Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northwest Louisiana; Comprising a Large Fund of Biography of Actual Residents, and an Interesting Historical Sketch of Thirteen Counties

Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northwest Louisiana; Comprising a Large Fund of Biography of Actual Residents, and an Interesting Historical Sketch of Thirteen Counties

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...real estate, is a native of Spaulding County, Ga., his birth occurring May 15, 1843. His parents, John G. and Emily (Lake) Hill, are natives of Georgia also, the father born in 1812, and the mother in 1818. By occupation the father was a life-long merchant, and, was commonly known as "Black Jack Hill." He was a Mason of high rank, and one of the leading men of Georgia. He was one of the first settlers. his native State in 1852. The inscription upon his tombstone expresses the whole story--" A good man." The mother died in 1849. James H. Hill, the fifth of seven children, three of whom are now living, received his primary education in the common schools, and later attended Marshall College, Georgia. He came to Louisiana in 1858, located in De Soto Parish, and there continued until the breaking out of the war, when he joined the Army of Northern Virginia, under Gens. Lee and Jack 5 son, and continued with this until the close of hos tilities. He was captured only three days before the final surrender, and released in June, 1865. Returning to Natchitoches Parish after the war he embarked in the receiving, forwarding and wholesale grocery business, at Grand Coteau, La., which business was successfully conducted for six years, when he purchased a plantation on Red River, with a view of making a fortune out of cotton, at 25 cents a pound. This he continued for ten years, but the fortune came not. Then he embarked in the merchandising business, and recognizing the great need of improved machinery in farming, undertook to introduce them in his locality. In this he was successful. He abandoned farming in 1879, and engaged in his present occupation, in the meantime establishing the largest commercial house ever opened in...show more

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  • Paperback | 466 pages
  • 187.96 x 243.84 x 30.48mm | 861.82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236845102
  • 9781236845108