THE WAY WE WERE – June 2023


Events of a week as chronicled by
the Man on the Street 


A telegram to the Recorder on Tuesday conveyed the intelligence of the death of Manetho Hilton at St. Louis, Missouri, on Monday, June 18. No particulars as to cause of death were given. The body, accompanied by his wife, is enroute to Andes and will arrive about 10 o’clock Saturday morning. Services will be held immediately following the arrival, and will be conducted by Rev. G. A. Forbes.

Deceased was a son of Silas D. Hilton and Jane Vaughn Hilton and was born in the village of Andes on October 30, 1838, and his boyhood was spent in his native town. He entered the legal profession and for many years resided in St. Louis, where he was honored with a judgeship and was attorney general of Missouri. For a few years past he had resided at Asheville, North Carolina, returning to St. Louis only a few weeks ago. In later life he was afflicted with blindness. He is survived by his wife and several children and by a sister, Miss Anna Hilton, residing at Walton.

When early in 1906, the State Department of Education ordered Andes to provide a new high school building the thoughts of the local school board naturally turned to the Collegiate Institute building and communication was opened with Mr. Hilton. It was learned that the property had been offered to parties for an industrial school on condition that it be called “Hilton Industrial School of Andes” and it looked as if a new building must be erected. The party however finally failed to take the property. A suggestion by the writer, then president of the board of education, that he present the property to the district on condition that it be called “Hilton Memorial High School” met his hearty approval in a letter under date of April 16, 1906. On June 30, 1906, Manetho Hilton conveyed the property to the school district as a memorial to his father who was a lifelong champion of education. Today the stately edifice stands as a memorial not only to the father but to the son as well.

Following the exercises [Memorial Day in the cemetery] the address of the day was delivered by Hon. A. W. North, of Walton. The address was among the best ever heard in Andes, deploring the tendencies of the times with its craze for wealth and the glamour of show and offering practical suggestions for a return to the sane ideals of our forebears.~