Frank Arnold Hill Colfax County, New Mexico

Frank Arnold Hill, postmaster of the town of Raton, was born in Livingston County. Missouri, September 13, 1868, son of Amos L. and Cordelia (Arnold) Hill. He remained in his native state until he was seventeen, when he went to Wyoming as a cowboy, and for nearly ten years he enjoyed the wild, free life of the plains. September 8, 1895, he landed in Raton, New Mexico, and bought H. H. Butler's harness shop. This business he conducted until the opening of the Spanish-American war, when, April 29, 1898, he enlisted at Raton for the war. He was mustered in at Santa Fe on May 2nd of that year, as a saddler in Troop G, Rough Riders, under Capt. W. H. H. Llewellyn. They sailed from Port Tampa for Cuba on the Yucatan June 13, 1898. He remained in the service until the close of the war, when, in September, 1898, he was mustered out, as sergeant, at Camp Wyckoff, Long Island, New York. Among the engagements in which he participated were the fight of June 24th at Las Guasimas, the battles of Kettle Hill and San Juan Hill, July 1 to 4, and the surrender on July 17th. He was with the soldiers who made the voyage to New York on the steamer Miami, sailing August 8th. From New York Mr. Hill came brick to New Mexico. He sold his business in Raton and soon afterward became under sheriff, a position he filled for six years, until he was commissioned postmaster, April 18, 1904, by President Roosevelt.

For years Mr. Hill has taken an active part in political affairs in his locality, giving his stanch support always to the Republican Party. Fraternally he is a member of the Elks Lodge at Las Vegas.

Mr. Hill was married October 7, 1903, to Miss Amelia C. Weaver, a native of Brooklyn, New York.

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Source: History of New Mexico, Its Resources and People, Volume II, Pacific States Publishing Co., 1907.

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