Charles B. Hill

Place Name: Charles B. Hill Park

Feature Type (Year Approved): Park (1983)

Name Origins: Commemorative


See previous entry, Charles Anderson, for ‘Charles’.

English: locative name from Middle English hill, hell, hull ‘hill’ (Old English hyll).

English: relationship name; in some cases, possibly, from a personal name Hille, a pet form of some such name as Hilger or Hillary.

From: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

Cultural Affiliation: English

Gender: Male

Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie 

Charles B. Hill (1891-1972) was a child welfare worker for more than 40 years. Over this period, "Uncle Charlie" supervised the adoption of more than 20,000 babies. Hill was born in England and began his career in the English Poor Law service. He came to Canada in 1910 and began working for the provincial government in 1915, first as a welfare inspector, then as chief clerk for the department. He was named child placement officer in 1923, deputy of child welfare in 1940, and became superintendent in 1944, retiring from this post in 1956. The Charles B. Hill Park is in the Hillview neighbourhood and has an area of 0.41 ha.

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