LOUIS HAMMERSLOUGH (1892-1895)As part of #KCParks125, we are featuring all 104 Park Board Commissioners in order of their service.Louis Hammerslough (1835-1903) was a well-known and respected member of the community.Mr. Hammerslough was born in Hanover, Germany in 1835. He came to the United States in 1854 following three brothers who had immigrated earlier. He first moved to Baltimore, Maryland and then went to Springfield, Illinois where he worked with his brothers in the clothing and dry goods business. His brother Julius, who owned the clothing store in Springfield, Illinois lived near Abraham Lincoln and was friends with him.Louis Hammerslough moved to Kansas City in 1858 where he built a very successful clothing business through quality of service and the use of advertising. He was involved with the promotion of Kansas City commerce through membership in the Board of Trade and helped organize a Kansas City Trade Fair. He sold his clothing business in 1886. Less successful was his purchase of a Kansas City based German-American newspaper The Globe in 1889; the paper failed within two years and hit Mr. Hammerslough’s finances very hard. He later went into the real estate business. Mr. Hammerslough was known for his friendly personality, kind and generous spirit and good sense of humor. He was an originating member of Temple B’nai Jehudah, a Mason, and a member of several community organizations. #KCParks #FromTheArchives | KC Parks Instagram Photos

LOUIS HAMMERSLOUGH (1892-1895)As part of #KCParks125, we are featuring all 104 Park Board Commissioners in order of their service.Louis Hammerslough (1835-1903) was a well-known and respected member of the community.Mr. Hammerslough was born in Hanover, Germany in 1835. He came to the United States in 1854 following three brothers who had immigrated earlier. He first moved to Baltimore, Maryland and then went to Springfield, Illinois where he worked with his brothers in the clothing and dry goods business. His brother Julius, who owned the clothing store in Springfield, Illinois lived near Abraham Lincoln and was friends with him.Louis Hammerslough moved to Kansas City in 1858 where he built a very successful clothing business through quality of service and the use of advertising. He was involved with the promotion of Kansas City commerce through membership in the Board of Trade and helped organize a Kansas City Trade Fair. He sold his clothing business in 1886. Less successful was his purchase of a Kansas City based German-American newspaper The Globe in 1889; the paper failed within two years and hit Mr. Hammerslough’s finances very hard. He later went into the real estate business. Mr. Hammerslough was known for his friendly personality, kind and generous spirit and good sense of humor. He was an originating member of Temple B’nai Jehudah, a Mason, and a member of several community organizations. #KCParks #FromTheArchives

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