Learning about Hamilton, Kansas
My mother, Gail Martin, graduated from high school in Hamilton, Kansas, back when she was still Gail McGhee. That was about all I knew about Hamilton, so I did some research. Here’s what I found out about this small Kansas town. Only a few hundred people now live there. The small town is located in Greenwood County, just north of Eureka and south of Madison.
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The photo below shows my mother’s graduating class at Hamilton. It is in the family photo collection.
Mom had a postcard image of Hamilton High School. Pretty impressive building for such a small town. If this is like Madison, it would house all the grades from first grade through high school. The high school would have been on the top floor.
To see what the area around Hamilton looks like, view this short YouTube video, The Flint Hills – Meditations from a Kansas Prairie.
Read More About It
My mother wrote many family memory pieces about her early life. I gathered these together in a book that I self-published on blurb.com. Her book is titled My Flint Hills Childhood: Growing Up in 1930s Kansas. In the book, she includes a picture of herself in her prom dress for the Hamilton prom. Her maiden name was Gail McGhee. She dated Johnnie Faylor while attending Madison High School, but ended up marrying my dad, Clyde Martin.
There’s a book about his life as well, Clyde Owen Martin: Family Memories of His Life and Times. It’s also available in the Blurb online bookstore. Dad has family connections to Hamilton that goes back several generations.
The Martin Connection to Hamilton
This is my great-grandfather, Alfred Joy and his son Harry standing in front of the feed mill that he owned in Hamilton. The picture is from the book, Clyde Owen Martin: Family Memories of His Life and Times.
This piece of Hamiton history is from the early 1900s. Harry Earl Joy, son of Marie (Kennedy) and Henry Alfred Joy, is in first grade in this picture. I don’t know which child is Harry. He was born in 1898 in Baldwin, Kansas.
This photo is from the paperback edition of Dad’s book. Harry Joy was Dad’s uncle.
In hopes of finding out more about Hamilton and its early days, I’ve asked to join a Facebook group called U Know U R from Hamilton KS. I’ll keep exploring.