In 1880 Jefferson County Iowa, Elmer is 15, with John H. 49 and Anna H. 41, both born in Ohio.
Elmer cash-claimed a quarter in 4, 6N 48W in 1891.
April 20, 1893 In Union County, Iowa, Elmer R. Hilton, born in Wappelo County, Iowa to John H. Hilton and Anna Hall, married Maggie Howell, born 1869 in Jefferson County Iowa to Wm. H. Howell andJane Roberts.
He might be the railroad conductor in Union County, Iowa in 1900 - born May 1865, Margret April 1868, and Mary L. Nov 1899, all three born in Iowa.
They're still in Union County in 1910, still a conductor, and have added Mildred J. now 5. All four are in Des Moines, County, Iowa in 1920, still a conductor.
The two daughters are gone in 1930 Des Moines County, and E.R. is still a conductor.
In 1899 Sterling "George Hilton has closed the deal for Jack Perkins' dray wagon and interest int he dray business of Mill & Perkins"
Mrs. Hilton won first place in the ladies' bicycle race at the Logan County fair.