H M Hamilton
Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 3/11/2009 at 17:31:20
H M Hamilton, In the pursuit of business interests H M Hamilton accumulated a comfortable competence that now enables him to live retired from the active management of business affairs. He makes his home in Ogden, where at one time he conducted an implement store, and he still owns an implement business in Madrid, this county, He has resided in Boone county since 1865 and has therefore been a witness of much of the progress and development of this part of the state. A native of La Grange county, Indiana he was born April 3, 1830, a son of Robert Hamilton who was an Indiana farmer, and there spent his entire life.
The subject of this review after acquiring his preliminary education became a student of Cornell College of Mt Vernon, Iowa. He came to this state in 1858 and after attending college at Mt Vernon he removed to Marshalltown, Iowa where he established a general mercantile store, which he conducted for four years. On the expiration of that period he removed to Boone and began the manufacture of furniture, sash, doors and etc. His connection with that enterprise continued for three years, after which he turned his attention to farming on Sec 16, Beaver township. He afterward bought a farm in Marcy township where he remained until 1873. He then sold that property, coming thence to Ogden, where he opened a general implement store carrying on business with good success until 1901. As the years passed a liberal patronage was accorded him and he gained a gratifying competence, which now enables him to live retired in the enjoyment of the fruits of his former toil. He also opened a small business in Madrid, which he still carries on, although it is under the management of his son. He is likewise engaged in the same line of business at Havelock, Iowa. Mr Hamilton intends to reside in the future in California, expectation to remove to the Golden state after about a year.
Mr Hamilton has been twice married. He firs wedded Helen Watson who died in 1868, and later he married Loretta Houseman, of the Empire state. The children born of the first marriage are: William, who is now residing in Colorado, and Harry who has charge of his fatherís implement business in Madrid. Mr Hamilton votes with the Republican party and believes firmly in its principles, but has never sought or desired office. Socially he is connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Boone. Both he and his wife are members of the Congregations church of Ogden and are held in the highest esteem by a large circle of friends. Mr Hamilton pained an enviable reputation as a reliable, enterprising and progressive business man and throughout the years of his connection with mercantile interests in Boone he enjoyed in a large measure the esteem and confidence of those of whom he was associated.
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