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T. B. Hamilton or Thomas B. Hamilton  



Thomas Benton Hamilton born in Columbus, Ohio. Aug. 7, 1865 died on Feb. 18, 1939 Evanston, Illinois;

    Thomas Benton Hamilton was born in Columbus, Ohio, on Aug. 7, 1865. He graduated from Princeton in the Class of 88 and joined the PRR as a rodman on the Louisville Division that November. He was Superintendent of the Erie & Ashtab ula Division (1910-1903), Superintendent of the Cleveland & Pittsburgh Division (1903-11), General Superintendent of the Central System, Lines West (1912-1914), General Manager of the Vandalia RR (1914-1916) he was appointed 1 Feb. 1914 to replace Am. Shroyer; resident VP at St. Louis (1917-1920), General Manager of the Northwestern Region (1920-1924); VP & GM of the Northwestern Region (1924-1925); VP & GM of the Western Region (1925-1929), and VP-Chicago (1929-1932). He retired on April 30, 1932 and died on Feb. 18, 1939. This informatation came from Rob Schoenberg and Chris Baer railroad buffs on the Pennsylvania Railroad.


married January 26, 1897 Flora Brent born December 23, 1872, at Fort D. A. Russell, Cheyenne, Wyoming daughter of Thomas L. Brent.

The Hamilton's came to Lake Maxinkuckee each summer since 1914, until May 1, 1932, when Mr. Hamilton retired and they made their permanent home in Culver , moving here from Chicago.

Both are buried at Culver Masonic Cemetery

They had:
    John Worden Hamilton Birth 17 JUL 1899 Columbus, Franklin, Ohio Death 23 JAN 1954 Cook County, Illinois married married 2 Jun 1928 Kankakee, Illinois Elizabeth Eleanor Failey Birth 30 JUL 1906 Kankakee, Kankakee, Illinois Death DEC 1988 Cook County, Illinois daughter of Malby Rollen 'Mal' Failey and Laura ELizabeth Cox; of Evanston, Illinois
    Flora Hamilton m. Charles T. Cravens of Evanston, Illinois

    Virginia Hamilton m. John Harris Wright of Wesley Hills, Mass.
      Nuptial Ceremony Takes Place in East

      A Nupital event of local interest was the wedding in which Miss Virginia Hamilton, daughter of T. B. Hamilton, became the bride of John Harries Wright of Boston, Mass.

      The marriage service was proonounced at the St. Barnabas church in Falmouth, Cape, Cod, Mass., on Saturday, May 25.

      Mrs. Louis McCleeland, of Boston, formerly Sally Adams of the East Shore, was mation of honor and Miss Jean Wright, sister of the groom, of Boston, served as maid of honor. Richard Whiting, of Cambridge, Mass., was best man, and ushering were Mr. Emerson of BOston, and Mr. Irwin, of New York

      A reception followed the ceremony at the Cooneamessett Inn.

      The couple will be at home in Boston, Mass., where Mr. wright is connected with radio station WBZ on the Hotel Bradford. The groom was a member of the 1927 graduating class at Harvard University

      Those going east for the ceremont were the bride's father T. B. Hamilton , her sister Mrs. Charles Cravens of Louisville, Ky. and her niece, Miss Winifred Bishop.

    Winified Lee Hamilton m. J. H. Bishop, Captain of the Culver Military faculty
      Marriage of Miss Hamilton

      Miss Winified Lee Hamilton of Chicago and Liet. Bishop of the academic staff of the academy were married in Chicago last Satruday. The bride is the daughter of Thomas B. Hamilton, northwestern regional manager of the Pennsylvania Lines, and with his charming wife and daughters a member of Lake Maxinkuckee's summer colony. Mrs. and Mrs. Bishop expect to remain in Chicago several days, after which they will come to Culver - Citizen 15 Mar 1922



One of my summer playmates was Virginia Hamilton, whose Father was vice president of Pennsylvania Railroad. They had a big summer cottage and came with their servants to vacation. Mr. Hamilton came often in his private railroad car, which was set on the siding behind the cottage. He brought gifts to Virginia and me from the city. One time he brought pogo sticks. I learned to jump all up and down the block, go up and down steps and keep from falling off for quite a period of time. They were great fun. I remember going to dinner at their place and being attended by a butler. I was quite awed by all this, but the butler liked little girls. He would wink at us when Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton were not looking and it broke the tension. - Donna Medbourn Edgington






Private Car to Culver - The special car of geneal Manager Hamilton of the Vandalia, passed trhough the city yesterday, enroute to Culver , Ind. Mrs. Hamilton was the only occupant of the car. The family has engaged a cottage at Lake Maxinkuckee for the summer. pg. 5 Jun. 8, 1915 Logansport Journal Tribune.






25 Feb 1920
Culver Citizen

The Pennsylvania Railroad

When the railroads are restored to the owners on March 1 the Pennsylvania will be divided into four regions - Eastern, Central, Southeastern and Southwestern.

The old "Vandalia" will be included in the South western, the general manager of which will be T. B. Hamilton whose headquarters will be Chicago.

The superintendent of the Michigan division will be D. Y. Geddes with headquarters at Logansport






5 Nov 1924
Culver Citizen

Hamilton Promoted

T. B. Hamilton, general manager of the Northwestern Region since its organization in 1920, will become vice president of the region on Nov. 15, in a series of promotions which will makre Gen. W. W> Atterbury vice president of the Pennsylvania Railroad and take Vice-President E. T. Whiter, now in charge of this region, to the vice-presidency of the Central Region at Pittsburg

Mr. Hamilton is well known to Culver people since he has a cottage on the banks of Lake Maxinkuckee and has spent a part of a great many summers in this vicinity.

The new vice-repsiden has a wide railroad knowledge and brings to his new position a wealth of operating experience. BOrn in 1865, Mr. Hamilton has been an emploe of the Pennsylvania since 1888, when he entered the service of the Louisville Division as a rodman. He had just graduated from Princeton University, and climbed through a succession of promotions in the engineering department until he became superintendent of the Erie and Ashtabula Division in 1901

Mr Hamilton became superintendent of the Cleveland and Pittsburg Division in 1903, and in 1912 was made general superintendent of the then existing Central System, Pennsylvania lines west. On Feb. 1, 1914 he became general manager of the Vandalia railroad, and when it was merged withthe Pan-Handle, Mr. Hamilton became resident vice-rpesident of the Pennsylvania System at St. Louis.






3 Jun 1925
Culver Citizen

T. B. Hamilton Acquires Increased Jurisdiction

T. B. Hamilton, vice-president and genral manager of the Northwestern region of the Pennsylvania, has been given charge of the SOuthwestern region also, the two departments to be known as the Western Region.

Mr.Hamilton and his family are summer residents of Culver and this announcement will be of interest to their many firends here






Logansport Press 26 Nov 1931
Annul Marriage Of Hamilton Girl

Plymouth, ind., Nov. 25 - Judge Albert Chipman today annulled the marriage of Virginia Hamilton, daughter of the Pennsylvania railroad vice -president, Chicago, and Thornwell Jacobs Jr., son of the president of Oglethorpe; University The marriage was performed here Monday. Complaint was filed by the bride's mother Flora Hamilton, who her daughter is a minor.





4 May 1932
Culver CItizen

T. B. Hamilton Retires As Offical of Pennsy

T. B. H amilton, a vice presidnet of the Pennsylvania railroad, retried the first of the week in Chicago after 43 years in the service of the line.

Mr. Hamilton, who is 66 years old, enterd the Pennsylvania service in 1888 as a roadman in the engineering corps at Louisville, Ky.

The Hamiltons are now in Culver remodeling their beutiful summer home into an all-year structure as they plan to make Culver their permanent residence.

They have been coming to Lake Maxinkuckee for 17 summers






12 Jul . 1933
Culver Citizen

Mrs. T. B. Hamilton, Dies of Heart Attack
wife of Retired Official of Pennsylvania Railroad


Mrs. Flora Brent Hamilton, wife of Thomas B. Hamilton, retired vice-president of the Pennsylvania railroad, passed away Friday at their home, "Villa Primavera" on Lake Maxinkuckee, after an attack of heart trouble. She was 61 years of age.

She had suffered a previous attack this spring which confined her at her home for several weeks. She had resumed her usual activities when stricken again with this attack lasting a few days before proving fatal.

Mrs. Hamilton was born December 23, 1872, at Fort D. A. Russell, Cheyenne, Wyoming, where her father, Thomas L. Brent, was stationed as an officer in the army. She was educated in the Germany and Switzerland, and was married January 26, 1897 to Thomas B. Hamilton.

The Hamilton's had been coming to Lake Maxinkuckee each summer since 1914, until May 1, 1932, when Mr. Hamilton retired and they made their permanent home in Culver , moving here from Chicago.

Mrs. Hamilton was gifted with many accomplishments her duties a adivated mother and gracious hostess she found ability in verse and prose. In 1927 a collection of prose by Mrs. Hamilton was published under the title, "When Lilacs Bloom". A second edition of this charming work is now on the press. A complete volume of her sonnets and other poems is now being published and will be announced within the next few months.

Probably her greatest literary achievement had just been finished, except for the reading of a few galley proofs, before her illness in the spring. This was the translation of the poems by Henri de Trengies, of the French Academy and one of the forty immortals. This book will be announced in September.

Mrs. Hamilton's literary work had won from many of the outstanding men of letters and her death cut short still finer writings for which she was now finding time.

Surviving are the widower; three daughters, Mrs. J. H. Bishop, of the Culver Military fac ulty, Mrs. Flora Cravens of Louisville, Ky. and Miss Virginia Hamilton, art student of Boston, Mass; and one son John W. Hamilton, of Evanston, Ill.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the home, Father William J. Cordick, of the St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Plymouth officiating. Internment was in the Culver Masonic Cemetery.






Saturday, July 8, 1933 Rochester Sentinel

Culver , Ind., July 8. - Mrs. Flora HAMILTON, wife of T.B. HAMILTON, retired vice president of the Pennsylvania railroad, died this afternoon at the Hamilton summer home on Lake Maxinkuckee.

She had been suffering only a short time with heart trouble.

Surviving are the husband, three daughters [daughters], Mrs. J. H. BISHOP, wife of Cap. BISHOP of the Culver Military Academy faculty; Mrs. Flora CRAVEN'S, Louisville, Ky., and Miss Virginia HAMILTON, Boston, Mass., art student and a son, John W. HAMILTON of Evantston [Evanston], Ill.






22 Feb. 1939
Culver Citizen

T. B. Hamilton, Former Railroad Executive
Dies in Evanston, Ill.

Thomas B. Hamilton, former vice-president of the Pennsylvania railroad, passed away in the Evanston Hospital, Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Feb. 18, following a critical illness of only a few days.

Mr. Hamilton was born in Columbus, O. Aug. 7, 1865, and was graduated from Princeton University in 1888. He became a rodman on the Louisville division of the Pennsylvania Railroad lines in November of the same year. Having been transferred to the engineering corps on the Pittsburgh division in 1890, he was appointed assistant engineer on Jan. 1, 1896. After service on the Toledo, Cincinnati and Cleveland and Pittsburgh divisions, he was appointed superintendent of the Erie and Ashtab ula division in the same capacity, Dec. 21, 1903.

In 1912 he became general superintendent of the central system and on Feb. 1, 1914, general manager of the Vandalia railroad upon the consolidation of this road with the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis railroad. He became resident vice-resident at St. Louis on Jan. 1, 1917. Throughout the period of federal contrail he served as gerneral superintendent of the St. Louis system of the Pennsylvania.

On March 1, 1920, after the termination of federal control, Mr. Hamilton was appointed general manager of the northwestern region of the Pennsylvania railroad with offices in Chicago. On Nov. 15, 1924, he received the title of vice-president and general manager, on Sept 16, 1926 he was relieved of the duties of general manager and in June 1929, was appointed vice-president Chicago, which office he held until May 1, 1932, when he retired under the company pension reg ulation.

Mr. Hamilton was largely responsible for the development of the ore dock facilities at Cleveland, and for the details incident of the company's entrance into Detroit. His work as chairman of the American Railway Associations committee appointed to study and report upon the feasibility of extending locomotive runs, was an outstanding contribution to the railroad industry.

Mr. Hamilton's record speaks for itself and reflects a lifetime of loyal and devoted service and marked accomplishment.

The Hamilton's had been summer cottagers on Lake Maxinkuckee for a number of years and upon Mr. Hamilton's retirement made this their year around home on the west shore of the lake.

Surviving are three children: John W. of Evanston, Ill., Mrs. Charles T. Cravens of Evanston, Ill. and Mrs. John H. Wright of Wesley Hills, Mass., ten grandchildren and a wide circle of friends.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the home here, Father Roland of the Plymouth Episcopal church officiating. Internment was in the Culver Masonic Cemetery.






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