JAY S. HAMILTON.
Among the chief resources of Oregon are her immense forests of timber and prominent in this field of industry is
Jay S. Hamilton, who is conducting a wholesale lumber business at Portland and since the 1st of July, 1919, has
served as supervisor and sales manager for the United States shipping board, having charge of the western district.
A native of Wisconsin, he was born in Hammond on the 15th of May, 1874, a son of Jesse S. and Sarah Elizabeth (Egbert)
Hamilton. The family is an old and honored one in American history, representatives of the name having participated
as soldiers in the Revolutionary war and also in the Civil war. The father was formerly engaged in merchandising
but is now living retired. Jay S. Hamilton has a sister in Portland, Mrs. Grant Thomas, who is possessed of considerable
vocal talent and is soloist in the Second Christian Science church of this city.
After completing his high school education Jay S. Hamilton spent two years as a pupil in Hamline University at
St. Paul, Minnesota, after which he pursued a course in the normal school at Superior, Wisconsin. Following his
graduation from that institution he took up the profession of teaching, which he followed for five years and then
entered banking circles, becoming cashier of the Island City and Cumberland National Banks. In 1900 he arrived
in Portland and was made treasurer of the Portland Lumber Company, which position he filled for six years and then
established an independent enterprise under the style of the Jay S. Hamilton Lumber Company, of which he is still
the head, conducting interests of an extensive and important character. His thorough experience in and comprehensive
knowledge of the lumber industry led to his selection in December, 1917, for the office of secretary of the fir
production board and in July, 1919, he was appointed supervisor and sales manager for the United States shipping
board, having charge of the western district, and is still serving in that capacity. He is a man of excellent business
ability, farsighted, sagacious and energetic, and is most capably supervising the important interests intrusted
to his care.
Mr. Hamilton was united in marriage to Miss Milla Ritan, who passed away leaving a daughter, Grace. On the 1st
of February, 1919, he wedded Lola Sender of this city. He resides at No. 321 East Twelfth street, North, and his
office is located in the Lumbermen's building.
In 1916 Mr. Hamilton was one of the organizers of the Willamette Lumber Manufacturers Association, of which he
became the first secretary, serving in that position for a year, and he was also largely instrumental in securing
the passage of the workmen's compensation act through the state legislature. He is much interested in the welfare
and advancement of his city and is an earnest and active member of the Portland Chamber of Commerce. He is also
identified with the Yoo-hoos and the Irvington Club and of the last named organization has served for two years
as the president. His plans are well defined and promptly executed and in business matters his judgment has ever
been found to be sound and reliable. His aid and cooperation are always given on the side of progress and improvement
and he stands for those forces which work for the uplift of the individual and the betterment of the community
History of Oregon Illistrated
BY: Charles H. Carney
The Pioneer Historical Publishing Company
Chicago - Portland 1922
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