HAMERFAMILY REUNIONS - LAWRENCE COUNTY, INDIANA
SpringMill State Park
Sincethe 1930's the descendants of Thomas Hamer Jr. and his sons: Hugh, Thomas
L.,James, and Joseph; and daughter, Nancy Hamer Jennings Crowfoot, have met in
formalreunions at Spring Mill Park in Lawrence County, Indiana. Before that
timethere were many informal family gatherings.
Accountsof previous family reunions:
Thedecedents of the four Hamer men that came to Indiana met on June 2 at Spring
MillPark, Mitchell, Indiana.
Due tohigh gas prices and hot weather, the group was one of the smallest that
hasattended in years.
StartingBalance for 2007 $316.00
Food,Ice and Charcoal......... 19.53
‘08Shelter House Rental...... 50.00
Balancefor 2008 $246.47
Officerselected for 2008:
President– Glenn Hamer
Secretary- Eric Hamer
Treasurer- Norma Ritter
DathaJ. Walters reported the death of her mother, Dona Rose Evans Morrow, died March25, 2007
BobFarley reported the birth of his first GGC, London Arabella Sturgeon born
Nextyear’s reunion will be June 7, 2008 at the Sycamore Shelter House (at the
end ofthe parking lot).
Thoseattending this year were:
NormaRitter – Bedford, IN
JoyceTolliver Wilson - Mitchell, IN
Eric,Bev, Corey, Brady, Chase, & Luke Hamer - Mitchell, IN
George& Jane Wilcox, Mitchell, IN
Neal& Melanie Wayman - Washington, IN
Glenn& Linda Hamer - Mitchell, IN
2006HAMER REUNION – June 3, 2006
TheHamer Family clan met in the Sycamore Shelter House at Spring Mill State
Park onJune 3 at noon. With a cool breeze blowing through the shelter house
some 25related kinfolks gathered around the tables to eat grilled hamburgers,
hotdogs and a variety of covered dishes.
Officersfor 2007 were elected:
FinancialReport for 2006:
StartingBalance ........... $460.00
Stamps,cards & labels ..... $38.00
Balanceto start 2007 ...... $316.00
Nodeaths were reported for the year.
Twobirths were announced:
LukeJared Hamer born to Eric & Bev Hamer on March 31, 2006.
He isGlenn & Linda Hamer’s grandson.
HaevenLorelai born to Brig & Jamie Del Fierro on April 12, 2006.
She isNorma Ritter’s great granddaughter.
Informationwas shared about two buildings in Lawrence County.
The olddrug store building on the corner of Main and Ninth Street in downtown
Mitchellthat was razed was the building that the town fathers met in the upper
roomsto discuss important events. Hugh and Thomas Hamer were some of those town
fathersthat met there from time to time.
TheLawrence County Museum moved to a new building on the town square of
Bedford.When the buildings face was removed to the original facing the name
"HamerSmith" was revealed at the top. This building was a funeral home ran by
FrankHamer and a Smith.
Mikeand Charlene Thomas of Washington, Indiana.
SarahThomas, Ryliegh Dillon and Kim Smith of Washington, Indiana.
NormaRitter of Bedford, Indiana.
Georgeand Jane Wilcox of Mitchell, Indiana.
Howardand June Smith of Campbellsburg, Indiana
Joe andLaDonna (Cook) King of Vallejo, California.
Ken andEdna Cook of New Harmony, Utah.
MelanieWayman of Washington, Indiana.
TomMatteson and Tammy Coan of Petersburg, Indiana.
Eric,Bev, Corey, Brandy, Chase and Luke Hamer of Mitchell, Indiana.
Glennand Linda Hamer of Mitchell, Indiana.
NextYears Reunion will be held on June 2, 2007 at the Sycamore Shelter House.
THE2005 HAMER FAMILY REUNION
TheHamer Family Reunion was held at Spring Mill State Park on June 25, 2005
with 25people attending. Everyone enjoyed sharing and getting to know one
another.We shared in a meal and many walked through the village.
TheElected Officers for 2006 are:
FinancialReport for 2005
StartingBalance ------- Total $ 548.00
Expenses:Stamps - $ 23.00
Food -$ 51.00
ShelterRental - $ 50.00 (for 2006)
TotalExpenses --------- Total $ 124.00
Donationsfor 2005 -------------- $ 36.00
EndingBalance --------- Total $ 460.00
We didnot have a white elephant sale this and we won’t have one next year,
becauseour finances are in great shape. Next Years Reunion will be held on June
3, 2006at the Sycamore Shelter House. This shelter house is located at the end
of theparking lot and has a rest room in it. Have a good year and see you all
Thoseattending the 2005 Hamer Reunion were:
John& Linda Sears, Centennial, CO - Thomas L. Hamer
MollySears, Centennial, CO - Thomas L. Hamer
Paul& son Andrew Sears, Raleigh, NC - Thomas L. Hamer
Cheryl& Staci Talley, Arlington, TX - Thomas L. Hamer
JohnMatt, Cassie, & Braden Sears, Gerogetown, TX - Thomas L. Hamer
Joan& Samantha McLainln, Cedar Hill, TX - Thomas L. Hamer
JoshSears, Littleton, CO - Thomas L. Hamer
Otto& Loetta Hamer, Murray, KY - Joseph Hamer
Richard& Datha Walters, Carmel, IN - Joseph Hamer
Eric,Bev & sons, Corey, Brandy, & Chase Hamer, Mitchell, IN - Joseph Hamer
NormaRitter, Bedford, IN - Hugh Hamer
Glenn& Linda Hamer, Mitchell, IN - Joseph Hamer
HAMERFAMILY REUNION JUNE 2004
Thosewho passed away (deaths):
HaroldCook - February 2003
HobartDarold Cook - March 21, 2003
Thosewho came into this world (births):
RyleighEileen Dillon- Born to Sarah Thomas and Dennis Dillon on July 31 2003
GrantLogan Padgett - Born to Samuel and Melissa Wayman Padgett April 16, 2002
Theelected officers stayed the same with:
GlennHamer - President
EricHamer - Secretary
NormaRitter - Treasurer
TheCook Family from California and Wyoming joined us this year for the reunion
to helpmake it one of the best attended reunions in several years. We had a
verygood time visiting with relatives we hadn't seen before.
We helda White Elephant auction which was a lot of enjoyment.
We hopeto see everyone there next year. Next year’s reunion will be held on
June25, 2005 at the Donaldson Shelter House.
FinancialReport 2004 showed a balance 85.00 .
Stamps& Labels....................... 32.00
Food& Supplies for Reunion........55.00
TotalExpenses.......................... 87.00 (2.00) in the red
Moneyin red............................. - 2.00
Rentalof Shelter for 2005 ......... - 50.00
THESIGN IN SHEET FOR THE 2004 HAMER REUNION........
EdithS. Cook - Nashville, TN
Don andSandra Wilson - Indianapolis, IN
Erikand Jill Scott and Family - Alexandria, IN
Dino(Harry) S. Passehl - Louisville, KY
WalterElliott and Lynda Cook and Family - Buford, WY
KennethE. Cook, Sr. - Arroyo Grande, CA
NormaRitter - Bedford, IN
HelenM. Cook - New Palestine, IN
CherylL. Wheeler - New Palestine, IN
Billand Linda K. Willis - Columbus, OH
MelanieWayman - Washington, IN
Opal A.Burton - Owingsville, KY
MaryOakley - Paoli, IN
Georgeand Jane Wilcox - Mitchell, IN
KarenRodrigues - Pismo Beach, CA
AngelaStratton - Midway Park, NC
LaDonnaKing and Children - Vallejo, CA
JoEllen and Lee Marks - Cumberland, IN
Mikeand Charlene Thomas and Family - Washington, IN
Joshand Tracy Thomas - Washington, IN
Glennand Linda Hamer - Mitchell, IN
HAMERFAMILY REUNION JUNE 28, 2003
Thosewho have passed away:
CarolSue Miller - February 14, 2003
PearlEdmonson Knight - May 1, 2003
MattesonEileen Padgett "Ellie" born June 28, 2003, to Samuel L. and Melissa
Wayman)Padgett of Plainville (Davies Co.) IN.
Officersfor 2004 are:
GlennHamer - President
EricHamer - Secretary
NormaRitter - Treasurer
Nextyears reunion will be held on the last Saturday of June June 2004) under
thetrees by Sycamore Shelter House.
Thosethat attended the 2003 reunion were:
NormaRitter - Bedford, IN
Mike,Charlene, Sarah Thomas and guest Dennis Dillon - Washington, IN
Eric,Bev, Corey, Brady, Chase Hamer and Kelsie Sampson - Mitchell, IN
Ottoand Loetta Hamer - Murray, KY
Davidand Carol Padgett - Carmel, I
KeithPadgett - West Chester, PA
Glennand Linda Hamer - Mitchell, IN
Georgeand Jane Wilcox - Mitchell, IN
HAMERREUNION 2002 - August 3, 2002
SpringMill State Park, Indiana
Underthe hot summer sun in high humidity a small number of the Hamer clan met
for theannual reunion. Those attending were: David and Carol Padgett of Carmel,
Indiana;George and Jane Wilcox of Mitchell, Indiana; Norma Ritter of Bedford,
Indiana;Sarah Ritter of Mitchell, Indiana; Ted and Charlene Yulich and
granddaughterJennifer of Kansas City, Kansas; Glenn and Linda Hamer of
Mitchell,Indiana. Guests with the Yulich's were Ron and Connie Watkins of
Plainfield,Indiana. A short meeting followed the meal. Elected as officers for
thiscoming year were: Glenn Hamer - president; Norma Ritter - treasurer. A
discussionwas held about what to do for next year's reunion. It was decided to
holdthe reunion on June 28th under the trees near the creek and the Sycamore
ShelterHouse by the big parking lot. Bring your own lawn chairs if you wish.
Nextyear will be a cookout. Hamburgers and hot dogs fixed on the grill. These
meatswill be furnished. If you want something else please bring it. Please
bringcovered dishes, desserts, and your own drinks. We will hold a white
elephantsale to replenish our treasury. The white elephant gifts will be
auctionedoff then used as prizes in a bingo game. Winner of each game may trade
theirgift with anyone else's. There will also be games for the children. In
orderto plan better we will need RSVP's from those planing to attend the 2003
Thosewho have gone from our presence are: Maxine Chapman - August 9, 2001; Lois
Winniger- September 27, 2001.
Afterthe meeting we adjourned in order to participate in the many activities
thepark had going during their Harvest Days including the saw mill in
HamerReunion 2001 - June 9, 2001
SpringMill State Park, Indiana
It wasa beautiful summer day as sixteen descendants of Hugh and Joseph Hamer
gatheredat the Donaldson Shelter House to share in fried chicken, ham, and
severalcovered dishes. No descendants from James or Thomas were present this
year.Several descendants had written, e- mailed or called to give regrets about
notbeing able to attend this year.
Newdescendants (births) were announced:
1.Brock Matteson, September 28, 2000, born to Bill Gene & Melinda Rose
Thegrandson of Tom Matteson and Cynthia Cassell.
2. LeahChristine Padgett, July 20, 1999 and Blake
AndrewPadgett, October 28, 2000, born to Samuel Leon Padgett and
Grandchildrenof Neal Wayman and Melanie Matteson.
Thegreat grandchildren of Eugene Matteson and Eileen Best.
Thegreat, great grandchildren of Hobert Best and Daisy Cook.
Thegreat, great, great, grandchildren of Thomas Alvin Cook and Anna
Thegreat, great, great, great grandchildren of George Washington Hamer
(LittleGeorge) and Sarah Jane Denny.
Thegreat, great, great, great, great, grandchildren of Joseph Hamer and
3.Michael James Tucker, November 21, 2000, born to James Tucker and
KatherineAdel Meyer. Grandson of Lynn Meyer and Mary Annette
Thegreat grandson of William McMullen and Mary Catherine Evans.
Thegreat, great grandson of Albert Evans and Ethel Robinson.
Thegreat, great, great grandson of Elijah Evans and Angeline Hamer.
Thegreat, great, great, great grandson of Thomas L. Hamer and Hannah
Descendantswho have entered eternal life were remembered:
1.Becky Meinberg, April 1, 1998.
2.Priscilla Hinshaw Knight, July 31, 2000.
3. JohnMcDonald, October 28, 2000.
Discussionwas held concerning how often (yearly or every other year) we should
holdour reunions since the numbers have been down the last several years. It
wasdecided to hold them every year but move the date to the later part of the
summerto see if we could get more people. Next years date is August 3, 2002 at
SycamoreShelter House at the end of the parking lot by the lake.
Officersfor the new year were elected:
President- Glenn Hamer
VicePresident - George Wilcox
Secretary- Charlene Thomas
Treasurer- Norma Ritter
CharleneThomas read some poems that she had written. The hat was passed for
donationsand food items were sold for a total of $27.00
Descendantsattending from the Hugh Hamer line were: George and Jane Wilcox
Descendantsfrom the Joseph Hamer line were:
Glenn& Linda Hamer
Mike& Charlene Thomas
MelanieWayman and Leah Padgett
Eric,Bev, Corey, Brady and Chase Hamer
Oneguest - Sharon Jones
Themeeting broke up about 2:00 p.m.
HamerReunion 2000 - June 24, 2000
SpringMill State Park, Indiana
It wasa rainy morning, but the rain stopped as the descendants of Hugh,
Thomas,James, and Joseph gathered in the Oak Ridge Shelter House of
SpringMill State Park, Indiana.
Some 35people came together to share in a meal and stories. Fourteen
familieswere represented. The furthest anyone came was from Kansas
City,Kansas. Everyone shared a little about themselves, and which of
thefour brothers they were descended from.
Fromthe Hugh Hamer line: George and Jane Wilcox; Norma Ritter.
Fromthe Thomas L. Hamer line: David Padgett.
Fromthe James Hamer line: Ted and Charlene Yulich.
Fromthe Joseph Hamer line: Tom and Cynthia Matteson; Tim and Melanie
Wayman;Mike and Charlene Thomas; Josh and Vikie Thomas; Sarah Thomas; Bill and
MaryAnn Mann; Bill and Wanita Goller (Wanita is also related to Thomas Hamer,
Sr.);Eric and Beverly Hamer; Otto and Loetta Hamer; Glenn and Linda Hamer.
Electionswere held. President: Glenn Hamer; Vice President: Bill Goller;
Secretary:Eric Hamer; Treasurer: Norma Ritter.
Oldpictures and information was passed around and shared. An auction
ofwhite elephant items were sold to help raise money for the next
year.New acquaintances were made and old ones renewed. Group photos
Themeeting broke up around 3:00 pm so folks could tour the village and
cemetery.Dulcimers were being played in the village tavern. As people
departedfor their trips home all agreed to bring others next year.
TheHamer Reunion for next year will be held on June 9, 2001
12:00noon Donaldson Shelter House Spring Mill State Park
HamerCemetery Reunion 1999 - July 16, 1999
Descendantsof mill owners return to park
MITCHELL-- They come from cities around the country to get together once a year
for afamily reunion. Such gatherings are about food, fellowship, reminiscing
andlearning babies' names. But, for descendants of Hugh Hamer, gathered this
weekendat Spring Mill State Park, the annual reunion has been about something
else -work. But that four-letter word isn't scaring away the estimated 50
peoplethis year's reunion attracted. The Hamer family is building a shelter at
HamerCemetery inside the park. "It's been as much fun as everything we do
together,"said Georgia Lucas of Atlanta, Ga. "We're a very close family." In
the wayof a quick history lesson, Hugh Hamer and his brother Thomas, back
around1832, had become the owners of the village and grist mill at Spring Mill.
Hughset aside a tract of land to be used for the burial of those people who
livedand died in the area. These days, the cemetery is only for the descendants
ofthose who were buried there in those earlier times. Those descendants include
Lucas,as well as her siblings: John "Butch" Hamer of St. Louis, Doris Hamerof
Tucson,Ariz., Jackie Childers of Bedford and Helen Lahrman of Brownstown. Hugh
Hamerwas their great great grandfather. All of them, along with their children
andgrandchildren are spending the weekend at Spring Mill, putting the finishing
toucheson the cemetery's new shelter and looking toward a Sunday dedication
ceremonyat the cemetery where many of the family say they, too, will one day be
buried.The group used to gather at the home of their parents, John Sr. and
Lottie,near Brownstown. But their father died and their mother's health
declined,so they began gathering in Kentucky. This year, however, the reunion
returnedto Indiana. Childers said, "I thought for the last reunion of the
century,we should go back to our roots and let our children and grandchildren
knowwhere we originated." Then, too, there was the other reason to bring the
familyto Spring Mill - the shelter. John estimated that 500 to 600 hours have
gone intothe work, and there were occasions when as many as a dozen family
memberswere working on it at once. No electricity is available at the cemetery,
sothey've been doing much of the work with hand tools. When John Hamer Sr.
died,his children established a memorial fund. They hadn't decided on a use for
themoney, but they knew their father and their uncle, Frank Hamer, had been
veryinterested in the cemetery and its maintenance. Then Priscilla Knight of
Mitchell,a sister to John Sr. and Frank, came up with the idea of building a
shelterat the cemetery. John Jr. said, "It was really her idea to have a spot,
thatwhenever she went out there to visit, to have a cool spot to sit down and
restand contemplate things." Priscilla's nieces and nephews, including Frank's
daughter,bought into the idea, and John Jr., who works as an engineer, used his
computerto design the structure. Spring Mill property manager Mark Young said
thefamily requested permission from the Division of State Parks and Reservoir
Managementto build the shelter. The approval was granted with the stipulation
thatthe Hamer family provide all the materials and do all the construction
themselves.Young said the state is responsible for general maintenance at the
cemetery.The responsibility was transferred from the Hamer Cemetery Association
to thestate in 1933. He said the association had lost some cemetery records in
a fire."The cemetery is still active," Young said, "but you have to bea direct
descendantof the Hamers or one of the other families (already there) to be
buriedthere." The park, in 1987-88, did an inventory of burials at the
cemetery,using any still-legible information that was on headstones. A complete
inventoryis difficult to achieve. "We suspect there were burial sites where
peoplejust used wood for the headstones," Young said. "We suspect thecemetery
may befuller than what it looks like." The park has applied for grant money
thatwould allow the use of new technology to assist with a survey of burial
sites.The procedure is non-invasive, according to Young, who said the
technologieswill utilize shock waves to determine whether the soil had ever
beendisturbed in certain areas. "We're fairly confident we're going to be
gettingthe funds," Young said.
HamerReunion 1997 - July 1, 1997
Reunionmain story By Mary G. Johnson
It's atime for remembering and making new memories, a time to look at old
picturesand take new pictures, a time to celebrate the living and memorialize
thedead, a time to gather together by birthright. A family reunion can be
joyousand happy, sad and lonely all at the same time. Blood ties can span miles
andyears, bringing together people who share both genetic and remembered
heritage.While an empty chair can be haunting when the reunion comes following
a deathin a family, death can actually bring a family closer together ...
Whilethe Quinn reunion was under way, the Hamer family was holding a reunion in
SpringMill's Donaldson Shelter House. Priscilla Hamer Knight, 89, one of the
oldestmembers of the Hamer clan, wasn't feeling well enough to make it. She is
thegreat-granddaughter of Hugh Hamer, who operated the mill at Spring Mill
untilhis death in 1872. When she goes to the reunion and looks around
rememberingthose who used to be there and have died, she thinks, "Gee, of this
generation,I'm it." At the other end of the age spectrum, Corey Hamer spent
time atthe family reunion blowing bubbles. Corey will be 2 in August. Priscilla
knowsthe family history. Corey doesn't even fully understand what a family is,
letalone a family reunion. By the time he is interested in learning about his
ancestorsand getting acquainted with his kin, Priscilla will have joined the
otherHamers in the Hamer family cemetery at the park. It will be up to the rest
of theclan to share the family stories with him. "I guess the older we get the
more wecherish our heritage." said George Wilcox, 72, R.2, Mitchell,
great-great-grandsonof Hugh Hamer, who remembers coming to Hamer reunions when
he wasa boy. In those days Wilcox and the other younger Hamers would explore
thepark after dinner instead of listening to the old stories. And that hasn't
changed.Following dinner at the 1997 Hamer reunion, younger family members went
off toexplore Donaldson Cave. The older ones sat and talked, looked over a long
chartshowing all the different branches of the family, held a business meeting
toelect officers, then a white elephant sale to raise money for the next
reunionand a memorial service. The Rev. Glenn Hamer, 47, Mitchell, said the
familydescends from four brothers, Hugh and Thomas who ran the mill at Spring
Milland Joseph and James who ran the mill that once stood at Avoca. He is a
descendantof Joseph. The family is widely scattered. Reunions began in the
1930s,but were discontinued during World War II. They resumed in the early
1980sand for a while Hamers were traveling great distances to come to the
reunions.Not now. Now those who attend are from this area for the most part.
Thereare 139 on the list of relatives, but only about 25 attended the reunion
thisyear. The Hamers have tried to attract more family members to the reunion.
"Wehad them dress in old fashioned clothes," said Glenn. "We had somecome and
playthe older instruments, the dulcimers, bagpipes. We tried to organize games
andactivities that kids might like, badminton, horseshoes. We've tried
everything."We understand people from great distances can't take their vacation
everyyear to come back for the reunion. Our hope is every other year or every
thirdyear. It's the young folks we can't pull in no matter what we plan ...
Theydon't seem as interested in their roots," said Glenn. David Padgett, 51,
Carmel,a descendant of Thomas L. Hamer, said "Everybody goes off in their
differentdirection. You graduate from college. You don't bring it back home.
You gooff and do what's best for your new family." Padgett comes to be in
SpringMill and to be with his family. "That's the drawing card for me: my
heritagewith Spring Mill and the family meetings that we have and talk about
yesteryear.It's still a thrill to walk through the park and just kind of get a
feel, asense of what it was like to live here 100 years ago." But some young
peoplecatch fire for family history and heritage early on. Glenn's son, Eric
Hamer,23, Mitchell, who is Corey's father, used to visit the Hamer Cemetery in
thepark regularly starting when he was 16. It was a place where he could talk
out histroubles to the tombstones of his relatives. He kept doing it until he
met hiswife and got married. "My friends always thought it was odd. I never
thoughtanything of it. Neither did my father. He realized that was the only
place Ihad I felt like we had roots." These ties with the past and present
"giveme the feeling that our family actually has some history. We aren't just
outhere alone. We have a history and a past behind us and our relatives have
donegreat things and in the future hopefully will do other things," said Eric.
Hehopes to be buried in the Hamer Cemetery one day if there are plots
available."Maybe some years down the road some kid will sit at my tombstone,"
HamerFamily Reunion 1996 - June 29, 1996
In thebusiness meeting which followed the meal, Reunion President David
Padgett,told the group that he had tentatively gotten the Donaldson Shelter for
theJune 28, 1997 Reunion. He received several replies from his Family Tree
request.He said that the goal was to have a family tree available for everyone.
PhyllisRiess stated that she had received letters from Clarice DeWreede's son,
fromMary Sears, and from Delma McDonald, who had been instrumental in
organizingthe first reunion. Jane Wilcox , George Wilcox, Melanie Wayman, and
PriscillaKnight gave ideas for activities. David Padgett and Phyllis Riess
commentedon the newsletter. Information on James Hamer and Nancy Hamer Crowfoot
wassought. June Smith brought a collection of old photos to identify. Eric
Hamermade a treasury report. Election of officers was had: Melanie Wayman,
pres.;David Padgett, vice pres.; Eric Hamer, treas.; Phyllis Riess, newsletter
/secretary. Rev. Glenn Hamer conducted a prayer service for deceased: Oren
HamerWilcox, b. 3 Aug 1920, d. 24 Jan 1996, Hugh Hamer; Mary Ann Wilcox, b. 12
Nov,1932, d. 23 Jan 1996, Hugh Hamer; Leland Burton, d. Oct 1995, Hugh Hamer;
CliffordBurton, b. 4 Jul 1914, d. 8 Jan 1996, Joseph Hamer; Hobart Franklin
Cook, dApril 1996, Joseph Hamer. Following the meeting Otto Hamer conducted a
HamerFamily Reunion 1995 - June 25, 1995
A briefbusiness meeting was conducted by Reunion President, David Padgett. A
familynewsletter will be sent out. Families were asked to submit their family
linesto David Padgett with the idea of getting all these together and
distributingcopies. Next year's reunion will be held June 29, 1996, at the
SycamoreShelter at Spring Mill State Park. Officers for the 1996 reunion were
elected:David Padgett, Carmel, IN, pres.; Melanie Wayman, Washington, IN, vice
pres.;Eric Hamer, Mitchell, IN, treas.; Phyllis Riess, Galesburg, IL,
newslettered/ secretary. Otto Hamer conducted a white elephant sale. Rev. Glenn
Hamerconducted a memorial service for those who died during last year: Chester
Knight,b. 10 Feb 1906, d. 15 Sep, 1994, Mitchell, Hugh Hamer; Charles Burton,
b. 6Sep 1919, d. 13 Nov 1994, Joseph Hamer; Barbara Fisher, b. 20 Apr 1948, d.
2 Jan1995, Mitchell, Hugh Hamer; Paul F. Evans, b. 29 Jul 1919, d. 5 Mar 1995,
Evansville,Thomas L. Hamer. Attending from Indiana were: Ellis Fisher, Eric and
BevHamer, Glenn and Linda Hamer, Matthew Johnson, Priscilla Knight, George and
JaneWilcox, and Tawnie Batchelor, all of Mitchell; Mary Catherine McMullen of
Vincennes;Mary Oakley of Paoli; David, Carol and Chris Padgett of Carmel; Josh
andVickie Thomas of Washington; Michael , Charlene and Sarah Thomas of Oakland
City;Opal Burton of French Lick; Robert and Joyce Farley of Jeffersonville.
Thosefrom out of state were: Otto and Loetta Hamer of Murray, KY; Keith and
BeckyPadgett of Westchester, PA; and Phyllis Riess of Galesburg, IL.
HamerFamily Reunion 1985 - August 10, 1985
Rev.Glenn A. Hamer gave the noon blessing over a bounteous pitch-in dinner.
ThomasHamer made the motion that the meeting be held at the Butternut
Shelterhousein Spring Mill State Park next year. It was voted to retain the
reunionevery year on the second Saturday of August. It will be August 9, 1986,
atnoon... Glenn announced a few things that he had available... Jane Wilcox was
electedpresident and yours truly (Eileen Matteson) is still your secretary and
correspondent... An auction was called by Otto Hamer, assisted by Linda Hamer
andMelanie Wayman.. Bertha Burton celebrated her 91st birthday and was the
oldestto receive a gift. Clarice DeWreede came the farthest from San Jose,
California.The youngest was Lisa Hamer, five months, from Florida. Robert
Farleyhad some interesting material on how to tell how you are related by a
cousinchart. Dawn Smith had a beautiful family tree done in calligraphy. Emma
Roeggeexplained that she had some more information from England background from
herD.A.R. membership... There were 64 registered in attendance. Those attending
fromout of state were: Ray and Audra Young and Thomas and Roxanne Hamer, Ohio;
Bob andPat Gustafson and Ray Weaver, Illinois; Hugh Hamer and June, Dawn, and
Lee AnnSmith, New York; Otto and Loetta Hamer, Kentucky; Clarice and John
DeWreede,California; Thomas Hamer and Mary and children from Florida. Those
fromIndiana were: Emma Roegge, Seymour; Donna Mohler and daughters and Thelma
Mohler,Boonville; Mr. & Mrs. Robert Farley and daughter, Jeffersonville; Mary
Annwilcox and Doris Owens, Indianapolis; Mr. & Mrs. John Hamer and Helen
Lahrman,Brownstown; Mr. & Mrs. Michael Thomas and family, Oakland City; Melanie
Waymanand family and Eileen Matteson, Washington; Bertha Burton and Sarah
Miller,Bloomington; Paul Evans and Eloise Brown, Evansville; Pauline Taylor,
BeechGrove; Loretta Wadsworth, Plainville; Rev. & Mrs. Glenn Hamer and son,
WestBaden Springs; Georgia Hamer Wilcox, Barbara Fisher, Matthew Johnson, Mr. &
Mrs.George Wilcox, Mr. & Mrs. Hamer Wilcox, Mr. & Mrs. Chester Knight,Frank V.
Hamer,and Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Sanders, all of Mitchell.
HamerReunion 1942 - Fall of 1942
HamerFamily Reunion Held at Spring Mill Park. Group Meets at Home of
Forefathersfor Dinner and Social Time; Memorial Services Held.
Theannual Hamer family reunion was held at Spring Mill Park, Sunday, with many
membersof the family and friends present. These reunions at the park are in the
natureof a homecoming for the Hamer family, and the founders of the Lawrence
Countybranch of the family lived in Spring Mill Village. A basket dinner was
servedat noonand during the afternoon, Miss Mary Hamer of Mitchell read
memorialsto Mrs. Addie Houston and Charles Evans, members of the family who
havepassed away within the year. The remainder of the afternoon was spend
informally.In the group were: Mr. & Mrs. Jesse Mann, Mr. & Mrs. Frank V. Hamer,
Mrs.L.C. Ralston of Orleans; Mr. & Mrs. Nelson Sears and family, J. Frank
Hamer,Mrs. Molly Sylvester, Mrs. Myra Lucas of Bedford; Mr. & Mrs. Alfred
Andrewsof Lawrenceport; Mr. & Mrs. John Hamer and family and Miss Barbara
Havensof Brownstown; Miss Mary Hamer of Mitchell; Mr. & Mrs. Orin Wilcox and
family,and Mrs. Alma Hamer of Tunnelton; Mrs. John Hinshaw and daughter of New
Castle;Mr. & Mrs. Robert Blackwell of Louisville. Plans were made to hold the
1943reunion at the Park, the second Sunday of August.
HamerReunion 1938 - September 4, 1938
Meetingfor the tenth consecutive year in the historic Spring Mill Park, the
Hamerassociation held the annual reunion on Sunday, September 4. The
associationis composed of descendants of the Colonel Hugh Hamer and Thomas
Hamerfamilies. The noon dinner was served in the lower shelter house of the
park,which is situated in a beautiful grove of virgin timber. An impressive
memorialfor the late John R. Riley of Bedford, who has passed away since the
lastmeeting, was given by Mrs. Nelson Sears. Mrs. John Padgett of Anderson gave
a brieftalk on "The Early Women of the Hamer Family". The remainder of the
programwas devoted to reminiscence and enjoyment of the park and pioneer
village.The reunion group included: J. Frank Hamer, Mrs. Myra Lucas, Mr. & Mrs.
NelsonSears and family of Bedford; Miss Letty Armstrong, Mrs. Alma Hamer, Mr. &
Mrs.Oren Wilcox and family, Mr. & Mrs. John Hamer and family, Mr. & Mrs.Ralph
Hamerand family of Mitchell; Mr. & Mrs. Albert Evans and family, Washington;
Mr.& Mrs. Hubert Padgett, Mrs. John Padgett, of Anderson; Mr. & Mrs.Robert
Hamerand family, Cincinnati, O.; Mrs. Emma Rhoades and family of Columbus; Mr.
&Mrs. James Hamer, Mr. & Mrs. Francis Carter, Mrs. Addie Parker, Mrs. Maude
HamerWesner of Seymour; Miss Helen Hayden, George Akers of Louisville; Mr. &
Mrs.Robert Blackwell and daughter, Mrs. Jesse Lindenberger, Miss Harriet
Lindenbergerof Louisville, Ky.; Mr. & Mrs. Frank V. Hamer and family, Prof. and
Mrs. L.G. Ralston of Orleans; Mr. & Mrs. John Hinshaw and daughter, Atlanta,
Ga.Mrs. Frank Hamer of this city was unable to attend because of illness. The
officersof the association included Frank V. Hamer, Tunnelton, president; Oran
Wilcox,Tunnelton, vice president; Mrs. Frank V. Hamer, secretary-treasurer;
MissMary Hamer. Mitchell, historian.
HamerReunion 1933 - September 1933
Thefourth annual Hamer Cemetery Association meeting was held Sunday at Spring
MillState Park with approximately fifty direct descendants of the old residents
ofSpring Mill who lie in that hallowed spot, overlooking Spring Mill village,
knownas the 'Old Hamer Cemetery". A bountiful dinner was enjoyed in the shelter
of thepark after which the annual business meeting was held. Frank V. Hamer,
presidentof the organization, presided. The election of officers resulted in
there-election of the old officers, Frank V. Hamer, president; Oren wilcox,
vice-president;Mrs. Frank V. Hamer, secretary-treasurer. Charles A. Deturk, of
Indianapolis,assistant general superintendent of parks of the State
ConservationDepartment was an honored guest. He brought the glad tidings that
thestate would take over the Hamer cemetery to make it a beauty spot of the
parkand insure its perpetual upkeep. He had the blue prints with him to show
theproposed improvement. The plat will be encircled with an old style post and
railingfence with large gate and pedestrian gate and native stone posts. It is
plannedto use native shrubbery and old fashioned flowers that will insure
bloomsthe entire season. Following Mr. Deturk's talk the Hamer Cemetery
Associationwas dissolved, and the Hamer Family Reunion to meet annually was
organized.The membership to be the descendants of the Hamers , as well as
othersburied in this cemetery. Rev. Joel Lee Jones made a splendid address
whichwas replete with eulogies of Col. Hugh Hamer and other old time settlers.
He alsoconducted an impressive memorial service, sacred to the memory of Gus A.
Hamer,one of the most prominent members of this organization, who met such a
tragicdeath several weeks ago in Vincennes. There were inpromptu talks by J.
FrankHamer of this city, first president and instigator of the organization,
grandsonof the late Hugh Hamer, who was born in the lower Hamer house of Spring
MillVillage; Robert Hamer, of Cincinnati, Ohio, son of Bruce Hamer, youngest
son ofHugh Hamer, who also recalled that he was born in the lower Hamer house;
JamesM. Hamer, scion of Joseph Hamer, Seymour, and Robert Blackwell,
Louisville,Ky., scion of Thomas Hamer. William Lynn, sexton the past four years
of theHamer Cemetery, grandson of the late Jimmy Lynn, who formerly owned the
Donaldsonland, and was an old time wood carder, was commended for the interest
he hastaken in keeping the cemetery in order. There were relatives present from
Bedford,Mitchell, Rivervale, and Orange County. The out-of-town guests
included:Mr. & Mrs. Robert Hamer and their children, Carol and Chester Hamer
and thelatters' son Tom, and Miss Nancy Hamer of Cincinnati, Ohio; Mr. & Mrs.
JamesHamer, Mr. & Mrs. John Williams, Mrs. Maude Hamer Wesner, and Miss D.
Parker,Seymour; Mr. & Mrs. Robert Blackwell and daughter Lucille of Louisville,
Ky.,Miss Golda Riber of Dayton, Ohio, Charles A. Deturk of Indianapolis, and
Mr.& Mrs. Jesse Mann of Orleans.
RevisedJuly 10, 2007