There had been a drought and very little water was available as most wells were dry. They were fortunate to find a small house with a well but had to share it with another family until it rained and water was more plentiful.
In 1901 they bought the house where Victoir Svensson now lives and moved the family to it. Mrs. Svensson is the daughter of the Hamiltons.
Mr. Hamilton purchased a general store from Jim Ellis and his clerks were Ethna Smedley and Alice Hier. He sold this store and later bought a grocery store and had as his partners, his brother Al, Harve Staats, and Robert Cairns.
Mr. Hamilton served as tax collector for 12 years and then was an agent for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company until his retirement.
He was married to Maggie Lee Moss and they had five children: Mrs. Pearl Prunty, Bethany, Missouri; Gail Hamilton, Prairie Village, Kansas; Howard Hamilton, Chula Vista, California; Mrs. Alta Hainds, and Mrs. Josephine Svensson of Marceline, Missouri. Mrs. Hamilton died in 1921 and Mr. Hamilton in 1939.