East Liverpool Tribune
February 26, 1907
HALE AND HEARTY AT 70 YEARS OF AGE
Levi Hamilton Talks Interestingly of His Experiences During the Civil War.
There is not a heartier or more active man over 50 years of age in East End than Levi Hamilton, of Locust street, who will celebrate the 70th anniversary of his birthday next November. Mr. Hamilton was a member of Company I, 140th Pennsylvania volunteers, in the civil war and was in the service for three years, lacking ten days. Although time has turned his locks and beard from black to grey he still possesses an amazing amount of physical strength and vivacity. He was at the battle of Gettysburg, where Colonel Roberts of his regiment was killed.
An increase in pension form $8 to $20 a month was recently granted Mr. Hamilton in recognition of his valuable services in the Federal Army. He shows few of the infirmities that usually affect men of his age, and is apparently as strong and healthy as most men 20 years his junior.
Before he entered the army Mr. Hamilton was a resident of Greene county, Indiana, and for a number of years operated a horse-power sawing outfit with which he sawed wood for the wood-burning locomotives used on the railroad at that period. When his outfit had completed a job of sawing a number of ricks of wood at one station, located alongside the track, where the engineer and fireman could easily load it on their tender, the outfit would be placed on a flat car and taken to another station where another job would be finished up.
Mr. Hamilton received $2.50 a day for his services in this work, which was considered good pay at that time. The sawing outfit was operated by a horse which walked on a treadmill. Later he removed to Pennsylvania, where he was living a the time he enlisted in the army.