Saturday, December 8, 2012

Harold Elmer Hill 1902 - 1949

Harold--  He was 2 when his father died.  A handsome, sensitive, hard-working  guy.  Like his father, brother Fred he worked for the railroad.  He was well-liked by all, but didn't believe that.  He married when he was 19 and she was 16 and only had one daughter who they doted on.  He was a very-functional alcoholic.  I think his cause of death on his death certificate (heart attack) was a cover up and that he died from suicide brought on my depression and undiagnosed physical pain.

1942 LtR: Calbert, Betty, Bertha, Harold

Harold and Bertha:

1914 Aug 15 Ogd Stand Harold Hill Yellowstone (Harold would be 12)



I was only able to find something on Harold E. Hill.  I looked at a 1937 Railway Employes Time and Seniority Book.  I found his name in a list of OUR&D yardmen.  According to this he hired on 7/25/25.  I’ve attached a scan of the front and back cover of the booklet and a scan of the page that his name appears.  Sorry I could find more.



1940 Census: 

+ Harold Elmer HILL b: 6 Apr 1902 c: 6 Jul 1902 d: 31 Dec 1949
                5 Betty Edna HILL
                  + Calbert Edward BINGHAM
              + Lester JACK b: <1901>
              + John Milton MARTIN b: <1901>

Death certificate: 

OUR&DIn response to these worries the Union Pacific and Central Pacific organized the jointly-owned Ogden Union Railway & Depot Co. (OUR&D) to oversee the construction and management of a new Union Station. A new structure, considerably larger than the old and constructed of brick, was built in 1889 and served the community until it burned in 1923. 

 Note: The headstone birth date does not agree with the census: 

These two are buried roughly halfway between 7th Ave and 9th Ave and halfway between Center Street and North Street.   For what it’s worth, there is an 8th St, but it does not extend north of Center Street.   There is also a street between Center St and North St (named Martin St), but it does not extend east of 7th St.   Got that?   Okay. 

Probably the easiest way to get there is to turn off Ogden’s 20th St onto the Cemetery’s 9th St. and head north.   However, you can get there from anywhere in the cemetery.   It’s actually pretty easy to get around the cemetery once you figure out the streets.

The first attached picture was taken from 9th St. looking west toward 7th St.   The “Covington” headstone is very easy to spot as you’re driving north on 9th St.   Note the brown headstone in front of the pine tree in the background.   As additional information, the blue car parked in the background is on 7th St.   The intersection you can see just in front of that car is 7th and Martin.

The second attached picture is a closer view.   You’ll see the brown headstone in front of the pine tree and a “Fletcher” headstone right at the bottom center.   In the middle are two smaller brown headstones that belong to Harold and Bertha.   Harold is on the left.

And, I am retired.