Edith Eileen Hamilton

ID# 4583, (1903-1985)
Edith Eileen Hamilton
Photograph courtesy of Jerry Moore
      Edith Eileen Hamilton was born on 21 February 1903 in Langdon, Cavalier County, North Dakota.1,2 She was the daughter of John Kenneth Hamilton and Elizabeth F Burns.1 She married Austin Chalon Moore on 15 January 1929 in St Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota.3 In April 1930 Edith Eileen Hamilton and Austin Chalon Moore lived in 12 1/2 Roberts St, Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota, where they paid $55.00 rent.4 She died on 2 January 1985 in Sedona, Coconino County, Arizona, at age 81.5

A short biography written by her son Jerry Moore on 27 March 2012 read:
"My mother, Edith, finished high school in Langdon in the spring of 1920. She had some talent as a pianist, and in her youth she used to play the musical accompaniment for the silent movies at Langdon's Roxy Theater. She attended St Catherine's College in St Paul, and finished her education to be a teacher at the North Dakota Teachers College in Minot. She taught for a time at the North Dakota School for the Deaf, and had just been accepted for a teacher's position in the State of Washington when she met my dad, Austin Moore. That cancelled the move to the west coast, and she did not have other employment until 1948. The Austin C Moores made their home in Fargo until the summer 1938, when Burroughs transferred Austin to its Minneapolis office. We lived there until another transfer to Detroit took place in February 1946.

"About 1948, Edith got back into the job market and worked as a sales person at J. L. Hudson Department Store in Detroit. By chance she helped a deaf person who was shopping at Hudson's, since she had earlier training in sign language. The word spread, and soon she was communicating with many persons from the deaf community, who stopped by for help, or just to visit. She had extremely good social skills, in my opinion, as well as many other good qualities.

"After Edith and Austin were both retired in the 1960's they pulled up stakes and travelled around the western part of the country pulling an Airstream trailer. Eventually they decided to make their home in what was then a small town just getting started - Lake Havasu City, AZ. They had a shell of a house erected by a contractor, and Austin built the rest of the three bedroom house. However, they apparenly had not realized how hot it can get in the Mojave Desert. I think Edith was particularly distressed by the summers. So in the early 1970's they scouted out a better climate in Sedona, AZ about 40 miles south of Flagstaff, with an elevation of about 4,500 feet. The same process was repeated, with a contractor starting the house and Austin doing the finishing work. He was a very handy person, and enjoyed relatively good health into his early 90's. Consequently he was doing most of the the maintenance, including working on the roof while in his late 80's."6

Last Edited=29 Mar 2021

Children of Edith Eileen Hamilton and Austin Chalon Moore


  1. [S1532] Edith Eileen Hamilton, Birth Registration extract (1 May 1903), Copy privately held by Faye West, Edmonton, Alberta.
  2. [S956] John K Hamilton, 1910 U.S. Census (Langdon, Cavalier, North Dakota), Ancestry, http://www.ancestry.ca
  3. [S1531] Edith Hamilton & Austin Moore, Marriage Announcement, Copy privately held by Faye West, Edmonton, Alberta.
  4. [S1263] Austin Moore, 1930 Federal Census (Fargo, North Dakota), Ancestry, http://www.ancestry.ca
  5. [S1262] Jerry Moore, "Hamilton Genealogy," e-mail message from e-mail address (Grosse Pointe Woods, MI) to Faye West, 1 Oct 2011.
  6. [S1478] Letter from Jerome A Moore (Grosse Point Woods, MI) to Faye West, 27 Mar 2012; privately held by Faye West (Edmonton, Alberta). LET 010.
  7. [S957] John K Hamilton, 1920 U.S. Census (Langdon, Cavalier, North Dakota ), Ancestry, http://www.ancestry.ca