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Obit Finds

Do you do descendancy research? If so, do you dig as deeply researching those descendants as you do researching your ancestors?

I do research descendants. In my early days of research, I found that learning about the siblings and their families helped me locate more information about my ancestors. Thus, I’ve had many of these descendants in my files for some time. Now with tons of DNA matches, I’m finding that having these descendants in my database helps me figure out how I’m related to these matches.

However, I do not dig as deeply when researching these descendants. I tend to stick to those leaf hints on Ancestry and even ignore some of them. Basically, I’m after records to document their birth, marriage, death, burial and family relationships.

However, I sometimes get a hint from one record that causes me to want to look for other records to prove that hint. That happened recently when I had a hint leading to an obituary for the spouse of a distant cousin. Not only did that obituary cause me to look for the cousin’s obituary but to also look for newspaper articles to verify a comment in the spouse’s obituary: that her husband had owned a store in Marysville, Kansas. (For those who are unaware, I live in Seneca, KS which is 30 miles east of Marysville.)

So, my trek thru the newspapers started with the obituary for Mrs. Geneva Hammond, wife of Charles N. Hammond.

Mrs. Geneva Hammond
Leader in Womens Clubs dies at 99
Widow of Kansas City, Kansas
City Councilman Was Active for Y.W. C.A.
Mrs. Geneva Wier Hammond, 99, of 3118 West Parkwood boulevard, Kansas city, Kansas was a resident of Greater Kansas City nearly 70 years and a club leader, died early today at a rest home at 622 Benton boulevard.She would have been 100 years old January 27.
Mrs. Hammond was the widow of C. N. Hammond, who died in 1908. He was sales manager for the Pittsburgh Paving Brick company in Kansas City and a member of the Kansas City, Kansas, city council.
Helped Found Two Clubs
A pioneer in women’s club activities in Kansas City, Kansas, Mrs. Hammond was a founder of the book review club in 1896 and three years later helped organize Gunsaulus C.L.S.C. Two organizations to which she devoted considerable time and interest were the Young Women’s Christian association and the Bethel Neighborhood center.
The latter organization, a center of recreation and educational activities for all ages in the vicinity of Seventh street and Central avenue, was probably closest to her heart. She served as secretary of the board for eighteen years and was chairman of the House committee. She also served numerous terms on the Y.W.C.A. board of directors.
She was a life member of Mendias chapter of the Easter Star Lodge and a member of the First Baptist church.
Came Here in 1886
Mrs. Hammond was born in Cambridge, Ill., January 27, 1858, the daughter of James and Elizabeth Rose Cutler Wier. She was educated in the Cambridge public schools. On December 21, 1880, she was married to Charles Newton Hammond, who was then traveling for a wholesale drug house. Shortly afterward they moved to Marysville, Kas., where he purchased a drug store. They lived in Beatrice, Kas., for a short time before moving to Kansas City, Kansas in 1886.
She leaves three sons, Marvin J. Hammond, 2923 Parkwood boulevard,; Lawrence Hammond, Wichita and Arthur Hammond, 717 State avenue, also Kansas City, Kansas; eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

“Mrs. Geneva Hammond,” The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri), 14 November 1957, page 5; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 17 March 2021).

Since Mrs. Hammond’s obituary was in The Kansas City Star, I was curious as to whether I could find her husband’s obituary in the same paper. A search of Newspapers.com for Hammond in October 1908 in Kansas City turned up the obituary.

Charles N. Hammond Is Dead
Heart Disease Cause the End of the
Kansas City, Kas., Man
Charles N. Hammond, who was connected with business institutions in Kansas City twenty-three years, was stricken with heart disease at 7 o’clock this morning while at breakfast at his home, 2059 Walnut street, Kansas City, Kas. He died in fifteen minutes.
Mr. Hammond was 51 years old and was born in Oneida, Ill. He came to Kansas City in 1885 and formed a partnership with Abner Hood in the chemical manufacturing business. Later he was a broker in chemicals on Union avenue, nd still later he was sales manager for the Peet Brothers Manufacturing company. After five years of service with that concern he engaged in the bond brokerage business. For the last two years he was sales manager for the Pittsburg Diamond Brick company.
Mr. Hammond was identified with municipal affairs in Kansas City, Kas., and in the ’90s was a member of the city council.
He was a thirty-second degree Mason — both as a Shriner and a Scottish, Rite and a Knight Commander of the Court of Honor.
Mr. Hammond is survived by a widow and three sons, Marvin, Lawrence and Arthur. A brother, Roland Hammond lives in Kansas City, Kas. His father is now living at Galva, Ill.

“Charles N. Hammond Is Dead,” The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri), 24 October 1908, page 2; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 17 March 2021).

Curious about this drug store that Charles N. Hammond purchased in Marysville, Kansas, I turned again to Newspapers.com. I was fortunate to find short articles about the store, including its purchase and its sale.

Mr. Hammond, one of the prorpiertors of our new drug store is in town, and expects to open his stock in a few days, most of it being here, already

“Local News,” Marshall County News (Marysville, Kansas), 26 February 1881, page 3; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 18 March 2021).

C. N. Hammond has an immense new heating stove in his drug store. Call in an warm yourself and take a look at the boss drug store.

“Local News,” Marshall County News (Marysville, Kansas), 21 October 1881, page 3; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 18 March 2021).

Notice: Having sold my drug business to E. I. Miller, I desire to thank the public for their generous patronage during the past year and would respectfully solicit a continuance of the same for my successor.
C. N. Hammond
Jan. 10th 1882

“Local News,” Marshall County News (Marysville, Kansas), 13 January 1882, page 3; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 18 March 2021).

I’m thankful I followed that one hint in his wife’s obituary. Otherwise, I never would have found him in Marshall County, Kansas owning a drug store.

2 thoughts on “Obit Finds

  1. I’ve done descendancy research but not as much as ancestral research. I know it helps on DNA matches and I really need to do more, especially on my husband’s side. My uncle does mainly descendancy research and has a good time with it, finding all sorts of family stories.

  2. Mrs Hammond was certainly a very civic-minded woman, wasn’t she? Probably not all that uncommon for the time and her economic standing.

    I do a lot of descendant research, partly to find more information about shared ancestors, and partly to dig up interesting stories.

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