J. A. Hammond is a well known farmer and stockman of Marion county, engaged extensively in the breeding of shorthorn
cattle and standard Poland China hogs. He is the owner of a valuable property of two hundred and seventy three
acres on sections 14, 23 and 24, Knoxville township, and the excellent appearance of his place indicates his careful
supervision and practical and progressive methods.
He is numbered among the native sons of the county. his birth having occurred in Clay township, March 10, 1873,
his father being Jacob Hammond, who is mentioned elsewhere in this volume. His youthful days were spent in his
native township and his entire life has been passed in Clay and Knoxville townships. He attended the district schools
and was reared to the occupation of farming and stock raising, becoming familiar with those pursuits when a youth.
As the years have passed on experience has broadened his knowledge and promoted his capability, and his success
is the merited reward of persistent, earnest purpose and honorable effort. He has brought his fields to a high
state of cultivation and annually harvests large crops of corn and other cereals for which the soil is specially
adapted. He makes the breeding and raising of stock an important feature of his business and in his pastures and
feed lots may be found excellent specimens of high grade shorthorn cattle and Poland China hogs, the sale of which
adds materially to his income.
On the 10th of February, 1897, Mr. Hammond was united in marriage to Miss Oda May Loynachan, a daughter of the
late Edward Loynachan, who died September 3, 1906, and who is mentioned elsewhere in this work. Mrs. Hammond was
born and reared in Clay township and completed her education by study in Highland Park College at Des Moines. Three
children have been born of this marriage, namely: Clarence Elmer, whose birth occurred August 22, 1899; Arthur
Lee, born April 1, 1902; and Forest Dale, whose natal day was March 10, 1906. All are still under the parental
roof and are attending school.
Politically Mr. Hammond is an earnest republican, believing firmly in the principles of the party as factors in
good government. He has never sought nor desired political office, however, and the only public position he has
held has been that of member of the school board, the cause of education finding in him a stalwart champion. He
has always preferred to give his attention to his business affairs, and in addition to his farming interests he
is acting as president of the Victory Mutual Telephone Company. Fraternally he is connected with both the subordinate
lodge and the encampment of the Odd Fellows at Durham, and in religious faith both he and his wife are connected
with the Methodist Episcopal church. Theirs is an attractive home situated in the midst of a finely improved farm,
and its hospitality is greatly enjoyed by a large circle of warm friends.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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