Capt. F. C. Hilliard, who is identified with J. B. Hilliard & Son, funeral directors, is a progressive and
well known young business man of Wadsworth, and is a veteran of the World War. He was born at Wadsworth, May 29,
1894, the son of J. B. and Nola (Pinkerton) Hilliard.
J. B. Hilliard is a representative citizen of Medina County. He was born in Wadsworth Township, Oct. 10, 1869.
After his early education in the district schools, he attended the Eberly Normal School at Wadsworth, and later
entered Buchtel College, Akron, Ohio. Mr. Hilliard spent almost 11 years as a telegraph operator for the Erie Railroad
Company and was located at Wadsworth. Subsequently he took up the study of embalming at the Barnes School of Anatomy,
Sanitary Science and Embalming, and received a certificate from that institution in 1902. Upon his return to Wadsworth
he was associated with E. S. Curry, and they purchased the furniture business of Fred Dibble. The partnership continued
until 1920 when Mr. Hilliard withdrew his interest from the furniture business, and he has since devoted his entire
time to the management of the undertaking establishment, which is located at 174 North Lyman Street. He is also
one of the owners of the Hockensmith Granite Works, 188 College Street, Wadsworth. He is a director of the Peoples
saving & Loan Company, and at the present time is president of the Wadsworth Board of Education. He is also
village clerk and has served as township clerk. He is a Democrat and holds membership in the Lutheran Church.
On June 28, 1893, J. B. Hilliard was united in marriage with Miss Nola Pinkerton, who was born in Wayne County,
June 17, 1867. To them were born six children, as follows: 1. F. C., the subject of this sketch. 2. Claude P.,
born Feb. 3, 1896, is identified with the Pan American Airways and is stationed in the Canal Zone. He served throughout
the World War with the rank of second lieutenant, and was severly injured in action during the Argonne drive. 3.
Harry P., a graduate of Wadsworth High School and the University of Akron, lives at Wadsworth. 4. Robert, who is
district manager for the Ohio Bell Telephone Company, lives at Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He is a graduate of Case
School of Applied Science, Cleveland. 5. Ben T., a graduate of Wadsworth High School, and the Ohio State School
for the Blind, lives at home. He suffered the loss of his sight at the age of 18 years. 6. Ivan P., who is also
stationed in the Canal Zone as a customs inspector, U. S. Custom Service.
F. C. Hilliard attended the public schools of Wadsworth and was graduated from high school in 1912. He was attending
Akron University in 1916, but left school to enlist in the National Guard as a member of Company G, 8th Ohio Volunteer
Infantry. He served on the Mexican Border until March, 1917, when he returned to Wadsworth, and during the same
month enlisted in the regular army as a member of Company G, 146th Infantry. He was sent to Camp Sheridan, Ala.,
and in June, 1918, sailed for France with this outfit. He saw active service at the front until the signing of
the Armistice and was discharged with the rank of Captain, Aug. 5, 1919. Upon his return to Wadsworth he became
identified with the Hilliard & Curry Company, and in May, 1920, when the firm of J. B. Hilliard & Son was
organized, he became a partner in the business. He is a graduate of the Worsham Embalming School, Chicago.
On Aug. 15, 1917, Mr. Hilliard married Miss Sue Auble, of Wadsworth, the daughter of R. A. and Fietta (Miller)
Auble. They have no children.
Mr. Hilliard is a Democrat, a member of the Lutheran Church, and belongs to the American Legion, Wadsworth Post,
No. 170; Lodge No. 385, F. & A. M., Wadsworth; and is a member of Yusef Kahn Grotto of Akron.
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
North Central Ohio Biographies
Names A to C
Names D to G
Names H to K
Names L to P
Names Q to S
Names T to Z
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