Frank Hammond was born March 24, 1886, at the Jakes Creek Ranch
in Northeastern Humboldt County, Nevada, to Frank Hammond (born in
France) and Emma Wirtz Hammond (born in Switzerland).
Frank left home at the age of 12 to wrango horses for the Double Square outfit.
Frank Hammond married Elizabeth May King, in Austin, Nevada in August of
1917. They had four children, Francis M. (Hot Springs Ranch, NV), Orvin S.
(California), Albert J. (Eureka, NV) and Emma F (Gondolfo) (Fallon, NV).
Frank & Elizabeth made their home in Battle Mountain, Nevada. Frank worked
many years for the Jenkins Ranching Co., which was owned by Cap and Louise
Marvel. He then moved his family to the Martin Ranch, where he was hired
as ranch foreman by Cap Marvel. He broke horses to be used on the ranches.
It was here that his reputation as a Buckaroo bronc rider spread throughout
the country. One horse in particular that he broke gained the reputation
as the best reined horse in the state of Nevada at that time. A fearless,
lithe and wiry young man, he was unbeatable in riding bucking horses, and
his talent in roping with a reata soon spread through out the ranching
communities. Stories by other men that worked with him, told of the time
he was at the Y/P Ranch roping horses, using a reata, roped twenty-three
head by the front feet and he never missed a shot.
A storyteller himself never bragged on what HE had done, it was always about
someone elses accomplishments. Everyone had something good to say about
Frank Hammond, and considered him the best all-around Buckaroo that they
had ever known. He did everything with ease, and made many difficult jobs
look easy. He had a terrific sense of humor and many of the stories told
on him were unbelievable.
In 1939 Frank moved his family to Austin, Nevada, where he was hired as ranch
foreman for the Tillie Walsh Ranches, a large spread on the Reese River.
He had to retire from his beloved duties of ranching and buckarooing because
of an automobile accident in Fallon, Nevada, which caused him to loose his
right leg above the knee.
In 1942, he decided he would run for Sheriff of Lander County, Nevada. He
was elected Sheriff of Lander County in November of 1942 and took office
in January of 1943. He was Sheriff for twelve years, which left another colorful
trail of history in his exciting life. He was never hindered in his work
by his leg, worked long hours as Sheriff and continued to tell stories of
his Buckaroo days, a keen memory of the past, remembering names of horses,
men and events that were humorous. He always has a crowd around him listening
to his stories. He worked for most of the big ranches along the Humboldt
River, the Filippini Ranch, and the Horseshow Ranch to name a few.
Frank Hammond passed away in Reno, Nevada in 1960. He was buried in Austin,
Nevada with the largest gathering of friends ever recorded in attendance.
Frank took with him many colorful tales of the west and Buckaroo history.
Frank Hammond was inducted into the Buckaroo Hall of Fame in September
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