Emma Elisabeth <I>Hammer</I> McMillan

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Emma Elisabeth Hammer McMillan

  • Birth 1 Mar 1882 Scales Mound, Jo Daviess County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 15 Jan 1955 Canon City, Fremont County, Colorado, USA
  • Burial Clay Center, Clay County, Kansas, USA
  • Memorial ID 67709237

Born in Scales Mound, Illinois the second of seven children, Emma came to Kansas following her uncle and aunt Gustav and Lucy Musselman to Clay Center. She was working in a millinery (hat) shop when she met her husband Arthur McMillan, whom she married June 23, 1902.

As a young mother of three children, Emma sold her butter to a restuarant in Clay Center. Every week she would drive her special team of buggy ponies from Green for the delivery. Her sons would alternate taking the trip with her for the treat of root beer and liver sausage while they were in town.

Emma joined the Presbyterian Church in Scales Mound as a young lady, and transfered her membership to the Presbyterian Church in Idana, where she was a member the rest of her life.

Emma passed away at the home of her son I.A.(Ilo) McMillan in Canon City, Colorado. Shortly after arriving for a visit she became ill and was unable to return to Clay Center. Her body was returned to Clay Center for services and burial.

Her granddaughter Jean remembers her as a hard working farm woman. Emma was an excellent seamstress and taught Sunday School. At Christmas she would make traditional German Springerle cookies, using her special rolling pin to cut squares from the dough with embossed designs.

Her grandson Art says she was about 4'8" and weighed about 80 pounds as he remembers her. Yet, during harvest she could drive the team (mules or horses) with a mower or a dump rake and everything would be perfectly done. Grandma Emma sold her chickens and eggs to the "chicken man" who came by once a week. She milked cows and churned her butter by hand. She made dresses from feed sacks.


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  • Created by: P Jones
  • Added: 31 Mar 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 67709237
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Emma Elisabeth Hammer McMillan (1 Mar 1882–15 Jan 1955), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67709237, citing Greenwood Cemetery, Clay Center, Clay County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by P Jones (contributor 47471462) .