Andrew Eugene Hammond
I was born at our home located about a north-east of Union Chapel. I still own the farm, but had to tear the house down as it was in very bad shape. There was no name for the road at that time as far as I know. It has since been named the Colvert Roll road, I believe. My parent's names were Oscar and Rosa Hammond. I have two older sisters, Romane Martin who lives in New Albany, Indiana and Stella Mae Fast who lives in Lamar, Missouri.
I married Pauline Ingle from English, in nineteen and sixty. We have two children, Bristol Hammond who lives in Lebanon, Missouri and Valerie Roe who lives in Clarksville, Indiana. We are the proud grand parents of two lovely young ladies, Bethany Hammond who is ten years old and Jenna Hammond who is six years old.
All the young people who went to Roberson school were my friends. Just to name a few that I can remember were. Bill, Jesse Ridenour, Violet and James Eastridge, James and Marcella Totten, Ferris, Morris, Lucille, Marie, Phyllis and Alberta Luff, and of course there were all the relatives, Noval, Norman and Jack Goldman, Everett and Norma Jean May. And the Knight family; Clifford, Millard, Arthur, Roman, Bob and Hazel.
And there were the Mills' family, Erma, Norma, Sam, Paul, Hilda, Anna and David. The Roberson family, Ferrell, Farris, Lavern, Betty, Joyce and Rex. I'm not sure whether Rex attended Roberson school or not. And I can't forget the Batman family, Junior, Wayne, Velma and Jewell. I don't want to forget my double dating partner, Lowell Miller. We covered quite a bit of territory back in the fifties. He had a Model "A" and a Chevy. I think most of my cars were Chevys and one nineteen and fifty straight eight Pontiac.
As for the games we played, I remember very well shooting at each other with the sling shots. I got hit in the head with a rock. I told the teacher that I ran into a limb, but I think she knew what happened, because she made us leave our sling shots at home after that. I think Nellie Jackson was the teacher at that time. I can't remember all the teachers but these are some of them, Helen Miller, Wallace Myler, Will Jones and Nellie Jackson. As for the muddy play ground, I remember it well. Especially having to clean up the mud on school house floor when I was janitor. That mud stuck to the floor like chewing gum. I was always glad when Christmas break came around so I could put oil on the floor which helped to keep the dust and dirt down. I also remember when we would get the old truck and that model A out there under the basket ball hoop and cut doughnuts in the slick mud. (Just confessing, in case anybody is interested in "Whodunit").
As far playing checkers, I remember that Nellie and I kept the board pretty hot at lunchtime. I don't remember who won the most games. I think it was pretty even.
As for the Union Chapel Church, I remember Ben Batman bringing the gas lanterns to the night services. I remember Lela and Grace singing special songs. I also remember Martha Miller being my first Sunday school teacher. I think Faye Miller was one of our teachers too. I am sure that we had more, but I don't remember who they were. Harley Hanover was one of the preachers and there were at least two others, but I don't remember their names.
As for my life's history, I lived on the farm by Union Chapel. From there we moved to English, then back to the farm. We lived in George Miller's farm house on the hill close to Noble Millers. We also lived in Grantsburg. I went to Business College in New Albany and stayed with my sister during the week, then came home on the weekends. My first job was with the New Albany Tribune. It was at temporary job. They hired two or three of us from the College to work while the regular employees were on strike.
When the strike was over, so were our jobs. I went from there to the Kaiser Frazer dealership in Louisville. I worked there for about six months in the office in the accounting department. In February of nineteen and fifty-one I went to work at the Quartermaster Depot in Jeffersonville in the Finance and Accounting Department. In nineteen and fifty-four they started closing down the Quartermaster and I transferred to Fort Knox Finance and Accounting Office. I worked there until retirement in nineteen and eighty-eight. I had thirty-seven years of Civilian Service with the Federal Government.
I do not have the first car that I ever owned, but I do have a nineteen and fifty Ford Pickup that I bought from my Mother's Uncle and Aunt. I would not want to put a picture with this letter. Then if we ever did have a reunion, everyone will be surprised as to how young I look. Ha Ha. Sincerely, Andrew (Bean Gene) Hammond
Lafern Romane Hammond
I was born somewhere in Crawford County on February second, (Ground hog's day, same as my Dad's), nineteen and twenty- two. I worked for a wealthy couple in Orleans during the summers of thirty-nine and forty. I carried the U.S. Mail for two years. After that I move to Tell City, Indiana where I upholstered chairs for the Fischer Chair Company for two and one half years. From there I moved to New Albany, Indiana in nineteen and forty-five, where I have been ever since. I managed a paper hanging business and raised one son. I don't have any grandchildren to brag about. That is just about the story of my life. The old home place near Union Chapel is gone now. All that is left is a bunch of trees. I haven't been able to go down there for several years. The old church doesn't look like it did when I was a kid.
I don't remember much of what went on at the Roberson school, but then I guess that's what old age does for you. Ha Ha. I sat down and scratched my brain and came up with these names. So I do remember some things, or I guess I should say, some people, because they were important in my life. So here goes, Ermal, Omar and Clifford Corbet, Lee and Lloyd Reasor; Estel, Lucell, and Junior Rhodes; Vada and Orphus Adkins, Orain Mvler; Laverne, Farrell, Farris, Betty, Joyce and Rex Roberson; Hubert, Marie, Lucille, Myrl, Ferris, Morris, and Alberta Luff.
Jewell, Velma, Junior and Wayne Batman. Lowell Miller, Erma, Norma, Sam, Paul and Hilda Mills. Cedric, Charles and Clifford Wilson. Novel, Norman and Jack Goldman John Edward Goldman. Peggy Wyatt. Junior and Beulah Sturgeon. Hazel, Arthur, Roman, Millard and Clifford Knight. Dorothy, Hazel, Agnus and Paul Curl. Ruth, Richard, Merle, Earl and Dixie Roll. Romane, Stella Mae and Eugene Hammond. Norma Jean and Everett Conward May. Clifford and Clinton Byrd. Lola Merry. Lillian, Leo and Russell Goldman. Dessie and Tommy Vandiver. Eugene Dodd. Hester and Chester Sturgeon. Loyd, Junita, Ruth, Melvin, and Tempel Patrick.
Dorothy and Justus Butt. Violet and James Eastridge. Opal King. Nolan Hammond. Shelby, Goldy, Chester, and Ray King. Beatrice, Dorothy, James and Henery Totten. Amzel, Olive, John, Lenord, Carrie, Marcella and Ray Laswell. Lula and John Hanover. Imogene and Ilene Belcher. Kenneth, Hazel and Helen Sherron.
This concludes the "Whose Who" list of people that I remember that attended the Roberson school that burned down. It's funny how names and faces come to the surface when you start stirring around in your brain, isn't it? Romane.
Stella Mae Hammond
I was born into the home of Oscar and Rosa Hammond. We lived east of the Union Chapel Church to the first road to the left and over the hill. I had one sister, Romane and one brother, Eugene. We attended the Chapel Church and the Roberson School while growing up. We had some good services at the Chapel. Sometimes my mother got so happy that she shouted for joy. My Dad wasn't a Christian till he was much older.
I got my early schooling at the Roberson Grade School. We studied by lamp light like all the others. We thought life was pretty hard, but now that I look back, it was just a simple life style. We always had food, shelter and something to wear; what more could you ask for? I guess you could ask for a lot of things, but we had all the necessities for life.
I attended the Leavenworth High School and graduated from there in nineteen and forty-three. I survived the teen-age years and finally got old enough to get married. I met and married Paul Eugene Fast from Liberal, Missouri on April seventh, nineteen and forty-six. (I guess you could say that he was a Fast man and he caught me). We lived on our farm until November, nineteen and ninety-four, then moved to the small town of Lamar, Missouri, which was Harry Truman's birthplace. We still own our five hundred acre farm, but Gene doesn't do much farming, he leaves most of the work to others. During the winter months he spends quite a bit of time in his shop making various articles of wood.
We have two children, Sheila Ann McReynolds and Taylor Eugene Fast. We have two grand-daughters, two great grand-daughters and one great grandson. Our son, Taylor, never married, because he couldn't find a girl here like they have in Crawford County, Indiana! He lives in Wichita, Kansas where he works at the Cessna airplane plant as an electrical engineer. I keep busy working in our church, doing volunteer work for the American Red Cross and other community activities.
How time flies! I went back to Crawford County in nineteen and ninth-three to help celebrate our Fiftieth Anniversary after graduating from the Leavenworth High School. We go back to Indiana once in awhile to visit my sister, Romane who lives in New Albany and my brother, Eugene, in Corydon. I'm looking forward to hearing from "old" friends and neighbors. Stella Mae Hammond Fast.