Biography of Charles H. Hill
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Charles H. Hill is a well known and highly esteemed citizen of Norwalk, where he is identified with the G. S. Stewart Company as factory superintendent, and with whom he has been connected for the past 30 years. He was born in this city, Oct. 2, 1875, the son of Horace and Helen (Manahan) Hill.

Horace Hill, deceased, was a veteran of the Civil War. He was born in New Hampshire in 1845. At the age of 12 years his parents came to Ohio and settled near Norwalk, where he completed his education. He was a machinist by trade and spent 20 years in the employ of the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad. Later, he was identified with the Domestic Sewing Machine Company, of Norwalk. Mr. Hill was widely recognized as an inventor, outstanding among his inventions being the forward and backward movement in pedaling on the tricycle. Mr. Hill died in 1890 and is buried in Norwalk. He was a Democrat and a member of the Episcopal Church. His wife, who died in 1920, was a native of Berlin Township, Erie County. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church. There were four children in the Hill family: Frank, who died in 1901; Charles H., the subject of this sketch; Kittie, and Edwin, both deceased.

Charles H. Hill obtained his education in the public schools of Norwalk. As a young man he entered the employ of the C. W. Smith Company, now the G. S. Stewart Company. After four years he went to Cleveland, where he was interested in the manufacture of bicycles for one year. Upon his return to Norwalk he was connected with the A. B. Chase Piano Company for three years, and in 1900 became associated with the interests of the G. S. Stewart Company. He has held his present position as factory superintendent since 1915. Mr. Hill is also a member of the board of directors.

Mr. Hill was married (first) in 1900 to Miss Minnie Milhaupt, of Norwalk, who died in 1926. She was the daughter of Joseph and Mary Milhaupt, who were natives of Huron County, both now deceased. A daughter was born to Charles H. and Minnie (Milhaupt) Hill, Norma, a graduate of Ohio University, married Vincent Hinde, of Huron, and they have a daughter, Nancy Jean Hinde. Mr. Hill was married (second) in January, 1927, to Miss May L. Bevier, of Norwalk.

Mr. Hill has always been a Republican and since 1926 has been a member of the city council. He belongs to the Universalist Church, and is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge. He is former president of the Kiwanis Club.

The maternal grandfather of Charles A. Hill, Charles Manahan, was killed while in service during the Civil War. He is also a direct descendant of General Hill, famous Southern soldier and general, who was killed at the Battle of Gettysburg.

From:
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931


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