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Lauchlan Alexander Hamilton
L. A. Hamilton in most books.
Mr. Lauchlan Alexander Hamilton
b- Sept 20, 1852 Penetanguishene ON,
d- Feb 11, 1941 in Toronto ON hospital,
after a long illness, age 88
His first wife Isabella (Isobel?)
Hamilton, nee Leask
b- abt 1858 in ?
She died in 1885, age 27, of TB
They had one child
Isabella (Isobel?) Ogilvie Hamilton
b- Oct 3, 1881 in Ottawa, Carlton, ON
Apr 10, 1888, in St Mary's Church
in Vancouver BC,
He married a second time to
Constance Eaton Hamilton, nee Bodington
b- Sept 26, 1862, in Reg Dist of Stockton,
North riding of Yorkshire, UK
d- 1945, in Toronto ON
Lauchlan was the CPR Senior Land Commissioner, and Surveyor.
He arrived by train from Winnipeg, August, 1892
with Mr. Edward Philip Leacock,
the New CPR Townsite Agent,
and Dr. Scott,
who was the first Postmaster and Doctor in Estevan.
The history books say
George Murray surveyed the town,
but he would have been working for Mr. Hamilton,
who I am almost positive, was in charge.
An article dated Aug 24, 1892, states Mr. Hamilton
got a Mr. Hall to take a sidewalk level on 4th st.
to ensure all the building were built at the same level.
The same article states Villa lots,
were laid out by Mr. Hamilton.
CPR's Land Office was at the corner
of 11th ave. and 3rd st.
(one article says 4th st. which I think is incorrect?)
Aug 16, 1892
Ad Hamilton used to sell lots in Estevan
Aug 20, 1892
Returns to Winnipeg and reports on Estevan progress
And why is he such an important figure in
Well he was only the guy
that surveyed what was to become,
The City of Vancouver, is all!
Yes he surveyed both!
Arrived in Vancouver in 1883.
Left there and
Arrived in Winnipeg in 1888.
Then in 1892, headed to Estevan.
He was the Main CPR surveyor.
Father was William Hamilton, b- Collingwood ON.
Grandfather was Capt. James Matthew Hamilton.
He came from a very distinguished Canadian family.
His 2nd wife was famous as
Constance Eaton Hamilton
Elected in 1920, she was the First Woman
to sit on Toronto City Council.
She was the daughter of a Physician,
Dr George Fowler
Mother- Caroline Mary Eaton (1825-1873)
Her early education was with private tutors
and then at the Conservatory of Music in Leipzig, Germany.
She was a trained pianist
In 1887, she followed her parents and moved to Vancouver where,
in 1888, she met and married
the much older Lauchlan Hamilton on Apr 10, 1888
Soon after, the couple moved
where Lauchlan Hamilton was land commissioner
for the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Fluent in German, Constance assisted new immigrants to that city,
and founded the Women's Musical Club,
making it one of Canada's premier musical organizations.
In 1899, she and her
husband relocated to Toronto
The Hamiltons lived at 30 St. Joseph St.,
Constance died in Toronto in 1945.
Feb 4,1915 he travelled to
Niagara Falls NY, age 62
wife Constance E. Hamilton was the departure contact