Walter Paul Hammer

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
September 24, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 275
Harrison County

WALTER PAUL HAMMER, M. D. In one of the most
prosperous rural localities of Harrison County a few brief
years have been sufficient to prove the professional skill
and usefulness of Dr. Hammer, who has become an ap-
preciated friend and helper among the widening group of
families that esteem him as their trusted physician.

Doctor Hammer was born on a farm near Ruddle in
Pendleton County, West Virginia, January 31, 1890, son
of Isaac Taylor and Fannie Urbana (Conrad) Hammer,
also born and reared in Pendleton County, and grandson
of Elias Hammer, of the same county. Isaac Hammer
spent his active life as a farmer. The mother of Doctor
Hammer is still living.

He was one of six children and as a background his
early life was the farm. He attended the rural schools
there, and later finished his education in Valparaiso Uni-
versity of Indiana. In 1916 he graduated M. D. from the
Chicago College of Medicine and Surgery, and on the 7th
of December of the same year he began his work as a
practicing physician and surgeon at Lumberport, Harrison
County. In six years he has built up an extensive practice,
is a member of the Harrison County, West Virginia State
and American Medical associations, and fraternally is affili-
ated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the

Doctor Hammer in 1914 married Miss Etta M. Duff, of
Butler County, Pennsylvania. Their two children are Mil-
dred Gale and Walter Dorland Hammer.