Daniel Hill, one of the old and trusted engineers on the Rock Island Railroad, with which he has been connected for twenty-six and a half years, was born in Hornellsville, New York, in 1851. His father, John Hill, was for more than forty years a railroad engineer and was employed on the old Erie Railroad until 1856, when he removed to Chicago and entered the employ of the Rock Island Railroad Company. He married Miss Elizabeth Donohue and four children were born of their union, namely: John; Agnes; Mary A., who died in Chicago: and Daniel, who makes his home in that city. The mother of these children still survives, at the age of sixty-eight years, and resides in Horton, and the father passed away in Englewood, Illinois, on the 9th of September, 1898.
Daniel Hill, whose name introduces this review, obtained his education in the common schools and when sixteen years of age entered upon his business career as an employee of the railroad company. When twenty years of age he was promoted to the position of engineer and has since served in that capacity. On his first run he was in charge of a switch engine on the C. R. I. & P. Railroad. For thirty-two years he has been following the respectable calling of the railroad engineer and for twenty-six and a half years has been connected in that capacity with the Rock Island Railroad. He is most capable, careful and competent, discharging his duties in a manner that is highly commendable and trustworthy. His long service has been particularly free from accident, and the reputation which he has made is one of which he may be justly proud.
Mr. Hill was married, in Newton, Jasper county, Iowa, in 1872, to Miss Emma K. Stone, a native of Hollidaysburg, Blair county, Pennsylvania, and a daughter of Washington and Nancy Jane Stone. Her father is now deceased. Mrs. Hill was reared and educated in her native town and by her marriage she has been the mother of seven children: William J., a mechanic; Nellie B., Ethel, June, Harry O., Charles D. and Helen M.
The Democratic party finds in Mr. Hill a stanch and earnest advocate, but he has never had time nor inclination to seek public office. For over twenty-six years he has been a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and is also a member of the Engineers' Mutual Benefit Association. In manner he is frank and jovial and has the happy faculty of making and retaining friends.