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Collection of Hill Family Papers and Photographs Hill, Susie S. (Susie Steckman), 1895-1987.

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Collection of Hill Family Papers and Photographs, 1895-1999

Douglas County History Research Center
Douglas County Libraries
100 S. Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, Colorado 80104
Phone: 303-688-7730

© 2014

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Creation: Encoded by Blake Graham 2014-08-04
Language: Finding aid is in English

Collection Summary

RepositoryDouglas County Libraries / 100 S. Wilcox St. / Castle Rock, CO 80104 / Phone: 303-688-7730
TitleCollection of Hill Family Papers and Photographs
Dates: 1895-1999
Dates: 1920-1980
Size3.6 cubic feet2 Hollinger boxes of manuscripts2 slim letter-size document cases of typescripts1 slim letter-size document case of photographs1 flat map box (19” x 15” x 3.5”) of oversized photographs1 flat map box (21” x 17” x 2”) of oversized materials1 letter-size folder of photographic negatives
Abstract:The Hill family collection documents not only the history of the Hill and Steckman families throughout the twentieth century, but the history of Sedalia, Colorado, as well. Many buildings, sites, and people are identified in the papers and photographs, and the collection records the personal experiences and developments of small-town family life prior to the population boom of northwestern Douglas County.
Collection Number2009.084
Language: English, French, German

Arrangement of the Collection

Correspondence are arranged chronologically; photographs are arranged by type (negatives, prints, and cardstock prints); and all other manuscripts are arranged by subject or nature (military, school, typescript works, etc.).

Scope and Content

Collection consists of photographs, manuscripts, and ephemera. Types of photographs include negatives, prints, and postcards. Photographic content includes many of the people and places of Douglas County in both formal and informal settings. Most annotations on the reverse side of the photographs were produced by Susie Steckman. The largest portion of the collection consist of manuscripts – primarily written and typescript papers. The correspondence segment of the manuscripts is 1 cubic foot and provides a textual overview of the history of the family during Susie Steckman’s lifetime. Many letters are written from Arlow Fielding Hill, while living on the East Coast, to his mother, Susie Steckman Hill. The collection of letters includes topics that mostly pertain to daily activities and updates, but they also cover controversial family matters and notable events that take place both in and around Sedalia. Remarks about health problems and estate concerns (in connection to the 1965 flood), for example, appear in multiple letters during the late 1960s; this time period also captures Arlow’s experiences with student demonstrations at Columbia and Rutgers Universities. A limited number of ephemeral materials can be found within the collection. This material includes pamphlets, tickets and receipts, and flyers. Most items were used or printed in Douglas County.

Family History Timeline

1905 Steckman family moves to Sedalia, Colorado.

1905 Hill family moves to Cheyenne County, Colorado.

1910 Howard Harold Hill moves to Sedalia to work at Bryant Ranch.

1912 Howard Harold Hill opens the Sedalia Tavern.

1914 Howard Harold Hill and Susie Steckman get married.

1928 Hill family travels to Ohio for a one-month vacation to visit relatives.

1936 Arlow Fielding Hill graduates from Douglas County High School.

1941-45 Forest Herbert Hill’s military service in the Army.

1947 The Hill family travels to Utah to visit the Great Salt Lake.

1947-54 Arlow Fielding Hill moves to Washington D. C. to work for his uncle, William S. Hill, at one of the House of Representatives offices.

1951 Arlow Fielding Hill earns his Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington College.

1955 Arlow Fielding Hill travels to Holstein, Germany.

1957 Susie Steckman Hill receives award for 50 year membership with Sunflower Grange.

1962-70 Arlow Fielding Hill begins and completes his Ph.D. from Columbia University.

1972 A fire destroys the Devils Head Inn in Sedalia, Colorado.

Biographical Note

As a child, Susie Steckman Hill (1895-1987) moved with her family from Akron, Ohio, to Sedalia, Colorado, in 1905. The family purchased 80 acres of land 2.5 miles southeast of Sedalia, where farm work and masonry became family trades. Fred Steckman Jr., Susie Steckman Hill’s brother, worked in masonry and created some of the notable, enduring structures in the county, including the red sandstone pillars at the entrance of Bear Canyon Cemetery, the chimney and rock-work at Cherokee Ranch, and the rock-work on the homes of both Dr. W. A. Palmer and Frederick Doepke in Castle Rock, Colorado. The Steckman family joined the Sunflower Grange in 1907; Susie would eventually become a 50-year member in this organization.

William S. Hill (1886-1972), also known as “Bill Hill,” brother of Howard Harold Hill, was born in Kelly, Kansas, and homesteaded in eastern Colorado in 1907. William married Rachel Trower the same year, and together they raised two children. William, after becoming a teacher and superintendent, worked in the Farm Bureau where he served as treasurer and secretary. In 1940, William was elected to the United States House of Representatives as a Congressman, serving a total of nine terms.

Howard Harold Hill (1887-1967), husband to Susie Steckman Hill and brother to William S. Hill, was born in Kelly, Kansas. In 1905, Howard’s family moved to Cheyenne County, Colorado. Shortly thereafter, Howard moved to Cripple Creek for mining work for several years, but relocated again to work with his brother, Harry, on Bryant Ranch near Sedalia in 1910. In 1914, Howard married Susie Steckman, and had three sons: Harold, Forest, and Arlow. Howard and Susie were known for playing “fiddler music” in the area, and became quickly settled in with the community. Howard had several health issues throughout his lifetime including diphtheria, mental illness, and diabetes. Harold Hill (1916-1969), Howard’s first son, worked as a machinist for Denver and Rio Grande Railroad between the years 1936-1948. Forest Hill (b. 1917) served in the military, during WWII, in the Army Band (U. S. Army Signal Corps), and later helped run the family tavern and hotel – Devil’s Head Inn in Sedalia, Colorado. Arlow Hill (1929-1988), the youngest child, whose letters to his mother comprise the majority of Hill Family correspondence, became a Fulbright Scholar and English Professor at Rutgers University.

Access Terms

Carroll, Caroline Gertrude Steckman.
Carroll, Francis Edward.
Colorado -- Douglas County -- History.
Colorado -- Local history.
Gospel Music.
Hill, Arlow Fielding, 1929-1988.
Hill, Elizabeth A., 1881-1965.
Hill, Forest Herbert, 1917-.
Hill, Harold Weimer, 1916-1969.
Hill, Howard Harold, 1887-1967.
Hill, Lela Ophel Theo, 1902-.
Hill, Mary Francis Longley, 1861-1937.
Hill, Mattie Mae, 1883-.
Hill, Sebastian Cabot (Squire), 1851-1931.
Hill, Susie S. (Susie Steckman), 1895-1987.
Hill, Thomas Harrison, 1890-.
Hill, Vern Scott, 1896-1936.
Hill, William S. (William Silas), 1886-1972.
Steckman, Caroline M. Weimer, 1848-1926.
Steckman, Chris.
Steckman, Frederick C., 1849-1909.
Weimer, Agnes (Annie), 1875-1916.
Weimer, Andrew.
Weimer, Anna Catherine Leutmann.
Weimer, Caroline (Lyda), 1877-1956.
Weimer, Catherine (Caddie), 1885-1903.
Weimer, Conrad, 1878-1879.
Weimer, Fred Conrad (Fred Jr.), 1881-1959.
Weimer, Herman, 1891-1891.
Weimer, Hugh, 1887-1911.
Weimer, Lucy, 1889-1936.
Weimer, Mathias (Charley), 1879-1901.
Weimer, Olga, 1883-1908.


Access Restrictions

Douglas County History Research Center material is non-circulating, requires staff retrieval and is available by appointment during normal library hours.

Copy Restrictions

The collection is used in the presence of the Douglas County History Research Center staff. Some items may be fragile and may only be duplicated with permission of the Douglas County History Research Center staff.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Hill Family Collection of Papers and Photographs. Courtesy of the Douglas County History Research Center, Douglas County Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Sandy Marsh donated the collection to the Douglas County History Research Center.

Processing Information

Processed by Blake Graham

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