Philip F Hillwig


PHILIP F. HILLWIG, a farmer of Brady�s Bend township, Armstrong county, was born in that township Nov. 25, 1874, son of John C. Hillwig.

The father was born in Germany, whence he came to Brady�s bend township in young manhood. Here he married a girl by the name of Merchant and had three children, William, Lewis, and John, all of whom are still living, William at Greensburg, Pa.; Lewis at East St. Louis, Ill.; John at Mt. Pleasant, Pa. His wife having died Mr. Hillwig married again, his second wife being Mrs. Harriet (Parker) Long, of Brady�s Bend, the widow of George W. Long who was killed in the Civil war. She had two children by Mr. Long who are living, Lyman L., of Braddock, Pa., and Mrs. Hattie Stewart, of Karns City, Pa. Mr. Hillwig had four children by his second wife, all of whom are living: George N., at Los Angeles, Cal; Samuel P., at Kaylor, Pa.; Philip F.; and Aaron Roy, at Karns City, Pa. The father died April 22, 1908, at the age of seventy-six years. The mother survives and makes her home with her son-in-law, Archie Stewart, who lives in the old homestead. During nearly all his active life Mr. Hillwig was a miner. Fraternally he was a member of the Odd Fellows lodge at Brady�s Bend. Pennsylvania.

Philip F. Hillwig grew up in his native township, attending school there, and then for four or five years worked as a carpenter and painter at Ratkin, Pa. Returning to Brady�s Bend, he was there for ten years engaged in lumbering, owning a complete outfit and giving employment to seven men. He still owns sixty acres of timberland in Fairview township, Butler county, Pa., as well as a 150-care farm in Brady�s Bend township, which is conveniently located three-quarters of a mile northwest of Kaylor on the new road between Kaylor and Karns City. Mr. Hillwig put up his present excellent buildings and developed his farm considerably. It was a property that had not been operated in thirty years and was known as the Jameson farm. Some idea of the extent of Mr. Hillwigs operations can be gained from the fact that he employees ten men and carries on general farming.

In 1901 Mr. Hillwig was married to Olive Flick, who was born in Toby township, Clarion county, Pa., daughter of Benjamin and Nancy Flick, residents of the above named township. Mr. and Mrs. Hillwig have had four children: Harold, who was born at Swissvale, Pa.; and Iva, Edna and Adel, who were all born in Brady�s Bend township.

Fraternally Mr. Hillwig belongs to the Odd Fellows at Kaylor, the Knights of Pythias at Brady�s Bend, and the Encampment at Chicora, but has held no offices therein. He also belongs to the Grange, of which he is now secretary, and has been the local chairman for two terms. The Baptist church holds his membership and he is now serving it as treasurer . Politically he is a Republican, and has been an auditor of his township. A man of progressive ideas, he has forged ahead, and is now considered one of the leading farmers of his locality.

Source: Page 913 , Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
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