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Hamilton - Albert N.

Albert N. Hamilton was a native Montgomery Countian, having been born near Wingate on the 17th of October in 1847, the son of James and Louisa Thompson, joining several brothers and sisters.  He married Mary Malinda Fouts in Rossville, Vermilion County, Illinois on the 30th of October 1874.  It is assumed he met her through mutual acquaintances of her family and friends, or possibly the Charles Dwiggins family with whom she stayed after her mother, Sophia Bunnell died (father John Fouts).  She was born on the 1st of August in 1855.

Dr. Hamilton was a severe sufferer of Diabetes Mellitis and had a leg taken off in 1915.  It was announced that he passed away but in truth he died of that and senility which he had only about a year before he passed on the 23rd of January in 1926.  Dr. H. W. Bounnell was his doctor.  His leg is buried in Waynetown cemetery as is his body but not sure if they are in the same grave. Mary Malinda is buried there with him, as well.

The Hamiltons did not have children but Mary loved them and worked with the youth group at the Waynetown Baptist Church, as well as teaching Sunday School.  She was also a firm suffragate, deploring liquor and was a "crusader of pioneer dry."  Having belonged to the church since age 13, she was well loved and followed by those who also disliked the power of liquor.  In December 1898 she succeeded in being the guiding light to close down all salloons in the Waynetown area.  Upon her death, she had but one nephew, Albert Duke of Crawfordsville living.  

All-in-all, Dr. Hamilton practiced medicine for over five decades in the area of Waynetown and Wingate.  He read medicine with Dr. James McClelland, a prominent and well loved doctor. Later, he graduated from Miami Medical College (1871).  

The typical old family doctor, he was beloved by all.  At his funeral in January of 1926, it was stated, "May the work that Dr. Hamilton has done go on and on until the hour when o'er the low Judean Hills there burst the golden light that herald the coming of a better morn to all of us who are left behind!" - written by kbz (Sources: obituary; death record; Montgomery Medicine Men by Karen Bazzani Zach).

Family Fact Sheet

Albert N. Hamilton was born in 1847 and died 1926. At 18, he began the study of medicine with Dr. James McClelland and later graduated from Miami Medical College. He enjoyed the perfect confidence of the community. The following bleep may/may not be about him, but likely is:

SOURCE: Crawfordsville Weekly Review, Oct 22, 1881

Dr. Hamilton of Waynetown removed a piece of glass from the heel of the little son of Squire Bonnell a few days ago which had been tormenting the boy for over a month.

Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal 14 May 1892 p 8

Drs. Hurt and Hamilton have opened up an institute at Waynetown for the cure of drunkenness and the opium habit which promises to be equal in every respect to Keeley’s.  They use the double chloride of gold and sodium with other remedies, hypodermically four times daily, together with medicine internally every two hours when awake.  Patients are allowed their customary stimulant as long as they desire it, but usually abandon it in three or four days, becoming thoroughly disgusted with it.  The treatment as administered by Drs. Hurt and Hamilton not only destroys the appetite for strong drink but restores the health of the patient.  All they ask of the patient is to exercise will power sufficient to submit himself for treatment and they will do the rest.  They will guarantee a cure in every case treated by them inside of 30 days.  All ordinary cases will be cured in 21 days.  Last, but not least, they will save the patient $25 by going there, which is no small item to many afflicted with inebriety.  Any person who is interested sufficient to call on or write the doctors will receive prompt replies to all inquiries. Will also be glad to refer them to some of the patient who have undergone this treatment and to all of the business men of Waynetown for further information.

Dr. Hurt has lived in this county all his life, has practiced medicine in Waynetown for the last 17 years.  He graduated from Rush Medical College, Chicago in 1873.  He also holds diplomas from the Indiana Medical College and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Indianapolis, was VP of the Indiana State Medical Society in 1885.

Dr. Hamilton was born in this county, read medicine with old Dr. (James) McClelland of Crawfordsville, graduated at the Miami Medical College (1871) has been located at Waynetown for the last 20 years.  Today he is not only acknowledged to be a first class physician, but one of the best oculists and surgeons in the State.

Source: Crawfordsville Review 29 August 1891 p 1

A gentleman from Waynetown related the following interesting romance to the RKVIKW this week: About live years ago Roe Bonnell, son of Squire Bonnell. of Waynetown. and Miss Riddle, the daughter of John P. Riddle, were happily married. In due time two bright children were born to them. Shortly after the birth of the second child a little domestic trouble arose and the young couple separated, the young bride with their children returning to her father's home. This separation continued until last Saturday when a happy but unexpected termination to their difficulties occurred. Being a little out of sorts the husband had occasion to visit the office of Dr. Hamilton. Entering the apartments he saw not the doctor, but his wife and child, who had also called, seeking relief from some primary ailments. They looked at each other for a moment. Not a word was spoken. It wasn't necessary. Their eyes spoke volumes and told of the love buried in each others heart, and in another moment they were clasped in each others arms and each wept for jov. The reconciliation was complete and we drop the curtain on the happy set in on the happy scene.

Source: Crawfordsville Review 26 Jan 1889 p3

"A serious runaway occurred three miles southeast of Waynetown on Saturday night. Edward Hall and wife returning from Wesley Station when the team became frightened and ran off, throwing both from the wagon and stripping the scalp from Mrs. Hall's head, leaving the bone bare, beginning near the crown of the head and running down on the face below the eyes and lapping the skin and flesh back nearly to the ear. Her face is otherwise badly cut. Her right breast and shoulder are also seriously bruised. Mr. Hall was knocked senseless. Mrs. Hall displayed wonderful nerve and had presence of mind enough to wrap her face up before going to a church some 200 yards distant where religious services were in process, and quietly called a friend to the assistance of her husband without disturbing the congregation. Dr. Hamilton dressed the wounds and thinks there will be no serious results, At this time both are in a frightful condition. Mr. Hall's face looks as if lie had the gravel literally ground into the flesh. He states that he has no idea as to what frightened his team."

Note: Edward died in 1907 and Emma Lovet his wife in 1917.  

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