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Title: Certificate of Birth 1920 Federal Census Fannin Co., Texas Certificate of Death
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Title: Certificate of Marriage
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Note: Mary Helen Haines notes: In the 1900 census in Sparta, Joe is listed as Joseph, but I have not seen any other documents using that name. In the 1920 census, Joe and Lola were counted twice, so they must have been visiting Ladonia with their new born, because they are on Mill Street, which would be Mary Jane McFarland's house. The Ladonia census is dated as January, and the Oklahoma census is dated as being in May. My fondest memories of Granddaddy as a little girl were the wonderful games he would play with us. He would bounce us on his knee with the "This is the way a lady rides, pace, pace, pace,..." game. He also would swing us round and round holding our arm and leg playing airplane. I thought he was so big and strong.
The following is a statement written by his sister Bessie Hill Copeland on the event of his application for a birth certificate in May, 1957 from the county clerk in Hunt Co. Texas. "Before me, the undersigned authority, this day personally appeared Mrs. J.P. (Bessie Hill) Copeland, and upon oath states : that she is the older sister of Joe Meredith Hill, that she was born March 30, 1882, and has personal knowledge of the birth of Joe M. Hill, on September 21, 1888; that she remembers returning home from school about 4 PM on the date of her only brothers birth and was told by her mother that Joe was born at 1 PM that day; that she has known hime through out their lives and knows of her own knowledge of the following events in his life: that he graduated from the Wolfe City, Texas, High school in June 1907; that he worked for the Santa Fe R.R. in Cleburne, Texas, 1908 to 1912; that he attended the University of Texas, Sept. 1912 to June 1916, graduating with a LLB degree; that he took Bar Examination in June 1913, and received his license to practice law; that he worked for the legal-claims department of the MK&T RR in Oklahoma 1916-1924, except for the time he served in World War I, he was commissioned 1st Lt. of Infantry at Leon Springs, Texas, Nov. 27, 1917, served with Co. M, 347th Inf. 87th Division, discharged as a Captain; that he was married to Lola McFarland Hill, October 24, 1918, and same is recorded in County Clerks Office Dallas County, Texas; that they have three children born as follows: Jane Hill, Aug. 3, 1919; Anne Hill, July 12, 1921, Joe McFarland Hill, Dec. 26, 1923, at the present time Joe M. and Lola Hill have 10 grandchildren. Joe Meredith Hill also served in World War II, March 1942 to Feb. 1946, .....rged as a full Colonel in the Inspector General's Dept. ....facts can be verified by public records, school, state, ...itary. (the ... are where the Notary Seal covered.
Army Serial #0-152 186 In World War II served as a Major and Lt. Col. in the Eight Service Command and the Bermuda Base Command in the Inspector General office. Was promoted from Major to Lt. Col. to Col. and released from Active Duty Feb. 2, 1946.
Obituary from the Dallas Morning News, May 28, 1980 p. 4D Wednesday services set for Judge Joe Hill, 91 Funeral services for Joe Hill, 91, a retired Dallas city judge, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Sparkman-Hillcrest Funeral Chapel, 7405 W. Northwest Highway. Burial will be in Ladonia cemetery in Ladonia, Fannin County. Hill, of 7422 Centenary, died Monday in Lakewood Medical Center after a lengthy illness. A native of White County, Tenn., Hill grew up in Wolfe City, 75 miles northeast of Dallas. After graduating from high school and working as a railroad company claim clerk, Hill entered the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a law degree in 1916 and was a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. After graduation, Hill went to work for the legal department of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad in Muskogee, Okla. His career with the railroad was interrupted by World War I. He joined the U.S. Army, received a commission as a lieutenant and left the service in 1918 as a captain. Hill returned to the M-K-T for five years before coming to Dallas to begin a law practice in 1923. He was appointed city judge in 1929 and held the position - except for his service in World War II when he rose to the rank of colonel - until 1953. During his tenure, Hill was active in trying to help the many alcoholics and drunken drivers who appeared in his court. After hearing about Alcoholics Anonymous from a reformed alcoholic judge during a convention in Chicago, Hill tried to form the first chapter of AA in Dallas. His efforts did not meet with immediate success. But while he was serving in World War II, the first chapter of AA was formed in Dallas. After retiring as a judge, Hill worked for the American Bar Association's traffic court program for five years before returning to private practice. He continued his practice until he was 85. Hill was active in many organizations including the Kiwanis, the Masons, the American Legion, Sons of the American Revolution, and the local and state Bar associations. Survivors include his wife, Lola McFarland Hill; a daughter, Anne Hill McMahan; a son, Col. Joe M. Hill Jr.; 11 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
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