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Elta Hill

Elta Hill

Female 1866 - 1928  (61 years)

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  • Name Elta Hill  [1, 2, 3
    Born 26 Aug 1866  Bloomfield, Davis Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4
    Gender Female 
    Occupation Health Care - M.D. 
    Died 22 Jan 1928  Los Angeles, Los Angeles Cnty, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Buried Hollywood Forever Cem, Los Angeles, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I6688  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 18 Apr 2011 

    Father Charles H. Hill,   b. 14 Nov 1837, Putnam Cnty, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1902, Portland, Multnomah Cnty, OR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother Martha Rominger,   b. Oct 1840, Bartholomew Cnty, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1912, Portland, Multnomah Cnty, OR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Married Y  [5
    Family ID F2560  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Orris Sherman Schnauffer,   b. 4 Mar 1867, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1942, Los Angeles Cnty, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married Abt 1896 
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2009 
    Family ID F2296  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Headstones
    Elta Hill
    Elta Hill
    Photo by Richard K. Snouffer; edited by Wm. C. Snouffer

  • Notes 
    • The 1900 census lists Elta's second husband Orris S. "Schnauffer" and his family living in Portland, OR. Orris was born in March 1867 in Ohio; his father in Pennsylvania [sic], and his mother in West Virginia. Orris was 33 years old, a music teacher, and he is shown as married to his second wife "Elta H," 33, a physician. She was born in Aug. 1866 in Iowa; both of her parents were born in Indiana. Living with them is a son, Otto S, 6, born in March 1894 in Nebraska to parents who were both born in Ohio [sic]. 1900 U.S. Census, Portland, Ward 10, Multnomah Cnty, OR (T 623, Roll 1351, stamped p. 18).

      The 1904 Portland City Directory, p. 824 (R. L. Polk & Co.; 1904), provides the following:
      "Schnauffer Mrs Elta H, phys 271 1/2 Russell, res 424 Williams av.
      "Schnauffer Orris S, music tchr, res 424 Williams av."

      The 1910 census lists "Oris" S. Schnauffer as a 43 year old man, married 17 years to his wife "Elta," also 43. This census records that "Oris" was born in Ohio, his father in Maryland and his mother in Virginia. It records that "Elta" was born in Iowa, her father in Kentucky and her mother in Indiana. This census is consistent as to occupations: Orris is listed as a music teacher and Elta as a physician. The census does indicate that she was the mother of one child who was still living. A son, Otto, 16, lived with them. He is recorded as born in Nebraska, his father in Ohio and his mother in Iowa. He was employed as a newspaper "agent." 1910 U.S. Census, Portland, Ward 9, Multnomah Cnty, OR (T 624, Roll 1289, stamped p. 219B).

      The 1912 Portland City Directory gives the same information as the 1904 Directory. In 1915 the information was a bit different:
      "Schnauffer Elta H Mrs phys 424 Williams av h same
      "Orris S (Elta H) musician h 424 Williams av
      "Otto S musician r 424 Williams av."
      Portland City Directory, p. 1067 (R.L. Polk & Co.; 1915). The 1917 Directory, p. 1020, and the 1918 Directory, p. 1110, both list the three Schnauffers living in the same home with the same occupations. The 1920 Directory makes no mention of the Schnauffers. And the 1921, 1923 and 1924 Directories all mention just Orris and Elta but do not mention Otto; one may infer that their son Otto had moved out of Portland. The 1925, 1926, 1927, and 1928 Directories make no mention of any Schnauffers.

      The 1920 census lists "Orris S Schnauffer," 52, living with his wife Elta, 50, and son Otto S, 24; they resided on Williams Ave. in Portland. Orris was employed as a musician and teacher; Elta as a physician "at home;" and Otto as a musician with a "traveling show." 1920 U.S. Census, Prct 240, Portland, Multnomah Cnty, OR (T 625, Roll 1502, stamped p. 97)[an indexer lists Orris as "Orus" and Elta as "Etta"].

      The 1930 census entry for her husband Orris provides that he had moved to California and was living with his son, "Otto S Snoffer." "Orris S Schnauffer," 63, a widower, was still employed as a music teacher. 1930 U.S. Census, Assem. Dist. 55, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Cnty, CA (T 626, Roll 133, stamped p. 66).

      Elta's California Death Certificate 28-001912 (26 Jan 1928) indicates that she died 22 Jan 1928 while living in Los Angeles. Cause of death was arterial sclerosis. Apparently she had retired from the practice of medicine because the certificate lists her occupation as "housewife." The certificate also indicates that her parents were "Chas. H. Hill" and Martha Rominger, both born in Kentucky [sic].

  • Sources 
    1. [S424] OR Census 1900, Mult |, Oregon, Multnomah Cnty, Portland, 1900 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (T623, Roll 1351, p. 18).

    2. [S544] CA Death Index, 1940-1997|, California, California Death Index, 1940-1997, (Calif. Dep't of Health Services, Office of Vital Records, 304 S St., Sacramento, CA 94244; online database,, (son Otto Snouffer's death cert).

    3. [S132] Tombstone|, Tombstone.

    4. [S174] Death Certificate|, Death Certificate.

    5. [S103] FindaGrave, (