William E Hill – Held the office of County and probate clerk of Benton County. William E. Hill was born in Polk County, Missouri, on November 9, 1870. His father was William H. Hill, who was a son of Dr. John W. Hill, who was a native of Washington County, Tennessee, whence he removed with his family to Polk County, Missouri about the year 1848.Dr. Hill married Miss Maria Winton, and became parents of four children. Dr. Hill achieved distinctive precedence as a physician and surgeon in Polk County, Missouri, and there he passed the closing years of his life. William H. Hill continued to reside in Missouri until 1877, when he removed with his family to Benton County, Arkansas. He served as a faithful and gallant soldier in the Confederate Army in the War Between the States and he was mustered into service in a Missouri regiment near Stockton. After the war he was engaged in clerical work and prior to his advent in Arkansas he married Miss Harriet E. Bullock, a daughter of Judge Charles P. Bullock, of Pineville, Missouri. The Bullocks were originally from Kentucky, where the family is old pioneer stock. Mrs. Hill died in 1877, in Polk County, Missouri, and Mr. Hill passed away in Pea Ridge, Arkansas in 1900, at the age of sixty-nine years. William and Harriet Hill had four children. William E. Hill received his preliminary educational training in the public schools of Benton County and later supplemented this discipline by a course of study in the Pea Ridge Academy. He was but seven years of age at the time of his father’s removal from Missouri to Arkansas and he has resided in Benton County for the rest of his life. He put his scholastic attainment to good use is evident when it is stated that he followed the pedagogic profession for ten terms in Benton County, doing his last work, in 1900, In Central district, No.136. On January 1, 1901, he assumed the duties of deputy in the office of country clerk under his successor, Marion Douglas. In 1908 he became nominee for the office of county clerk himself, was successful at the polls in the fall elections, serving his term of two years, and was elected as his own successor in 1910. In politics Mr. Hill is aligned as a stalwart supporter of the principles and policies, for which the Democratic Party stands sponsor, and he has even given freely of his aid and influence in support of all worthy projects advanced for the general welfare of the community. In fraternal way he is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Knight of Pythias, and both he and his wife hold membership in the Missionary Baptist Church, in the various departments of whose work they have been active factors. On August 20, 1902, Mr. Hill was married to Miss Bernice Ketchem, a daughter of Levi L. Ketchem, who had long been engaged in agricultural pursuits in Boone County, Missouri. Mr. and Mrs. Hill had two children during their life. Mr. and Mrs. Hill were popular and prominent figures in connection with the best social activities of their home city of Bentonville, Arkansas.
Historical Review of Arkansas - Fay Hempstead 1911