Lorenzo D. Hamlin1

(22 August 1858 - 21 July 1930)
Lorenzo D. Hamlin|b. 22 Aug 1858\nd. 21 Jul 1930|p1402.htm|Alonzo Hamlin|b. 2 Feb 1830\nd. 26 Apr 1913|p830.htm|Naomi Carpenter|b. c 1831\nd. 10 Sep 1869||Simeon Hamlin|b. 4 Apr 1769\nd. 26 May 1857|p828.htm|Abigail Stratton|b. c 1803\nd. 12 Aug 1875|p829.htm|||||||
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Descendants of Simeon Hamlin
     Lorenzo D. Hamlin was born on 22 Aug 1858 in York Twp., Fillmore County, Minnesota.1,2,3,4 Lorenzo D. Hamlin bought 80 acres in section 29 of Forestville Twp. in about 1881. He improved the land by building a home there, but shortly sold it and puchased another 80-acre tract in the same section, which he doubled with another purchase later on. Lorenzo D. farmed this 160 acres until 1904, when he sold and moved to Bloomfield Township just outside Spring Valley.2 He married, at age 22, Josephine Gates, daughter of George Gates of Spring Valley, on 1 Jun 1881 .2,3 He secretary of the creamery from 1906 to 1917 in Spring Valley, Fillmore County, Minnesota.2,3 He moved into in Spring Valley proper about 1909, leaving his son George to farm the Bloomfield property.1,2 He was a member of "the Masonic blue lodge" and Eastern Star chapter in Fillmore County, Minnesota, in 1912. He was registered Republican.5,3 He was with his father Alonzo in Spring Valley, Fillmore County, Minnesota, when Alonzo Hamlin died on 26 Apr 1913.1,4 He was retired in 1918 but maintained an active life, "always ... able to be on our streets every day and mingle with his many friends and neighbors."3 Lorenzo D. died in Spring Valley, Fillmore County, Minnesota, on 21 Jul 1930 at 71 of a heart attack at his home.3,4 Lorenzo D.'s obituary departed from the usual rote banalities to portray a gregarious man of "jovial disposition" who was quick with a kind word and a jest. "His poetical effusions," whatever those may be, "were many as there was hardly an event but what he was called upon to exercise his talents and wit." The remarks conjure the image of a sociable, pleasant fellow with a quick wit and a gift for a friendly toast (though toasts were probably not ubiquitous in the Minnesota frontier as they are in modern life). In any case the funeral was described as "unusually large" and several local businesses were apparently closed to allow employees to attend.3 He was buried on 23 Jul 1930 in Spring Valley Cemetery, Spring Valley, Fillmore County, Minnesota, following a funeral at the Congregational church (of which he was a member). The Masonic lodge conducted graveside services.3,4

Last Edited=June 25, 2006

Children of Lorenzo D. Hamlin and Josephine Gates


  1. Summoned To Their Final Rest: Alonzo Hamlin, Spring Valley Mercury, Spring Valley, Minn., 2 May 1913, 1.
  2. Curtiss-Wedge et. al., History of Fillmore County, Minnesota (Tucson, Arizona: W.C. Cox, 1912) Microfilm no. 1000256, Items 2-3, FHL, Salt Lake City, Utah, p. 918. Hereinafter cited as 1912 History of Fillmore County.
  3. L.D. Hamlin, 72, Passes Suddenly, Spring Valley Tribune, Spring Valley, Minn., 27 Jul 1930, p. unk..
  4. Hamlin Burials in Spring Valley Cemetery, n.d., Received in correspondence from Steven Walker, Boone, Iowa., Copy held by DeAnna Burghart, Laguna Niguel, CA.
  5. Curtiss-Wedge et. al., 1912 History of Fillmore County, p. 919.