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Hamlin Family Obituaries
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Arne H Trelvik


Charles Hamlin, whose attempt at suicide at the Decker boarding house was told in these columns last week passed away Thursday never having regained consciousness. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon and interment was made in Lebanon cemetery.

Charles Hamlin was born in Charleston, Mass, and comes of one of the oldest families in the New England States. He was employed for some time with the Pickering Piano Company and later opened a large music store of his own at Providence R. I., where he later married the daughter of another of the old families. He enlisted in the regular army and served during the entire Civil War, being promoted Captain and was one of the most popular men in his regiment.

After the war Mr. Hamlin west to Chicago and later to Milwaukee. In 1875 he joined the Shakers at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, where he remained for two years. Leaving Pleasant Hill he went to South Union, Kentucky where he again joined the Shakers, removing to Union Village, Warren County in 1891. He remained there until 1903 when he left the Shakers and went to join his daughters in Boston, Mass.

A few years later he came back to Lebanon where he had been residing since. Mr. Hamlin was well known in Lebanon and has many friends here. He has been living at Decker’s for some time and, though once wealthy, his daughter has been supporting him. The news of his attempt to end his life was immediately telegraphed to Boston, where both of his daughters, Mrs. Grace Kelsey and Mrs. Gertrude Burgess, now reside.

Source: The Western Star, Lebanon, Ohio, 17 November 1910
Copy from the Obituary Collection at the Warren County Genealogical Society,
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Arne H Trelvik
25 November 2007

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