In 1883 Hactor Hill came to America, making his home for short time at his uncle's folks, Bor Enge, at Roland, Iowa. Not long after his arrival to this country he started work at Mr. Thompson's cooper shop in Ames. This shop was moved to Story City in 1887. When Mr. Thompson in 1891 sold his business, the Hill family bought it. Hactor Hill was in the cooper business for 42 years until his death in 1933.
Hactor's sons and grandsons owned and operated the Story City Butter Tub Co until a tornado hit Story City in 1976. The building was demolished in the storm. At that time it was the oldest building in Story City.
As you can see from the 1940 ad, the Butter Tub Co. was not only producing quality butter tubs, they also sold coal, stokers, and specialized in roofing. The company specialized in roofing for many years. In fact, Hactor's great grandson, Paul Hill, is currently in the roofing business in Story City.