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Publication: Montreal Star add link
Issue: 1 September 1911

Herbert Hill, Prominent in Montreal Y.M.C.A Circles, is Drowned at Biddeford.


Herbert Hill, 18 years of age, a son of Mr. F. Max Hill, manager of the Jas. Walker Hardware Company, Ltd., of this city, was drowned in the heavy surf while bathing at Biddeford Pool, Maine, yesterday afternoon.

His father struggled vainly to save the lad's life, nearly lost his own, and was in a serious condition from exposure and exhaustion for many hours.

The boy's body has not been recovered. Mr. Hill, his wife and two young boys have been staying at the hotel at this seaside resort for the last three weeks, but Herbert Hill only went there last Friday from the Kanawana Y.M.C.A. camp where he had been staying. He was a good swimmer but had no chance for his life when he swam out too far in the heavy breakers and had the strong undertow with which to contend.

Mr. Hill's home is at 361 Kensington avenue, Westmount, and his son graduated last June from Westmount Academy. He did remarkably well, standing sixth in the Province of Quebec and tenth in the whole Dominion in his matriculation examinations. He had intended taking an Art's course at McGill University. Last autumn he became a member of the American Presbyterian Church.

At the Y.M.C.A. he was one of the most popular senior members and had charge of a tent at the camp at Kanawana this year.

The family originally came to this city from Buffalo. Mr. Jas. Walker, on hearing the sad news this morning, made preparations to render what assistance he could to Mr. Hill.

(Pasted in the scrapbook of Albert Parker Willis, 1892-1970)