- Oregon Pioneer – Builder of Lane County Court House in 1855 – Father of 13 children
“Norman P. Hammitt, one of Lane county’s pioneer citizens, died of heart failure at his home on the Mohawk Sunday night at 10 o’clock, June 2, 1901, aged 73 years. Deceased who was apparently enjoying excellent health, retired early but awoke about 10 o’clock and called to his family who on responding found Mr. Hammitt sitting in a chair by the bedside evidently in great pain. Local remedies were applied but to no avail and deceased expired in a few moments. Besides the wife deceased leaves 13 children, as follows: Ben and Marvin Hammitt, Delta, Idaho, Geo Hammitt, Robinson, BC. Victor, Olaude and Ralph Hammett, Mrs. Will Seavey, all of this county, Mrs. John Barger, Roseburg, Misses Mae, Maude and Grace Hammitt who reside at home.
Deceased came to Oregon from Ottumwa, Iowa, in 1851 and in 1855 built the old Lane County court-house assisted by his two brothers, Elwood Hammitt of Humbolt county, California and James Hammitt of Ottumwa, Iowa, who together with three sisters, Miss Melissa Hammitt and Mrs. Elizabeth Zimmerman of Ottumwa, Iowa and Mrs. D Teater, of Oakland, California still survive.
The funeral will take place Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the family residence followed with interment in Stafford cemetery. Rev. Philip Workman will conduct the ceremonies.” Eugene Morning Register, June 4, 1901, pg 4, col. 3. University of Oregon Knight Library, Newspaper Collection.
For additional information on the Hammitt family click the link to the Stafford Cemetery where many of the family members are buried.