Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


An enterprising general contractor of valuable experience who has had the satisfaction of seeing many worth-while things accomplished in Santa Cruz county in his life time, and what is more, has himself contributed no little to their being so well done, is Robert Henry Hamilton, of the well known firm of Hamilton & Church, of 360 Ocean street, Santa Cruz, near which town he was born on a farm, October 13, 1888. His father was Robert E. Hamilton, who came to California in 1872, settling in San Francisco. A few years later he removed to Scott's valley, in Santa Cruz county, where he took up farming. In 1894 he came to Santa Cruz and engaged in the soap and glue business. He died in 1918, full of years and full of honors. He had married Miss Elizabeth Parsons, and she is still living, the center of a circle of devoted friends.

Robert Henry Hamilton attended both the grammar and the high schools of Santa Cruz, after which he enjoyed the excellent courses of a business college. He then worked for four years as an apprentice to the carpenter's trade and then started in business for himself. In February, 1915, he took into partnership J. M. Church, and since that time the name of the firm has been Hamilton & Church, their prosperous activity commencing with the needs of War-time. They have put up many of the finer residences in and around Santa Cruz, and in 1919 remodelled the St. George Hotel. They have their own planing mill, and turn out all the mill-work that goes into both the interior and the exterior of buildings. With the exception of the plumbing and the wiring, they thus under one management complete a dwelling, and so extensive are their operations, that they keep about forty men employed all the time. Mr. Hamilton belongs to the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce, and as a live-wire democrat he displays the public-spiritedness one might expect from the fact that his father was long prominent in the city's affairs and served on the Santa Cruz council.

At Portland, on the 15th of June, 1924, Mr. Hamilton was married to Miss Jeanette Helegas, a native of Felton, Santa Cruz county. By a former marriage he has one child, a daughter, Vera. He belongs to the Elks and to the Foresters of America and both in business and in social life he follows with keen interest the trend of affairs in Santa Cruz county.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.