William A Hammond

William Adelbert Hammond

     On August 30, 1916, William A.  Hammond was present at the organizational meeting to form the local Red Cross Chapter.  On January 30, 1917 he was elected Chairman of the newly formed Miami County Red Cross.   A successful business man and mayor of the City of Peru, he served as the head of the organization for ten years.  Born in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania on November 13, 1864, both of William’s parents were also born in Pennsylvania.   His father was a mechanic.  William began to work on a farm in Illinois at age 17, but three years later obtained a job on the Eastern Illinois Railway as a fireman.  On September 26, 1888, William married Kate Vaughn in Lancaster, Nebraska.  She was the daughter of Irish Immigrants.  William and Kate had a son in Seward, Nebraska in March of 1891.  After working for various railroads in several capacities he became an engineer on the Wabash Rail Road and by 1900 the family had moved to Peru, Indiana.  William eventually became general chairman of the Wabash Engineers and handled the arbitration within the company from 1903 to 1908.  Tragedy struck William’s life when on February 28, 1909 Kate passed away.  Bouncing back, William served one year in the Indiana State Legislature in 1910, and on November 26, 1911 he married Nora Murphy. She was the sister of the man he went into the furniture business with starting the Hammond-Murphy Furniture Company.  Then in 1914 he not only took over management of a funeral home which he called Hammond Funeral Home, he was elected mayor of Peru in which capacity he served for four years.  During WWI he served as chairman of the Miami County Defense, chairman of the War Chest Board, and was a member of the Medical Examining Board for selecting officers for training camps. From its inception, William was vice president of First Federal Savings and Loan Association.  He was a member of the Board of Directors of the YMCA.  He served on the Peru school board for eight years and was president of it for one term.  He was also a member of the First Methodist Church, the Masonic Blue Lodge, Knights Templar, Shriners, I.O.O.F. and Kiwanis.   William passed away May 30, 1951 at the Methodist Memorial Home in Warren, Indiana.  He is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in Peru, Indiana. 


Researched, written and submitted by Mary Rohrer Dexter

Works Cited

“ ‘Find A Grave Index," Database, FamilySearch (Https://Familysearch.org/Pal:/MM9.1.1/Q2DV-PYTG : 6 December 2016), William A Hammond, 1951; Burial, Huntington, Huntington, Indiana, United States of America, Mount Hope Cemetery; Citing Record ID 171450870, Find a Grave, Http://Www.findagrave.com.”

“ ‘Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994," Database, FamilySearch (Https://Familysearch.org/Pal:/MM9.1.1/Q2MK-QRCG : 18 March 2018), William A Hammond in Entry for Roy Hammond, 20 May 1939; Citing Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, Source Reference , Record Number , Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL Microfilm .”

“ ‘Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947," Database, FamilySearch (Https://Familysearch.org/Pal:/MM9.1.1/NQRJ-958 : 9 March 2018), William A. Hammond in Entry for Ray Hammond, 20 May 1939; Public Board of Health, Archives, Springfield; FHL Microfilm 1,953,416.”

“ ‘Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007," Database with Images, FamilySearch (Https://Familysearch.org/Pal:/MM9.1.1/QV99-5K8H : 10 December 2017), William Adelbert Hammond and Nora Almeda Murphy, 26 Jan 1911; Citing Miami, Indiana, United States, Various County Clerk Offices, Indiana; FHL Microfilm 2,431,965.”

“ ‘Nebraska Marriages, 1855-1995," Database, FamilySearch (Https://Familysearch.org/Pal:/MM9.1.1/X5Z8-WPN : 11 March 2018), William A. Hammond and Kate Vaughn, 26 Sep 1888, , Lancaster, Nebraska, United States; Citing Ref. ID #389, Nebraska State Historical Society, Lincoln.”

“ ‘United States Census, 1900," Database with Images, FamilySearch (Https://Familysearch.org/Pal:/MM9.1.1/M9MX-W5L : Accessed 23 April 2018), William A Hammond, Peru Township Peru City Ward 1, Miami, Indiana, United States; Citing Enumeration District (ED) 103, Sheet 13B, Family 314, NARA Microfilm Publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL Microfilm 1,240,393.”

“ ‘United States Census, 1920," Database with Images, FamilySearch (Https://Familysearch.org/Pal:/MM9.1.1/MF7Y-8ZN : Accessed 23 April 2018), William A Hammond, Peru Ward 4, Miami, Indiana, United States; Citing  ED 160, Sheet 10A, Line 1, Family 228, NARA Microfilm Publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), Roll 441; FHL Microfilm 1,820,441.”

“W. A. Hammond, Prominent Peru Citizen, Dies.” Peru Tribune, 31 May 1951, p. 13.

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