Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     IRA HAMILTON has lived a good many years in the Big Bend country and believes to-day that it is one of the choice regions of the west. His estate lies four miles east from Bridgeport and his attention is given almost entirely to raising horses.  He has made excellent success in this enterprise and won a reputation for himself that has made his stock sought for on every hand.  When he first came to Douglas county in the early eighties, he took a pre-emption which later the government reserved for school land and he was forced to take a homestead where he now lives.  He bought land in addition to this and has devoted the same to hay and crops to support his stock.  He first went into cattle raising and soon sold out and secured horses.  He bought the best grades he could find in the Palouse country and bred them up with choice Percheron and Shire animals until his draft horses are known all over the country as the very choicest to be had.  He always receives the top price on the market whenever he has animals to sell.  He now has sixty brood mares on the range besides a band of young horses.  When he first came here, his nearest neighbor was eight miles distant on Foster Creek.  His postoffice was Barry, twenty-four miles away and his base of supplies, Wilbur.  He has labored steadily and faithfully and has not only won excellent success in temporal matters but also the respect and esteem of his fellows.  He has hosts of friends and is known all through the country.  Mr. Hamilton has one brother, Alvah J., and the following sisters, Mrs. Mary A. Gaines, Eliza, Emma, Nora, Alice, Bertha, Nellie, Edith and Rue.  They are all married except the last two.  Mr. Hamilton was raised under the influence of the Baptist church and in political matters is a Democrat.
     The birth place of our subject was Leon, Iowa, and he first saw the light on December 3, 1863, being the son of Jonathan P. and Mary J. (Smith) Hamilton, natives of Indiana and Ohio, respectively.  The father is now a retired farmer and stockman.  Ira received his education in the common and high schools of his native place and first worked at a general merchandise store for two years.  In June, 1884, he lived in Pine City, Whitman county, Washington, and secured a relinquishment of a homestead.  After farming a year, it lapsed to the government and he came on to Douglas county, and since that time he has been one of the substantial men of this section.