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C. W. Hamilton, Of Lower Cove, Called by Death
Charles W. Hamilton was born in Scioto, county, Ohio, May 2, 1845 where he lived until 1869.
At the age of 18 he enlisted in the Union army. From May 2, to Sept. 3, 1864, he served as corporal in Company I of the 140th regiment. In this long and terrible struggle he offered his life daily for his country standing where only the bravest can stand.
Sept. 13th, 1864 at Platsmouth [sic – Portsmouth], Ohio, he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah F. Bridwell and to this union were born 11 children of which six now survive him.
The living children are Mrs. Hattie Wright of Joseph; Mrs. Sallie Gray of Bend, Ore.; Mrs. Mina Pratt, of Lewiston, Ida.; and Charles Hamilton, Mrs. Lettie Pratt and Mrs. Nora Cook all of this valley.
Beside[s] there [these] he is survived by 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, and a host of friends.
In 1869 Mr. Hamilton moved his family to Missouri, where they lived until 1874 when they came across the plains in a covered wagon to Oregon settling east of Alicel on what is known as the Henry Young place.
In 1902 they moved to Shasta county, California, and in 1909 to Benton county, Oregon, where they lived three years, after which time they moved to Eastern Oregon and settled in Wallowa county. In 1921 Mr. Hamilton moved back to the Grande Ronde valley where he has made his home since, until his death May 5 at the advanced age of 88 years and three days.
His wife, Sarah F. Hamilton, died in April 1925.
Mr. Hamilton was converted and joined the Methodist church while yet a young man, and has been an active Christian all of his adult life.
He had a serious heart attack three years ago, and his remaining until now has been due to his unusually strong constitution.
The services will be held at Summerville chapel at 2:30 Sunday afternoon. Rev. Howard B. Smith, of the American Sunday School Union, will be in charge.
La Grande Evening Observer
Saturday, May 6, 1933
Contributed by: Tom Childers