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HAMILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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The earliest public library (which I remember) was located at the north end of the first building occupied by the Hamilton National Bank which was on the northwest corner of the courthouse square (See April 26, 1957, Flood picture 4).  The library was a small dark room filled with shelves and shelves of books.  Library hours were short--perhaps a couple of afternoons  each week.    I was probably in the fourth grade  when Mother began taking me  to  check out books about Stephen Foster, Lassie, and Girl of the Limberlost, etc.  This library was closed prior to the beginning of the 1952-53 school year and all of the books were donated to the Hamilton High School Library.  I spent one period each day typing the names of the donated books into an accession list for Miss Opal West, the high school librarian.  Until April of that school year, the library was closed to students while a new high school building was being constructed south of the Hamilton High School Auditorium at the site of West Ward Elementary.  The second floor of the West Ward building was removed and new classrooms were built on the east side of the West Ward building.  About February or March, 1953, the library moved into the south side of the first floor of the original West Ward Elementary School. We worked in the new high school building as construction continued.

Prior to 1975  Hamilton Public Library re-opened on the northeast corner of courthouse square  in a building provided by Tom Joseph.   Mrs. Mattie Erma "Pat" (Oliver) Tate, a retired teacher, was the first librarian.

A spacious new library was constructed on East Henry, 2 block east of courthouse square and opened in May, 1993. 

 

PICTURES

Early Pictures of Hamilton from Hamilton Public Library

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A PARADE PRIOR TO THE ARRIVAL OF CARS

POLITICAL RALLY IN THE COURTHOUSE YARD

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ESTRAY SALE, COURTHOUSE SQUARE

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HAMILTON SQUARE SCENE

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MARKETING COTTON, before 1912

STRAY SALE DAY

RAT ROW--NORTH SIDE OF THE SQUARE

NORTH SIDE OF THE SQUARE

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BIRD'S EYE VIEW OF HAMILTON

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ANOTHER BIRD'S EYE VIEW OF HAMILTON

NEW BUICKS BEING UNLOADED FROM A RAILROAD CAR

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EARLY "CONVERTIBLE"

ROCK HOUSE SCHOOL, MASONIC LODGE, CHURCH

HAMILTON MILL AND ELEVATOR CO.

LIVERY STABLE

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COTTON BELT RAILROAD MOTOR CAR, HAMILTON, TEXAS

STEPHENVILLE NORTH & SOUTH TEXAS RAILWAY COMPANY

HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL, 1895

HAMILTON SCHOOL BUILDINGS, 1912

1895 and 1912 HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL BUILDINGS

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HAMILTON, TEXAS, cir. 1895-1911

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FIRST LOAD OF BRICKS FOR THE NEW

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BOOK BRIGADE

 

THE FLOOD OF 26 APRIL, 1957

1. THE FLOOD OF 26 APRIL, 1957

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2. FLOOD OF 26 APRIL, 1957

3. THE FLOOD OF 26 APRIL, 1957

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4. FLOOD 26 APRIL, 1957

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WORK PLAN - PECAN CREEK WATERSHED, MARCH, 1966

 

 

Pictures furnished by the Hamilton Public Library

 

 
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by Elreeta Crain Weathers, B.A., M.Ed.,  
(also Mrs.,  Mom, and Ph. T.)

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