Amos L. Hill
Source: Memorial Record of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan; Chicago; Lewis Publishing Company, 1895, p. 158
AMOS L. HILL, Superintendent of the Poor and Justice of the Peace, is one who may be consistently termed one of the pioneers of the city in which he now retains his residence, having come hither when the place was a straggling village, and having watched its gradual development into a prosperous and modern little city of fully 4,000 population.
The place of Mr. Hill's nativity is Tiogacounty, Pennsylvania, where he was ushered into the world March 1, 1847, the son of Alva and Polly A. (Tanner) Hill, natives respectively of New York State and Pennsylvania, the father having been engaged in agricultural pursuits during the major portion of his life. They became the parents of eight children, seven of whom yet survive, namely: Abigail, Amos L., Almina, Anna, Alonzo, Addie, and Silvia.
The subject of this review was born on the parental farmstead, where he continued to abide until he had attained the age of thirteen years, when he severed home ties, and, boy that he was, dauntlessly set forth to earn his own living and to make for himself a place in the world. For four years he was engaged in driving stage on the route between Coudersport and Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, after which, in February, 1864, being at the time only seventeen years of age, he enlisted in Company H, Forty-sixth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and served until July 29, 1865, having participated in the battle of Stone River and other minor engagements.
Returning home after his discharge from the service he was for a number of years employed by Weston Brothers, who were engaged in the lumbering business. In 1874 he came to Manistique, Michigan, where he was in the employ of the Chicago Lumber Company until 1894. He has served as Justice of the Peace for the past nineteen years, and in addition to this office he has held that of Superintendent of the Poor, to which he was first elected in 1882, retaining the preferment for six years, and then, after a brief interregnum, was re-elected in 1890 and again in 1893,—circumstances which unmistakably indicate that his administration has been such as to give satisfaction to the public and to win him the endorsement of all concerned. He has also been School Inspector for fifteen years.
Politically our subject is a stalwart Republican, and fraternally he is identified with the Masonic order and the Grand Army of the Republic. One of the oldest settlers now residing in Manistique, he has gained and retains the confidence and esteem of the community, in both social and business elements.
In 1875 Mr. Hill was united in marriage to Miss Emma Fuller, and to them have been given three children: Adaline, Elmer and Alice, all of whom are attending school.