Alexander County

Obituary - Kate Hamilton


Telegrams received yesterday by Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Baird and others announced the death at Dupo Saturday of Mrs. Kate Hamilton, 88 years old, for many years a resident of Cairo.

The body will be taken to Mounds for interment in Beech Grove Cemetery at 3:30 o'clock this afternoon, and relatives and friends will go to Mounds at 2 o'clock on the interurban car to attend the funeral.

Arrangements had been made for an earlier services but announcement was made last night by Undertaker G. A. James, who will direct the funeral of the change in time. Services will be conducted at St. Raphael's Church at Mounds by Fr. Feeney.

Mrs. Hamilton was a daughter of Bryan Shaughnessy. She was two years old when he came here in 1838 as one of the contractors for the first Illinois Central embankment between Cairo and Mounds. He remained in Cairo and became one of the most prominent citizens, being connected with many improvement projects.

Her husband, John Hamilton, was in the mercantile business her and later erected the building at 602 Commercial Ave., where he opened a furniture and carpet store in the '80's. He was fatally injured in a fall at the store and died a few days later. Mrs. Hamilton left here soon afterward and lived in Cape Girardeau for a time but returned to Cairo and made her home her until about seven years ago when she went to live with her son, John W. Hamilton, a railroad man running between East St. Louis and Dupo.

Her son is her only near relative but she has several others living here among them Edward and Jesse Shaughnessy, sons of her brother, Mr. Baird and Mrs. E. A. Carkuff.

Contributor's Notes:

1) Her husband had to have opened his store, Hamilton Bros. Furniture in the 1860's as he died in 1869.

2) Her father, Bryan Shannessy, was a postmaster twice and a circuit court judge as well as police magistrate.

3) I have also been told by my late Grandmother and her sister that he [her father?] owned and ran a boarding house or hotel around the time of the Civil War.

Contributed by Vicky Parrin

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