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Small Town Kansas: Hamilton

Updated on May 29, 2017
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I'm carrying on my mother's research into our family history. I've self-published some family memoirs & learned a lot about different eras.

Learn about Hamilton, Kansas

My mother graduated from high school in Hamilton, Kansas. That was about all I knew about it, so I did some research. Here's what I found out about this small Kansas town.

Perhaps you have links to Hamilton or have heard of it. Please sound the guestbook at the end of the page and tell us about your interest in Hamilton, Kansas.

Photo on the left shows my mother's graduating class at Hamilton. It is in the family photo collection (Gail Lee Martin)

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My mother wrote many family memory pieces about her early life. I gathered these together in a book that I self-published on blurb.com. Her book is titled My Flint Hills Childhood: Growing Up in 1930s Kansas. In the book she includes a picture of herself in her prom dress for the Hamilton prom. Her name at that time was Gail McGhee. She dated Johnnie Faylor in high school, but ended up marrying my dad, Clyde Martin.

Now there's a book about his life as well, Clyde Owen Martin: Family Memories of His Life and Times. It's also available on the Blurb online bookstore.

Hamilton Is in the Flint Hills Region of Kansas - This one is soothing and inspiring.

First Grade Class in Hamilton, Kansas

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This might be around 1904-06. Harry Earl Joy, son of Marie (Kennedy) and Henry Alfred Joy, is in first grade in this picture. I don't know which child is Harry. He was born in 1898 in Baldwin, Kansas.

This photo is from the paperback edition of Clyde Owen Martin: Family Memories of His Life and Times.

Do not copy this photo without permission from my mother, Gail Lee Martin.

Hamilton Seniors of 1934 - with thanks to Rodney Dimick for the picture

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Hamilton - Class of 1960 - with thanks to John Staten for the picture

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Early Photos of Hamilton

Alfred Joy Feed Mill at Hamilton, Kansas

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This is my great-grandfather. That's Alfred Joy and his son Harry standing in front of the feed mill.

The picture is from the book, Clyde Owen Martin: Family Memories of His Life and Times.

Hamilton Scenes - Remember These? - Click on any photo to see it larger

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store on right side is Ulrich Bros Grocery & Dry Goods..no longer standing..Jack Williams had dance club upstairs in the 40s..Doc Rinker had dental office..(lila fry)
store on right side is Ulrich Bros Grocery & Dry Goods..no longer standing..Jack Williams had dance club upstairs in the 40s..Doc Rinker had dental office..(lila fry)
store on right side is Ulrich Bros Grocery & Dry Goods..no longer standing..Jack Williams had dance club upstairs in the 40s..Doc Rinker had dental office..(lila fry)

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      Joanna McKenna 2 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Hi, Virginia! Hamilton, Virgil, Madison and Lamont are some of the forgotten GW Co towns I often heard about growing up, as my dad drove oil tankers for the oil companies in the area in the 1930s and my parents lived in Hamilton and Virgil in the early years of their marriage. Daddy's parents also lived in the Hamilton and Virgil area for a time.

      Can't say, though, that I was ever IN Hamilton, unless it was as a very small child. If so, I have no memory of being there. I did make a pilgrimage to Virgil once as an adult, quite a trek indeed as it's not an easy place to get to, or at least it wasn't in the 1980s.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I grew up in Hamilton and my mom did as well.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: I lived under Teter Hill and went to school at Nolar but took my eighth grade exam at Thrall in 1938. It was for two room schools students. Thank goodness I passed! My book published and this past week it won The Ferguson Kansas History Award at the kansas Authors Club annual convention. About blew me away with the Kansas winds. As ever, Gail

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i lived at thrall rode my bike to teterville store to buy pop

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      marsha32 7 years ago

      excellent and I see you have more of these.

      I've lived in Hutchinson all my life and can't say I've even heard of Hamilton until now.

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      Delia 7 years ago

      Great Lens...5*...this is exactly what I would like to write my memories ...but I can't write and I have been asked to...I do have about a half dozen lenses related to this, if you have time drop by and check them out.

      I love that Flint Hills video...beautiful! My daughter and her husband live in Lawrence...Kansas has so many beautiful places and history.

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      No, never been to Kansas ... only in the movies i.e. the Wizard of Oz! ;)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My husband's brother-in-laws Orville and Edward Stafford owned the hardware store in Hamilton once upon a time. I'll have to look up the dates.