Hammer Genealogical Society 1892 meeting
ALLEN, BALDWIN, BALES, BATES, BUNDY, BOOTH, EATON, GUTHRIE, HACKNEY, HAMMER, HINSHAW, JANEWAY, MCKINNEY, MORRIS, MURDOCK, ORSBERN, RASH, SCHLANKER, SHILL, STORER, TROUT, VANESST, WOODWARD
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Date: 3/17/2020 at 15:33:18
The Hammer Genealogical Society met at Hammers’ Grove, near Uriah Hinshaw’s residence. This was the 3rd biennial meeting. At an early hour on last Wednesday morning, June 15th, 1892, the people began to gather on the grounds and by 10 o’clock a.m. there were fully two hundred persons on the grounds. Promptly at eleven o’clock, the President, Aaron Hammer, called the meeting to order. “Welcome, Welcome, one and all,” was sung by Marion and Jessie Hammer, with Miss Nannie McKinney as organist. Invocation by Zimri Allen, of Bangor, Iowa. Minutes were read by Uriah Hinshaw, secretary. T. B. Hammer, M. D., of Indianola, who was expected to make the opening address, being absent, Captain Elisha Hammer, Haley, Idaho, was called upon and gave an impromptu speech, in which he gave a detailed account of the removal of his branch of the family from Jefferson county Tennessee. He made the journey in company with his father’s family, which consisted of his mother, his sister Polly, brothers Isaac and Aaron, and cousin Manlon; they were also accompanied by his brother Seth and family, brother Henry and family, brother Jesse and family and brother Ira and family. They left behind their sister Susie Janeway and family, but were soon followed later on by them.
The reason for leaving Tennessee was that his father Elisha, did not wish to bring up his family in a slave-holding neighborhood, as he was opposed to slavery himself and did not wish his children to become slave owners; he said “I had five brothers and two sisters, all are gone but Aaron.” Two or three times he was so overcome by emotions that he was compelled to stop speaking. His remarks touched a very tender chord in the memories of many of the older members of the society. Several times he stopped speaking but was urged by the audience to go on. When he concluded he was asked to put his remarks (or as nearly as possible) in writing, as they contained many historical facts, and leave them with the secretary for future reference.
Dr. Hammer, of Murphy, paid a glowing tribute to the memory of Mrs. Lossie Janeway nee Hammer, and offered resolutions and asked that a page, suitably inscribed, be set apart to her memory, in the minutes of the proceedings.
Mrs. Mary E. Hammer, of Murphy, then arose and presented a like set of resolutions and tribute to the memory of Mrs. Lydia McKinney nee Hammer.
On motion of Rhoda Orsbern, Mrs. S. B. Woodward (Mrs. Jackson Booth) secretary, read letters from L. A. Hammer, M. D., of Chicago, T. B, and Zimri Hinshaw, were elected honorary members.
Dr. M. R. Hammer, corresponding Hammer, M. D., of Indianola, Iowa, Milton P. Hammer, county superintendent of Ingals, Gray county, Kansas, A. M. Allen, Nevada, Iowa, T. J. Hammer, Los Angelos, Cal., editor of the Los Anglos Gazette, and F. V. Hammer, of St. Louis Mo.
As the hour for dinner was now come, Lida Woodward acted as organist and the audience assisted in the singing.
Two long tables were spread and the now hungry people gathered around and did ample justice. After dinner an hour or more was spent in renewing acquaintances and social talk.
At 2 o’clock the meeting was again called to order by the President, Aaron Hammer, and Mattie Woodward acted as organist and the congregation joined in singing.
On motion of Edward Hammer, of Des Moines, a committee of three was appointed to nominate officers. The President, Aaron Hammer, appointed as said committee True Eaton, H. C. Hammer and Mrs. Rhoda Orsbern – Thee committee on nominations presented the following report:
President, M. R. Hammer, Murphy, Iowa
1st vice-President, E. C. Hammer, Des Moines, Iowa
2nd vice-President, Mrs. S. E. Bales, Hubbard, Iowa.
3rd vice-President, W. B. McKinney
Recording Secretary, Jay Hammer, of Hammers’ Grove
Corresponding Secretary, F. E. Hammer, of Kellogg, Iowa
Treasurer, James H. Janeway, of Kellogg, Iowa
Trustee, Jane Trout, of Reasnor, Ia.
Short speeches were made by Zimri Allen, Martha Guthrie, F. E. Hammer, Gid McKinney, Margaret Hinshaw, S. B. Woodward, Aaron Hammer and others.
On motion of Elisha Hammer, G. L. Bates, was made an honorary member. Mr. B.’s mother was an adopted daughter of Elisha Hammer, Sr.
Mr. Burney, editor of the Newton Herald, was present during the afternoon session, by invitation. Aside from Mr. Burney, we saw no other visitors. These meetings are strictly private family gatherings, whose members are only of the Hammer family, are invited.
The society then adjourned to meet the third Wednesday in June, 1894.
This meeting was thought to be, by many, the best and most interesting of any preceding it.
Below is a partial list of those present:
Allen, Zimri & wife, Bangor, Iowa
Baldwin, Chas. & family, Kellogg, Iowa
Bates, G. L. & daughter, Newton, Iowa
Bundy, Flora & children, Kellogg, Iowa
Booth, J. C., Newton, Iowa
Booth, Jack, Kellogg, Iowa
Eaton, True, Newton, Iowa
Guthrie, Martha, Casey, Iowa
Hackney, J. F., Newton, Iowa
Hammer, Aaron, Newton, Iowa
Hammer, Arthur, Newton, Iowa
Hammer, C. B. & family, Kellogg, Iowa
Hammer, Carrie O., Des Moines, Iowa
Hammer, Cora, Kellogg, Iowa
Hammer, Dr., Murphy, Iowa
Hammer, E. A., Des Moines, Iowa
Hammer, E. C. & family, Des Moines, Iowa
Hammer, Earl, Kellogg, Iowa
Hammer, Elisha, Valeria, Iowa
Hammer, F. D., Des Moines, Iowa
Hammer, F. E. & family, Kellogg, Iowa
Hammer, H. C. , Kellogg, Iowa
Hammer, Hannah, Kellogg, Iowa
Hammer, I. A. , Newton, Iowa
Hammer, Jay, Kellogg, Iowa
Hammer, Jesse M., Murphy, Iowa
Hammer, Mable, Des Moines, Iowa
Hammer, Marion Jr., Murphy, Iowa
Hammer, Martha R., Des Moines, Iowa
Hammer, Mary E., Murphy, Iowa
Hammer, W. A. , Newton, Iowa
Hammer, Z. M. & family, Kellogg, Iowa
Hinshaw, Elinor, Newton, Iowa
Hinshaw, Elkana & wife, Newton, Iowa
Hinshaw, Uriah & family, Newton, Iowa
Hinshaw, Zimri, Newton, Iowa
Janeway, Chas. & family, Kellogg, Iowa
Janeway, J. H. & family, Kellogg, Iowa
McKinney, Gid, Galesburg, Iowa
McKinney, Henry, Galesburg, Iowa
McKinney, J. W., Winterset, Iowa
McKinney, Nannie, Newton, Iowa
McKinney, W. B. , Newton, Iowa
McKinney, Wm., Galesburg, Iowa
Morris, S. A. & family, Kellogg, Iowa
Murdock, Ella, Rushville, Iowa
Murdock, Linzy, Rushville, Iowa
Orsbern, H. R. & family, Kellogg, Iowa
Rash, Lewis, Union, Iowa
Schlanker, E. & family, Newton, Iowa
Shill, Lena, Kellogg, Iowa
Storer, Elizabeth, Winterset, Iowa
Trout, B. B., Reasnor, Iowa
Vanesst, Ethel, Kellogg, Iowa
Woodward, Mattie, Kellogg, Iowa
Woodward, S. B. & family, Kellogg, Iowa
Woodward, Wilford, Kellogg, Iowa
Source: The Newton Journal; June 22, 1892
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