HAMMOND, Louis

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HAMMOND, Louis (1883-1932), native Barbareño and son of Peter Benjamin Hammond, Jr. (1858-1905), Louis worked as a laborer on Santa Cruz Island for many years. Hammond never married, and he died at age 47. His death certificate lists him as a Santa Cruz Island sheepherder. His body was cremated and his ashes were placed with "other county indigent ashes" in the Santa Barbara Cemetery. In 1940 his ashes were removed to the Goleta cemetery. Louis Hammond’s grandfather, Peter Hammond, Sr., came from Holland. He was drowned, along with Miguel Cota, off the sloop San Buenaventura in 1858 while transporting cattle for Santa Rosa Island.

Louis Hammond was one of seven siblings born to Peter Benjamin Hammond and his first wife, Madgalena Lorenza Ortega (1863-1897):

  • Augusta Irene Hammond (1882-1950)
  • Louis Hammond (1883-1932)
  • Nellie Elena Hammond (1885-1917)
  • Alexander Hammond (1887- )
  • Frank Hammond (1890-1950)
  • Lillian Patrice Hammond (1893-1938)
  • Eva Sellia Hammond (1895-1976)


Helen Caire remembered [1993: 115-116]:

“Luis Hammond, the [wool] packer, with the help of Lugo, has just rolled toward its brothers a heavy, filled sack [of wool], and is now making ready a new one. He wets the open end of the burlap to prevent slippage or tearing, then climbs the ten-foot high scaffolding to adjust the top of the sack to a strong hoop. There hangs the great wool sack, limp and empty as an expectant gigantic Christmas stocking... Before climbing up to descend into the waiting sack, Hammond always wearing bib-overalls, has put on certain accessories... At intervals Hammond seizes the rope hanging from a beam directly over the opening of the sack and disappears into the depths below to pack down the wool... Having propped heavy boards against the sack with the help of Lugo, Hammond climbs up again to loosen the hoop at the top. Then the men ease the sack down to lie lengthwise. With a curved giant's needle and heavy thread, Hammond begins sewing up the end of the sack, leaving small ears at each corner to facilitate handling.”


The 1930 census lists living Luis Hammond living on Santa Cruz Island with:

1930 CENSUS AT SANTA CRUZ ISLAND




In the News~

December 18, 1919 [SCICo]: “Mauri, the foreman, has now returned as has Hammond who was away on Christmas.”


September 13, 1920 [SCICo]: “Hammond, one of the sailors, has been suffering from an infected leg due to a bruise received on the Santa Cruz. I sent him to Dr. Bakewell last trip and am treating it according to directions and it is getting better.”


September 14, 1920 [SCICo]: “Hammond went on a spree [in Santa Barbara] last trip and had to be left behind.”


November 15, 1920 [SCICo]: “Hammond reports having located a couple of pile drivers in Santa Barbara…”