Re: Hills Snappy Service
Paul Clarence Hill was my grandfather. I am the daughter of Emma Alice Hill Fisher, his daughter. I was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and remember the trips to Grandpa Hill's beautiful home in Terre Haute, Indiana. Many times we would visit the Hill's Snappy Service and be treated to a hamburger and a frosty--sort of a milkshake. I remember many fun times spent with Grandpa Hill as he was a great tease. He came to Indiana with the idea of going into the fast food service and, through a lot of hard work, accomplished his goal and eventually became quite wealthy with a total of over twenty hamburger stands located around Indiana. We delighted in spending time in the summers at his lake cabin in Northern Minnesota. After his stands were well established, he went on many hunting trips with his friends who were all entrepreneurs from Terre Haute. The basement of Grandpa's Terre Haute home was filled with bear skins (some with heads!), two moose heads and various other trophies from his hunting trips. He was generous to those in need and at the time of his death willed each hamburger stand to its current manager. I believe he ended up with over 20 scattered over Indiana.
He spent the winters of his later years in South Texas in either Mission or McAllen. That is where I grew up. While there he purchased two orange/grapefruit groves of trees. The last time I saw him was when my Mother, and soon to be husband, and I, drove to the Rio Grande Valley from San Antonio to visit Granddaddy in the hospital. He had had a heart attack. When we arrived, his bed was empty which gave us quite a start! He was just down the hall looking at the newborn babies. An irate nurse brought him back into his tented bed! He passed away not long after that. I was back in college in Denton, Texas. My dad drove from San Antonio to pick me up to drive with him to Terre Haute for Grandaddy's funeral which took place in the cemetery of which Granddaddy was part owner. My Mom and Dad moved back to Terre Haute from South Texas to care for Grandmother (Bess Beryl Hill) until she passed away several years later. She had severe memory loss in her later years. My mother and father inherited the Terre Haute home. The home was a two story brick designed by Granddaddy. As a child, I thought the greatest feature was the laundry chute where you could throw dirty clothes from the top two floors to the basement. As kids, we threw much more than dirty clothes down that chute! My folks eventually moved here in Florida when my dad really needed a lot more help and I was here to help them both. A few years after Daddy died, Mom (Emma Alice Fisher) later married a retired AF Colonel named Max Carey. She is now 98 years old and her husband is 99 (to be 100 this March). She has had a very good life and is still healthy. I have a lot more "Hill" stories but enough for now.