Mrs. Evelyn M. Hill
Newspaper clipping from February 7, 1940: “In the passing of Mrs. Hill, Colon has lost a pioneer whose life was closely woven into the affairs of the community. Her unselfish interest in others and in projects where Colon might benefit, were evidenced in the completion of the depot park and later the present community park.
Evelyn McNiel was born in Deveraux, Michigan, March 31, 1870, daughter of Charles and Sarah Deyoe McNiel. She was the youngest of six daughters. During young womanhood she taught in the schools near Springport and became a milliner in which capacity she came to Colon in 1897.
On June 8, 1898, she was married to Thomas J. Hill, then superintendent of the Lamb Knit Goods Co., and vice president of E. Hill & Sons’ Bank. She resided in Colon until two months ago. Their home was one where all were welcome and the older generation have many pleasant memories of the hospitality shown them on countless occasions. Three children were born to them, Marian K. and Edwin R., who live in Detroit, and Thomas J. Jr., who died in infancy.
Following her husband’s death in 1914, Mrs. Hill represented the Lamb Knit Goods Co., in northern Michigan and Wisconsin for four years, and was director and second vice president of the Hill’s Bank for several years. She was a businesswoman for seven years at that time owning a millinery store in the Clement block, and made many friends thru this enterprise.
Mrs. Hill was a charter member of the Colon Woman’s Club and served actively for thirty-nine years, setting as president several times. Her membership in the Colon Garden Club terminated through ill health. She was a member of the Baptist Church and Aid Society.
Her unusual writing ability was recognized by all who knew her and at the time of her death, negotiations were under way with a New York firm to publish some of her poems.
Her life closed quietly, February 7, 1940, while she was taking her afternoon nap. She was found a short time later by her daughter, Mrs. Marian Michaelson, with whom she made her home.
Surviving her are her daughter, a son, Edwin R., a grandson, John Steele of Detroit, and two sisters, Mrs. Viola Crandall of Onondaga, and Mrs. Carrie VanBlack of Springport. Services were held Friday, February 9, at 2:30 at the W. K. Markham Funeral Home, Rev. Clarence E. Hoover officiating. She was laid to rest in Lakeside cemetery.”