September 17, 2014

HOMETOWN HEROES: Carolyn Hammon

Carolyn Hammon Photo courtesy of Rick Poppitz, kcvideo.com

Carolyn Hammon Photo courtesy of Rick Poppitz, kcvideo.com

WATCH VIDEO: Rick Poppitz, kcvideo.com
Special to The Gardner News
Carolyn Hammon sat down on the front porch of the Edgerton Historical Museum to share some of her memories as a longtime resident of the area. She’s lived in Olathe, Gardner and Edgerton.
Carolyn was born in Edgerton in her parents home with the renowned Dr. A. S. Reece delivering. She said Dr. Reece was there for the delivery of her own child years later, as well delivering multiple generations of her extended family.

In an undated photo, workers greet customers at the former Hammon Boot Company, which used to be in Gardner. Submitted photo

In an undated photo, workers greet customers at the former Hammon Boot Company, which used to be in Gardner. Submitted photo

Carolyn recalls that before the streets were paved, she would avoid going to the grocery when it had rained because the dirt street would turn into mud.
Her Dad served on the city council, school board and as a fireman. She says that fire calls came to their house and all the kids knew not to answer the long continuous ring that signaled an emergency call.
It brings a big smile to Carolyn’s face when she recalls saving her babysitting money so she could buy a pair of roller skates at the hardware store and how strapping them on put her on “cloud nine”.
Carolyn got married in 1963. Her husband was employed at Hyer’s Boot Company in Olathe for many years, starting on the floor and advancing to plant manager during his time there. Carolyn also got to know the boot business during those years.

ABOVE: Former Kansas City Chief DE Art Still had his custom cowboy boots made at Hammon Boots made by the Hammon Boot Company. The photo reads: To Hammon Boot Co., Thank You for everything, take good care, Art Still # 67. Submitted photo

Former Kansas City Chief DE Art Still had his custom cowboy boots made at Hammon Boots made by the Hammon Boot Company. The photo reads: To Hammon Boot Co., Thank You for everything, take good care, Art Still # 67. Submitted photo

In the 1980’s the Hammons opened their own business in Gardner – the Hammon Boot Company. They filled orders for custom handmade cowboy boots there. They had quite a few well known customers, including Kansas City Chiefs legend Art Still and 7′ 1″ KU Jayhawk Center Greg Dreiling.
Carolyn still lives in Edgerton and volunteers at the Edgerton Community Museum.

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