G. HAMILTON FAY, engaged in the laundry business, represents a continuation
of a business service with which the Fay family has been identified in Los
Angeles for over forty years, Mr. Fay's grandfather having been one of the
pioneer laundrymen of the city.|
G. Hamilton Fay, who was brought to California when nine years of age, was
born at Bryan, Ohio, June 19, 1881, son of F. E. and Laura (Hamilton) Fay,
and grandson of Elon Galusha Fay. G. Hamilton Fay's great-uncle, Rev. Eli
Fay, a brief sketch of whom is published preceding, came to California in
1886 and was prominent as a Unitarian minister and at one time owned the
corner at Fifth and Broadway, where the Fifth Street Department Store now
stands. Elon Galusha Fay was born in New York State, December 13, 1824. His
home was in Los Angeles from 1888 until his death on October 6, 1909. He was
eighty five years old when he died. After coming to Los Angeles he engaged
in the laundry business and operated the old Empire Laundry, which has since
been succeeded by the Home Service Company of Los Angeles. F. E. Fay became
owner of some large properties in the San Juaquin Valley and managed these
from his home in Los Angeles. He was retired when he died, February 12,
1922. He was also born near Bryan, Ohio. His wife, Laura Hamilton Fay, who
was prominent in social and charitable work at Los Angeles, died September
28, 1919. She was born in 1853 at Mount Pleasant, Ohio, and had lived in Los
Angeles since 1890. She was a charter member of the Friday Morning Club, a
member of the Ruskin Art Club, and the Galpin Shakespeare Club, the Humane
Society, and was member of the Board of Directors of the Maternity Cottage.
She and her husband had two sons and two daughters, all of whom were born at
Bryan, Ohio: Mrs. Ira A. Campbell, of New York City, G. Hamilton, Cynthia
Fay Clarke and Eli P. Fay, all of Los Angeles.
G. Hamilton Fay was liberally educated, attending the grammar
schools and high school of Los Angeles, and was a student at the University
of Michigan. After leaving school he engaged in the laundry business,
learning it from all angles, and was with the Empire Laundry, later with the
Home Service Company, and in 1926 sold his interest in the latter
corporation. On January 1, 1927, he established the Fay Company Laundry
located at 1663-1671 Cordover Street. He was sole owner, and established it
as a business with a special mission, handling family laundry work, and both
rough and finished work at pound rates, new departure in this business. This
company he sold to the Community Laundry Service in September, 1928. Mr.
Fay was placed in the managership of the Bay City Laundry at Venice, which
laundry is owned by the Community Laundry Service.
Mr. Fay is an independent voter and for a number of years was a University
Club of Los Angeles. He married, December 19, 1908, Miss Olive Garver, of
Bryan, Ohio, where she was born and acquired her early schooling. Her
parents were Mr. and Mrs. M. V. Garver, the latter now deceased. Her
father, now retired, was a manufacturer of wheelbarrows in Bryan, Ohio, and
later cashier of a bank in that city. Mrs. Fay after the Bryan schools
attended Miss Smead's School for Girls at Toledo, the Wells Preparatory
School at Ithaca, New York, and also the National Park Seminary at
Washington, D. C. She is a member of the Friday Morning Club of Los Angeles.
"California & Californians", edited by Rockwell D. Hunt, A.M., Ph.D.
Volume III, published by the Lewis Publishing Company, 1930.