Helpful ReplyHills Snappy Service

Z66 Butch
2005/11/19 01:11:51
Anyone remember them? There used to be 3 or 4 of them in downtown Anderson Indiana back in the 50's and 60's. They had a small burger kind of like White Castle. I remember they had fresh pies. They were very small places with a few bar stools at the counter and a couple of booths. I know that they were is several other towns in Indiana, not sure about other states.

Junior Burger
Re:Hills Snappy Service 2013/02/24 22:55:01
There were only 2 Hills Snappy Service restaurants in Anderson.   One on 11th St next to the side door of JC Pennys.     The other one was next to Montgomery Wards on Meridian St.   It was torn down first.    The one on 11th stayed open until the 70's.
post edited by JJGRANT - 2013/04/17 18:22:55
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Hills Snappy Service 2013/02/25 08:17:34
Welcome to Roadfood!  And replying to a question that has been unanswered for over seven years.  Nicely done!
Junior Burger
Re:Hills Snappy Service 2013/04/17 18:24:43

Welcome to Roadfood!  And replying to a question that has been unanswered for over seven years.  Nicely done!

Junior Burger
☄ Helpfulby JRPfeff 2016/02/13 16:56:42
Re:Hills Snappy Service 2014/02/02 02:58:30
Paul C Hill was my grandfather, founder of Hills Snappy Service.  I am named after him, Paul R Hill, his grandson age 40 in San Diego.  Both my grandfather and father have passed away but my dads brother Mike Hill is still alive and full of Hills Snappy Service stories.  I was given a book about fast food restaurants pre-McDonalds and Hills Snappy Service had about 4-5 pages worth in the middle of the book.  I can dig it out and find the name of the book later and post it for you all. 

What's funny is that I grew up not knowing anything about Hills Snappy Service until recently about 5-6 years ago, I was told about a few small stories but still not much.  My dad told me about painting the outside of one.  He mentioned his friends thought he was cool because after school he could treat them to free burgers and soda.  I heard a little about my great granddad and how he ran his franchise and how my granddad ran the business into the ground.  Basically they did not survive because of the Jehovahs Witness belief that we are living in the end times, etc and when the economy takes a dive or there is war, the congregations really think "this must be it" and with that mentality, my granddad spent more time preaching and less time keeping up with the times.  He also did not add drive thru windows which at the time all the new fast food burger food chains had them.  So that's about it in a nutshell.  If there was one, I would be running it :) 

Another ironic thing is that I sell steaks (and steak burgers) see my facebook web page under GRILL TIME FOODS which is a food delivery service here in San Diego, CA.  I always wondered why had a good knack for selling comfort food ... well, it turns out, it was always in my blood. 

Basically my great grand dad owned a hardware store and things were boring, yet just down the street the first White Castle was booming and the idea was born to start and pretty much copy their idea ... even their slogan it seems.  Buy em buy the sack! 

Hills Snappy Service seems like a good name for the 40's -70's but a little old fashioned for me to take on the name for my business, although I often thought about it ... then I could say a family business Since 1945!  I forget what exact year it was but it was the year the first White Castle came to be. 

That's about it for now  
Junior Burger
☄ Helpfulby JRPfeff 2016/02/13 17:01:24
Re: Hills Snappy Service 2016/02/13 16:10:41
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.
Re: Hills Snappy Service 2016/02/13 16:32:09
Thanks for that story!