Mrs. E. Hill

Death of Mrs. E. Hill



From the Colon Express, March 12, 1901:”Was the Allotted Time of Mrs. E. Hill, who Died Tuesday. In the fullness of time Mrs. E. Hill departed this life Tuesday afternoon at the age of ninety, having been born November 22, 1810, at Cherry Valley, Otsego County, New York.

She was married December 20, 1836, to Mr. E. Hill and a son, Thomas J. Hill, with several grand children survive her. He had been married previously to Miss Cooley, who died when Edwin R. was a child. The other children of Mr. Hill were George W. and Ebaneser, deceased.

Mr. Hill lived in Chenango County, New York, and being honored with the office of sheriff and justice, with numerous other responsibilities, he came west to enjoy a change and secure an improvement in health, settling in Sturgis, where he remained three years.


In 1847 he removed to Coldwater, conducting a hotel two years, when he came to Colon in 1849 and kept hotel in the building now occupied by the EXPRESS.

Later with his sons he engaged in the mercantile business, being very successful, especially during the war in 1862, sales reaching an average of $282 a day. He was postmaster here from 1853 to 1860 and the Exchange Bank was established by him in 1870. In November 1885, he died at the age of 84. Having quick discernment, good judgment and great energy, he was a man of influence and acquired a competence, which formed the nucleus of all our important industries here today.

She was a member of the Baptist church and had been identified with the Eastern Star and another society. Funeral services were held at the home Thursday afternoon, Rev. Curtis officiating. Her long years were full of usefulness and her memory will be cherished by a wide circle of friends.”

Card of Thanks. To the friends who so kindly assisted us on the occasion of our recent sad bereavement, especially to the choir and for the beautiful floral tributes, we return our sincere thanks. Edwin R. and Thos. J. Hill.

This is a wonderful example of writing in this period of our history wherein women are secondary. This is the obituary for the wife, but most everything we read is about her husband who is already dead. What was her maiden name? What was her first name? Two sentences sum up a ninety-year life. Everything else is about her husband and his first wife. Nowhere does it even mention that her husband’s first name was Elisha; probably it was assumed everyone knew who it was. The Colon hotel mentioned was located at the present site of Hemel Chevrolet. $282 in 1865 equates to $5988.82 in 2009.

Joe Ganger