The Belleville Daily Advocate for Friday, April 16, 1886, has a long article detailing several nights of violence during the railroad strike of 1886. In the article Deputy W. G. Hill is described as, “a one armed man and also minus and eye.” A portion of the article is transcribed here:
“A north bound freight train under charge of conductor Mike Whalen, and a freight train from East St. Louis met here on Tuesday evening and a large crowd of men who had gathered as on the previous evening , commenced to interfere with the switching, and also drove the brakemen from their posts.
Deputy Sheriff W. G. Hill was there, but was unable to prevent the men from interfering. The mob at last succeed in so disarranging the train that the main track was blocked and north bound mail train which arrives here about 6 o’clock was delayed quite a while.