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Fayette County, Iowa
Portrait & Biographical Album of Fayette County Iowa
Containing Full Page Portraits and Biographical Sketches of
Prominent and Representative Citizens of the County
Lake City Publishing Co., Chicago
George B. Hill
George B. Hill, proprietor of the leading meat market of Fayette and a resident of this county since 1859, was born in Belvidere, Vt., on November 10, 1851, and is a son of George B. and Esther M. (Martin) Hill. His parents were natives of Vermont. His father died during his infancy, after which his mother removed to Clayton County, Iowa, where she was married in 1853 <sic>, to Isaac W. Comstock. The year 1855 witnessed their arrival in Iowa, they locating in Clayton County, where they resided until 1859, when they came to Fayette, where Mr. Comstock carried on a meat market. His wife, the mother of our subject, died in Fayette in 1874, her husband surviving her several years, died on December 11, 18?5. (The original date has been changed from something to 1885 on this photocopy of the original book.)
George B. Hill, whose name heads this sketch, accompanied his mother to Iowa in 1855, and four years later became a resident of Fayette. He attended the schools of this city and was also a student in the Upper Iowa University. When not pursuing his studies he assisted his step-father in carrying on the market and was there fitted for the business in which he now engages. At the age of nineteen he began work in the service of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company but shortly afterward entered the employ of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad Company, where he served as conductor some eight or nine years. He was married in Fayette on March 12, 1874, to Miss Sarah A. Murphy, daughter of John Murphy, and a native of Clayton County, Iowa, born near Strawberry Point. They have three children, two sons and a daughter - Edward C. who is now fifteen years of age; George Ray, a lad of twelve summers, and Ena, a little miss of six years.
Mr. Hill continued railroading until 1882, when he abandoned that pursuit and embarked in his present business in Fayette, which he has carried on continuously since with a marked degree of success. Being a good judge of stock and having a skillful assistant in the market, he has succeeded in securing a strong line of custom and well deserves the liberal patronage accorded him. He is the owner of a farm of one hundred and ten acres lying adjacent to the city of Fayette on the east, where he makes his home and which is operated under his direction. Socially, Mr. Hill is a member of the Masonic fraternity, belonging to Pleiades Lodge, No. 248, A. F. & A. M.; and Ansel Humphreys Chapter, No. 80, R. A. M. He is a Republican in politics, voting with that party, but has never been active in political matters, preferring to give his time and attention to his business interests.
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