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George Elvie Hamilton (1932)


Posted By: Pat Hochstetler
Date: 11/6/2006 at 09:28:17

Winterset Madisonian
Winterset, Iowa
Thursday, August 11, 1932


Madison County Farm Owner and World War Veteran Loses Life in Explosion

George E. Hamilton, 48 year old farmer of Webster township was killed last Thursday morning, August 4th, by an explosion of dynamite, on the George Shaw farm ten miles southwest of Winterset.

It is stated that Mr. Hamilton was working with Glen Shaw, a son of George Shaw, on the Shaw farm. They were removing some trees, and after the charge was set, Shaw called to Hamilton. It is thought that Hamilton became sick, and was unable to get away, because when Shaw received no answer he looked, and immediately heard the explosion, and saw his co-worker's body hurled into the air. The force of the explosion threw the body thirty feet into the air, and it is thought that he died instantly. His head and chest were badly crushed.

J. A. Leach, county corner was called and after investigating stated that death was accidental. The body was brought to the Ramsey-Richards funeral home in Winterset.

The Rev. Ward B. Tarr, pastor of the Oak Grove Evangelical church, and the Rev. W. C. Porter, pastor of the United Presbyterian church conducted his funeral services which were held at the Ramsey-Richards funeral home, Sunday afternoon, and burial was made in the soldiers' plot in the Winterset cemetery. Mr. Hamilton served in the World War, and was a member of the American Legion. Legionnaires served as pall bearers, and assisted with the services at the cemetery.

Mr. Hamilton was born in Indiana, and came to Webster township in 1901. He bought a farm there, but this year, had rented the place to David Weems. He is survived by two brothers and three sisters, all of whom live in other states. A brother James came to attend the services. More details of his life may be found in the mortuary column.

The Winterset Madisonian
Winterset, Iowa
Thursday, August 11, 1932
Page 8

Mortuary - George E. Hamilton

George Elvie Hamilton was the son of Samuel and Rebecca Hamilton and was born near Albion, Indiana, on November 27, 1883. He was killed by an explosion of dynamite on August 4, 1932. He was therefore approaching 49 years of age.

He spent his boyhood and youth near his birthplace. He came to Webster township in 1901. He was a member of the Oak Grove Evangelical church. And was a man of sterling character. He was pure of thought and tongue. "There never was a better neighbor." He served in the World War.

He was unmarried and is survived by two brothers and three sisters; James Hamilton, Bement, Illinois; Melvin Hamilton, Milford, Indiana; Mrs. William Holmes and Mrs. John Holbert of Salem, Illinois and Mrs. Charles Finn, Buchanan, Michigan.

The funeral service was held at the Ramsey - Richards funeral home at 2:30 Sunday afternoon. They were in charge of the Rev. W. H. Tarr, pastor of the Oak Grove Evangelical church and W. C. Porter, United Presbyterian pastor of Winterset. A very large number of friends were present. A brother, James Hamilton was the only relative able to attend.

Burial was made in the soldier's plot and was in charge of the Green - Rogers post of the American Legion.


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