Village's oldest citizen, Rose Hammond, dies at 106

LAKE GEORGE A woman who spent nearly 80 years of her life actively involved in the Lake George community passed away last Saturday. Rose (Boos) Hammond, 106, of Amherst Street in Lake George Village, died peacefully at home June 14, 2008. Born Jan. 29, 1902 in Zell-Wiesental, Germany, she was the daughter of Anton and Maria Louisa Boos. Hammond arrived in the U.S. on Dec. 8, 1928, at the age of 26. She lived with relatives in Brooklyn, until settling in Lake George in March 1929. She secured a job with the Ballis family of New York City,for employment at the Ballis Hotel on Canada St. where she was employed from 1929 to 1936 as a housekeeper and later as manager. She then worked at the Stuart Arms Hotel nearby as a hostess and clerk. Mrs. Hammond said that Lake George reminded her of her native land, the Black Forest area of Germany, where she was raised. Hammond was very proud to become a U.S. citizen in 1936. She married Reuben H. Hammond on Sept. 14, 1940, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lake George. They resided on Amherst Street in the Village of Lake George. He died in Sept. 1944. Rose Hammond served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the Women's Army Corps as a surgical technician, and was honorably discharged in 1946. A devoted, dedicated inspiration to others since 1929, she was the oldest communicant of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church of Lake George. Hammond was the housekeeper for Father James Curley from 1955 until 1972 when she retired in 1972 to her Amherst Street home. Proud of her service to the nation, Hammond was a member of Lake George American Legion Post No. 374. Hammond was a member of the Lake George Senior Citizen's Center, enjoyed gardening all of her life and had won numerous beautification awards from the Village for her well-kept lawns and flower beds. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church Memorial donations may be made to Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, 50 Mohican St., Lake George, NY 12845. At Mondays Village Board meeting, Mayor Blais entertained a proposal to rename a street in the village in Hammonds honor, plus the board paid their respects and recalled her with fondness.

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