J.W. Hill came to Eureka Springs in 1880 or 1881 with $5 in his pocket, but quickly became one of the wealthiest persons in Eureka Springs. He bought a horse and wagon and founded the Crescent Livery and Eureka Springs Transfer Company. He kept expanding, buying more horses and wagons, and building stables to house them. He secured franchises to transport people and the mail from the railroad stations in Ozark and Selgiman, Missouri to Eureka Springs. In 1883, he married Ada M. Foster, daughter of a wealthy publisher from Chicago, Illinois. Ada and J.W. had four children-- Leila, Lucas Van Allen, James "Jay" Wilson and Ralph Brownell.