Page 463-464, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


George Hamilton, proprietor of the Fifth Avenue Hotel, Augusta, Kans., is one of the popular hotel men of southern Kansas. He was born in Durham, England, September 25, 1879, and is a son of Samuel H. and Anna (Pettigrew) Hamilton, the former a native of England, and the latter of New York. George Hamilton is the oldest of a family of four children, the others being as follows: John, was in San Francisco at the time of the earthquake in 1906, and has never been heard of since; Thomas, lives in San Diego, Cal.; and Maggie, whose present address is unknown.

George Hamilton came to Wichita with his parents in 1887, when he was about eight years old and three years later the family removed to Butler county, where he received the greater part of his education and learned plumbing and metal working, and followed that line of business until May, 1915, when he leased the Fifth Avenue Hotel, which is the principal hotel of Augusta, and in fact the most complete


hotel in Butler county. It is a massive stone structure, two stories high and is practically new. Mr. Hamilton made a wise move in engaging in the hotel business at the time he did. Augusta was just in the dawn of its new era, the great industrial activity accompanying the oil and gas development in that section, and practically since Mr. Hamilton took the Fifth Avenue Hotel, the place has been crowded to its limit. The house is well furnished and is a modern hotel in every particular and is conducted on the European plan.

Mr. Hamilton was married at Wichita, Kans., in 1915 to Miss Grace Lakin, of Lincoln, Neb., whose parents were pioneers of that city.

Mr. Hamilton's father died at Petersborough, Canada, in 1886, and the mother now resides at Rose Hill, Butler county, Kansas. Mr. Hamilton is a member of the Masonic lodge, having been made a Mason in 1906. Since engaging in the hotel business, he has proven to be a popular landlord and has made many friends among the patrons of his hotel.

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