Clara Laughlin (Mrs. N.C.) Hamilton was born in Belle Center, Ohio, in 1872. She studied at the Cleveland School of Art with Frederick Gottwald (1858-1941) and in Indiana with William Forsyth (1854 - 1935) and Randolph Lasalle Coats (1891-1957), himself a student of Forsyth.
Hamilton lived in Kokomo, Indiana with her husband, a noted medical doctor in town. “Dr. Hamilton maintains a beautiful home in Kokomo and is the head of an interesting family circle consisting of an intelligent and refined wife and three bright children ... Mrs. Hamilton, formerly Clara Laughlin ... is a lady of gracious presence and varied culture, being not only a graduate of the schools in the place of her birth, but also an alumni of the Cleveland Art school, one of the noted institutions of the kind in this country. She possesses artistic talent of a high order and is a leader and authority in this branch of culture in the city of Kokomo, where she is widely known and socially very much esteemed.” (History of Howard County Indiana by Jackson Morrow, circa 1909 http://files.usgwarchives.org/in/howard/bios/hamilton163bs.txt)
Information courtesy of John A. McKinney, Jr.