Hill, James J.
appeared in Acton Free Press (Acton, ON), 1 Jun 1916, p. 3, column 4
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JAMES J. HILL, IS DEAD
The Great Canadian Railway Magnate
Born at Rockwood, Died Suddenly
James J. Hill, railroad builder, capitalist, and most widely known figure of the Canadian and American northwest, died at his residence at St. Paul, Minn., on Monday, as the result of blood poisoniong due to bowel trouble.
Mr. Hill was born in Eramosa township, near Rockwood, and within six miles of Acton, on Sept. 16, 1838. He was educated at Rockwood Academy and went west when about twenty.
He was a pioneer railway builder and built the first railway and steamboat line into Manitoba from the States. He was a great American in the broadest sense of the term. A native of Canada he became one of the empire builders of the United States and no man probably better realized the possibilities of the great Mississippi valley and of the boundless prairie stretching north and west of Lake Superior. He was mainly identified in the public mind with the Great Northern and Northern Pacific Railways, but he was always anxious to link up those systems with the future development of Canada. His accumulated fortune if estimated at upwards of $100,000,000. His wife and two sons survive.
Sir Donald Mann, who is a native of Acton, and James J. Hill have been warm personal friends the past thirty years.
Mr. G. H. Brown, Acton, owned and resided on the farm which was Mr. Hill's birthplace, for ten years or more.
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