Free Press, Thursday, January 28, 1915

ROBERT HAMILL LAID TO REST - Died Saturday and Funeral Services Were Held From the Home Monday.

Saturday morning at 8:30 o'clock, Robert Hamill, one of the old residents of Camas Prairie passed away at his home here in Grangeville.  Mr. Hamill's decease was not unexpected and followed a long period of illness which had confined him to his bed for several weeks and the ministrations of two physicians could do little more than to keep him alive as he has been hovering between life and death for the past few weeks since he was brought up from Clarkston.  The illness and the relapse in his condition were caused by injuries sustained more than 30 years ago in a runaway accident and which caused an incurable stomach trouble.  The funeral was held from the house Monday at 1:30 p.m. and was under the auspices and direction of Mount Idaho Lodge No. 9, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of which he was an active member during his lifetime.

Robert Hamill was 60 years, 5 months, and 25 days old and lived a little beyond the average life accorded to man, and during the time he has resided on the prairie and the neighboring sections he had attained a most enviable reputation.  He has a large following of friends and acquaintances who were drawn to him by his great integrity and activity in the way of promoting the good and wellfare of his fellowmen and who mourn for him as for a departed brother.

Mr. Hamill was born in County Antrim in North Ireland on June 28, 1854.  He emigrated to the United States when he was 19 years of age.  Thirty-two years ago he became a resident of the state of Washington, residing at Dayton in Columbia county.  Later he moved to Camas Prairie and for five years he resided at Clarkston where his brother makes his home.

For the past few years he has resided in Grangeville and has been actively identified with every move for the good of the county and the community.  Mr. Hamill has followed agriculture as a pursuit and in that profession he has always striven to attain the best and to encourage others in that direction.  Since he has resided in Grangeville he has devoted a great deal of his time and attention to thoroughbred chickens and was considered an authority on poultry.  The knowledge that he had acquired in this line of thoroughbreds, extended to live stock and it was due to his efforts that the Shorthorn cattle and Cleveland Bay Horses were brought across the plains to the northwest, while he was residing in Washington.  Later he was the first man to bring Poland China hogs to Camas Prairie.

Mr. Hamill was a prominent mason and a member of Mount Idaho Lodge No. 9.  He was also a Knight Templar and a member of the Lewiston chapter.  He has always been prominently identified with the work of the order and so it was that the funeral services at the grave were conducted by the Grangeville lodge of Masons.  His brother and several other of his relatives were present at his funeral, some coming long distances to pay their last respects to their deceased relative.

He left surviving him a wife and four children, they being Samuel and Clyde Hamill, Miss Grace Hamill and Mrs.. John Rothlesburg, and who are left to mourn his decease.  The sympathy of the entire community goes forth to the bereaved, and may they sustain comfort in the splendid reputation which he commanded among his fellow men and which he left as a noble heritage to his loved ones.

 

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