William Hammond


William W. Hammond, eldest son of Mickey and Elizabeth Hammond was born in Sullivan county, Tenn. May 27, 1834. In the year 1855 he in company with his parents, brothers and sister moved to Illinois, locating on the farm now owned and occupied by his brother, J. C. Hammond, in New Salem township, McDonough County.

As was the custom in those pioneer days with large families, it was necessary for each one early to become self reliant and self supporting, so William at the age of 22 began teaching school at a neighboring district a short way to the northwest of the old home. His experience in this line laid the foundation for his later day success, and coupled with a quiet yet, persistent determination to succeed, he gradually rose to a position of honor and trust among his fellow men.

In the year 1865 he was united in marriage to Minerva C. Harland and nine children blessed this union, seven sons and two daughters, one of the sons dying in infancy. To very few people is such a blessing given as that of having one's family grow to womanhood and manhood and locate within sight of the parental home. Mr. Hammond moved to the Hammond farm just north of and adjoining town in the year 1867 and retired from active farm life and moved to Table Grove in the year 1891.

He was a man of unassuming manner yet firm in his belief of the right as he saw it and with a sympathy that went out to the suffering and needy of the entire community.

He departed this life Friday morning, May 1st, 1914 at the Annex hospital in Macomb at 2:15 o'clock aged 79 years, 11 mo. and 4 days leaving to cherish his memory, his beloved wife, his daughters, Mrs. Nell Baily, Mrs. Frances Hipsley, his sons, Ross, Elmer, Arthur, Howard Roling, Harland and their families together with his brothers, Samuel, John and James and a host of friends.

Thus in peace and quiet a good life has gone out but not to be forgotten for its gracious influence on the people with which he lived and moved. Such a force for good can not be checked even by death, but his memory for honesty, integrity and uprightness will be revered for generations to come as a monument more to be prized than any granite shaft or bronze that can be built.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Diane Herd)



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