The Ray Hammond House
Contributor: Will Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago
Written by Geri Shafer. As I remember, Grandpa (Alma Fredric) and Grandma (Louisa) Hammond bought an old, one-room schoolhouse that was no longer in use. I think it was moved to their farm (about 35 acres) in Groveland, Idaho. A front portion was added to the school house to make more room for their large family. A coal stove in the front room heated the home.
The house as pictured has a living room, two bedrooms, bathroom, a back porch area and a front entrance room. A basement was added after Ray Hammond bought the home in 1950. The dirt was excavated from under the back portion of the home. After the basement area was cleared, Ray built cinder block walls and created a furnace system, storage room, laundry room and bedroom with a closet.
After Ray died in 1993, Arvene moved to Middleton, Idaho to live with their son. The house was sold after Arvene died in 1994. The frontage property was divided into lots and sold and the back portion was sold to the Cox family for farming. Milton Hammond and Lois Hammond Larsen both bought lots and built new houses on their property.