Hammond Street

Named in 1902 for Milton Ephriam Hammond (1866-1957), treasurer of the Los Angeles-Pacific Railroad, whose rail yards were then located just a few blocks southeast of here. The New York-born Hammond spent some of his formative years in Silver Cliff, CO, where his father Thomas was in mining. After some time in Phoenix, he moved to L.A. in 1891 to work as an auditor and was soon associated with Moses H. Sherman‘s business enterprises (like the L.A.P.R.R.), along with Eli P. Clark and William D. Larrabee. He later worked as an accountant for a hospital and an insurance company. Judging by old society columns, the Hammonds – M.E., his wife Marguerite (1871-1951), and their kids Ruth, Helen, Thomas, and Marcia – liked to entertain and travel. They lived on 36th Street near USC.