Wm. Hamilton, Produce Dealer, Office & Elevator

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Wm. Hamilton, Produce Dealer, Office & Elevator


Number 12 on the Burleigh Map, the location of Hamilton's office alongside the New York Central Railroad suggests the importance of his operation to Caledonia's economy. In addition to his farming interests Hamilton (1832-1912) was a produce dealer, bean processor, and "maltster"--that is, he roasted corn and barley for use in brewing or distilling. Presumably because other farmers relied upon his services, his firm often was consulted for market prices, as shown in this newspaper image.

An 1881 profile of him praised this son of a Scottish immigrant for his "most hearty support to all efforts and measures tending to the advancement of the agricultural interests of Western New York." Beginning in 1858 Hamilton, along with D.E. Cameron and James McNab, organized a county agricultural fair until it was suspended due to the Civil War. He later purchased the Smith flouring mill in Honeoye Falls, charted a bank, helped found the Livingston County Historical Society, and served in numerous political offices--including as Presidential elector for Grover Cleveland. His firm "Wm. Hamilton and Son" continues operations today at the same location.


Caledonia Advertiser




Cooper, Ken


Caledonia Era 28 Nov. 1906. Courtesy of Tom Tryniski / Fulton History.


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