100 Fascinating Lives
The Hamiltonians is a collection of stories about the most interesting and influential people who made Hamilton their home. These tales are told by some of the city's most expert writers.
Nothing illustrates the rich variety of Hamilton's history better than the lives of some of those who made the city their home. Many Hamiltonian's have learned about their city's past through visits to local cemeteries, in the company of a knowledgeable local historian. This book assembles the best of these stories, told by some of the city's most expert writers.
* Bessie Starkman, partner of Rocco Perri, King of the Bootleggers, killed in a gangland style slaying, whose funeral attracted 25,000 spectators in 1930
* Isabella Hyde Whyte, long thought by Hamiltonians to be the illegitimate offspring of Edward the Duke of Kent, Queen Victoria's father
* Martha Cartmell, a missionary to Japan who started the first girls' school in Tokyo; every year students from the school make a pilgrimage to Hamilton to Cartmell's home church
* Richard Lancefield, first chief librarian in the city, but also a compulsive gambler who embezzled funds from the library and left town when his crime was discovered; his body was returned for burial
With many colourful illustrations, this book will appeal to anyone interested in Canadian history.