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Slave Narrative of Martha Colquitt

Interviewer: Sarah H. Hall Person Interviewed: Martha Colquitt Location: Athens, Georgia The aged Negress leaned heavily on her cane as she shuffled about her tiny porch in the waning sunlight of a cold January day. An airplane writing an advertising slogan in letters of smoke high in the sky was receiving but indifferent attention from Aunt Martha. Sha shivered and occasionally leaned against a post until a paroxysm of coughing subsided. “What would you have thought of that if it had suddenly appeared in the sky when you were a child?” she was asked. “It would have scared me plum to death,” was the response. “I didn’t come out here just to see dat,” she continued, “I didn’t have nothin’ to make no fire wid, and I had to git out in de sunshine ’cause it wuz too cold to stay in de house. It sho’ is mighty bad to have to go to bed wid cold feet and cough all night long.” Her visitor could not resist the impulse to say, “Let’s make a trade, Aunt Martha! If I give you a little money will you buy wood; then while you enjoy the fire will you think back over your life and tell me about your experiences when I come back tomorrow?” “Bless de Lord! I sho’ will be glad to tell you de truf ’bout anything I...

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Biography of Charles F. Hamilton

Charles F. Hamilton. The business life of Champaign owes much to the enterprise and energy of Charles F. Hamilton. He first became identified with the city in the lumber trade, and while he has numerous interests elsewhere he has always remained loyal to this city and it is not only to him a home but a place where his many well considered investments have contributed much to local improvement and benefit. Mr. Hamilton is a native of Macoupin County, Illinois, where he was born November 26, 1864, a son of Julius and Virginia L. (VanDeventer) Hamilton. His parents were both natives of Virginia and of old Colonial stock. Julius Hamilton came out to Illinois in 1856, first locating in Cass County, and in 1861 establishing a home in Macoupin County. For many years he was one of the most extensive lumber dealers in the state, operating a string of yards throughout the state. In the fall of 1880 he removed to Champaign and from this city he subsequently directed his interests and he died here January 21, 1903. His wife is also deceased and they were the parents of three children: Mary, Lizzie and Charles F. Charles F. Hamilton acquired a good education, but most of it out of school and by active contact with men and affairs. When only fifteen years of age he started work in bis...

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Biography of Alphius Lamont Hamilton

Alphius Lamont Hamilton. Forty-five years of continuous work and association with the law, public office, politics and civic affairs in El Dorado and, Butler County have naturally made Alphius Lamont Hamilton one of the noteworthy figures in that section of Kansas. That he takes first rank in the Kansas bar is a distinction that will be readily acknowledged by lawyers all over the state. He is also the dean of the profession in his home county. No one could be more thoroughly American than Judge Hamilton. His ancestors have been connected with every great war in which our nation engaged from the Revolution to the Civil war. He belongs to that class of people who have been called “the sum everlasting to everlasting Scotch-Irish,” and who gave their character to much of American history and were especially prominent in founding and developing the country west of the Alleghanies. One of these Scotch-Irish immigrants during the first half of the eighteenth century was James Hamilton, who located in Newton Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. He was the great-great-grandfather of Judge Hamilton. James Hamilton, who died in 1777, married Peggy Laughlin, and all their three sons served in the Pennsylvania Militia during the Revolution. The youngest son, Hugh, was born near Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and married Martha Moorehead. About the close of the century they located in Westmoreland County. One of the sons...

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Johnson, Mina Hazel (Womack, Litchfield) – Obituary

Wallowa County native Mina Hazel, (Womack, Litchfield) Johnson died Thursday, March 21, 1996, at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. She had been a resident of the Wallowa County Nursing Home for the past year. She was born December 12, 1903, at Lostine, the daughter of Jacob (Clairborne) and Emily (Elestia-Emma) Womack. As a young woman she met and married Ira Litchfield. They had two children, James M. (McClelland) and Esther D. He preceded her in death. On August 20, 1937, she married Eugene E. (Tiny) Johnson. They lived in Wallowa for many years before moving to Enterprise. He preceded her in death in 1979. She worked as a dispatcher for the city and county before she retired. Mina was a member of the Christian Church, and the Stitch and Chatter Club. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. She is survived by her son, James Litchfield of Wallowa and a daughter Esther D. Carper of Enterprise; five grandchildren, Melodie (Twidwell) Bailey and Ron Carper of Hillsboro, Oregon., Judy Horton of Wallowa, Marvin Litchfield of Portland, Oregon and Larry Twidwell of California; and eight great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by two grandchildren, Gary Carper and Steve Litchfield, two sisters and daughter-in-law, Joan Litchfield. Funeral services were held at the Bollman Funeral Home on Monday, March 25, with internment following at the Bramlet Cemetery in Wallowa. Remembrances may be made to...

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Hamilton, William S. – Obituary

Pioneer Dies This Morning William S. Hamilton Passes On At the Home of His Son at End of Long Illness William S. Hamilton died at the home of his son this morning of an extended illness. He was formerly of Wallowa where he was employed as engineer by the Nibley-Mimnaugh Lumber company for a period of 10 years. Interment will be made in the Summerville cemetery on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock under the auspices of the I. O. O. F. of which the deceased was a member. Snodgrass and Zimmerman undertaking parlors have charge of the body. William S. Hamilton was born November 22, 1855, in Friendship, Scioto county, Ohio, and went to Missouri when a small boy then crossing the plains in 1874, arriving in the Grande Ronde valley on July 7th. He settled on the Sand Ridge and was united in marriage to Olive C. Hulse September 28, 1882. To this union was born five children, three sons and two daughters, William H. Arthur, Charles S., Mrs. Ethel Newbill and Mrs. Edith Brown, all of whom survive him with the exception of Arthur who died when a small boy. Additional survivors are his wife, one brother C. W. Hamilton of Alicel; Mrs. O. A. Rhinehart of Husum, Washington, and Mrs. Richard Myers of Caldwell, Idaho, besides a number of more distant relatives. La Grande Evening Observer...

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Hamilton, Ralph – Obituary

Tuesday morning the body of Ralph Hamilton arrived from a Florida Camp, he too, dieing from pneumonia following an attack of Spanish Influenza. Ralph left in June with a quota of Wallowa County boys for Benson Polytechnic School, Portland, for special training for the army. He was stationed in the Remount Depot near Jacksonville, Florida. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday from the Methodist church. The funeral services were conducted by the Knights of Pythias and the members of the state militia from Enterprise. Our boys are going one by one and we realize the prices of war all the more as our own are taken. Four Wallowa boys have now died in the service. Ralph was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Hamilton of Wallowa. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Hamilton went to La Grande Monday to meet the body of their son Ralph. Wallowa County Reporter, Wallowa County, Oregon, Thursday October 24,...

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Biography of Henry Clinton Hamilton

Among the important industrial enterprises which have been factors in the commercial development of Bartlesville is that of the Commerce Candy Company, whose plant is located on North Park street. Henry Clinton Hamilton is serving as president of the corporation and the fact that he has been chosen to fill this responsible position is indisputable proof of his marked executive ability, business acumen and enterprise. He was born in Estill county, Kentucky, September 1, 1861, and is a son of Granville and Julie (Witt) Hamilton, who were also natives of the Blue Glass state, In which the father followed the occupation of farming. In the public schools of Kentucky; H. C. Hamilton received the rudiments of an education and he was employed at farm work until nearly forty years of age. In 1900 he settled near Afton, Oklahoma, where he engaged in farming, being assisted by his sons, but owing to the hot winds, insects and droughts his crops proved a failure and after seven years of ill luck he abandoned the enterprise and moved his family into the town, while he obtained work in the harvest fields. The next year he and his sons bought hay which they baled and shipped to Kansas City, this proving a profitable venture, and in 1908 the family took up their residence in Bartlesville. Mr. Hamilton then rented a farm a mile...

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Hamilton, T.M. – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon T.M. Hamilton, a well known and highly respected citizen of Wallowa, died at his home on Bear Creek, last Saturday. Mr. Hamilton had been troubled with heart disease for nearly three years and was obliged to keep his room. Friday he suffered a paralytic stroke and death came at about one o’clock Saturday morning. Although he retained consciousness to the last, he did not seem to realize that he was paralyzed. Thomas M. Hamilton was born in Vinton County, Ohio, Aug. 23, 1832; died Aug. 30, 1902; age 70 years, 7 days. He was married in May, 1853, to Miss Mary Bowlin. Eight children blessed this union, six of which are living. They are; Wm. Hamilton, Mrs. Virgil Pratt and Mrs. Wm. McGee of Wallowa; Mrs. Wm. Briggs of Boise; Vance Hamilton of Glenn’s Ferry, Ida; and Mrs, Jas. Frazier of Missouri. All of the children except Mrs. Frazier were in attendance at the internment, which took place in Wallowa cemetery, about 4:30 Sunday Evening. They laid him to rest in the cold, silent ground; they laid him to rest ‘neath the flower strewn mound. But the soul took its flight to the mansions above; it will never know night in the Palace of love. Source: Wallowa News, September 5, 1902 Contributed by: Sue...

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Biography of James M. Hamilton

In a record that gives a history of those who have contributed to the agricultural development of Washington County mention should be made of James M. Hamilton, a pioneer of Oklahoma, who passed away in 1911, at the comparatively early age of forty-two years, his demise being deeply regretted by a large circle of friends. A native of Missouri, he was born April 1, 1869, and in 1883 came to Indian Territory with his parents, Hugh Evans and Olivia (Snodgrass) Hamilton, who settled on a farm near the Wauhillau post office. Both are now deceased, the former passing away in 1901 and the latter in 1905. Upon starting out in life for himself James M. Hamilton took up the occupation of farming, also devoting his attention to stock rasing, and through his practical and progressive methods, close application and persistency of purpose he won a substantial measure of success, being numbered among the representative agriculturists of his section of the state. On October 27, 1890, Mr. Hamilton was united in marriage to Miss Lugenia Randolph, a native of this state, who was born in the Flint district, near Clear Springs, her parents being James and Martha Jane (Holland) Randolph, both now deceased. Their family numbered two children: Lugenia; and Malderine, now the wife of George W. Vincent, who acts as district agent of the agricultural department of Oklahoma and...

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Hamilton, Charlie – Obituary

Alicel, Union County, Oregon Charlie Hamilton, Alicel Farmer, Taken By Death Charlie Hamilton, 75, farmer from Alicel, died Wednesday, June 9, in a local hospital after a long illness. Mr. Hamilton was born in Scioto, Ohio, August 25, 1867. He had been a resident of Union county for 70 years. Survivors are three sisters; Mrs. Walter Pratt, Mrs. J. G. Wright and Mrs. Charles Gray. He also had several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at the Snodgrass Funeral Home. Rev. Irvin S. Motz will officiate. Burial will be in the Summerville cemetery. The La Grande Evening Observer Friday, June 11, 1943 Page 5 Contributed by: Tom...

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Hamilton, C. W. – Obituary

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...

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Hamilton, O. G. Mrs. – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Auto Plunge Fatal To La Grande Man O. G. Hamilton Dies Following Wrecking of Machine O. G. Hamilton, 55 an O.W.R.& N. conductor with a railroad record of nearly 35 years standing, died at 4 o’clock Tuesday morning and his wife, who is a few years young, lies in a grave condition at the hospital in La Grande as the result of injuries they sustained when their car dropped over a 100-foot embankment into a pile of blasted rock, about eight miles west of La Grande on the Old Oregon Trail highway about 6 o’clock Monday night. Mrs. Hamilton states she had no warning whatever before the car plunged over the grade. It is evident that the driver became confused by a gap in the white guard fence, mistaking it for a continuation of the highway and drove his car straight for the ledge. A tourist camping on a nearby hill, heard the crash and ran to the rescue. Seeing he could do nothing alone, he hurried to the Five Point filling station, for assistance. The nearest telephone was at Hillgard, and from there help from La Grande was summoned and a doctor and ambulance were soon on the scene. Mr. and Mrs. Richardson, were both of large stature, and it was necessary to lift them onto stretchers, and carry them up an almost...

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Hamilton, Sarah Frances – Obituary

Alicel, Union County, Oregon Funeral services over the remains of Sarah Frances Hamilton, who passed on yesterday morning at her home near Alicel, were held this afternoon at 2 o’clock at Summerville, in charge of Snodgrass and Zimmerman funeral service parlors. Mrs. Hamilton was born January 8, 1850 and died at the age of 75 years, three months and 26 days. The La Grande Evening Observer Thursday, April 30, 1925 Page 5 Contributed by: Tom...

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Hamilton, Hayden Lynn – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Hayden Lynn Hamilton, daughter of Kimberly residents Teri Lynn (Richards) Hamilton and Joshua Lee, formerly of La Grande, died shortly after birth on Jan. 20 at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Monument Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St. in La Grande, is in charge of arrangements. La Grande Observer – Obituaries for the week ending January 26, 2008 – January 26,...

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Hamilton, Ina Mae – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Ina Mae Hamilton, 80, of Newberg and formerly of La Grande, died Jan. 5 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Beaverton. A memorial service begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at 307 S. College St. in Newberg. Ina was born Nov. 29, 1927, to Mable and Melvin Walker in Ontario. She attended high school in La Grande and attended Oregon State College and San Jose State College in California. She married William on Aug. 29, 1948, in La Grande. She was a homemaker, a cook-manager of a middle school cafeteria and a library aide at La Grande High School. The couple traveled by RV for eight years through the United States and Canada after retiring in 1987. They had made their home at the Friendsview Retirement Community in Newberg since 1995. Survivors include her husband; sons, William of Berkeley, Calif., Robert of Walla Walla and Charles of Klamath Falls; and eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her third son, Donald A. of Redmond, when he died suddenly in August 2007. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tilicum Retreat, 15321 N.E. North Valley Road, Newberg 97132-6525. La Grande Observer – Obituaries For The Week Ending January 19, 2008 – Published Jan. 15,...

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