Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     JAMES H. HILL.  There is no mistaking the popularity of the subject of this article, in Douglas county.  In 1894, his name appeared on the Republican ticket, for treasurer of the county, and he was one of four on the ticket who were elected.  His majority was general and expected by everybody in the county.  He made a most excellent and reliable officer and pleased his supporters in every respect.  He now has a farm of over one section in the vicinity of Hartline, well stocked and under cultivation, to the management of which he gives his attention, largely.  In addition to this Mr. Hill has been engaged in business with Mr. J. W. McDonald for years.
     James H. Hill was born in Spring Green, Wisconsin, on September 24, 1860, the son of Thomas and Margaret (Mort) Hill, natives of England and pioneers to Wisconsin in 1854.  Like the balance of the American youth, our subject received the bulk of his education in the public schools, finishing the same in the high school, and in the business college at Keokuk, Iowa.  Being thus well fortified for business life, he came west in 1887, took a pre-emption and later a homestead, which are part of his present estate.  He immediately and wisely added by purchase until he has one of the finest estates in this section, and which is in a very high state of cultivation, producing annually in excellent abundance.  When Mr. Hill first located here he was without financial means but is now one of the most prosperous men of the section.  In 1892, he was elected justice of the peace and later was re-elected but refused to qualify the second time.  Following his retirement from the treasury of Douglas county, Mr. Hill returned to his farm and continued steadily in this ever since.  He has four brothers, Thomas, John, William, Charles, and one sister, Mrs. Mary East, who died recently at Waterville.
     At Spring Green, Wisconsin, on February 19, 1884, Mr. Hill married Miss Susie, daughter of Joseph and Christine (Schmitt) Schmitz, natives of Germany.  Mrs. Hill was born in Wisconsin, in August, 1862, and has one brother, John, and six sisters, Mrs. Catherine Rick, Mrs. Emma Greenhick, Mrs. Celine Weidenfeld, Mrs. Gertrude Elder, Mrs. Maggie Greenhick, and Mrs. Hellen Greenhick.  To Mr. and Mrs. Hill, one child, Carl J., was born in Douglas county, on April 9, 1902.  On December 12, of the same year, they were called upon to mourn his death.  Mr. and Mrs. Hill are not members of any denomination but have been brought up under the influence of the Congregational church and are upright andw reliable people.