David Hamm, Photographer 56 Years, Dies

A photographer for 56 years, David S. Hamm, 76, of South Church Street, died Saturday morning in Perry Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was born May 18, 1895?, in Dover, a son of Elliott and Susan Glass Hamm. In 1918 he studied photography under Mr. Hallberg of Hallberg studios in Princeton, then worked for brief times in Earlville and LaSalle, returning to Princeton to work for Hallberg, whom he bought out in 1927. Mr. Hamm kept the studio on South Main street until his retirement in February, 1974.

He married Clara Swanson Feb. 18, 1920, and she preceded him in death Jan. 31, 1973, after nearly 30 years of marriage. He next married Martha Simpkins Walzer, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Kenneth, Ph.D., head of the chemistry department at Carthage college, Kenosha, Wis., David Lee of Macon, Ga., who has spent 24 1/2 years in the air force; daughters, Mrs. Robert (Joan) Mercer, Paw Paw, Mrs. James (Barbara) Rife, North Manchester, Ind., 10 grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his first wife; one son in infancy; eight sisters, and three brothers.

(Rest of obit is missing.)

 (Bureau County Republican, July 16, 1974, submitted by Beverly Marine)  




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