The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon) August 2, 1908 Page 6
Death Roll In Northwest
David Hamilton, Early Settler in Fossil, Wheeler County.
Condon, OR., August 1
After having celebrated his golden wedding on May 8 last, David Hamilton died at his home in Fossil, July 21, at the age of 78 years. He was one of the earliest settlers of Wheeler County and was highly respected. He is survived by a wife, two sons, Ralph and Wayne Hamilton, and one daughter, Mrs. Charles Prindle, all of Fossil.
David Hamilton was born in Alleghany County, New York, February 27, 1830. When at the age of three years his parents moved to Jo Davis County, Ill. In 1850 he crossed the plains for the gold fields of California, locating at Yreka, where he prospected and worked in the mines until the Spring of 1855, when he came to Southern Oregon. Later in the same year he located in what is now Douglas County, where he was married to Miss Mary C. Byars on May 8, 1858. They moved to Eastern Oregon in 1871 and settled on Cottonwood Creek, three miles from Fossil, where Mr. Hamilton died.
He was a Baptist and a member of the Masonic Lodge of Fossil.