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Everett and Alta (Dale) Hamilton, Hyde

In 1900 Decatur County, Iowa, Samuel Dale is farming, born April 1854 in Indiana, married 22 years to Lydia January 1862 in Iowa. Sam E. Jan 1879, John E. Nov 1880, Alta M. Nov 1883, Flora G. Sept 1887, Ray E. Aug 1890, Ross Oct 1892, Glaydie Sept 1896, Glenn Sept 1896, and Clala July 1899 were all born in Iowa.

Everett and Alta Hamilton
(from a story by Rose Hill, a granddaughter)

Everett Hamilton was born November 1, 1878, on a farm near Davis City, Iowa. On March 17, 1904, he married Alta Melvina Dale of Pleasanton, Iowa. Alta was born November 1, 1883. Everett and Alta farmed in Harrison County, Missouri and in Riverton, Nebraska. A stillborn son and a daughter, Gladys (who married Ralph W. Sobotka), were born in Nebraska.

In 1910, they moved to a homestead near Yuma, Colorado. Two more children were born there, William Dale Hamilton and Glada Hamilton (who married Orville Cornelius).

Because of Everett's health, they moved back to Missouri about 1917 farming in Harrison, County. Their fourth child, Doyle Everett Hamilton, was born there in 1918.

In March, 1929, they moved west to a dry farm south of Gillette on the Belle Fourche River. Glada remembered the house on the new place had been left open to the elements and livestock roamed in and out. The house was so bad, they laughed so they wouldn’t cry. They lived on this place until 1935 when they moved to a ranch on Beaver Creek near Sheridan.

After Everett passed away, Alta lived in a small mobile home on property owned by her daughter and son in law, Glada and Orville Cornelius. She cared for some older women in Sheridan and between jobs, visited her son in Colorado (William) and her brothers and sisters in Iowa. She was industrious quilting, embroidering and weaving rugs.

In 1972, she became ill and was hospitalized. In 1973, she was admitted to Eventide and passed away June 29, 1979, at age of 94. She had 13 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

Everett proved up two quarters in 13 and 14, 1N 49W in 1913.

In June 1914 Everett, with an address of Yuma, was a witness for the claim of John E. Dale of Yuma for land in 1N 49W.

September 1914 Yuma "Mrs. W. M. Hamilton, of Cainsville, Missouri, arrived Tuesday, and is a guest at the home of her son, Everett Hamilton, sixteen miles south of town."

1915 Leon Iowa
" Mr. and Mrs. S.A. Dale of near Pleasanton, passed through this city Friday enroute to Yuma Colorado where they go to visit at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Alta Hamilton."

In 1920 Mercer County, Missouri, Everett is 41, Alat 36, Gladys 10 born in Nebraska, William D. 6 in Iowa ?, Glada A. 4 in Colorado, and Everett D. 1 in Missouri.

In 1930 Campbell County, Wyoming, Everett is 51, Alta M. 46, Gladys J. 20, Dale W. 16, Glada A. 14, and Doyle E. 11.

William Dale Hamilton was born November 26, 1913 at Pleasanton Iowa (according to SSDI) and died June 27, 1999.

In 1940 Campbell County, Wyoming, Dale is teaching in a country school, 26, born in Iowa, with Hattie 21 born in Wyoming.

When he registered for WWII in Gillette, Campbell County, Wyoming, he was married to Hattie Fern Hamilton.

"William 'Dale' Hamilton of Aurora, a teacher, died June 27. He was 85.
Services were July 6 at Olinger Magnolia Mortuary. Interment was in Fairmount Cemetery.
He was born Nov. 26, 1913, in Pleasanton, Iowa. On Aug. 28, 1939, he married Harriet Fern Harrod in Gillette, Wyo.
Hamilton attended the University of Wyoming. He taught at Lowry Air Force Base and worked at Frontier Airlines and in a laundry business before retiring.
He was a member of Church of the Master and Montclair Baptist Church and was also a deacon, moderator and treasurer.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Richard, Lenexa, Kan., and Gary, Couer d'Alene, Idaho; two sisters, Glada Cornelius, Sheridan, Wyo., and Gladys Sobotka, Story, Wyo.; and four grandchildren. "

Harriett Hamilton passed away on November 29, 2016 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. After a hospitalization early in September and a period of rehabilitation, she moved to Renaissance Assisted Living where she lived until her death. She received great care for the few weeks she resided there, especially her last few days.
Harriett was born the fourth of eight children in Gillette, Wyoming on April 25, 1918 to Bert and Mary Ann Harrod. She graduated from Campbell County High School in 1936 and then worked for Lipman's Clothing until she married Dale Hamilton on August 29, 1939. They lived outside Gillette in a small trailer next to the one room school house where Dale taught grades 1-8. They were married for almost 65 years. In 1942, they relocated to Denver, Colorado hoping to increase their employment and life opportunities. Eventually, they bought land on the outskirts of Aurora, Colorado and built their family home where she remained until 2003.
Harriett was a stay-at-home mom for years caring for her sons, Richard and Gary, and her husband, Dale. During that time she was involved in school activities, many church functions and missions, as well entertaining lots of family members who came to Denver to obtain medical treatment and visit the big city. Her expertise was always hospitality and cooking good food. Richard remembers sleeping in the garage one whole summer while the house was filled with out of town company. She was also an avid corresponder and loved sitting and visiting with people.
In 1962 she and Dale opened their first laundromat. Their business was very successful and they ended up opening four other laundromats in Aurora and East Denver. They worked together until they sold them all and retired in 1977. After moving to Coeur d'Alene in 2003, Harriett joined the Rambling Rovers with whom she enjoyed many outings in the local area. Harriett loved to play games and would sometimes play cards with her sisters until after sunrise. She even learned to play "penny poker" with a group of seniors when she moved to Coeur d'Alene. She was a lifetime church attender and, most recently, a member of the Community United Methodist Women. Harriett was a doting grandmother and great grandmother.
After Dale passed away in 1999 she continued to stay in her home in Aurora until the house and yard got to be too much. She finally decided in 2003 to leave her many friends and nieces and nephews to move to Coeur d'Alene Idaho where Gary and Lana lived. Because she was social and friendly she soon made new friends and often stated that the move was a good one for her.
Harriett was preceded in death by her husband, Dale, and all of her siblings. She is survived by her sons, Richard (Claudette) of Lenexa, Kansas, Gary (Lana) of Coeur d'Alene, grandchildren, Stephanie Hamilton (Chris Anderson), Mike Upshaw (Shannon), Scott Hamilton (Aleasha), Mary Hamilton and 5 great grandchildren, Ava, Erik, Parker, Leela, and Adalynn. Harriett is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial gifts may be given to the Community United Methodist Church Women's mission(1470 W. Hanley Ave., Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815) or the charity of your choosing. Her funeral will take place on Thursday, December 08, at 1:00 PM (visitation at 12:00 PM) at the Olinger Hampden Mortuary at 8600 E. Hampden Ave., Denver with a reception to follow. There will also be a celebration of life sometime in the spring in Coeur d'Alene, ID.

HARRIETT FERN HAMILTON DECEASED YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the undersigned has been appointed Co-Personal Representatives of the estate of HARRIETT FERN HAMILTON. All persons having claims against the decedent or the estate are required to present to the undersigned and filed with the Clerk of the Court.
Dated this 30th day of March, 2017.
GARY L. HAMILTON Co-Personal Representative 2315 N. 12th Coeur d' Alene, ID 83814 (208) 818-5623
RICHARD DALE HAMILTON Co-Personal Representative 7633 Constance St., Lenexa, Kansas 66216 (913) 669-0777

RICHARD DALE, born 6 Aug 1945; married Carole Carter; divorced Carole Carter.  

"Imogene 'Jean' Powell, 88, of Spring Hill, KS, passed away August 22, 2014 at Lakeview Village in Lenexa. Private family graveside service will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.
Jean was born November 16, 1925 in rural Dixon, MO to Katherine (Yokum) and Wesley Claude Baker. Jean married Jay Bee Powell on November 6, 1941 in Dixon. They lived in several locations, moving to Spring Hill in 1957, where they co-owned and operated Powell Oil Co. She also worked at Cade’s Hardware Store. Jean was a member of the Spring Hill Baptist Church and a 53 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 350 in Spring Hill. Jean loved spending time with her family. She will be dearly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jay Bee and her sister Pansy Shepherd. Jean is survived by her children Larry Jay Powell and Patricia of Salina, Tyler Lee Powell and Peggy of Spring Hill, Karen Sue Konn of NJ and Claudette Kay Hamilton and Richard of Lenexa, KS; nine grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; brother-in-law Lemoin Shepherd of Wentzville, MO; a niece and two nephews. "
 GARY LYNN, born 6 Mar 1952; married Lana D. Hundley

Orville William Hundley died Saturday, September 22nd, 2012, one day short of his 93rd birthday after six months of declining health. He was born on September 23rd, 1919 on his grandfather's farm in Kickapoo, Kansas to Samuel and Della Hundley. Orville graduated in 1937 from Leavenworth High School and attended one year of college at Kansas State University on a Santa Fe Railroad scholarship. He would have been happy that KSU beat Oklahoma on Saturday.
Orville married Reba E. Smiley on October 21, 1946. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in 2011. During their married life, Orville and Reba lived in Kansas City, KS, Denver, CO, Estes Park, CO, and Grand Junction, CO before moving closer to family in Coeur d'Alene, ID in 2001.
After owning and operating the Root Beer Barn for a time, Orville made quartz radio crystals for a few years beginning in WWII. He later retired in 1984 after 25 years as a sales associate for Sears and Roebuck.
Orville was always active in church and was most recently a member of the Community United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir until his health prevented his participation. Orville was an active volunteer for Habitat for Humanity for many years. He studied homeopathy and was proud that he took no regular prescription medications. He enjoyed a variety of hobbies including fishing, bowling, pitching horseshoes, singing, playing the ukulele, playing cards and traveling. He was an avid correspondent and wrote letters to friends and family regularly. Orville was happy when all of his children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren gathered in Coeur d'Alene for a time together this past summer.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Reba, two daughters, Marlynn Branam (Buffy), Lana Hamilton (Gary), four grandchildren, Nick Branam (Rachel), Kate Swartley (Andre), Scott Hamilton (Aleasha), Mary Hamilton, and five great-grandchildren (Isaac, Collin, Alayna, and Adah Branam and Oswald Swartley. He is also survived by one sister, Norma Floray (Alvan Jr.) and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Emily Shrader (Homer).

Reba Hundley passed away on Dec. 20, 2015, following a short illness. After a hospitalization earlier in December, she was able to return to Country Comfort, an assisted living home. She received great care for the few weeks she resided there, especially her last few days.
Reba was born the youngest of five children in Leavenworth, Kan., on Dec. 18, 1924, to Abel and Kate Crouch Smiley. She graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1944 and then worked for Southwestern Bell. She married Orville Hundley on Oct. 21, 1946. Their wedding came after a short courtship when it became too cold to “neck in the car.” They were married for 66 years. Reba’s career at Southwestern Bell ended when she was “too big to fit in her work clothes.” Their first daughter, Marlynn, was born shortly after. The family relocated to Kansas City, Kan., where their second daughter, Lana, joined them. In 1963, the family moved to Denver, Colo. After retirement in 1986, Orville and Reba moved to Estes Park, Colo., where they resided for three years before moving to Grand Junction, Colo. In 2001, Orville and Reba moved to Coeur d’Alene in order to be closer to family.
Reba was a stay-at-home mom for years when her daughters were young. She served as their Blue Bird/Camp Fire Girl leader. She later returned to work in 1961 as a telephone operator for Sears Roebuck on the Plaza in Kansas City, Mo. She continued as an operator in Denver for a few years at a paint company before starting the last 20 of her working years as a receiving clerk for Sears.
Reba enjoyed sewing and crafting. She liked to cook and entertain friends and family with good home-cooked meals. Reba was a doting grandmother and great-grandmother. She and Orville had good times playing cards, especially canasta and penny poker. After moving to Coeur d’Alene, Reba joined the Rambling Rovers with whom she enjoyed many outings in the local area. She was also quite the sight riding her three-wheeled bike well into her 80s. She enjoyed reading and word searches. Reba had a playful, feisty spirit and especially liked a good laugh. She was a faithful church attendee and member of the Community United Methodist Church.
After Orville passed away in 2012, Reba continued living at Bestland Retirement Apartments. There she received support and care from a community of staff and residents with whom she enjoyed spending time. After all, as Reba frequently said, “Life’s what you make it.”
Reba was preceded in death by her husband, Orville, and all of her siblings. She is survived by her daughters, Marlynn K. Branam (Lloyd) of Wichita, Kan., and Lana Hamilton (Gary) of Coeur d’Alene; grandchildren Nick Branam (Rachel), Kate Swartley (Andre), Scott Hamilton (Aleasha) and Mary Hamilton; and seven great-grandchildren, Isaac, Collin, Adah, Alayna, Oswald, Sephie and Adalynn. Reba is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

BURTON LYNN HARROD was born on 6 Apr 1891 at Doniphan, Hall Co., Nebraska. He married Mary Ann Bellaris on 16 May 1911 at Hall Co., Nebraska. He died on 23 Apr 1956 at Gillette, Campbell Co., Wyoming, at age 65. He was buried after 23 Apr 1956 at Mount Pisgah Cemetery, Gillette, Campbell Co., Wyoming. He was Owner of a Chrysler dealership, live stock auction yard and auctioneer at Gillette, Wyoming.

Children of Burton Lynn Harrod and Mary Ann Bellaris were as follows:

    i.   WILLIAM M., born 9 Sep 1912; married Frances B. Davis.  
April 11, 1973 Greeley, Colorado "William M. (Bill) Harrod, 819 35th Ave., an employe of the the Chrysler-Plymouth Agency since 1969, died Tuesday in Gillette. He married Francis Davis in Greeley in 1933. 1915, and moved to Gillette in 1918 where he was reared and educated. He was a cattle buyer and He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Gillette, and in Greeley he attended Sherwood Park Baptist Church. He was a past president of the Gillette Lions Club and was active in the Gillette Saddle Club for many years.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, Mrs. Francis Harrod, are a daughter, Mrs. Bob Auston of Phoenix, Ariz., two sons, Robert Harrod of Modesto, Calif., and Ralph Harrod of Gillette, and four grandchildren.
Also surviving are his mother, Mrs. Bert Harrod of Gillette; and six brothers and sisters, Bernard Harrod, Mrs. Maurice (Lois) Okray and Mrs. Ray (Elda) Joslyn all of Gillette; Mrs.Ed (Louise) Ratekin of Stockton, Calif., Mrs. Dale (Hattie) Hamilton of Aurora and Mrs. Art (Elva) Weigle of Greeley; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Bert.
   ii.   ELVA, born 1 Apr 1914; married Arthur Weigle.  
    iii.   ELDA A., born 6 Feb 1916; married Raymond W. Joslyn.  
    iv.   HARRIETT FERN "HATTIE", born 25 Apr 1918; married William Dale Hamilton.  
    v.   LOIS, born 29 Feb 1920; married Maurice B. Okray.  
      vi.   BURTON WILBER was born on 30 Nov 1922 at Campbell Co., Wyoming. He died on 10 Feb 1923 at Campbell Co., Wyoming. He was buried after 10 Feb 1923 at Mmount Pisgah Cemetery, Gillette, Campbell Co., Wyoming.  
     vii.   MARY LOUISE, born 5 Feb 1924; married Edward Ratekin.  
    viii.   BERNARD LYNN, born 7 May 1930 at Gillette, Campbell Co., Wyoming; married Irma Rose Kopp.  

Glada was born September 4, 1915, in Yuma, Colorado to Everett and Alta Hamilton, who were homesteading on a farm a few miles from Yuma. Glada was the fourth of five children. The Hamilton’s had a son who was stillborn, Gladys, William Dale, Glada and Doyle.

When Glada was one year old her folks sold out and returned to Missouri (their home territory). They lived on two different farms near Cainsville, Missouri. The children attended Glaze rural school, where there were as many as twenty-five students in one room for one teacher.

In the spring of 1929 the Hamilton’s decided to go west where 'land was cheap.' Everett’s brother, Lennie Hamilton, had gone west earlier and homesteaded, so that influenced them some.

Everett and Alta bought a dry farm twenty-six miles south of Gillette, Wyoming, just west of Mount Logan and ten miles north of the Hilight community.

Glada was ready for high school the following fall. Money was scarce during those depression years so she was able to take advantage of the rural high school plan at Liberty School, whereby students could take the first two years of high school through the regular teacher and correspondence. For her junior and senior years she attended Campbell County High School in Gillette, graduating in 1933. She returned the following year and took normal training as fifth year work. She then taught at Liberty School for two years.

By then her folks had sold the dry farm and moved to the Sheridan area, living on farms on Beaver Creek and just south of Ranchester. So it was, that Glada was in the Sheridan area in 1935, attended the First Baptist Churh of Sheridan and met Orville Cornelius. She taught school for one more year and then in August, 1936 they were married by Reverend Oliver Reed in the Reed’s home.

They lived in an apartment owned by Orville’s half-sister Ferne. In 1943, they started building their own home on Bellevue Avenue. They finished the basement and lived in it several years while completing the rest of the house.

Orville and Glada had three daughters, Loretta (who died shortly after birth), Beverly and Marilyn.

With both girls through high school and away at college, Glada went to work at the high school cafeteria. She worked there twenty-two year before retiring in 1982.

Glada traveled widely in her later years, welcoming grandchildren in New Mexico, Alabama and Alberta. Other trips included Taiwan and New Zealand. She was active at First Baptist Church in Sheridan for sixty years, teaching Sunday school and supporting women’s ministries.

(Taken from Glada's obituary brochure.)

Glada loved sewing, quilting, reading, gardening and playing word games. After her husband’s retirement they played a game of Scrabble nearly every evening. She continued to love and play table games even into her last month of life.

After retirement, she moved to Canada to be near one of her daughters, where she resided until her death in 2015 at age 99 years 7 months 14 days.

Gladys Sobotka, 100, died Monday, August 9, 2010 in Westview Health Care Center. Mrs. Sobotka was born on a farm near Riverton, Nebraska, on January 7, 1910, the daughter of Everett and Alta Melvina (Dale) Hamilton, the eldest of four children. Named Julia Gladys, she always preferred to be called Gladys. Before her first birthday, she and her parents moved to a homestead near Yuma, Colorado, where she attended her first year of school. Her father's health forced the family to move to a farm in northern Missouri. She graduated from high school in Cainsville, Missouri, in 1929, and followed when the family moved to the Pumpkin Buttes area south of Gillette.

There she and Ralph W. Sobotka married in 1930 and then returned to farming in Missouri. The couple became parents of four daughters. Mr. Sobotka died in 1941. Following World War II, Mrs. Sobotka moved her family to Sheridan where her sister, Glada (Mrs. Orville) Cornelius lived. Mrs. Sobotka became a cook at Sheridan Memorial Hospital and retired from that work in 1975 after 27 years. Her home has been in Story, Wyoming, since 1966. Grace Chapel, Story, was her church home but she was also a member of First United Methodist Church in Sheridan. Among her greatest joys were family gatherings. She loved flower gardening as long as she was able. Listening to her granddaughter, Connie Thompson, read the Bible was a favorite with her. She made many quilts and afghans, doilies and other crocheted items for her family, and in later years, hundreds of crocheted potholders.

Mrs. Sobotka was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brothers William Dale Hamilton, and Doyle E. Hamilton; sons-in-law M. Ray Morris, and Raymond Keith Tibbets; grandchildren, Sharon Tibbets Bender, and Scott B. Hill; and great grandchildren, Shane Stanfield, and infant Ann Wilson.

She is survived by her daughters, Alta Rose Hill, and husband, Gail, of Sheridan, Wyoming, Nina Elizabeth Morris, of Mesa, Arizona, Vera June Metzger, and husband, Gerald, of Story, Wyoming, Verna Jean Tibbets, of Casper, Wyoming; her sister, Glada Cornelius; of Spruce Grove, Alberta; sisters-in-law Harriet Hamilton, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and Leonore Sobotka, of Bethany, Missouri; 12 grandchildren, 2 of whom are deceased; 20 great grandchildren; and 11 great, great grandchildren with another expected in September; numerous nieces and nephews; and numerous great nieces and nephews.
Visitation for Mrs. Sobotka will be from 5:00 P. M. to 7:00 P. M. Sunday, August 15, 2010 at Champion Ferries Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 10:00 A. M. Monday, August 16, 2010 at Champion Ferries Funeral Home with Charles Dill officiating. Interment will be in the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery.

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