History of Milton Melvin Hammond

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One of the progressive and influential citizens of Fremont county, where his capitalistic interests are substantial and varied. Mr. Hammond has achieved success through his own well ordered endeavors and, familiar with conditions in many states of the Union, he accords to Idaho the palm in the matter of opportunities, resources, and future promise, so that his allegiance to this commonwealth has solid basis. He was for many years engaged in railroad contracting and he has been a resident of Idaho during virtually the entire period of its statehood, as he here established his permanent home about two years after the admission of the commonwealth to the Union. He is essentially a vital Westerner in spirit and action and claims Utah as the place of his nativity, his father having been one of the very early settlers of that state.

Mr. Hammond was born at Farmington, Davis county, Utah, on the 6th of February, 1855, and is a son of Milton D. and Lovisa (Miller) Hammond, the former of whom was a native of Michigan and the latter of Illinois, their marriage having been solemnized at Farmington, Utah, in 1853. Judge Milton D. Hammond was one of the historic band of argonauts who set forth across the plains in 1849 for the purpose of seeking the precious gold in the newly discovered placers of California. He passed the winter of that year in Utah and was so favorably impressed that he decided to establish his permanent home there. He obtained a tract of unimproved land and developed a large and productive farm, the later years of his life having been devoted largely to the farm-implement business, in which he was engaged at both Logan and Ogden, Utah. He became one of the substantial, honored and influential citizens of the state of his adoption, and was closely and effectively identified with the civic and industrial development of the state. He was a leader in the local ranks of the Republican party and served ten years as probate judge of Cache county. Both he and his wife were most zealous members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints, and he served a number of years as a bishop of the same, besides having been a valued member of the council of the president of the church. He passed the closing years of his life at Providence, Cache county, Utah, where he died in 1907, at the age of seventy-two years. His name merits enduring place on the roll of the sturdy and noble pioneers of Utah, where he lived and labored to goodly ends and accounted well to himself and the world. Mrs. Lovisa (Miller) Hammond preceded her husband to the life eternal, her death having occurred at Providence, Utah, about the year 1885. She was daughter of Daniel A. Miller, who was a pioneer settler of Utah and she was a girl at the time of the family's removal from Illinois to that state. Of the eleven children Milton M., of this review, was the first born, and of the others, five sons and three daughters, still survive the honored parents; a daughter, the seventh in order of birth, and a son, the sixth born, are deceased.

Milton M. Hammond passed his boyhood days on the old homestead farm and he was afforded the advantages of the public schools of Logan, Utah, including those of the high school. He left school at the age of twenty years and soon afterward became concerned with others in railroad contract work, a line of enterprise in which he was destined to be specially successful. His work as a contractor has extended into Idaho, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Washington and Oregon, as well as into the Canadian Northwest. He was concerned in contracting on the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad; the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad, which is now part of the Santa Fe system; and the Canadian Pacific Railroad, besides other lines. He continued to be actively and successfully identified with such contracting for a period of thirteen years and in 1892 he established his permanent home in Idaho, where he has since continued an effective exponent of normal progress and development. He first settled in the Marysville country, at a point about five miles southwest of the present village of Ashton, Fremont county, where he secured a tract of wild land and set himself to the arduous work of developing the same into a productive ranch. He brought to bear most effective methods and policies and his landed estate in that locality now comprises six hundred acres,-one of the splendid agricultural domains of this favored section of the state and one to which he still continues to give a general supervision.

In all that has tended to foster social and material progress in the state of his adoption Mr. Hammond has shown the liveliest interest, and he has been a zealous worker in behalf of the cause of the Democratic party, whose ascendancy in the national election of November, 1912, is naturally a source of marked satisfaction to him. He was elected county assessor of Fremont county in 1900 and served two years. In 1910 he was again elected assessor, as well as collector, and he continued the efficient and popular incumbent of this dual office until the 1st of January, 1913. The success of Mr. Hammond during the years of his residence in Idaho has been of unequivocal order and he has been insistently progressive and public-spirited. He is a stockholder of the St. Anthony Bank & Trust Company, is director and one of the principal stockholders of the Fremont Abstract Company, has served as a member of the city council of St. Anthony, where he has maintained his residence since 1900 and is at the present time a valued member of the board of education. Both he and his wife are most earnest adherents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and he is influential in its councils, having twice served in the office of bishop while a resident of Utah.

On the 3rd of March, 1876, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Hammond to Miss Sarah E. Thornton, who was born in California and who was a resident of Utah at the time of her marriage, her father, Jasper Thornton, having been a pioneer of the latter state, as had he also of California. Mrs. Hammond passed to the "land of the leal" in 1892, and is survived by five children-Milton J., Jasper M., Cora E., Dorval R., and Frances Marion. Cora E. is the wife of Franklin C. Hale and they reside at Blackfoot, Idaho. On the 21st of July, 1888, Mr. Hammond wedded Miss Eliza J. Tibbitts, who was born and reared in Utah, where her father, Benjamin Tibbitts, established his home in the early pioneer epoch. The children of the second marriage are as here designated: Lewis T., Robert L., Irus B., Lovisa, Melvin M.; Ross J., born March 30th, 1906, died February 26th, 1907, and Karl H.

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