Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901

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Robert A. Hill

ROBERT A. HILL, who comes of one of Labette county's best known families, is a leading agriculturist of Richland township, where he cultivates a half section of land. He was born in Ross county, Ohio, March 4, 1861, and is a son of J. F. and Mary (Kearney) Hill.

J. F. Hill went to Ohio as a young man, and there married his first wife and reared their children. After locating in Labette ccunty, in 1870, he taught school several years, and was also a member of the county board of examiners. He later moved to Oswego and did a large business as pension attorney,. He first married Mary Kearney, who died in Ohio when Robert A. Hill was about four years of age, leaving three sons older than him, namely: Dr. J. B., of Oswego; J. R., who studied law under Judge Case, and died while county attorney; and W. S., of Great Bend, Kansas, who is a teacher and photographer and handles different specialties. J. F. Hill was married a second time, in Illinois. He wedded Nan Clara MacRoberts, who died leaving a daughter, Mrs. Lizzie Barry, of Phoenix, Arizona. In the summer of 1900, he married a third time, and is now making his home at Phoenix, Arizona. He was a prominent citizen and business man, while a resident of Labette county, where he located in the fall of 1870, with his four sons. He purchased land in Richland township, in sections 9 and 10, township 34, range 21, and owned land amounting to as much as one section, which is under the management of Robert A. Hill.

Robert A. Hill was reared in Kansas, and attended Fort Scott Normal School several months, but has spent his life thus far mainly on the farm in Richland township. He has remodeled the home residence, and it presents a very neat appearance. He purchased 160 acres of land, including the old homestead, and also owns some bottom land, farther east. He leases the balance of the estate of his father and oversees the work upon it. His father set out several miles of hedge, and also a fine grove in front of and around the home dwelling. Mr. Hill also has 50 or 60 bearing pecans, - all of which make it a pretty, picturesque and finely improved home farm. He is an excellent manager and is meeting with deserved success.

Mr. Hill was united in marriage with Lizzie J. Bentley, who came front Michigan, and, is a native of New York State, and they have two children, Forest Fletcher and Gertrude Hazel. The marriage ceremony was performed by Judge Case, who has long been an intimate friend of the family. In politics, Mr. Hill is a stanch supporter of Republican principles, and has held various township offices such as those of trustee, treasurer and clerk. Fraternally, he is a member of the lodge of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, at Chetopa. In religious views, he is a Methodist, and helped to build the church which now stands on the Hill farm.