As Hamilton's became more involved in serving senior nutrition programs the area they covered expanded to include Morgan, Sangamon, Menard, Scott, and Cass counties. Geographically, Franklin, IL was in the center of the region Hamilton's served. George (senior) decided that because of this, he would relocate his kitchen to Franklin. After listening to family, friends, and business associates telling him that having a catering service in a town of 500 people was an extremely stupid move and bound to fail, he did what he always had done. He did what he wanted. He moved his business to Franklin.
This move accomplished two major things for the business. First, it located it to an area where most of the work force had a background in agriculture. Meaning, employees that understood the ideas of hard work and service, and took pride in what they did. We were proud of the people who represented our business then, and we still are today. Secondly, Franklin is less than one half hour from Springfield, so the largest market in Central Illinois was suddenly open. Business grew, and we continue to grow today.
Our newest venture is a banquet hall in Jacksonville called "110 North East". It is only one block away from where Doc Hamilton started out in 1913. So I guess in nearly 90 years that we really haven't gone very far at all. But, we have worked with and for a lot of great people. I hope we have the opportunity to work for you.
George R. Hamilton