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HONORED PIONEER OF SKAMANIA COUNTY PASSED AWAY LAST SATURDAY
Mrs. Mary J. Hamilton, widow of the late Samuel M. Hamilton, of Cascades, Washington, died at her home in Portsmouth, Saturday morning at 4 o'clock, of pneumonia. Her age was 85 years, 5 months and 16 days.
Mrs. Hamilton was a remarkable woman of the pioneer type, helpful to all who came in contact with her. She retained all her faculties to the last, being able even to direct her household affairs.
She was born near New York City in New York, December 2, 1822. When a child her parents moved with her to Illinois, settling near the town of Neauvoo, where at the age of 17 she met and married Samuel M. Hamilton.
In 1850, with their children, they started on the long journey to Oregon, with a little band of friends and neighbors, which they reached in October, 1850, and settled on a donation claim on what was named Strandberg Island, shere they reared to maturity eight children. Mr. Hamilton died in 1889, and was buried on the old homestead at Cascades, Washington (now North Bonneville, Washington).
Mrs. Hamilton is survived by the following children: Mrs. Lois A. McDonald, Mrs. Lorzia A. Jones, Mrs. Thos. Moffett, Mrs. W.J. Sherman, all of Portland, Oregon and W.J. Hamilton of Cascades, Washington.
The funeral was held at Cascades, Washington, Tuesday and the remains were laid to rest beside those of her husband.
Published in the Skamania County Pioneer Newspaper, in Stevenson, WA on May 21, 1908. Information found in the "Obituaries from the Skamania County Newspaper 1900-1929, compiled by Homer and Alice Townsend, 119 W. Burgen, Goldendale, WA 98620 in March 1985.