Mexborough & Swinton Times – Friday 27 March 1931
Mr. Jesse Hill
A Valued Public Servant.
Conisboro’ Rating Officer.
The death occurred on Saturday night following a long and distressing illness, of Mr. Jesse Hill, “Leafy Bank,” Church Street. Mexborough, rating and valuation officer to the Conisborough Urban District Council.
Mr. Hill was born at Newton-upon-Rawcliffe, near Malton, 64 years ago, and has been resident in this district over forty years. He came here to take a post as timekeeper at the Denaby Main Colliery, and remained in the service of the Denaby and Cadeby Collieries Ltd. until 1920, when on the formation of the Conisborough Urban District Council he was appointed rate collector to the authority.
Under the Rating and Valuation Act he subsequently became rating and valuation office, a position he held at death.
Much earlier, in 1911, he became clerk to the Conisborough Parish Council and assistant overseer to the parish, offices subsequently abolished by changes in the local government system. He also acted as clerk to the Conisborough Burial Board and clerk and assistant overseer to the civil parish of Old, Denaby. He was secretary of the Conisborough Heroes’ Fund, with which the public war memorial was provided.
For nearly twenty years he was secretary to the Denaby Main institute, and was also for a time secretary to the Fullerton Hospital and the local Evening Classes
He was a lover and student of music, a skilful violinist, and member of a number of local amateur orchestras, including the Denaby Main Orchestra, long defunct. His services’ as a musician were frequently in demand locally and were always freely and gladly given.
He was deeply interested in Freemasonry and had a distinguished career in the craft — being a Past Master of St. George’s Lodge, Doncaster—and in Royal Arch Masonry he was a member of the Magdalen Chapter dated with St. George’s.
Although personally retiring and diffident with a distaste for public display his life was full of quiet, faithful, and efficient service to the community, and he made many friends in widely separated walks of life; being greatly esteemed for the kindliness and integrity of his nature. He will be greatly missed and mourned He leaves a widow, two sons, and a daughter.
The funeral took place on Wednesday at Mexborough, the Rev. W. Simpson (Congregational minister) officiating.