, E. P. Young, George Stout, Noah Kimball, Isaac Wood, L. S. Kibbe, W. A. Hill, and B. Goff.
J. A. Hill, Liberty Township...
HISTORY AND STATISTICS OF TOWNSHIPS IN COWLEY COUNTY.
2. DATE OF ORGANIZATION.
3. NO. OF SQUARE MILES.
4. POPULATION AT PRESENT.
5. ACRES IN CULTIVATION.
6. ACRES IN WHEAT, DECEMBER 1875.
7. REAL VALUATION OF PROPERTY (IN DOLLARS).
8. FIRST TRUSTEES APPOINTED OR ELECTED.
[UNABLE TO FIT INTO TABULAR FORM...GIVING #1, #2, #3, #4, #8.]
#1 #2 #3 #4 #8
LIBERTY JAN. 6, 1875. 48 322 J. A. HILL
John A. Hill...
[COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ PROCEEDINGS.]
Winfield Courier, May 31, 1877.
Election Fee: John A. Hill, $2.00.
Winfield Courier, November 22, 1877.
Claims Presented for Election Services.
Paid a fee for election services: John Hill.
John A. Hill...
Winfield Courier, March 7, 1878.
Real Estate Transfers.
John A. Hill to Robert Allison, se ¼ 15, 35, 5; 160 acres, $850.00.
The Great Storm.
Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.
The storm of last week, Wednesday morning, came from the W.N.W. across the north part of Sumner County down the Ninnescah River, where it did a considerable damage. The center of the storm passed over Vernon, Winfield, Tisdale, Dexter, and Otter Townships in Cowley County in a general direction of E.S.E., and left the county in the vicinity of Cedarvale. It could not have been more than about fifteen miles wide and the track of the heaviest rainfall was scarcely more than half of that width. From all the circumstances taken together we conclude, it was a cyclone or rotary storm, of about seven or eight miles in diameter; that the rotation was not extremely rapid, and that the progress of the storm was very slow.
LOSERS BY THE STORM.
On Badger: J. H. Mounts lost 12 acres of wheat; S. W. Chase 20 acres; Robert Gardener 60 acres; McCullom 20 acres; A. B. Gardener 40 acres; W. Hill 40 acres; Eckles 10 acres. Much corn was washed out.
W. B. Hill...
Winfield Courier, August 8, 1878.
Reason Treadway, the young man who was suspicioned as being the person who stole W. B. Hill’s money from his house recently, has made a confession. He says that upon stealing it, he at once took it some distance from the house and hid it under a rock, where it remained for one week. During the week he left Mr. Hill. Afterward he went back and got the money from under the rock and took it to Winfield. On the way over he bought a horse for $40, which probably led to his detection, as it was known that he had no money when he got through working for Hill. He was found in Winfield and brought back by officer McClurge, to Harrison Township. He has given the horse to Mr. Hill, together with $3.60, all that he had left, and his note for $14.00. On his arrival in Harrison Township, a party of masked men met the officer with Treadway. They took Treadway from the officer and told him that unless he confessed and made amends they would stretch a short piece of rope they had with them by placing one end around his neck and the other over a limb of an adjacent tree. At this time he confessed partially, but he made a full confession to Mr. Hill afterward. He will very likely be held for trial at the district court. Cedarvale Times.
[“NEBUCHADNEZZAR” FROM FAIRVIEW - DISTRICT NO. 21.]
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1879.
James Wilson and Ed. Hill have dissolved partnership.
[DIED: MR. WILLIAM HILL, OF OTTER TOWNSHIP.]
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1879.
From Mr. J. H. McGuire, of Dexter, we learn of the sudden death on Monday of Mr. William Hill, of Otter township, at his home. He was apparently well and about his work but a few minutes before he died. It is thought that diseased lungs was the cause.
Mr. (?) Hill...
Winfield Courier, July 3, 1879.
Mr. S. C. Smith brought to town from the field of Mr. Hill, last Monday, a stock of corn measuring ten feet six inches in length and three inches in circumference, with several ears starting. This isn’t so bad for field corn at this time of the year.
[REPORT FROM NEBUCHADNESZAR - FAIRVIEW HASH - DISTRICT 21.]
Winfield Courier, July 17, 1879.
Ed. Hill starts for South America in a few days. He says he will not use many “duds” when he gets to the Torrid Zone, and perhaps not any at all.
[SCHOOL REPORT: DISTRICT NO. 81.]
Winfield Courier, February 12, 1880.
School report of district No. 81 for the month ending Jan. 30, 1880.
No. days school in session: 90
No. pupils enrolled: 33
Average daily attendance: 29
The following pupils deserve mention as being neither absent nor tardy: Chas. Hill, James Wiggins, Kate Hopkins, Esther Hopkins, Myrtle Martin, Kate Martin, Maggie Martin, and Nellie Silverthorn.
(?) Hill, Silverdale...
[REPORT FROM “VOLUNTEER” - SILVERDALE.]
Arkansas City Traveler, October 6, 1880.
SILVERDALE, October 2, 1880.
The Democrats of Lower Grouse had quite an interesting time at Coburn’s schoolhouse on Thursday last, at 7:30 p.m. After some little trouble in securing a chairman (none of the party desiring office), Mr. Hill was induced to act. I never saw either of the speakers before, but was told their names were General Amos Walton and Hon. Dr. Leonard. The General made a great impression on his Democratic audience of nine by a fine oratorical display, who cheered him as if they were afraid of hurting the floor. The impression he made on us Republicans was that he hadn’t his lesson well learned. It may not be improper to notice some of the General’s “p’ints,” as he termed them.
He said he could explain what had become of the Republican votes of the South, which he did to the satisfaction of his nine. He said the negroes were persecuted by their old masters to vote the Democratic ticket. The General ought to know that every school boy in Silverdale township knows how the negroes were persuaded. The “old masters” persuaded Judge Chisholm and his innocent children to cease voting the Republican ticket.
Dixon was persuaded not to oppose the nominee of the party the General represents with the good loyal Southerners whom the General said had now come back under the flag; but he did not tell us these same loyal persuaders gave Dixon’s murderer the best office in the county, and sent him to Cincinnati to nominate the candidate whom General Walton will support.
The spirits of those murdered children will appear as witnesses against any party who will wilfully make such false representations.
In 1876, in the State of Alabama, there were 68,230 Republican votes counted; in 1878 there were 213. Alabama is only a fair sample of the Solid South, and in a free North the editor of a newspaper gets up and attempts to make an audience believe that 68,017 men in one State were persuaded in two years to leave the party that was instrumental in securing their freedom. “The right preservative of all rights must and shall be maintained in every part of the United States,” says the sixth plank in the Democratic national platform, 1880. What does it mean?
He charged General Garfield with desertion at Chickamauga, which he did not do.
He charged him with being implicated in the Credit Mobilier, which he was not.
He eulogized Hancock as a soldier and military man, but forgot how his party condemned General Grant for being one four years ago.
He told how the Republicans under Gen. Grant had defrauded the Government, but did not say anything about the Democrats of the South, who make war on the United States Marshals that a Democratic Congress refused to pay.
He closed by appealing to Republicans not to support a Winfield ring, speaking of Mr. Hackney in a light manner; but don’t you forget it, General, the soldier boys will send W. P. Hackney to the State Senate. He is the volunteer’s brother and friend. That scar on his face will admit him to the Senate chamber. He marched, fought, and starved with us, and we will honor him again. He wore the bloody shirt you harp so much about. The thirteen thousand dead who sleep in the pine woods of Georgia near Andersonville, whom your party starved to death, cry out from their neglected graves for us to stand by our comrade and vote for the principles for which they died—only to have their widows and orphans refused an increase of pension by a Democratic Congress, 68 out of 109 voting against it.
It is recorded against your party. VOLUNTEER.
Santee L. Hill...
[LOOKOUT VALLEY: CORRESPONDENT UNKNOWN.]
Winfield Courier, February 23, 1882.
EDS. COURIER: It may be that some items from the Valley will be of interest to your readers. The winter so far has been mild. Wheat looks well and farmers are all plowing for spring crops.
There is a protracted meeting going on at the Centennial schoolhouse, conducted by Santee L. Hill of the Seventh Day Baptists. The meetings are well attended and many have covenanted to keep the seventh, or Sabbath day, as well as all the commandments of God. They propose organizing a church at the centennial, also a Sabbath school.
Winfield Courier, March 23, 1882.
MARRIAGE LICENSES. The following persons have been licensed during the past week to commit matrimony in the different townships of the county by the Probate Judge.
Saml. L. Amerine and Ettie Hill.
Winfield Courier, March 30, 1882.
Wink Hill bought the Wm. Thayer place in Spring Creek Township for $1,200. It contains 10 acres.
Chas. A. Hill...
[TRIAL DOCKET: DISTRICT COURT.]
Cowley County Courant, April 20, 1882.
CIVIL DOCKET. EIGHTH DAY.
Chas. A. Hill vs. John France et al.
Mrs. (?) Hill...
[OTTER CORRESPONDENT: “OTTERITE.”]
There is considerable sickness in and around Cedarvale, and with great mortality.
DIED. The following parties have died within the last ten days: John W. Pugh; Rev. Hitchkock, of the M. E. Church; Mrs. Hill; and J. W. Pugh’s little boy. I hope the frost will stop this fearful destruction of life.
Jas. C. Hill...
Winfield Courier, December 21, 1882.
The Probate Court has issued marriage licenses during the past week to the following.
MARRIAGE LICENSE: Jas. C. Hill and Ella Johnson.
P. Hill, Vernon...
Winfield Courier, February 15, 1883.
VERNON TOWNSHIP, Feb. 6, 1883.
To the Editor of the Winfield Courier:
SIR: We, the undersigned residents of Vernon Township, solemnly and sincerely enter our protest against such proceedings as were held in Winfield on the morning of Feb. the 1st, viz.: the hanging of Charles Cobb by a mob. We are in favor of punishing crime, but not in favor of mob law.
E. D. Skinner, Henry Hawkins, W. W. Painter, J. T. Prewitt, J. M. Householder, P. Hill, M. Gesler, L. F. Hess, A. H. Miller, Joseph Astor, J. S. Baker, F. H. Werden, T. Thompson, I. B. Corson, P. B. Lee, J. W. Millspaugh, R. Wellman, M. Nixon, L. E. Gault, M. W. Brown, W. L. Pennington, M. Nicholson. George Wilson, L. Gibson, T. B. Ware, Wm. Carter, H. G. Woolley, J. S. Ward, S. E. Case. W. S. Woolly, J. E. Wooley, W. L. Holmes, E. C. Martin.
[ODESSA CORRESPONDENT: “M. S.”]
Winfield Courier, August 9, 1883.
Mr. Joe Hill has returned from a ramble through Colorado and Nevada.
P. Hill, Vernon...
Winfield Courier, September 6, 1883.
Committee on credentials reported the following named delegates and alternates for their respective townships.
VERNON: Wm. Bonnewell, P. Hill, W. [?] Homes, Capt. Tansey, Henry Bernard.
Winfield Courier, June 12, 1884.
W. R. Engle, Wick Hill, and Boone Daniels, on last Wednesday, cut a bee tree on the farm of Mr. Engle, on Grouse Creek. This is believed to be the first bee tree cut in this county. They found a fine lot of choice honey, and had lots of fun. Everyone who knows Boone Daniels, knows that he is chuck full of life, and that he is a boss fellow for fun, whether at the cutting of a bee tree or surrounding an old soldier’s Camp-fire.
John P. Hill...
Winfield Courier, September 25, 1884.
CIVIL DOCKET. THIRD DAY.
33. John P. Hill vs. S. K. R. R. Co.
John F. Hill...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 1, 1885.
The following is a list of names set for trial at the January, 1885, term of the District Court of Cowley County, commencing January 6th, 1885.
CIVIL DOCKET. THIRD DAY.
23. John F. Hill v. The Southern Kansas Railroad Co.
Arkansas City Republican, March 7, 1885.
Thursday Billy Gray arrested one J. Hill, on the charge of murder of a man by the name of Cobb, at Medicine Lodge last summer. Hill was identified by a gentleman who was present at his preliminary examination. He was provided for until yesterday, when the Sedgwick County Sheriff arrived and pronounced him the wrong man. Hill was turned loose. The man who committed the deed broke jail at Wichita last summer, and has not been seen since.
L. E. Hill of Iowa...
Arkansas City Traveler, March 11, 1885.
L. E. Hill, of Bloomfield, Iowa, an old acquaintance of ye local, surprised him Tuesday morning by his unexpected appearance in this vicinity. “Eb” is one of the leading merchants in his city, and is out on a recruiting tour, looking at the country, etc.
John F. Hill...
THE LEGAL MILL.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 23, 1885.
John F. Hill vs. the Southern Kansas railroad: dismissed for want of prosecution.
Excerpt: Norman Hill, on Grouse...
Chautauqua and Elk Counties Inundated. Numerous Lives Lost and
A QUARTER OF A MILLION!
Dollars in Property Swept From Chautauqua. Elk City Under Water.
A REGULAR NOAH’S FLOOD.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 21, 1885.
Cowley County has great reason to congratulate herself on her escape of the terrible disaster which overtook counties east of her. Though the rains here stand paralleled only by the great flood 1877, yet the damage is comparatively light. H. E. Silliman is in receipt of a letter from his partner in the stock business on Grouse, Norman Hill, stating that a number of their cattle and hogs perished. Mr. C. A. Peabody lost 120 head of hogs, and J. D. Maurer was driven from home and much of his property destroyed. Crops all along the Grouse valley are completely destroyed. Excepting the railroad bridges across Silver and Grouse, this is the only very serious damage done in this county.
Col. F. M. Hill, Cedarvale...
A $4,000 TWO PER CENT HORSE.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.
P. H. Albright drives a $4000 horse. This is pretty steep for a Kansas man. Mr. Albright figures it this way. The horse belongs to Col. F. M. Hill, of Cedarvale. He was offered $1,100 for this animal eleven years ago. P. H., with his mathematical turn of mind for figuring up interest, estimates that if Mr. Hill had taken the $1,100 and loaned it at two per cent a month, it would have netted him $4,000. No doubt Mr. Hill feels like kicking himself when he thinks what might have been, and is not.
W. H. Hill...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 20, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds since our last issue.
Wm F Moore to W H Hill lots 21 and 22, 19-30-8e: $500.00.
William G. Hill...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 22, 1885.
The last sitting of the District Court for this term was held Saturday, Judge Dalton on the bench.
William G. Hill vs. C. C. Pierce et al, Lovell H. Webb appointed guardian ad litum of minor heirs.
William G. Hill...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 12, 1885.
The District Court convened Monday, Judge Torrance presiding.
The case of William G. Hill vs. C. C. Pierce et al, foreclosure, decided in favor of Plaintiff.
W. H. Hill, near Box City...
Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.
Swept By Fire.
Kansas never saw a whole day to equal Friday in general “cussedness.” Real estate sailed around in the air communing with angels and turkey buzzards. Down here on earth the wind played the “Dickens,” with an illuminated D. All over Cowley damage is reported. The biggest damage was done in northeast Cowley. At eight o’clock in the morning a prairie fire broke out this side of Beaumont, caused by some flying engine spark, it is thought. With such a terrific gale to fan it on, it swept south with appalling destruction. Nothing impeded its awful gait—over roads, hedges, everywhere where the least combustible matter could be caught. Many farmers had their all swept away. W. H. Hill, near Box City, had two thousand bushels of corn, all his hay, his stable, and his horses burned—all but his house. In fighting the fire his face and hands were horribly burned, his eyes so badly that recovery of sight is doubtful. Other farmers whose places were rather new, without much firebreak, suffered the same fate. Those who saw the flames of this fire say it was a thrilling sight. No horse could keep pace with it. When in heavy grass the flames rolled twenty feet in the air, and the sparks flew wildly, continually setting the prairie distances before the main fire.
This same section has been recently invaded by the hog cholera, many farmers losing every hog. R. F. Burden lost 120 head, and others in proportion. It leaves northeast Cowley in bad shape to start into the winter—no pork, no hay, and some no corn or anything else on which to winter their stock. All swept away by a cruel fire. Winfield Courier.
E. F. Hill...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 31, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds since our last issue.
B Gilkey et ux to E F Hill, lots 24 and 24-3-35-6e, 137 acres: $2,000.00.
(?) Hill versus Rupert...
THE JUSTICE MILL.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 14, 1886.
Hill vs. Rupert, suit to quiet title—judgment by default perfecting deed to se qr 11-31-3e in favor of plaintiff.
Mary Hill, of Cowley County...
Arkansas City Republican, April 17, 1886.
Mary Hill, of Cowley County, is visiting her sister, Mrs. Holton, Saturday and Sunday.
W. H. Hill, Harvey township...
Arkansas City Traveler, September 1, 1886.
PROF. ALBERT DENIES.
And His Neighbors Declare He Did Not Fight the Pan Handle Bonds.
MR. EDITOR: I did not intend replying to any article that might appear against me in the canvass for probate judge, but the article headed “The Unpardonable Sin,” demands that I should state the facts in the case and leave my destiny in the hands of the good people of Cowley County. I have tried to keep aloof from all railroad fights. I have never, in word or deed, shown a preference for any of the propositions; I am a citizen of Cowley County, and her interests belong to all alike. I did not vote against the Pan Handle bonds; I did nothing to defeat them; I did not receive any money, large or small, either in favor of or against said bonds; and the good people of Harvey Township, who know me and who have no political aspiration to be gratified in the near future, will substantiate the above statements. H. T. ALBERT.
HARVEY ENDORSES THE ABOVE.
We, the undersigned, neighbors of H. T. Albert, of Harvey, who is a candidate for the nomination to the probate judgeship, who was assailed in last week’s TRAVELER, rise in protest.
Mr. Albert was not at the polls all day but during a portion of the morning only; he did not work against the bonds, and he did vote for them. His friends worked and voted for the bonds, feeling it was policy for them to do so.
Mr. Reece or Col. Burch, who by the way, took dinner with him on that day, will substantiate the above if called upon.
There are none of Mr. Albert’s neighbors who will say he received money to vote against the bonds, not one who will say he worked against them, and the prominent citizen of A. C. who informed the writer of last week’s notice, did so upon hearsay evidence only, and you all know how treacherous that is, especially in political times.
Many a man’s character has been blackened beyond redemption by the slurs of a scandal monger, or the machinations of a political shyster, of which latter, we have a good specimen in our own township.
We know Mr. Albert to be a man of sterling worth, one who would not and who did not dabble in the late railroad bond election, when he saw those standing around ready to push him at his first misstep, to his undoing.
We sincerely hope and feel assured that Mr. Albert’s old friends will rally to his support, and let this contemptible lie die the death it deserves, with no one to weep over its grave, save its originator, an office-seeking, would-be political demagogue of our own township.
No worthier man has ever appeared before the good people of Cowley County for nomination, and the last man in the world to sell his honest convictions for money, great or small, is H. T. Albert.
[Signatures of Harvey Township supporters of H. T. Albert.]
One of those who signed: W. H. Hill.
L. D. Hill, Mulvane...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 24, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
The Mulvane State Bank, of Mulvane, Sumner County, filed its charter yesterday. The directors are William H. Egan, J. N. Tricksy, L. D. Hill, and C. D. Beebe, of Mulvane, Sumner County. The capital stock is $500,000.
Hill, of Maple City...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 30, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
A hunting party composed of Messrs. Taylor, Cochran, Morris, and Alexander of this city, and Messrs. Goodrich, Howe, Johnson, Edwards, Hill, and Wilkins, of Maple City, accompanied by 34 canines, visited the Territory the latter part of last week. On their return the party report their hunt to have been a grand success. They captured some antelope and an abundance of smaller game. We believe John Wilkins organized the chase and it was of his hospitality the Arkansas City delegation partook. Each one of his guests informs us that Mr. Wilkins treated them royally. The party was greatly enlivened by the presence of Rob Howe, who added greatly to the enjoyment of the occasion. Enos Goodrich won the title of being the pioneer hunter. The hunt was a grand success, beyond a doubt.
Wm. L. Hill, Maple City...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 26, 1887. From Thursday’s Daily.
Today in Judge Kreamer’s court, Enos Goodrich of Maple City was acquitted. He was accused by Wm. L. Hill, of the same town, with receiving money on a note which did not belong to him (Goodrich), or in other words fraudulently. The prosecution failed to have any evidence to show that Enos was guilty and the court acquitted him, taking up the costs of the case, some $25, to Hill. Pyburn & Jeffries appeared for Goodrich. The case was prosecuted by County Attorney Swarts.