A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and New York
WILLIAM U. HAMMER, Doctor of Dental Surgery, is a native of Iowa, and for
over forty years has been a leading representative of his profession at
Atlantic, Cass County.
Doctor Hammer was born in Johnson County, Iowa, October 6, 1872, son of John
and Catherine Hammer. His parents were natives of Germany, his father a
Bavarian and his mother a native of Wurttemberg. John Hammer came to the United
States in the early '50s, and enlisted and served five years in the regular
army, including a portion of the Civil war period. He was discharged before
the close of the war on account of ill health. He and his wife were married
at West Point, New York, his wife having come to this country when fourteen
years of age. After the war they moved to Johnson County, Iowa, and lived out
their lives there and are buried in that county. The father, who died in
1875, followed the business of stone mason and farmer. Of their eleven children
Doctor Hammer and one other son survive. His brother is Charles Hammer, a
retired farmer at Iowa City.
William U. Hammer attended country schools and as a youth taught for three
years. Part of his education was acquired in the Iowa State Teachers College
at Cedar Falls. In 1898 he entered the University of Iowa, dental
department, and was graduated in 1901. He first practiced at Grundy Center and since
1907 has been established at Atlantic and is one of the busiest professional
men of that city. Doctor Hammer is a member of the Xi Psi Phi dental
fraternity, is a Knight Templar Mason, and he and his family are members of the
Christian Church. His wife is a past grand officer of the Eastern Star of Iowa.
Doctor Hammer married, August 22, 1900, Miss Vinnie Ream Murphy, of Oxford,
Iowa, daughter of J. W. Murphy, a pioneer farmer of Johnson County. Mrs.
Hammer is a graduate of the Oxford High School. They have one son, Code L.
Code L. Hammer, one of the younger professional men of Atlantic, was born at
Oxford, August 14, 1902, graduated from the Atlantic High School in 1920,
and took both the liberal arts and dental courses in the University of Iowa.
He graduated with the degree Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1925 and remained at
the university as assistant demonstrator in the dental school until 1927,
when he joined his father in practice at Atlantic. He is a member of the Xi Psi
Phi dental fraternity, belongs to the Masonic fraternity and the
Presbyterian Church. He married August 22, 1925, Miss Lucille Dufford, of Omaha. She
is a graduate of the Atlantic High School and obtained her A. B. degree at the
University of Iowa in 1927. She taught school at Omaha before her marriage.
Debbie Clough Gerischer
Iowa History Site