The identities of these three men may be lost. However, there are some clues in the photo. FIrst, the “Nellie’s Father’ inscription could mean either Richmond or Cornelius Hammond. Since the photo was passed down from Josie Hammond to my grandparents to me, I believe it is likely Richmond Hammond on the left.
The middle inscription is hard to read, but it may be ‘C. Hammond’. If so, then that would be Cornelius Hammond.
The location of the photographer tells me that one of these men lived in or near Emporia, Kansas. Thus, Lucius J. Hammond may be the man on the left
Below are some other photos of Richmond Fisk Hammond for comparison.
Richmond Hammond and his second wife, Mary McClure and her family.