Colby Hammon Family

My grandfather, Colby Hammon (1850-1918), his wife, Laura (Lambert)  
Hammon (1856--abt 1901), and Laura's mother, Mary (Brown) Lambert,  
(1815-1905), along with their children, Mary, Frank, Jessie, John,  
Emma, Ellen, Colby Jr., and Randol were early residents of Poinsett  
County. Colby, Laura, Frank, Emma, Jessie, Colby Jr., and Randol are  
buried in the Fisher cemetery.  All in unmarked graves except for  

They made the move from Randolph County, Missouri, by covered wagon,  
to a homestead place on the Bayou de View near Fisher in 1894. They  
moved not only for the homestead land, but mainly because the  
burgeoning railroad industry had a voracious appetite for cross-ties  
and the year around going price at the time, was twenty cents apiece  
for Ties delivered to the railhead in Fisher.  From 1900 until 1912,  
my father, John, hunted to supply meat for the men in the timber  
camps. I have an audio tape of him briefly telling about once having  
to climb a tree to escape a pack of Red Wolves after he had killed a  
deer near the "upper lake".  He was also hired to patrol the vast  
hardwood forests of Poinsett County in an attempt to thwart timber  
hijackers.  He was a terrific narrator of family history and the  
experiences they had after the family moved to Poinsett County from  
"the state of misery" (Missouri). His close friends in his youth were  
John and George Horst, and especially John Jackson, who married his  
sister Ellen.

John Hammon married my mother, Nellie Sadler (1897-1995) in 1912.  He  
was 27 and she was 14. That age difference at marriage was not at all  
uncommon in the sparsely populated areas of that era. The news of the  
sinking of the Titanic had just recently reached the community.   
Among other historic events on the day they spoke of the devastation  
of the "Spanish flu" pandemic which decimated their community around  
Fisher.  Grandpa Colby was one of it's victims.

Eugene Hammon 
Copyright 2008

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