Roy O. Hillis 1934 Ledger
By Karen Cuccinello
So, what were eggs going for and how much did feed cost 84 years ago in 1934. Thanks to an anonymous someone who dropped the ledger and assorted newspaper clippings off to the Stamford Village Library history room, we now know.
Roy Hillis was born in Stamford January 25, 1904 to Richard A. and Bella G. (Odell) Hillis. He was born in the middle of his siblings namely Clark T., Stephen J., Richard D., Laurabel and Howard J. In the 1925 census for Stamford he is age 21 and a farm laborer for Frank H. and Lottie E. Odell and in 1930 he is boarding with Martin Gorton.
On March 21, 1933 Roy marries Ethel M. DeLong, a telephone operator, in Harpersfield. She was born March 9, 1909 in Jefferson to Harold F. and Maud F. (Cumming) DeLong. Roy and Ethel were living with Ethel's parents in Harpersfield on Hobart Road in the 1940 census and were dairy farmers. They were often in the newspaper visiting friends and relatives and involved with community organizations. They had one child, a son, Lee D. born in 1946.
Roy died January 1987 and Ethel February 5, 2005. Both are buried in the Stamford Cemetery in section J-62.