Biography of James B. Hill
Humboldt County, CA Biographies





JAMES BAIRD HILL. - Among Humboldt county's native born sons is James Baird Hill, who has been a successful dairyman and farmer most of his life. Born in Bald Hill, Humboldt county, March 8, 1862, he attended the public schools of the district until fifteen years of age, when he first engaged in farming with his father. Neal Hill was born in County Antrim, Ireland; attended the schools of the county and then decided to come to America. After spending some time in New York City and Philadelphia he came to California via the Isthmus of Panama, about the year 1851, coming direct to Humboldt county and there he engaged in mining for a number of years on the Salmon river; later he took up a range and engaged in stock raising at Bald Hill, supplying the miners with beef. About this time the Indians became troublesome, so he took his family to Arcata, he going to Idaho to mine for himself and later to Montana. He returned to Humboldt county in 1865 and again went to the mines in Montana, remaining eight years; on his return he purchased the home place where he engaged in farming, and serving as a supervisor of the county. He later engaged in the dairy business till he retired, living in Alliance until he died. His wife, Nancy Baird, was born in County Antrim, and now makes her home in Arcata. The son, James Baird, was raised in Arcata and educated in the public schools. When he was fifteen they moved onto the farm, James working for his father, and later they farmed in partnership for about three years, after which he started for himself, renting the Nixon ranch and engaging in farming, which occupation he successfully followed for seven years. He then purchased forty acres of unimproved land and started to clear the land, this taking him four years, but notwithstanding the nature of the land he started dairying on a small scale, having only five cows at the time. It was not long before he had increased his herd to thirty head of finely graded stock. Then he entered into the creamery business and two years after he purchased the home place. Creamery No. 1, of the United Creameries Company, was built, and he was given the contract for hauling all the butter from this branch for six years. He is now engaged in the dairy business and farming, and has been very successful, sparing no expense in making his farm the finest in the vicinity. He also leases twenty five to forty acres of land on which he raises grain, hay and feed. He is a stockholder in the United Creameries Company, and is also a stockholder in the Savings Bank of Arcata. He is a charter member of the Arcata Parlor No. 20, N. S. G. W., and a stanch Progressive politically, fostering all movements for the good of the community, but has never sought any office. He is a Presbyterian in religion. Mr. Hill is a man who has labored untiringly and unceasingly, and his ranch today is a monument to his industry and perseverance, his success only coming after years of hard work and diligence.

From:
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915


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