Earl Kenndall Hill 1904
- Born: 25 Jul 1912 1904
- Marriage: Mae Choldinuik 1904
Noted events in his life were:
• Family History, 1985. 68 Cartwright, Manitoba, Canada
The Archie M. Hill Family
written by Marv Hill
Mr. Archie M. Hill was born in 1881 in Essex County, Ontario. He was t he fifth of twelve children which were born to Murray and Jessie Ann e (Macklem) Hill who were partly of Irish descent.
Archie, a blacksmith by trade, came to Grandview, Manitoba, in 1903. H ere he met Andy Fulford and together they transferred to Stonewall an d still later to Mather where in 1907 they purchased the blacksmith sh op from Sam Arthurs. This partnership was later dissolved and became A . M. Hill’s Shop.
In 1909 Archie married Rosetta Agnes Fulford of Mather. Mr. Hill conti nued in the blacksmith business until 1922 at which time he purchase d farm land north of Mather on the south side of Rock Lake. Here the f amily farmed with their income supplemented by the cutting and sellin g of wood in the winter months.
There were four sons and one daughter in the family - Calvin, Earl, Al len, Jessie and Melvin. The children were all born in Mather and all r eceived their education at the Mather and Rock Lake schools with the e xception of Melvin who attended high school in Cartwright.
While on the farm and beyond the earshot of near neighbors, aided an d encouraged by their mother, Calvin and Earl proceeded to become self -taught musicians. In a short time, with fiddle and banjo, the boys we re able to take their place with others of the district in providing m usic for many years for the community dances at the school, in the hom es and farther afield.
In 1935, Archie held a farm sale and purchased the blacksmith shop a t Cartwright, which he and his son Calvin operated until Archie's deat h in May, 1937, at the age of fifty-six. Calvin, with little knowledg e of the work, carried on the business until 1939 at which time he bou ght the business from his mother. He launched into a career of fixin g and repairing which was to last until 1981. As black- smithing soo n became a summer job only, Calvin took over the management of the ne w curling rink in Cartwright each winter from about 1953 until 1975.
Rose Hill was a lady of many talents which she shared with the famil y and community. After Archie's death she worked at various jobs i n a number of locations before she spent her remaining years with diff erent members of the family. Rose Hill passed away in 1973 at the ag e of ninety one. Rose and Archie are both buried in the Cartwright cem etery.
Calvin was born in 1910. In November, 1939, he married Mary Brogden. T hey set up housekeeping in a little building, formerly a filling stati on office, on Broadway where the Cartwright post office now stands. Th is they cleaned, papered and painted at a cost of one dollar and eight y-nine cents with materials bought on sale from Moore and Company. Th e rent - three dollars per month - was paid to P. A. Watts. In 1940 th ey bought an old, unoccupied, unfinished farm-house sixteen by twent y feet and moved it into town on the lot where they continue to reside . This house required much repair work which they did themselves.
Calvin and Mary’s family of three received their education at Cartwrig ht with their grade twelve taker at Killarney Collegiate. Terry was bo rn at home in 1941. He was active in curling, the Boy Scouts and hocke y. After finishing school he took a welding course at Musker Engineeri ng in Winnipeg. He purchased a welding business in Brandon and Winnipe g. He married Sophie Olendy. They have one son Trevor Daniel (1976) an d one daughter, Wanda (1978). They reside in Winnipeg.
Linda was born in Killarney in 1944 She active in music, the C.G.I.T. , and the United Church Sunday School where she served as organist fo r many years. She attended the M.I.T. in Winnipeg and then worked a s a secretary. Linda married Carl Niemi of Lundar. They now live in Se lkirk where Carl operates “Carl’s Mobile Repairs.” They have four chil dren - Kimberley Dawn (1964) who is now in commercial advertising in W innipeg; Melanie Corrine (1966); Curtis Edwin (1968); Gregory Scott (1 977).
Susan, born in 1950, was the twenty-fifth baby born in the Cartwrigh t and District Hospital in its first six months of operation. Susan wa s active in the Cartwright United Church and the Sunday School as wel l as in 4-H. She was employed, following grade twelve, by Monarch Lif e Assurance Company in Winnipeg for five years. Following this, she to ok a course in hairdressing at Marvel Beauty School. Susan married Dav id Ransome of Crystal City in 1970. They lived in Winnipeg for a time . In 1976 they purchased Howell’s Beauty Salon in Cartwright and opera te the business under the name of Susan's Beauty Salon.
Archie Hill's two sons Earl (1912) and Allen (1914) went into the busi ness of buying grain and served in various elevators in Manitoba and S askatchewan.
Earl was transferred to Saskatchewan and married Mae Holodniuk while w orking in Meath Park. Earl is now retired and they live in Saskatoon . They have one son, Donald, and one daughter, Gale, who is married an d has two children. They live in Edmonton.
Allen was unmarried. He died suddenly in October 1962 at the age of fo rty-eight years. He was operating an elevator at Gordon Siding at tha t time.
Jessie married Jethro (Jake) Harris of Mather. They had two daughter s - Hazel (Mrs. Lloyd Mayo) of Mather and Jeanne of Winnipeg. Jessie a nd Jake now live in Pilot Mound.
Melvin Roy (1921), after his high school years, operated a fuel truck . In 1943 he joined the Royal Winnipeg Rifles and was later assigned t o the Postal Corps. After his discharge from the army, he moved to Win nipeg with his mother. In 1947 he married Margaret Hamilton, a forme r telephone operator at Cartwright. Melvin operated his own heating co mpany in Winnipeg. Later he moved to Thunder Bay where he managed a wh olesale refrigeration and heating store. Melvin and Margaret had two s ons - Melvin Bruce (1951) and Hamilton Blair (1958). Melvin Bruce marr ied Judy Kelner and they have three children, Tracy, Jamie arid Jesse . Hamilton Blair is unmarried, he lives in Winnipeg where he is employ ed.
Melvin died suddenly at Thunder Bay in 1972. Margaret has now returne d to Winnipeg.
Earl married Mae Choldinuik.1904