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Dr. James Henry and Mary Stearns Hamilton

Mary and Dr. Hamilton at the original Revelstoke CPR Station, date unknown.

Mary and Dr. Hamilton at the original Revelstoke CPR Station, date unknown.


James Hamilton: b. Rockwood, Ontario, 1882 d. Revelstoke, 1938

Mary Hamilton: b. Washington, DC, 1889 d. Vancouver, 25 December 1959

Cemetery Location:

Mary Hamilton: Block G, Row 10, Plot 63

James Hamilton: Block G, Row 4, Plot 54


Affectionately known by Revelstoke locals as ‘Doc Ham’, James Harry Hamilton was born in Rockwood, Ontario, in 1882. Harry’s mother died of tuberculosis when he was just one year old. His grandparents raised him while his father John worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia.

After graduating in medicine, James joined his father in Nelson, B.C., where he worked as a doctor’s assistant for one year. In 1904, Harry transferred to Arrowhead to work at the local hospital before moving to Revelstoke in 1906.

Dr. Hamilton married Mary Stearns Silcott of Revelstoke in 1910 and they had three children: John, Marjorie (Nookie) and Joan. John also became a doctor, studying at Cambridge University before returning to Canada. 

In 1910 and 1911, Dr. Hamilton was elected mayor of Revelstoke and lobbied for the construction of the road to summit of Mount Revelstoke. He was also involved in having the mountain designated a national park.

A veteran of World War I, Dr. Hamilton helped rehabilitate returned soldiers. He also served as police magistrate for some time, as well as health officer and coroner.

A keen sportsman, he was just 57 when he died from a heart attack on his way home from a curling tournament in Vernon.

Mary Stearns Hamilton died on Christmas day, 1959 in Vancouver at the age of 72. Her body was brought to Revelstoke for burial. 

Mary Hamilton and bridal party, Holten House, Revelstoke, 1910. 

Mary Hamilton and bridal party, Holten House, Revelstoke, 1910. 

Marino Family


Frank Marino: b. Italy, 7 June 1860 d. 5 March 1937

Anna (Annie) Marino: b. 23 April 1878 d. 28 October 1927

Joseph Marino: b. 1893 d. 1 Jan 1944

Cemetery Location:

Frank Marino: Block J, Row 28, Plot 17

Anna (Annie) Marino: Block J, Row 28, Plot 16

Joseph Marino: Block B, Row 14, Plot 19


Frank Marino and his brother, Piedro, were among the first Italians to settle in Revelstoke, immigrating to the west coast of British Columbia in the early 1880s to work for the Canadian Pacific Railway. After the death of his first wife, Frank brought his young son, Joseph, to Revelstoke, where they lived with Piedro and his wife, Vischensa.

Frank married his second wife Anna (Annie) Theresa Sanseverino in St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church on 18 October 1903, and they had ten children: two boys, five girls and three babies who died in infancy.

In 1905, the couple purchased 169 acres of land northeast of the old city hydro dam (on the site of the current K.O.A campground) and built a large family home.

The family was largely self-sufficient, with cows, goats and chickens. However, during the winter months when they were snowed in, the children were unable to attend school. When Vischensa died in 1924, and Piedro in 1925, leaving their home to Frank, the family could move closer to town in the winter. After the death of Frank in 1937 (at the age of 76) the farm was left vacant.

Joseph Marino was a veteran of two world wars, serving with the Royal Canadian Artillery in World War II. He was discharged from the service on account of his age in 1939. On 1 January 1944, at the age of 53, he and three others drowned in a tragic accident – their car plunging over the end of a ferry in Victoria, B.C.