Hamilton County Ohio
Genealogy and History
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Miss Pauline Hall
Hall, Miss Pauline, opera singer, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1862. In private life she is known by her family name. Schmitgall. Her first venture on the stage was made with the Alice Oates Company, in 1879, in which she appeared in the chorus and in minor parts. In 1882 Miss Hall went to New York City, where she has made her permanent home. In New York she made her debut as Venus with "Orpheus and Eurydice," and then she first attracted general attention. Her most notable success was in " Erminie," which ran for three years. Miss Hall has traveled with a company of her own, in the double role of star and manager. She has acquired a large fortune. [Source: American Women by Frances Elizabeth Willard, Mary Ashton Rice Livermore, Vol. 1, 1897. Transcribed by Marla Snow]
Benjamin O. Hamilton
Benjamin O. Hamilton, contractor and builder of Galveston, was born in Troy, Miami county, Ohio, October 2, 1824, being a son of Isaac and Sylvia Russell Hamilton, natives of Virginia and Massachusetts respectively. His father was a steamboat pilot, running for many years on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers until his death, of yellow fever, at Vicksburg, in 1840. Isaac Hamilton was a son of James Hamilton, a native of Scotland, who emigrated to American in Colonial times.
Benjamin O. Hamilton was the youngest of a family of five children. He was reared in Cincinnati, Ohio, where his parents settled during his infancy, and at the age of fourteen was apprenticed to the carpenters trade under his eldest brother, Russell C, which trade he followed at Cincinnati and in that vicinity for several years.
In 1852, while in Newport, Kentucky (across the river from Cincinnati), Mr. Hamilton was introduced to General Sidney Sherman, who at that time was on a trip in the East in the interest of the newly projected Texas railway, the Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado rivers road, and was induced by that gentleman to come out and take charge of the construction of the bridges, water tanks and depots along the line of the road. Mr. Hamilton arrived in Galveston October 26, 1852, and for two years following was employed as superintendent of bridges and buildings on the above mentioned railway, during which time, and until General Sherman's death, his relations with that gentleman were of the most cordial nature. Mr. Hamilton spent the winter of 1854-5 engaged in repairing steamboats for Captain J. H. Sterrett, who then owned and operated a line of vessels on the bay and Buffalo bayou. He later entered the employ of Lieutenant W. H. Stephens, inspector of lighthouses on the Texas coast, and for five years was engaged in building and repairing lighthouses, erecting during that time the lighthouses at Sabine, Aransas Pass, Pass Cavalla, Corpus Christi, and two screw-pile lighthouses on Matagorda bay; was in lighthouse employ from 1855 to 1860, then began contracting.
In 1855 Mr. Hamilton settled permanently in Galveston and took up the business of general contracting and building, at which he had made a promising start when the war came and put an end to all kinds of building enterprises. He volunteered in the Confederate army and was placed in the J marine department, where he was assigned to detail duty in repairing and reconstructing merchant vessels, rendering them suitable for the defense of the Texas coast. He served at this with greater or less regularity until the close of hostilities, when he resumed operations as a builder and contractor, which he has followed without interruption and with a fair measure of success since that time. In the twenty-nine years that Mr. Hamilton has been engaged in contracting and building in Galveston since the war, he has done a vast deal for the building interests of the city, evidences of his activity and workmanship existing on every hand, were it necessary or in keeping with the character and purpose of this article to cite them. With an adequate knowledge of his business, and an honest desire to meet every obligation, whether included in the "specifications" or not, he has established himself in the confidence and good will of the people of Galveston in such a way as to need no factitious introduction from others.
On January 23, 1851, Mr. Hamilton married Miss Abia A. Moore, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and the issue of this union has been three daughters and two sons, four of whom, —Ella, wife of J. H. Fletcher, of Houston; Jessie N., wife of A. H. Meier, of Cincinnati, Ohio; Walter S. and Benjamin O., Jr., of Galveston,—are living, and one,— Fannie, deceased.
Mr. Hamilton is a prominent Mason, having taken all the degrees in the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, up to and including the thirty-second. He also has the Chapter degrees; is Past Master of Harmon Lodge, No. 6, F. & A. M.; Past High Priest of San Felipe de Austin Chapter, R. A. M.; Past Venerable Master of Lodge of Perfection, Scottish Rite, No. 1, and Past Wise Master of L. M. Oppenheimer Chapter Rose Croix, No. 2. He has always taken great interest in Masonic matters, and having learned the work thoroughly in the beginning, has been very helpful to beginners. ["History of Texas, together with a biographical history of the cities of Houston and Galveston, etc.", Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1895. Transcribed by Genealogy Trails staff]
Perry Sanford Heath
Heath, Perry Sanford, journalist and publisher of 2100 S st., Washington, D.C., was born Aug. 31, 1857, in Muncie, Ind. In 187880 he was editor and publisher of the Muncie Daily Times; and subsequently established and was connected with various publications in the west. In 1894-96 he was editor and president of the Cincinnati Commercial-Gazette. He had charge of the McKinley literary campaign; and in 1897-1900 was first assistant and acting postmastergeneral. He is now interested in various natural and artificial gas companies and mining and industrial corporations. [Source: "Herringshaw's American Blue-Book of Biography" by Thomas William Herringshaw and American Publishers' Association, 1914 - TK - Sub by FoFG]
Frank Van Saun Hibben
HIBBEN, Frank Van Saun, farmer; born Forestville, (Hamilton Co) Ohio, Oct. 30, 1880; son Arnold and Ida (Van Saun) Hibben; German-English descent; educated Mt. Summit, Ohio; married Clemmie T. Boone Dec. 20, 1905; member I.O.O.F.; member Baptist church. [Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by K. Mohler]
Frederick Charles Hicks
Hicks, Frederick Charles, educator and author of Cincinnati, Ohio, was born Jan. 1, 1863, in St. Clair, Mich. Since 1900 he has been professor of economics in the university of Cincinnati. He is the author of Lectures on the Theory of Economics. [Source: "Herringshaw's American Blue-Book of Biography" by Thomas William Herringshaw and American Publishers' Association, 1914 - TK - Sub by FoFG]
Clifford S. Hiddleson
Hiddleson, Clifford S., physician of Akron, Ohio. He graduated from the medical department of the university of Cincinnati; and is a member of the American medical association and other medical societies. He has attained success in the practice of his profession and has filled various positions of trust and honor. Lectures on the Theory of Economics. [Source: "Herringshaw's American Blue-Book of Biography" by Thomas William Herringshaw and American Publishers' Association, 1914 - TK - Sub by FoFG]
Lucius Lee Hubbard
Hubbard, Lucius Lee, geologist and author of Houghton, Mich., was born Aug. 7, 1849, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has been state geologist of Michigan. He is general manager of the Copper Range company and Champion Copper company. He is the author of Woods and Lakes of Maine and other works. [Source: "Herringshaw's American Blue-Book of Biography" by Thomas William Herringshaw and American Publishers' Association, 1914 - TK - Sub by FoFG]