Biography of Hon. Rowland H. Hill
Rush County, IN Biographies





HON. ROWLAND H. HILL, of Carthage, state senator from this district and prominent among the men whose inherent ability, great industry, accurate forethought and sound and reliable judgment have added to the character, wealth and good government of Rush county, and more particularly of the community of Carthage, is a native Hoosier and has lived in this state all his life. Senator Hill was born in Hancock county, Indiana, June 5, 1878, son and only child of Samuel B. and Mary R (Hadley) Hill, both also Hoosiers, the former a native of Wayne county and the latter of Hendricks county. For a number of years Samuel B. Hill was engaged in agricultural operations in Hancock county, but eventually came to Carthage, where, with his son, he was the owner and operator of a dry goods store for about twelve years. He stood high in business circles of his community, where he was recognized generally as a. man of high principles, while as a citizen the manner in which he discharged his responsibilities left no doubt as to his public spirit. Rowland H. Hill was but a child when brought by his parents to Carthage, and his primary education was acquired in the graded schools of that place. After graduating from the high school he pursued an academic course at Earlhara College, and in 1898 became his father's partner in the conduct of a dry goods business at Carthage. This they carried on with success until 1908, when they sold out, and Rowland H. Hill at that time became a traveling salesman. He was a representative on the road for the Geddes Brown Shoe Company, of Indianapolis, until 1914, when he returned to Carthage and purchased the grain elevator and coal yard which he now owns and operates. The elevator has a capacity of 5,000 bushels, and the coal yard is one which covers a large area. Both ventures have prospered greatly under the owner's capable and energetic management. In addition, Mr. Hill is the owner of a large and productive farm in Rush county and is an extensive dealer in hogs, buying and feeding off on an average of 2,000 each season. In business circles he is known as a man of the highest integrity and possesses in the fullest degree the esteem and respect, as well as the confidence, of his associates. He has for years been interested in public affairs and in 1920 was elected a member of the Indiana state Senate on the Republican ticket His work in that body has been constructive and beneficial and has marked him as one of the working members. In October, 1900, Senator Hill was united in marriage to Verna Sutermeister, who was born at LaPorte, Ind., where she was reared and primarily educated, later pursuing a course at Earlham College. She is a daughter of Constantine and Rachael (Denham) Sutermeister, the former a native of Scotland, and the latter of the state of Indiana, Mrs. Hill's parents being farming people throughout their lives. They had two children: Verna and an infant, deceased. Senator and Mrs. Hill are members of the Carthage Meeting of Friends. Senator Hill is well known in fraternal circles, being a Mason and Shriner, belonging to the lodge at Carthage and the Mystic Shrine at Indianapolis. He also holds membership in the Elks lodge of Rushville, the United Commercial Travelers and the Columbia Club of Indianapolis. During the World war period Senator Hill was one of the most active war workers of this locality and served as a member of the Rush County Council of Defense and as a director of the Red Cross Society of Rush county in its various drives.

From:
Centennian History of Rush County, Indiana
Edited by: A. L. Gary and E. B. Thomas
Historical Publishing Company
Indianapolis 1921


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