Chris Hill

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Hill

Chris Hill was born on a farm in Buffalo County, Wisconsin on March 23, 1887. He came to North Dakota with his parents, John J. and Johanna (Johnson) Hill, from Polk County, Minnesota, and settled on a homestead in McLean County, near Roseglen, in 1902. After completing grade school, he attended business college in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Chris farmed, and also served as county assessor for many years. In 1921,  he was elected McLean County Auditor, and moved to Washburn, where he held that office for ten years. He also worked as a field man for the county highway department for a number of years.

Chris married Jennie Rostad on June 30, 1916, while at Washburn. Jennie has been born on July 4, 1895 in Cyrus, Minnesota, and came to North Dakota in 1902 with her parents, the Ole Rostad's, who came from Starbuck, Minnesota to settle on a homestead near Roseglen.

Chris and Jennie homesteaded on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, which was opened to settlers in 1916. They built a two-room house and moved into it on July 16th. They put in sixteen acres of flax which, when harvested, was hauled thirty miles to Ryder in a Model T Ford, where it was sold for $6.00 a barrel. Jennie's first job was herding the two cows that they had received as wedding presents, and selling butter to neighboring settlers.

Chris passed away on September 14, 1954. In 1967, when the Golden Jubilee book was published, Jennie was living in an apartment in Minot, North Dakota, and was still maintaining her interests in farming near Roseglen.

Chris and Jennie had two children.

Janice became Mrs. Oben Gunderson, Jr., after which they farmed near McCanna, North Dakota. They had three children.

Clinton and his wife, Gwen, were living in Alexandria, Virginia, with their two boys, were living in Alexandria, Virginia in 1967, where he was employed as a Secret Service agent.