El Dorado County
A representative of one of El Dorado County’s old pioneer families, and now the proprietor of the Hotel Hill, in El Dorado, is Seymour Hill, who has spent practically his entire life in this locality. He was born in El Dorado County on the 27th of August, 1864, and is a son of Samuel and Mary Jane (Sackett) Hill. The father first came across the plains to this part of the coast in 1851, but in the following year went back east, taking the isthmus route. In 1853 he again made the journey across the plains, driving an ox team, six months and thirteen days being required to make the trip. Here he engaged in mining and cattle raising. He became prominent in local affairs and in 1858 was a member of the state legislature. He died in November, 1891, and his widow passed away in August, 1896, both being buried at El Dorado. To them were born two sons and four daughters.
Seymour Hill, the only member of the family now living, attended the public schools at El Dorado and when twenty-three years of age engaged in merchandising, to which he devoted his attention for twenty-eight years. During that period he also served one term as postmaster. For several years he has been the owner and manager of the Hotel Hill, in which he has met with marked success. The present hotel is a portion of the original California Hotel, which was built in 1852, and which was later called the Oriental Hotel. At this hotel stopped many of this county’s most noted men during the days of the historic gold rush of three-quarters of a century ago, and it was also the stopping place for the stages which ran through this place. Today it contains forty rooms, which are well furnished and are kept scrupulously clean, while the dining room service is all that could be desired. The hotel is well patronized, being well liked by the traveling public, and Mr. Hill is a popular host. He divides his time between his mining, cattle and hotel interests, in all of which he is winning success.
Mr. Hill was united in marriage to Miss Ruth Squires, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ogden Squires, her father having been judge of the local court and one of the best known citizens of this section of California in early days. Mrs. Hill was born in Aurora, Illinois, and was brought across the plains to California in her girlhood. Mr. and Mrs. Hill are the parents of two daughters, Hazel and Oralea. Politically Mr. Hill has always supported the Democratic Party. He is a member of Grass Valley Lodge, No. 538, B. P. O. E. He has led an active and useful life, by his individual activities has contributed to the general welfare of El Dorado and is recognized as one of its representative men.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 2 Pages 269-270. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.