HAMER FAMILY REUNIONS - LAWRENCE COUNTY, INDIANA
Spring Mill State Park
Since the 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
formal reunions at Spring Mill Park in Lawrence County, Indiana. Before that
time there were many informal family gatherings.
Accounts of previous family reunions:
2007 HAMER REUNION
The decedents of the four Hamer men that came to Indiana met on June 2 at Spring
Mill Park, Mitchell, Indiana.
Due to high gas prices and hot weather, the group was one of the smallest that
has attended in years.
Starting Balance for 2007 $316.00
Food, Ice and Charcoal......... 19.53
‘08 Shelter House Rental...... 50.00
Balance for 2008 $246.47
Officers elected for 2008:
President – Glenn Hamer
Secretary - Eric Hamer
Treasurer - Norma Ritter
Datha J. Walters reported the death of her mother, Dona Rose Evans Morrow, died March 25, 2007
Bob Farley reported the birth of his first GGC, London Arabella Sturgeon born
October 17, 2006
Next year’s reunion will be June 7, 2008 at the Sycamore Shelter House (at the
end of the parking lot).
Those attending this year were:
Norma Ritter – Bedford, IN
Joyce Tolliver 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
2006 HAMER REUNION – June 3, 2006
The Hamer Family clan met in the Sycamore Shelter House at Spring Mill State
Park on June 3 at noon. With a cool breeze blowing through the shelter house
some 25 related kinfolks gathered around the tables to eat grilled hamburgers,
hot dogs and a variety of covered dishes.
Officers for 2007 were elected:
Glenn Hamer, President
Eric Hamer, Secretary
Norma Ritter, Treasurer
Financial Report for 2006:
Starting Balance ........... $460.00
Stamps, cards & labels ..... $38.00
Food ................................. 56.00
Shelter .............................. 50.00
Total .............................. $144.00
Balance to start 2007 ...... $316.00
No deaths were reported for the year.
Two births were announced:
Luke Jared Hamer born to Eric & Bev Hamer on March 31, 2006.
He is Glenn & Linda Hamer’s grandson.
Haeven Lorelai born to Brig & Jamie Del Fierro on April 12, 2006.
She is Norma Ritter’s great granddaughter.
Information was shared about two buildings in Lawrence County.
The old drug store building on the corner of Main and Ninth Street in downtown
Mitchell that was razed was the building that the town fathers met in the upper
rooms to discuss important events. Hugh and Thomas Hamer were some of those town
fathers that met there from time to time.
The Lawrence 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
"Hamer Smith" was revealed at the top. This building was a funeral home ran by
Frank Hamer and a Smith.
Those attending were:
Mike and Charlene Thomas of Washington, Indiana.
Sarah Thomas, Ryliegh Dillon and Kim Smith of Washington, Indiana.
Norma Ritter of Bedford, Indiana.
George and Jane Wilcox of Mitchell, Indiana.
Howard and June Smith of Campbellsburg, Indiana
Joe and LaDonna (Cook) King of Vallejo, California.
Ken and Edna Cook of New Harmony, Utah.
Melanie Wayman of Washington, Indiana.
Tom Matteson and Tammy Coan of Petersburg, Indiana.
Eric, Bev, Corey, Brandy, Chase and Luke Hamer of Mitchell, Indiana.
Glenn and Linda Hamer of Mitchell, Indiana.
Next Years Reunion will be held on June 2, 2007 at the Sycamore Shelter House.
THE 2005 HAMER FAMILY REUNION
The Hamer Family Reunion was held at Spring Mill State Park on June 25, 2005
with 25 people attending. Everyone enjoyed sharing and getting to know one
another. We shared in a meal and many walked through the village.
The Elected Officers for 2006 are:
Glenn Hamer- President
Eric Hamer- Secretary
Norma Ritter- Treasurer
Financial Report for 2005
Starting Balance ------- Total $ 548.00
Expenses: Stamps - $ 23.00
Food - $ 51.00
Shelter Rental - $ 50.00 (for 2006)
Total Expenses --------- Total $ 124.00
Balance $ 424.00
Donations for 2005 -------------- $ 36.00
Ending Balance --------- Total $ 460.00
We did not have a white elephant sale this and we won’t have one next year,
because our finances are in great shape. Next Years Reunion will be held on June
3, 2006 at the Sycamore Shelter House. This shelter house is located at the end
of the parking lot and has a rest room in it. Have a good year and see you all
Those attending the 2005 Hamer Reunion were:
John & Linda Sears, Centennial, CO - Thomas L. Hamer
Molly Sears, Centennial, CO - Thomas L. Hamer
Paul & son Andrew Sears, Raleigh, NC - Thomas L. Hamer
Cheryl & Staci Talley, Arlington, TX - Thomas L. Hamer
John Matt, Cassie, & Braden Sears, Gerogetown, TX - Thomas L. Hamer
Joan & Samantha McLainln, Cedar Hill, TX - Thomas L. Hamer
Josh Sears, 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
Norma Ritter, Bedford, IN - Hugh Hamer
Glenn & Linda Hamer, Mitchell, IN - Joseph Hamer
HAMER FAMILY REUNION JUNE 2004
Those who passed away (deaths):
Harold Cook - February 2003
Hobart Darold Cook - March 21, 2003
Those who came into this world (births):
Ryleigh Eileen Dillon- Born to Sarah Thomas and Dennis Dillon on July 31 2003
Grant Logan Padgett - Born to Samuel and Melissa Wayman Padgett April 16, 2002
The elected officers stayed the same with:
Glenn Hamer - President
Eric Hamer - Secretary
Norma Ritter - Treasurer
The Cook Family from California and Wyoming joined us this year for the reunion
to help make it one of the best attended reunions in several years. We had a
very good time visiting with relatives we hadn't seen before.
We held a White Elephant auction which was a lot of enjoyment.
We hope to see everyone there next year. Next year’s reunion will be held on
June 25, 2005 at the Donaldson Shelter House.
Financial Report 2004 showed a balance 85.00 .
Expenses for 2004:
Stamps & Labels....................... 32.00
Food & Supplies for Reunion........55.00
Total Expenses.......................... 87.00 (2.00) in the red
Auction and donations:
Money in red............................. - 2.00
Rental of Shelter for 2005 ......... - 50.00
THE SIGN IN SHEET FOR THE 2004 HAMER REUNION........
Edith S. Cook - Nashville, TN
Don and Sandra Wilson - Indianapolis, IN
Erik and Jill Scott and Family - Alexandria, IN
Dino (Harry) S. Passehl - Louisville, KY
Walter Elliott and Lynda Cook and Family - Buford, WY
Kenneth E. Cook, Sr. - Arroyo Grande, CA
Norma Ritter - Bedford, IN
Helen M. Cook - New Palestine, IN
Cheryl L. Wheeler - New Palestine, IN
Bill and Linda K. Willis - Columbus, OH
Melanie Wayman - Washington, IN
Opal A. Burton - Owingsville, KY
Mary Oakley - Paoli, IN
George and Jane Wilcox - Mitchell, IN
Karen Rodrigues - Pismo Beach, CA
Angela Stratton - Midway Park, NC
LaDonna King and Children - Vallejo, CA
Jo Ellen and Lee Marks - Cumberland, IN
Mike and Charlene Thomas and Family - Washington, IN
Josh and Tracy Thomas - Washington, IN
Glenn and Linda Hamer - Mitchell, IN
HAMER FAMILY REUNION JUNE 28, 2003
Those who have passed away:
Carol Sue Miller - February 14, 2003
Pearl Edmonson Knight - May 1, 2003
Matteson Eileen Padgett "Ellie" born June 28, 2003, to Samuel L. and Melissa
Wayman) Padgett of Plainville (Davies Co.) IN.
Officers for 2004 are:
Glenn Hamer - President
Eric Hamer - Secretary
Norma Ritter - Treasurer
Next years reunion will be held on the last Saturday of June June 2004) under
the trees by Sycamore Shelter House.
Those that attended the 2003 reunion were:
Norma Ritter - Bedford, IN
Mike, Charlene, Sarah Thomas and guest Dennis Dillon - Washington, IN
Eric, Bev, Corey, Brady, Chase Hamer and Kelsie Sampson - Mitchell, IN
Otto and Loetta Hamer - Murray, KY
David and Carol Padgett - Carmel, I
Keith Padgett - West Chester, PA
Glenn and Linda Hamer - Mitchell, IN
George and Jane Wilcox - Mitchell, IN
HAMER REUNION 2002 - August 3, 2002
Spring Mill State Park, Indiana
Under the hot summer sun in high humidity a small number of the Hamer clan met
for the annual 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
granddaughter Jennifer 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
this coming year were: Glenn Hamer - president; Norma Ritter - treasurer. A
discussion was held about what to do for next year's reunion. It was decided to
hold the reunion on June 28th under the trees near the creek and the Sycamore
Shelter House by the big parking lot. Bring your own lawn chairs if you wish.
Next year will be a cookout. Hamburgers and hot dogs fixed on the grill. These
meats will be furnished. If you want something else please bring it. Please
bring covered dishes, desserts, and your own drinks. We will hold a white
elephant sale to replenish our treasury. The white elephant gifts will be
auctioned off then used as prizes in a bingo game. Winner of each game may trade
their gift with anyone else's. There will also be games for the children. In
order to plan better we will need RSVP's from those planing to attend the 2003
Those who have gone from our presence are: Maxine Chapman - August 9, 2001; Lois
Winniger - September 27, 2001.
After the meeting we adjourned in order to participate in the many activities
the park had going during their Harvest Days including the saw mill in
Hamer Reunion 2001 - June 9, 2001
Spring Mill State Park, Indiana
It was a beautiful summer day as sixteen descendants of Hugh and Joseph Hamer
gathered at the Donaldson Shelter House to share in fried chicken, ham, and
several covered dishes. No descendants from James or Thomas were present this
year. Several descendants had written, e- mailed or called to give regrets about
not being able to attend this year.
New descendants (births) were announced:
1. Brock Matteson, September 28, 2000, born to Bill Gene & Melinda Rose
The grandson of Tom Matteson and Cynthia Cassell.
2. Leah Christine Padgett, July 20, 1999 and Blake
Andrew Padgett, October 28, 2000, born to Samuel Leon Padgett and
Grandchildren of Neal Wayman and Melanie Matteson.
The great grandchildren of Eugene Matteson and Eileen Best.
The great, great grandchildren of Hobert Best and Daisy Cook.
The great, great, great, grandchildren of Thomas Alvin Cook and Anna
The great, great, great, great grandchildren of George Washington Hamer
(Little George) and Sarah Jane Denny.
The great, great, great, great, great, grandchildren of Joseph Hamer and
3. Michael James Tucker, November 21, 2000, born to James Tucker and
Katherine Adel Meyer. Grandson of Lynn Meyer and Mary Annette
The great grandson of William McMullen and Mary Catherine Evans.
The great, great grandson of Albert Evans and Ethel Robinson.
The great, great, great grandson of Elijah Evans and Angeline Hamer.
The great, great, great, great grandson of Thomas L. Hamer and Hannah
Descendants who have entered eternal life were remembered:
1. Becky Meinberg, April 1, 1998.
2. Priscilla Hinshaw Knight, July 31, 2000.
3. John McDonald, October 28, 2000.
Discussion was held concerning how often (yearly or every other year) we should
hold our reunions since the numbers have been down the last several years. It
was decided to hold them every year but move the date to the later part of the
summer to see if we could get more people. Next years date is August 3, 2002 at
Sycamore Shelter House at the end of the parking lot by the lake.
Officers for the new year were elected:
President - Glenn Hamer
Vice President - George Wilcox
Secretary - Charlene Thomas
Treasurer - Norma Ritter
Charlene Thomas read some poems that she had written. The hat was passed for
donations and food items were sold for a total of $27.00
Descendants attending from the Hugh Hamer line were: George and Jane Wilcox
Descendants from the Joseph Hamer line were:
Glenn & Linda Hamer
Mike & Charlene Thomas
Melanie Wayman and Leah Padgett
Eric, Bev, Corey, Brady and Chase Hamer
One guest - Sharon Jones
The meeting broke up about 2:00 p.m.
Hamer Reunion 2000 - June 24, 2000
Spring Mill State Park, Indiana
It was a rainy morning, but the rain stopped as the descendants of Hugh,
Thomas, James, and Joseph gathered in the Oak Ridge Shelter House of
Spring Mill State Park, Indiana.
Some 35 people came together to share in a meal and stories. Fourteen
families were represented. The furthest anyone came was from Kansas
City, Kansas. Everyone shared a little about themselves, and which of
the four brothers they were descended from.
From the Hugh Hamer line: George and Jane Wilcox; Norma Ritter.
From the Thomas L. Hamer line: David Padgett.
From the James Hamer line: Ted and Charlene Yulich.
From the Joseph Hamer line: Tom and Cynthia Matteson; Tim and Melanie
Wayman; Mike and Charlene Thomas; Josh and Vikie Thomas; Sarah Thomas; Bill and
Mary Ann 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.
Elections were held. President: Glenn Hamer; Vice President: Bill Goller;
Secretary: Eric Hamer; Treasurer: Norma Ritter.
Old pictures and information was passed around and shared. An auction
of white elephant items were sold to help raise money for the next
year. New acquaintances were made and old ones renewed. Group photos
The meeting broke up around 3:00 pm so folks could tour the village and
cemetery. Dulcimers were being played in the village tavern. As people
departed for their trips home all agreed to bring others next year.
The Hamer Reunion for next year will be held on June 9, 2001
12:00 noon Donaldson Shelter House Spring Mill State Park
Hamer Cemetery Reunion 1999 - July 16, 1999
Descendants of mill owners return to park
By ROGER MOON,
Times-Mail News Editor
MITCHELL -- They come from cities around the country to get together once a year
for a family reunion. Such gatherings are about food, fellowship, reminiscing
and learning babies' names. But, for descendants of Hugh Hamer, gathered this
weekend at 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
people this year's reunion attracted. The Hamer family is building a shelter at
Hamer Cemetery 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 way of a quick history lesson, Hugh Hamer and his brother Thomas, back
around 1832, had become the owners of the village and grist mill at Spring Mill.
Hugh set aside a tract of land to be used for the burial of those people who
lived and died in the area. These days, the cemetery is only for the descendants
of those who were buried there in those earlier times. Those descendants include
Lucas, as well as her siblings: John "Butch" Hamer of St. Louis, Doris Hamer of
Tucson, Ariz., Jackie Childers of Bedford and Helen Lahrman of Brownstown. Hugh
Hamer was their great great grandfather. All of them, along with their children
and grandchildren are spending the weekend at Spring Mill, putting the finishing
touches on the cemetery's new shelter and looking toward a Sunday dedication
ceremony at 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
returned to 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
know where we originated." Then, too, there was the other reason to bring the
family to Spring Mill - the shelter. John estimated that 500 to 600 hours have
gone into the work, and there were occasions when as many as a dozen family
members were working on it at once. No electricity is available at the cemetery,
so they'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
the money, but they knew their father and their uncle, Frank Hamer, had been
very interested 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
shelter at the cemetery. John Jr. said, "It was really her idea to have a spot,
that whenever she went out there to visit, to have a cool spot to sit down and
rest and 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
computer to design the structure. Spring Mill property manager Mark Young said
the family requested permission from the Division of State Parks and Reservoir
Management to build the shelter. The approval was granted with the stipulation
that the 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 the state 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 be a direct
descendant of the Hamers or one of the other families (already there) to be
buried there." The park, in 1987-88, did an inventory of burials at the
cemetery, using any still-legible information that was on headstones. A complete
inventory is difficult to achieve. "We suspect there were burial sites where
people just used wood for the headstones," Young said. "We suspect the cemetery
may be fuller than what it looks like." The park has applied for grant money
that would 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
technologies will utilize shock waves to determine whether the soil had ever
been disturbed in certain areas. "We're fairly confident we're going to be
getting the funds," Young said.
Hamer Reunion 1997 - July 1, 1997
Reunion main story By Mary G. Johnson
Times-Mail Staff Writer
It's a time for remembering and making new memories, a time to look at old
pictures and take new pictures, a time to celebrate the living and memorialize
the dead, a time to gather together by birthright. A family reunion can be
joyous and happy, sad and lonely all at the same time. Blood ties can span miles
and years, bringing together people who share both genetic and remembered
heritage. While an empty chair can be haunting when the reunion comes following
a death in a family, death can actually bring a family closer together ...
While the Quinn reunion was under way, the Hamer family was holding a reunion in
Spring Mill's Donaldson Shelter House. Priscilla Hamer Knight, 89, one of the
oldest members of the Hamer clan, wasn't feeling well enough to make it. She is
the great-granddaughter of Hugh Hamer, who operated the mill at Spring Mill
until his death in 1872. When she goes to the reunion and looks around
remembering those 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 at the family reunion blowing bubbles. Corey will be 2 in August. Priscilla
knows the family history. Corey doesn't even fully understand what a family is,
let alone a family reunion. By the time he is interested in learning about his
ancestors and getting acquainted with his kin, Priscilla will have joined the
other Hamers in the Hamer family cemetery at the park. It will be up to the rest
of the clan to share the family stories with him. "I guess the older we get the
more we cherish our heritage." said George Wilcox, 72, R.2, Mitchell,
great-great-grandson of Hugh Hamer, who remembers coming to Hamer reunions when
he was a boy. In those days Wilcox and the other younger Hamers would explore
the park 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 to explore Donaldson Cave. The older ones sat and talked, looked over a long
chart showing all the different branches of the family, held a business meeting
to elect officers, then a white elephant sale to raise money for the next
reunion and a memorial service. The Rev. Glenn Hamer, 47, Mitchell, said the
family descends from four brothers, Hugh and Thomas who ran the mill at Spring
Mill and Joseph and James who ran the mill that once stood at Avoca. He is a
descendant of Joseph. The family is widely scattered. Reunions began in the
1930s, but were discontinued during World War II. They resumed in the early
1980s and 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.
There are 139 on the list of relatives, but only about 25 attended the reunion
this year. The Hamers have tried to attract more family members to the reunion.
"We had them dress in old fashioned clothes," said Glenn. "We had some come and
play the older instruments, the dulcimers, bagpipes. We tried to organize games
and activities that kids might like, badminton, horseshoes. We've tried
everything. "We understand people from great distances can't take their vacation
every year to come back for the reunion. Our hope is every other year or every
third year. It's the young folks we can't pull in no matter what we plan ...
They don'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
different direction. You graduate from college. You don't bring it back home.
You go off and do what's best for your new family." Padgett comes to be in
Spring Mill and to be with his family. "That's the drawing card for me: my
heritage with 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, a sense of what it was like to live here 100 years ago." But some young
people catch 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
the park regularly starting when he was 16. It was a place where he could talk
out his troubles to the tombstones of his relatives. He kept doing it until he
met his wife and got married. "My friends always thought it was odd. I never
thought anything of it. Neither did my father. He realized that was the only
place I had I felt like we had roots." These ties with the past and present
"give me the feeling that our family actually has some history. We aren't just
out here alone. We have a history and a past behind us and our relatives have
done great things and in the future hopefully will do other things," said Eric.
He hopes 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,"
Hamer Family Reunion 1996 - June 29, 1996
Excerpts from Newsletter
In the business meeting which followed the meal, Reunion President David
Padgett, told the group that he had tentatively gotten the Donaldson Shelter for
the June 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.
Phyllis Riess stated that she had received letters from Clarice DeWreede's son,
from Mary Sears, and from Delma McDonald, who had been instrumental in
organizing the first reunion. Jane Wilcox , George Wilcox, Melanie Wayman, and
Priscilla Knight gave ideas for activities. David Padgett and Phyllis Riess
commented on the newsletter. Information on James Hamer and Nancy Hamer Crowfoot
was sought. June Smith brought a collection of old photos to identify. Eric
Hamer made 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
Hamer Wilcox, 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;
Clifford Burton, b. 4 Jul 1914, d. 8 Jan 1996, Joseph Hamer; Hobart Franklin
Cook, d April 1996, Joseph Hamer. Following the meeting Otto Hamer conducted a
white elephant auction.
Hamer Family Reunion 1995 - June 25, 1995
Excerpts from Newsletter
A brief business meeting was conducted by Reunion President, David Padgett. A
family newsletter will be sent out. Families were asked to submit their family
lines to David Padgett with the idea of getting all these together and
distributing copies. Next year's reunion will be held June 29, 1996, at the
Sycamore Shelter 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,
newsletter ed/ secretary. Otto Hamer conducted a white elephant sale. Rev. Glenn
Hamer conducted 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. 6 Sep 1919, d. 13 Nov 1994, Joseph Hamer; Barbara Fisher, b. 20 Apr 1948, d.
2 Jan 1995, 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
Bev Hamer, Glenn and Linda Hamer, Matthew Johnson, Priscilla Knight, George and
Jane Wilcox, and Tawnie Batchelor, all of Mitchell; Mary Catherine McMullen of
Vincennes; Mary Oakley of Paoli; David, Carol and Chris Padgett of Carmel; Josh
and Vickie Thomas of Washington; Michael , Charlene and Sarah Thomas of Oakland
City; Opal Burton of French Lick; Robert and Joyce Farley of Jeffersonville.
Those from out of state were: Otto and Loetta Hamer of Murray, KY; Keith and
Becky Padgett of Westchester, PA; and Phyllis Riess of Galesburg, IL.
Hamer Family Reunion 1985 - August 10, 1985
Excerpts from Minutes
Rev. Glenn A. Hamer gave the noon blessing over a bounteous pitch-in dinner.
Thomas Hamer made the motion that the meeting be held at the Butternut
Shelterhouse in Spring Mill State Park next year. It was voted to retain the
reunion every year on the second Saturday of August. It will be August 9, 1986,
at noon... Glenn announced a few things that he had available... Jane Wilcox was
elected president and yours truly (Eileen Matteson) is still your secretary and
correspondent ... An auction was called by Otto Hamer, assisted by Linda Hamer
and Melanie Wayman.. Bertha Burton celebrated her 91st birthday and was the
oldest to receive a gift. Clarice DeWreede came the farthest from San Jose,
California. The youngest was Lisa Hamer, five months, from Florida. Robert
Farley had some interesting material on how to tell how you are related by a
cousin chart. Dawn Smith had a beautiful family tree done in calligraphy. Emma
Roegge explained that she had some more information from England background from
her D.A.R. membership... There were 64 registered in attendance. Those attending
from out of state were: Ray and Audra Young and Thomas and Roxanne Hamer, Ohio;
Bob and Pat Gustafson and Ray Weaver, Illinois; Hugh Hamer and June, Dawn, and
Lee Ann Smith, New York; Otto and Loetta Hamer, Kentucky; Clarice and John
DeWreede, California; Thomas Hamer and Mary and children from Florida. Those
from Indiana were: Emma Roegge, Seymour; Donna Mohler and daughters and Thelma
Mohler, Boonville; Mr. & Mrs. Robert Farley and daughter, Jeffersonville; Mary
Ann wilcox and Doris Owens, Indianapolis; Mr. & Mrs. John Hamer and Helen
Lahrman, Brownstown; Mr. & Mrs. Michael Thomas and family, Oakland City; Melanie
Wayman and family and Eileen Matteson, Washington; Bertha Burton and Sarah
Miller, Bloomington; Paul Evans and Eloise Brown, Evansville; Pauline Taylor,
Beech Grove; Loretta Wadsworth, Plainville; Rev. & Mrs. Glenn Hamer and son,
West Baden 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.
Hamer Reunion 1942 - Fall of 1942
Hamer Family Reunion Held at Spring Mill Park. Group Meets at Home of
Forefathers for Dinner and Social Time; Memorial Services Held.
The annual Hamer family reunion was held at Spring Mill Park, Sunday, with many
members of the family and friends present. These reunions at the park are in the
nature of a homecoming for the Hamer family, and the founders of the Lawrence
County branch of the family lived in Spring Mill Village. A basket dinner was
served at noonand during the afternoon, Miss Mary Hamer of Mitchell read
memorials to Mrs. Addie Houston and Charles Evans, members of the family who
have passed 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
Andrews of Lawrenceport; Mr. & Mrs. John Hamer and family and Miss Barbara
Havens of 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
1943 reunion at the Park, the second Sunday of August.
Hamer Reunion 1938 - September 4, 1938
Meeting for the tenth consecutive year in the historic Spring Mill Park, the
Hamer association held the annual reunion on Sunday, September 4. The
association is composed of descendants of the Colonel Hugh Hamer and Thomas
Hamer families. 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
memorial for the late John R. Riley of Bedford, who has passed away since the
last meeting, was given by Mrs. Nelson Sears. Mrs. John Padgett of Anderson gave
a brief talk on "The Early Women of the Hamer Family". The remainder of the
program was devoted to reminiscence and enjoyment of the park and pioneer
village. The reunion group included: J. Frank Hamer, Mrs. Myra Lucas, Mr. & Mrs.
Nelson Sears 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
Hamer and family of Mitchell; Mr. & Mrs. Albert Evans and family, Washington;
Mr. & Mrs. Hubert Padgett, Mrs. John Padgett, of Anderson; Mr. & Mrs. Robert
Hamer and family, Cincinnati, O.; Mrs. Emma Rhoades and family of Columbus; Mr.
& Mrs. James Hamer, Mr. & Mrs. Francis Carter, Mrs. Addie Parker, Mrs. Maude
Hamer Wesner of Seymour; Miss Helen Hayden, George Akers of Louisville; Mr. &
Mrs. Robert Blackwell and daughter, Mrs. Jesse Lindenberger, Miss Harriet
Lindenberger of 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
officers of the association included Frank V. Hamer, Tunnelton, president; Oran
Wilcox, Tunnelton, vice president; Mrs. Frank V. Hamer, secretary-treasurer;
Miss Mary Hamer. Mitchell, historian.
Hamer Reunion 1933 - September 1933
The fourth annual Hamer Cemetery Association meeting was held Sunday at Spring
Mill State Park with approximately fifty direct descendants of the old residents
of Spring Mill who lie in that hallowed spot, overlooking Spring Mill village,
known as the 'Old Hamer Cemetery". A bountiful dinner was enjoyed in the shelter
of the park after which the annual business meeting was held. Frank V. Hamer,
president of the organization, presided. The election of officers resulted in
the re-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
Conservation Department was an honored guest. He brought the glad tidings that
the state would take over the Hamer cemetery to make it a beauty spot of the
park and insure its perpetual upkeep. He had the blue prints with him to show
the proposed improvement. The plat will be encircled with an old style post and
railing fence with large gate and pedestrian gate and native stone posts. It is
planned to use native shrubbery and old fashioned flowers that will insure
blooms the entire season. Following Mr. Deturk's talk the Hamer Cemetery
Association was dissolved, and the Hamer Family Reunion to meet annually was
organized. The membership to be the descendants of the Hamers , as well as
others buried in this cemetery. Rev. Joel Lee Jones made a splendid address
which was replete with eulogies of Col. Hugh Hamer and other old time settlers.
He also conducted 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
tragic death several weeks ago in Vincennes. There were inpromptu talks by J.
Frank Hamer of this city, first president and instigator of the organization,
grandson of the late Hugh Hamer, who was born in the lower Hamer house of Spring
Mill Village; Robert Hamer, of Cincinnati, Ohio, son of Bruce Hamer, youngest
son of Hugh Hamer, who also recalled that he was born in the lower Hamer house;
James M. Hamer, scion of Joseph Hamer, Seymour, and Robert Blackwell,
Louisville, Ky., scion of Thomas Hamer. William Lynn, sexton the past four years
of the Hamer Cemetery, grandson of the late Jimmy Lynn, who formerly owned the
Donaldson land, and was an old time wood carder, was commended for the interest
he has taken 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 the latters' son Tom, and Miss Nancy Hamer of Cincinnati, Ohio; Mr. & Mrs.
James Hamer, 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.
Revised July 10, 2007