Bosque County: Land and People (A History of Bosque County, Texas) Page: 372
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In 1962 Floyd went to work in ti
Post Office as a postal clerk and s
ues in that position. After selling t
1975, Velma retired from the bus
but continues her community acting
church and serves as radio dispatch
Kopperl Volunteer Fire Dept. Sh
time for her hobbies of all kinds
work. Also, two grandchildren in F
keep them busy. Their son, Ala
Maggie Polese and lives in Santa
Their daughter, Carol, married
Catching, and they live in Fort W
their two children, Jeremy and Ji
by Frances V
HILL, HECTOR REEDER:
Mr. and Mrs. H.R. Hill (Hec and Fran
My father, Hector Reeder Hill
twelfth of the thirteen children o
Hill and Flora Roxanna Reeder
longtime Clifton residents. He wa
a farm near Hurst Springs in 1898, a
to Clifton in November of 1905
spent the remainder of his life.
He graduated from Clifton High School
and attended Toby's Business College in
Waco. In 1918 he left to enter the armed
services of his country during World War I,
but the Armistice was signed prior to his
In 1919 he married Frances Anna Lee
Bradstreet, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Kelsey Bradstreet, prominent Bosque
County residents. My mother, Frances B.
Hill, was born in 1897 on the Bradstreet land
in the Garnersville community northeast of
Clifton. She rode horseback to attend the
Garnersville School and later moved to
Clifton, living with her grandmother, Mrs. D.
Strange to attend and graduate from Clifton
High School. To their marriage were born two
sons, Jack Reeder Hill and Harold Kelsey
Mr. and Mrs. Hill, their family, and her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bradstreet, made their
till contin- home together for many years at 402 West
the store in 15th Street in Clifton.
iness world In young manhood Mr. Hill helped to
cities in the survey the White Ranch east of Clifton into
cher for the 50-acre blocks for an oil company. He also
he also has assisted in building the mill elevators in
of needle- Clifton, doing some of the concrete work. In
Fort Worth 1919, Mr. Hill was employed by the Humble
n, married Pipeline Company, and he continued his
a Fe, N.M. association with that company in various
James P. capacities for 29 years and until his retire-
Vorth with ment. He first helped to survey the pipeline
enny. from Comyn to Chilton and at the time of his
retirement was the oldest man in point of
ooies Hill service with Humble in this section. Mr. Hill
worked on the construction of the Humble
Pendell Station and employees' homes be-
FAMILY tween Clifton and Valley Mills; he also served
F535 as an extra man and oiler at that station.
In 1924 Mr. Hill started walking the
pipeline from Pendell to Fairy, a distance of
60 miles a week or 30 miles twice weekly. He
continued to walk the pipeline for many years
I and made many friends in that section during
that long period of time. It also was while
walking the pipeline that he at one time
consulted a specialist about his health. The
specialist, not knowing his occupation, advi-
sed him to walk to get some exercise. My
father delighted in telling that story.
Mr. Hill became a Master Mason in Clifton
in 1924 and a member of the Karem Shrine
in Waco in 1929. Sports, hunting and fishing
were foremost among his avocations.
Mr. Hill managed the original Bradstreet
land northeast of Clifton which has been in
the family since 1850. Both Hec and Frances,
as they were called, added substantial
acreage to that tract, and were actively
engaged in farming, ranching and the raising
of registered horned Herefords and livestock
for many years prior to their deaths.
Mr. Hill was struck by lightning and
instantly killed in 1960. Mrs. Hill died of
cancer in 1970. They are buried in the Clifton
Cemetery. Both were members of the Clifton
Methodist Church and contributed and
supported community and civic endeavors.
nces) Grandchildren of the above from Jack
Reeder and Estelle Langston Hill of Clifton
are: Jerry Reeder Hill, Marsha Hill Ecklund,
L, was the Lesa Hill Roberson, and Bryan Ruel Hill.
f John N. Harold Kelsey (Buddy) Hill is single and
Hill, both resides in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, a suburb
s born on of Denver.
where he by H.K. (Buddy) Hill
HILL, JACK R. FAMILY
Jack Reeder Hill was born July 21, 1924,
in Clifton, Texas. He was the older of two sons
born to Mr. and Mrs. Hector R. Hill. His
brother, H.K. (Bud) Hill, lives in Denver
Jack was raised inClifton, and attended
Clifton High School and Clifton Jr. College.
In 1942, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He
served during World War II in the Hawaiian
Islands, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
On June 22, 1944, he married Estelle
Langston, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.C.
(Curt) Langston, also lifelong residents of
Clifton, Texas. Estelle was born June 3, 1927.
After his discharge from the Marine Corp
in May of 1946, Jack and his family lived in
Clifton. Jack worked for what is now Texas-
New Mexico Power Company until 1970,
Since that time he has been engaged in
farming and ranching. Estelle had a dress,
shop in Clifton for a few years; and after her
family grew up, she entered the real estate
business as a broker in the Hill Real Estate
Jack and Estelle had four children. Jerry
Reeder Hill of Clifton was born March 16,
1947. He married Marsha Campbell of Ft.
Worth. They have one daughter, Courtney
Leigh Hill, born 1982.
Marsha Lynn Hill was born November 2,
1950. She married Alan R. Ecklund of
Orlando, Florida. They have three daughters:
Alena, Jaclyn and Annie. They live in San
Melesa Kaye Hill born September 2, 1960,
married Alan Roberson of McGregor, Texas.
They live in Houston.
Bryan Ruell Hill born March 17, 1962,
married Bobbie Van Cleave of China Spring,
Texas. They now live in College Station.
by Jack R. Hill
HILL, JOHN N.
John Newton and Flora Roxanna (Reeder) Hill.
Descendants of pioneer American families,
John Newton Hill and Flora Roxanna Reeder
Hill were parents of several longtime Clifton
Mr. Hill, born 1858, in Cherokee County,
was one of eleven children of Andrew Jackson
Hill and Nancy Hay Hill. Other children
were: William M., Thomas C., Frank L.,
James H., Lee R., Bogardus C., Mollie E.,
Lula (Mrs. Gray, Clifton), Ida, and Hattie.
Flora Roxanna Hill, born 1865, in Norway
Mills, Bosque County, was a daughter of
Alvin Young Reeder and Flora L. McDonald
Reeder. Other Reeder children were: Emily
E., Peter N., Mary D., Julia L., William A.,
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