John Wesley Hill
John Wesley Hill was born in Montfort, Wisconsin, on October 18, 1878. “Wes,” as he was known by friends and family, was the fifth child born to John and Mary Ann Watson Hill and was their second son. He grew up and made his living in the farm lands of Southwestern Wisconsin near Livingston, and on November 28, 1907, he married Mary Snyder. Mary was a sister of Harry Snyder who would later marry Wes’ sister Bessie in 1914.
Wes and Mary lived and worked on the home farm where he was raised, and he became an active member of the farming community. He was the organizer and first president of the Livingston Co-op.
Mary Snyder Hill died early in life in 1923, and so Wes was left alone to raise their three sons—Everett (1909), Charles (1914), and Alvin (1917). Several years later he met and married Elva Hillard in 1932.
Wes Hill and Mary Snyder Hill
As noted above, the marriage of Wes and Mary produced three sons and eventually six grandchildren.
Wes died in Dodgeville on January 14, 1951, and he is buried in the Rock Church Cemetery on the outskirts of Livingston.
Left: Wes and Elva in a photo taken later in life, circa 1940
Sons of Wes and Mary Hill (l-r): Everett, Alvin, and Charles
Charles and Alvin Hill
Wes Hill and Granddaughter Dorothy--1942