MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 462
submitted by Neal Carter, November 28, 2007
DEATH OF S. B. HILL
An Old and Esteemed Citizen Passes to His Eternal Home
There passes away at 11 o’clock this forenoon, at the home of his son-in-law, R. B. Baird, 504 West Fourth street, S. B. Hill, after an illness of about a year, resulting from the infirmities of age, terminating with the dropsy.
Samuel Bowen Hill was born in South Kingston, R. I., July 2, 1816, and was therefore in his 82d year. He came from old revolutionary stock. He learned the carpenter’s trade in his native state, serving the regular time as an apprentice. He lived in Newport, R. I., and came to Muscatine in March, 1850, his wife and two children following him the next July. He followed his trade as builder and contractor here until thirteen years ago, when he retired on account of age. Some of the largest and finest buildings in this city were erected by him, the most prominent being what is now the old Congregational church and the first High School building.
Mr. Hill inherited the New England love of liberty and hatred of slavery. His only son, George, died in August, 1863, from disease contracted in the Union service, as a chief musician of the 35th Iowa V. I.
The wife of the subject of this sketch preceded him in death 13 years ago, leaving only one member of his immediate family, Mrs. R. B. Baird, who ministered to him in his helplessness with the love and devotion of a true daughter. There also survive two granddaughters living in this city and one grandson in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Hill was a brother of Col. S. G. Hill, of the 35th Iowa, who fell at the battle of Nashville, Dec. 15, 1864, and also of Mrs. Sarah O’Connor, now of Sioux City, who alone survives of his brothers and sisters.
The deceased was one of the oldest members of the First Congregational church of this city and was esteemed by all who knew him as an honest, upright citizen.
The time of the funeral has not yet been fixed.
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