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Sheriff John Hammond Collection, 1918-1994

Sheriff John Hammond Collection, 1918-1994

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Sheriff John Hammond Collection, 1918-1994

Douglas County History Research Center
Douglas County Libraries
100 S. Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, Colorado 80104
Phone: 303-688-7730

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Profile Description

Creation: Encoded by Blake Graham 2015-09-29
Language: Finding aid is in English

Collection Summary

RepositoryDouglas County Libraries / 100 S. Wilcox St. / Castle Rock, CO 80104 / Phone: 303-688-7730
TitleSheriff John Hammond Collection, 1918-1994
Dates: 1918-1994
Dates: 1950-1965
Size1 flat storage box, 2 slim document boxes, and four folders of photographs (1.3 cu. ft. total).
Collection Number2011.003
Language: English

Arrangement of the Collection

Photographs were separated, but remain in a folder-order resembling original order. Original manuscripts remain in original order.

Scope and Content

Includes 3 boxes of material related to Sheriff John Hammond, and includes scrapbooks, diaries, ephemera, photographs, newspaper articles, certificates, and sheriff department documents. See Container List for further descriptions of each box.

Historical Note

"John Hammond was born to Ira and Bertha Hammond in Decatur City, Iowa, in 1904. Soon after his birth, in 1905, the family moved to Colorado and settled on a ranch near the Town of Akron. In 1918, his father sold his ranch and moved to Elizabeth (Akron Weekly Pioneer, 28 June 1918, page 1).

He met Minnie Phillips after moving to Elizabeth and married her in 1924. Minnie, born in 1903, was the daughter of George and Mary Phillips. After their marriage, they moved to Larkspur where John worked on the construction of Highway 85. The small family, which now included a daugter, Beryl (Mrs. George Livinggood), born in 1926, moved around, while John looked for work. They lived in Larkspur, Denver, and Englewood. Englewood was where their second daughter, Bonnie (Mrs. Darrell Bell) was born. In 1928, they returned to Larkspur so that John could continue working on Highway 85 while they were paving the road. It was here that his third daughter, Buelah (Mrs. Carl Peters) was born in 1932.

In 1930 to 1931, he began working Hugh Buckner at the Larkspur Garage (RJDC, 8 December 1933, page 5) and was also hired as Deputy Sheriff under Bert Lowell. He began leasing the garage in June 1933. Looking for additional work, the family moved to Denver in 1935, where John opened a garage (RJDC, 3 May 1935, page 8, RJDC, 28 June 1935, page 8). They remained in Denver until 1938-1939. When Buckner was elected Sheriff in 1939, John Hammond purchased the garage and the equipment. In 1941, he purchased several milk routes (RJDC, 2 May 1941, page 8, RJDC, 22 August 1941, page 1). During this time, he was appointed Deputy Sheridd (RJDC, 31 October 1941, page 1). In 1942, he ran unsuccessfully for County Sheriff against H. R. Campbell (RJDC, 11 September 1942, page 8). He ran again in 1946 and was successful. Upon his election, the family moved to Castle Rock where they built a house at 4 North Cantril Street. The house was constructed using lumber from the Stone Canyon School and windows out of the Smith Store, which was west of the Frink Creamery in larkspur. John, and his wife Minnie, designed the house themselves, modeling it after features that they had seen in the Helen Serrell house on Perry Park Road.

During his life, John Hammond served over twenty years as County Sheriff; as Vice-president of the State Sheriff's Association in 1959-1960; President of the organization in 1960-1961; and an honorary member of the Fair Board from 1944-1972.

Minnie died on January 27, 1979 (Death Certificate) and John died on October 19, 1993 (Death Certificate). Both are buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Castle Rock."

Excerpt from Colorado Cultural Resource Survey, Architectural Inventory Form. Resource Number 5DA.2994. Retrieved 2015-09-29.

Access Terms

Law enforcement
Ranch life


Access Restrictions

Douglas County History Research Center material is non-circulating, requires staff retrieval and is available by appointment during normal library hours.

Copy Restrictions

The collection is used in the presence of the Douglas County History Research Center staff. Some items may be fragile and may only be duplicated with permission of the Douglas County History Research Center staff.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Sheriff John Hammond Collection. Courtesy of the Douglas County History Research Center, Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, Colorado.

Acquisition Information

Donated from Bonnie Hammond Bell to the Douglas County History Research Center.

Processing Information

Processed by Blake Graham

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