Obituaries of Samuel Hamilton, 1831-1914
Litchfield, Minnesota "Saturday Review", Saturday, January 24, 1914, front page:
FOREST CITY RESIDENT DEAD
Samuel Hamilton Passed Away Thursday Afternoon at Home of Son, John Hamilton.
Forest City lost one of its most highly regarded residents in the death Thursday afternoon of Samuel Hamilton. The cause of death was old age and dropsy.
The funeral services will be held this morning at 11 o'clock from the residence of John Hamilton and later from the Forest City Presbyterian church. Rev. U. G. Lacey of this city will officiate.
Samuel Hamilton was born in Ireland September 30, 1831. He came to America at the age of twenty-one and resided for a number of years in the state of Michigan. There he married. Thirty-one years ago he removed with his family to Meeker county began the long residence in Forest City town. Mrs. Hamilton died eight years ago. The survivors are four sons and three daughters. They are William, of Litchfield, and John and Robert Hamilton, Forest City; Mrs. Edson Watkins, Mrs. Fred Pankake and Mrs. Fred Valient, also resident in Forest City town, and Tom Hamilton, Port Williams, Wash.
Litchfield, Minnesota "Independent", Wednesday, January 28, 1914, front page:
Forest City Old Resident Dead.
Samuel Hamilton, one of the long time residents of Forest City, died at his home from old age and dropsy on Thursday last, January 22, 1914.
Deceased was a native of Ireland. He was born Sept. 30, 1831. At the age of 21 he came to America, living for some years in Michigan, coming to Meeker county over 30 years ago. His wife died some years since. Surviving him are four sons and three daughters. The former are William of Litchfield, Thomas of Port Williams, Wash., and John and Robert of Forest City. The daughters are Mrs. Edson Watkins, Mrs. Fred Valiedt and Mrs. Fred Pankake, all of Forest City.
The funeral took place Saturday, with services at Forest City by Rev. U. G. Lacey. The remains were interred in the Forest City cemetery.
Litchfield, Minnesota "News Ledger", Thursday, January 29, 1914, front page:
Old Resident Passes Away.
Samuel Hamilton, 82 years of age, died at the home of his son John, in Forest City last Thursday afternoon from the effects of old age.
The funeral was held from the home there and from the Presbyterian church last Saturday forenoon at 11 o'clock, Rev. U. G. Lacey of this city officiating.
Deceased was born in Ireland and came to this country in 1852, arriving in this county and locating in Forest City where he has made his home for over thirty years past. He was united in marriage in Michigan and his wife died several years ago.
Three daughters and four sons survive deceased, as follows: Mrs. Ed. Watkins, Mrs. Fred Valient, Mrs. Fred Pankake, of Forest City, and William of Litchfield, John and Robert of Forest City, and Thomas of Washington.
Samuel Hamilton was one of the highly respected residents of this county and a man of excellent character and many friends wherever he was known.
Obituaries of Mary (Campbell) Hamilton, 1838-1904
Litchfield, Minnesota "News Ledger", Thursday, September 15, 1904, fourth page:
At the close of a well spent life Mrs. Samuel Hamilton passed quietly away at her home in Forest City, on Tuesday morning. Her death followed two years of ill health caused by paralysis.
Mrs. Hamilton was 65 years old and had lived in Meeker county many years. She was one of the kindest of neighbors and is sincerely mourned by all who were fortunate enough to have her for a friend. Her sorrowing husband and children have the sympathy of the community.
The funeral services were held at the house at 2 o'clock and at the Baptist church at 2:30 o'clock and the burial was in the Forest City cemetery. Rev. Thoms, of Eden Valley, had charge of the services.
Litchfield, Minnesota "Saturday Review", September 17, 1904, front page:
Mrs. Samuel Hamilton.
Mrs. Samuel Hamilton resident in Forest City town passed away suddenly Monday morning following a paralytic stroke.
Mrs. Hamilton was born November 22, 1838, in Ireland. Twenty-two years ago she came to Meeker county to reside. She is survived by the husband and nine children who mourn the death of a kind and loving wife and mother.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the Babtist [sic] church at Forest City, Rev. E. E. Thoms of Eden Valley officiating.
Mrs. Hamilton suffered a stroke of paralysis two years ago since, then her health has not been good.
Litchfield, Minnesota "Independent", Tuesday, September 20, 1904, third page:
Mrs. Samuel Hamilton, of Forest City, one of the old and respected residents of that place, died last Tuesday, Sept. 13, 1904, from paralysis, aged 65 years. She had been in failing health for two years. Her husband, five sons and three daughters are left to mourn her death. She was a woman of many virtues and kindly traits and her death is the occasion of sincere sorrow by her family and acquaintances. The funeral took place from the Forest City Baptist church on Thursday.
[Mrs. Hamilton's maiden name was Mary Campbell]
Obituaries of William J. Hamilton, 1857-1931
Litchfield, Minnesota "Review", Friday, March 27, 1931, page one:
W. J. Hamilton Dead
Ill Health Four Years
Had Been Resident of Meeker County For More Than Half Century
William J. Hamilton passed away at the home of the family late Thursday afternoon. Diabetes was the cause of death, after a period of ill health of four years.
Mr. Hamilton was born at Belview, Mich., February 23, 1857, and was a young man of 20 when his parents entered Minnesota to become residents of Forest City town. The year after his arrival he was married to Miss Elizabeth Webb. Later Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton removed to Litchfield and had been at home here many years.
Surviving are Mrs. Hamilton and the following children: Allen in Washington, Robert in Montana, Claude in Litchfield and Mrs. Hattie Wilson, Aitkin. Brothers and sister are Robert Hamilton, Litchfield; Mrs. Edson Watkins, Forest City; John Hamilton, Forest Prairie, and Thomas Hamilton, Washington.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 o'clock at the Larson Funeral Home and at 2:30 at the Methodist church. Interment will be in Ripley cemetery.
Litchfield, Minnesota "Independent", Wednesday, April 1, 1931, page one:
WILLIAM J. HAMILTON ANSWERS FINAL CALL
Death claimed one of Litchfield's long time residents last Thursday, March 26, 1931, when William J. Hamilton passed away. He was born at Belview, Michigan, Feb. 23, 1857, his age being 74 years, two months and 3 days. He came to Meeker county and located in Forest City town soon after the close of the civil war.
Mr. Hamilton was married to Miss Elizabeth Webb in 1878. For the past thirty years the family has been residents of this city. For several years past Mr. Hamilton had been in failing health, which culminated in his death as above stated.
Surviving are his wife, and children as follows: Allen, residing in Washington, Robert in Montana, Claude in this city and Mrs. Hattie Wilson of Aitkin. Three brothers are living, John of Forest Prairie, Robert of Litchfield, and Thomas of Washington state. Two sisters are living, Mrs. Edson Watkins and Mrs. Fred Pankake of Forest City. Deceased was one of a family of 13 children, of whom five are still living. The cause of death was diabetes with complications.
Obituary of Robert Hamilton, 1869-1940
Litchfield, Minnesota "Independent Review", Thursday, December 19, 1940, page four:
Rites Held Tuesday Afternoon at the Home of Family
Last rites were held Tuesday afternoon at the home of the family in the south part of town for Robert Hamilton who died last Saturday, December 14, after having been ill for three weeks. Rev. H. H. McLeod conducted the services and burial followed in the Litchfield cemetery. The pall bearers were six nephews: Claude Hamilton, Leslie Hamilton, Edwin Pankake, Leslie Pankake, Lloyd Valiant and James Watkins.
Robert Hamilton was born at Battle Creek, Mich., on March 22, 1869, and at his death had attained the age of 71 years, nine months and 22 days. He was a boy of twelve when he accompanied his parents to Forest City where they located. On June 12, 1895, he was united in marriage to Miss Carrie Munson.
Mr. Hamilton remained a resident of Forest City where he farmed until 1919 when he and the family became residents of Litchfield. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen lodge for 42 years.
He is survived by his wife, a daughter, Mrs. P. J. Campbell and a son Wilfred, all residents of Litchfield; a sister, Mrs. Florence Watkins of this city and six grandchildren. One son, Robert, preceded him to the grave.
Obituary of John Hamilton, 1873-1939
Litchfield, Minnesota "Independent Review", Thursday, November 16, 1939, page one:
John Hamilton Passes
A light stroke and a brain hemorrage caused the sudden death of John Hamilton, Forest City resident, Friday morning. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon from the house and from the Church of God at Eden Valley. Rev. J. Denchfield of the Church of God in St. Cloud officiated. Interment was made in the Forest City cemetery. Pallbearers were: Mike Konshak, Fred Kips, August Marquardt, Elsie Edwards, John Inselman and Amen Cole.
John Hamilton was born August 19, 1873, at Bellvue, Michigan. When he was eight years old he came to Minnesota with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam. Hamilton, and settled in Forest Prairie township where he had since made his home. The farm is located about three miles northwest of Forest City.
He was married to Louise Rohrbeck. Five children were born to them, namely: Leslie, Litchfield; Haward, Cold Spring; Harold, who passed away three years ago; Mrs. Frank Savage (Emily) near Morris and Ernest at home.
Besides his wife and children he is survived by one sister, Mrs. Florence Watkins, and one brother, Robert Hamilton, both of Litchfield.
Obituary of Florence (Hamilton) Watkins, 1876-1953
Litchfield, Minnesota "Independent Review", Thursday, April 2, 1953, Section 2, page 2:
MRS. FLORENCE WATKINS
Florence Hamilton Watkins, 77, was born January 16, 1876 at Belleview, Mich. and came to Forest City township in early 1880. After the death of her husband in 1934 the family moved to farm near Litchfield, from 1945 to 1952 she made her home alternately with her two daughters and in spring of 1952 moved into Litchfield.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Carl Ehret (Verna) of St. Paul and Mrs. Clarence Mattson (Evelyn) of Oldham, S. D.; six sons, James of Forest City, Emerald and Lester of Litchfield, Melvin of St. Francis, Howard of Fairfield and Cecil of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. All the children were present at the funeral. Also surviving are 23 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Mrs. Watkins died Tuesday, Mar. 24 at Meeker County Memorial Hospital due to a heart ailment. She had been ill since October 1952.
Rev. William Wachtel officiated at the funeral service at Hagglund's Chapel on Thursday afternoon. Music was furnished by Mrs. Howard Hamilton and Mrs. Lester Mills, accompanied by Mrs. R. J. Lenhard, organist.
Pallbearers were Peter Jensen, James Shaw, August Kuehl, Leland Booth, W. H. Peters and W. E. Britney. Interment was at Forest City cemetery.
[Florence was the wife of Edson Watkins.]
Obituaries of Ernest E. Hamilton, 1879-1911
Litchfield, Minnesota "Independent", Wednesday, April 19, 1911:
Death of Ernest E. Hamilton
Ernest E. Hamilton, of Forest City town, one of the long time residents of the county, died from tuberculosis on Saturday last, April 15, 1911. He was 32 years of age. He leaves his wife and two children. He was a brother of Wm. Hamilton of this city. The funeral was held Monday afternoon, services by Rev. Lacey. About eighty vehicles carrying mourners and friends followed the remains to their last resting place at the Forest City cemetery. Deceased was man of many good qualities, and was highly respected in his community.
Litchfield, Minnesota "Saturday Review", April 22, 1911, front page:
Death of Ernest Hamilton.
Ernest Hamilton, a popular resident of Forest City town where he had lived all his life, died on Saturday morning of last week, April 15, from tuberculosis from which he had been a sufferer for a number of years. The funeral services were held Monday from the Presbyterian church at Forest City and were conducted by Rev. U. G. Lacey. They were very largly attended. The Forest City choir furnished the music and was assisted by D. N. Tharalson and A. W. Peterson of this city.
Mr. Hamilton lacked 15 days of being thirty years of age, and is survived by his wife and two children, his father, four brothers and four sisters. He was held in very high regard by all who knew him.
Obituaries of Anna Elizabeth "Annie" (Hamilton) Valiant
Litchfield, Minnesota "Independent", September 16, 1925, page one:
DEATH OF MRS. FRED VALIENT
Mrs. Anna (Hamilton) Valient, wife of Fred Valient, died at her home in this city on Sunday last, Sept. 13th, 1925. She had been in failing health for three or four years, a sufferer from diabetes and several paralytic strokes.
Mrs. Valient was born at Belleview, Michigan, and was 63 years of age. The family lived at Forest City for many years until four or five years ago, when they became residents of Litchfield.
Deceased is survived by her husband, three sons, Lee of New Mexico, Lloyd of Weyerhauser, Wisc., and Frank at home, and by three daughters, Mrs. Edwin Jacobson of Fargo, Mrs. Huckins of Weyerhauser, Wisc., and Ruby at home. Wm. and Robert Hamilton of this city are brothers.
The funeral takes place today with services at the home at 1:30 p. m., and at the M. E. church at 2 o'clock.
Interment in Lake Ripley cemetery.
Litchfield, Minnesota "Review", Friday, September 18, 1925, page one:
MRS. FRED VALIANT DIED LAST SUNDAY
Had Been Patient Sufferer From Diabetes Eight Years and Was Invalid Two and One-Half Years
After having been a patient sufferer from diabetes for eight years and the last two and a half years an invalid, Mrs. Fred Valiant died Sunday morning at the home of the family.
The funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon, with brief services at the home and services at the Methodist church. Rev. James M. Burns conducted the services.
Mrs. Valiant was 63 years of age at the time of her death and is survived by the husband and five children. The children are Mrs. Edwin Jacobson, Fargo; Mrs. Clem Hawkins, Wisconsin, and Miss Ruby Valiant and Roy and Frank Valiant, Litchfield. There are also four brothers and two sisters, William and Robert Hamilton of this city, John Hamilton of the state of Washington, Mrs. Fred J. Pankake and Mrs. Edson Watkins of Forest City.
Mrs. Valiant was born at Bellview, Mich., August 15, 1862, where she grew to womanhood and married Mr. Valiant. Soon after the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Valiant they came to Minnesota, founding a home in Forest City forty-six years ago. Six years ago the family moved to Litchfield to make its home.
Obituaries of Fred Valiant, 1856-1936
Litchfield, Minnesota "Independent", Wednesday, December 2, 1936, page one:
FRED VALIENT OF FOREST CITY DIED TUESDAY MORNING
Fred Valient passed away Tuesday morning at the home of his son Lloyd Valient, in Forest City. He had been a resident of Meeker county for sixty years. He was 80 years of age June 29th.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 1:45 at the Dewey Johnson funeral home followed by services at 2:00 at the Methodist church conducted by Rev. Kettlewell. Interment will be made in Ripley cemetery.
Surviving him are the following sons and daughters: Mrs. Edwin Jacobson of Dillworth, Minn.; Mrs. Clem Huckins of Drain, Oregon; Mrs. Frank Baril of Litchfield; Lloyd Valient of Forest City and Frank and Lee Valient.
Litchfield, Minnesota "Review", Friday, December 4, 1936, page one:
Fred Valiant, 80
Last Rites Will be Held at the Johnson Funeral Home and the Methodist Church
Rev. J. S. Kettelwell will conduct the funeral services for Fred Valiant of Forest City, who died Tuesday at the age of 80 years, at the Johnson funeral home this afternoon at 1:45 and from the Methodist church at 2 o'clock. Burial will be made in Ripley cemetery.
Mr. Valiant was born in New York state on June 29, 1856. He had spent the past 60 years in Forest City town, with the exception of eight years in Litchfield village. His wife was the former Annie Hamilton, who died eleven years ago. Mr. Valiant passed away Tuesday at the home of his son, Floyd Valiant. He had been in feeble health before his death.
Three daughters and three sons are left to mourn his passing. They are Mrs. Edwin Jacobson of Dilworth, Mrs. Clem Huckins of Drain, Oregon, Mrs. Frank Baril of this city, Floyd Valiant of Forest City and Lee Valiant and Frank Valiant.
Obituaries of Edson Dwight Watkins, 1872-1934
Litchfield, Minnesota "Independent", Wednesday, May 30, 1934, page one:
Forest City Man Passes Away Thursday Last
EDSON DWIGHT WATKINS
Edson Dwight Watkins, son of Henrietta and James Watkins, was born April 14, 1872 at Greenlead, LeSueur county, Minn. His death occurred on May 24, 1934. For the past five years he had been in poor health.
His mother died when he was a small boy. Since he was sixteen years old his home had been in the neighborhood of Forest City.
On Nov. 25, 1896 he was united in marriage to Florence Hamilton, the service taking place in the Presbyterian church of Litchfield. Dr. Pollock performed the ceremony.
He united with the Forest City Presbyterian church in 1908. The next year he was elected an elder in the church and served until failing health made it necessary to give up the duties of the office.
Twelve children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Watkins. Three died in infancy, and one son, Clifford Edwin, passed on Sept. 14, 1930, at the age of 13.
Mr. Watkins is survived by his wife and eight children, Samuel James of Litchfield, Emerald Ray of Forest City, Melvin Arthur of St. Paul, Verna May (Mrs. Carl Ehret) of St. Paul, Evelyn (Mrs. Clarence Mattson) of Oldham, S. D., Lester, Howard and Cecil, who reside at home.
He is also survived by nine grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Geo. Bathurst of Ladysmith, Wis., and Mrs. John Kincaid of Rockaway, Oregon; also two brothers, James and George of Rockaway, Ore. A host of relatives and friends also mourn his going.
Funeral services were held at Forest City at the home at 2:30 and at the Forest City Presbyterian church at 3 Saturday, Rev. P. C. Voris conducting the rites, assisted by Rev. E. W. Marshall.
Litchfield, Minnesota "Review", Friday, June 1, 1934, page one:
Last Rites For Edson Watkins
Resident of Forest City Since 1888
Died May 24--Funeral Services Held Saturday Afternoon
Edson Dwight Watkins, veteran Forest City farmer, passed away on Thursday afternoon of last week at the hospital. He had been in poor health the past five years. He was in his 62nd year.
Last rites for Mr. Watkins were conducted Saturday afternoon at the home and from the Presbyterian church at Forest City. Rev. P. C. Voris was assisted by Rev. E. W. Marshall in conducting the funeral. Interment was in the Forest City cemetery.
Deceased was a son of James and Henrietta Watkins and was born April 14, 1872, at Greenland, Le Sueur county. The family moved to Forest City when Edson Watkins was a lad of 16 years. Mr. Watkins was married to Miss Florence Hamilton on November 25, 1896. Twelve children were born to them, three dying in infancy. A son, Clifford Edwin, died in 1930 as the result of an accident in which he was accidentally shot.
Mr. Watkins was a kind neighbor and esteemed friend. He had been an elder of the Forest City Presbyterian church since 1909 and otherwise gave of his time to community projects.
He leaves his wife and eight children, Samuel James of Litchfield, Emerald Ray of Forest City, Melvin Arthur and (Verna) Mrs. Carl Ehret of St. Paul; (Evelyn) Mrs. Clarence Mattson of Oldham, S. D., and Lester, Howard and Cecil at home.