FRANK L. HAMMER.
In the category of useful citizens the contractor and builder should rightfully occupy a place near the head of
the list. The architect may draw beautiful designs on paper, but such designs are worthless until the skilled builder
gives them a permanence in brick or stone. The structures erected by the successful contractor and builder will
remain as a monument to his skill long after he has passed away.
Frank L Hammer, one of the most prominent contractors and builders of Lindsay, California, was born on a farm in
central Missouri, September 12, 1885, a son of Simon and Mary (White) Hammer. He grew to manhood on his father's
farm, received a good public school education, and in 1904 paid his first visit to southern California, where he
began learning the carpenter's trade. After a few months he returned to Missouri and worked at his trade there
until 1906, when he again came to California. This time he worked at carpenter work in the northern part of the
state for awhile, when he once more went back to Missouri.
On June 8, 1908, in Lebanon, Mr. Hammer was married to Miss Lessie Garman of Lebanon, Missouri, and soon after
his marriage took up his residence in Lindsay, California. He worked at his trade until 1914, when he began contracting
on a small scale. As his reputation became known he was called upon to assume the construction of larger buildings,
until now he is considered by many as the leading contractor of the city. Among the structures erected by him may
be mentioned the No. 2 packing plant of the Lindsay Cooperative Citrus Association; the buildings of the Lindsay
Ripe Olive Company, the largest concern of its kind in the world; the addition to the Lindsay high school building;
the E. M. M. Service building; and a number of the city's finest residences. Mr. Hammer is a Master Mason in good
standing and takes an interest in the good work of that time honored fraternity. He and his wife have four children:
Veda, Melva, Wilma and Frank Leslie, Jr.
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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