Charles P. Hill
Source: Memorial Record of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan; Chicago; Lewis Publishing Company, 1895, pp. 98 - 99
C.P. HILL, the efficient and popular manager of the Chicago Lumbering Company's store of Manistique, is one of the worthy citizens that the Empire State has furnished the northern peninsula of Michigan. The date of his birth is May 29, 1858, and the place Geneseo, Livingston county, New York. His father, Henry F. Hill, was a distant relative of Roland Hill, and the grandfather was a cousin of the well-known George Peabody. The Hills were early settlers of New York, the father removing from Vermont to that State. He was a lumber merchant, and in connection with his labors in that line was a Baptist clergyman. He was twice married, his second union being with Elizabeth A. Peabody. His family numbered eight children, four by each marriage, and W. H. and Charles P. are the survivors of the second union.
In the public schools of Corning, New York, C. P. Hill began his education, and in 1876, on the completion of the prescribed course of study, was graduated at the Corning Academy, He was a thorough student, and now had excellent theoretical knowledge, which he soon put into practice in a business career. At the age of twenty he began merchandising, he and his brother purchasing their father's estate. Their connection continued under the firm name of W. H. Hill & Company for a few years, when the subject of this sketch bought out his brother's interest, becoming sole proprietor of the store. This he carried on until 1889, and met with marked success in the undertaking, enjoying a well deserved and liberal patronage. In that year he sold out and removed to Gouverneur, New York, to take charge of the retail lumber-yard owned by Weston, Dean & Aldrich. For eight months he continued in that line of business and then sought a home in the Mississippi Valley.
On becoming a resident of Manistique, Mr. Hill was appointed manager of the large general mercantile establishment of the Chicago Lumber Company, and has since occupied this responsible position. He has entire charge of this immense establishment. which carried a stock valued at $50,000. Twelve clerks are employed and an extensive trade has been secured. The success of this concern is largely due to Mr. Hill, whose business ability is of a very high order. He is methodical, energetic, industrious and scrupulously honest, and has the confidence of the company in an unlimited degree, and the respect and good-will of all with whom he has been brought in contact. Each department of the store is complete, filled with the articles which the public wish, and the establishment would be an honor to many a city much larger than Manistique. Mr. Hill is also a stock-holder and director in the Manistique Bank.
In the year 1882 was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Hill and Miss Anna Gammon, of Corning, New York. Three children grace their pleasant home,—Henry G., Marie E. and Ruth S. Our subject and his estimable wife hold membership in the Presbyterian Church and are deeply interested in its growth. In politics he is a supporter of the policy and principles advocated by the Republican party, and socially he is a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen and the Knights of the Maccabees. He is ever true to the trust reposed in him, and wherever he goes he commands the regard of those whom he meets. He came from the East with experience, and, possessing the spirit of progress and enterprise of the West, he has become one of the most prominent business men of Schoolcraft county, Michigan.