Hall of Fame Class of 2019 John W Hamilton-Friend of Riverside (Deceased)
John was a Civil War Veteran who served with Company A 134th Indiana Infantry. He settled near Macedonia and was a farmer and raised livestock. As a noted philanthropist, he donated the money for a new Church and Parsonage in Macedonia (Macedonia United Methodist Church) in 1929.
John and his wife, Nannie, had only one son, John G Hamilton who was born in 1881 and died at the age of 22. He dedicated the field to the children of Macedonia in memory of John G Hamilton, his son who died at the age of 22.
In 1928 he donated land to the Macedonia School for the Hamilton Athletic Field and also enough money to build the Softball Field Grandstand. The historic grandstand is said to be one of two remaining in the state of Iowa. Brick pillars at the Macedonia Grandstand entrance indicate this complex was “Dedicated to the children of Macedonia in memory of John G. Hamilton.
“Uncle John” as he was fondly called. Died in 1936 at the age of 92. He left a legacy to the Macedonia Consolidated School, the city, the church, and Simpson College. John was a true philanthropist with a big heart who left a mark on the community with his generosity.