Francis Kammerer Ford

b. 23 September 1892, d. 3 May 1966
  • Francis Kammerer Ford was born on 23 September 1892 in Suspension Bridge, Niagara County, New York.
  • He was baptized/christened on 11 December 1892 at Zion Lutheran Church in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, and A. F. Premus sponsored by Elizabeth Kammerer and George W. Barnett.
  • He married Irene Emma Irish, daughter of Hattie (?), on 23 September 1914.
  • The following appeared on 30 June 1916 in The Buffalo Morning Express: The marriage of Miss Gertrude Barnett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Barnett, and Joseph F. Lepine was solemnized at 7 o'clock last evening in the Presbyterian church of the Covenant, the Rev. John D. Campbell officiating. The church was decorated with palms, evergreens, pink peonies and marguerites. Ropes of Smilax were caught from the chandeliers. The pews for the house guests were marked with pink peonies and marguerites. Carl Kammerer of Niagara Falls, cousin of the bride, played a programme of organ music as the guests were assembling, ending in the Lohengrin bridal chorus as the bridal party entered, led by the ushers, Myron B. Bloy of Detroit, Mich., and William Lewis. The ushers were followed by the maid of honor, Miss Myrtle Hutchinson, and the two bridesmaids, Miss Helen Kammerer of Niagara Falls and Miss Ruth Barnett, sister of the bride. The bride entered with her father and was met at the altar by the bridegroom and his best man, George J. Barnett. She wore a gown of pussywillow taffeta with lace and pearl trimmings. Her veil was fastened with orange blossoms and she carried a shower bouquet of bride roses and lilies of the valley. The maid of honor, wore green-flowered voile trimmed with green satin bands and carried an arm bouquet of Ophelia roses. Miss Kammerer wore pink-flowered voile trimmed with pink satin bands and carried an arm bouquet of pink Killarney roses. A reception to 100 guests at the home of  Mr. and Mrs. Barnett in Waverly street followed the ceremony. Palms, pink and white peonies and roses adorned the rooms. The bride's table was laid for fourteen and was centered with pink roses. The other guests were seated at small tables which were centered with pink candelabra. The guests included Mr. and Mrs. John Guenther of Welland, Ont., Mr. and Mrs. Frank L. Barnett, Miss Nettie Platt of Alden, J. A. Kammerer of Toronto, Ont., Mrs. and Mrs. M. H. Mayle, Miss Helen Mayle, Mr. and Mrs. Louis K. Eimer, Paul Eimer, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Ford, Mrs. Adam Kammerer, Miss Marie Kammerer, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ford, Miss Louise Ford, Charles Ford, Jr., Miss Norma Hoffman, Miss Alice Young, Mr. and Mrs. George Benning, Miss Elsa Vorwerck of Niagara Falls, Mr. and Mrs. George F. Loehr of Lancaster, Miss Gladys Williams of Toronto., Ont., Mr. and Mrs. M. Bloy of Detroit, Mich., Miss Winifred Hewetson and Miss Vera Hewetson of Brampton, Ont., Miss Alma Hart of Scranton, Pa.  Mr. and Mrs. Lepine will spend their honeymoon in the Catskill mountains and will be at home after August 1st in Buffalo. 
  • He was a sponsor at the baptism/christening of Kenneth Francis Ford on 7 September 1919 at Zion Lutheran Church in Niagara Falls, New York.
  • The following appeared on 25 April 1922 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: A pretty wedding was solemnized at Zion Lutheran church on Wednesday evening, at 6:30 o'clock, when Miss Louise E. Ford, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ford of Willow avenue became the bride of Mr. Sylvester Hannigan. Rev. Herman Brezing performed the ceremony. Mr. Carl Kammerer gave a short organ recital, after which Mr. D. MacDuff sang "O, Promise Me." The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, was gowned in navy blue canton crepe, beaded and embroidered, with hat to match. She carried a shower bouquet of bride roses. The bridesmaid, Miss Margaret Boehner, cousin of the bride, was gowned in pumpkin georgette, embroidered in black over black satin, with picture hat to match, and carried a bouquet of Ophelia roses. Mr. Frederick Hannigan, brother of the groom, was best man. Mr. Leonard Hayden and Mr. Francis Ford acted as ushers.
         The church was decorated with palms and basket bouquets. A reception and wedding supper for 40 gueses followed at the bride's home. The house was decorated with cut flowers, the color scheme being pink and white. The bride's table, at which covers were laid for 14, was centered with a large wedding cake. The out-of-town guests were Mrs. George Ford of Ransomville, Mr. and Mrs. Duff and daughter of Wyoming, N. Y., and Mr. and Mrs. George Barnett, Mrs. F. Borth, Mrs. Hattie Irish and Miss Margaret Boehner of Buffalo. After a short wedding trip Mr. and Mrs. Hannigan will be at home at 2221 Whitney avenue, in this city.
  • A reunion of the Kammerer family was held in 1923 Kammerer family at the home of Helen Kammerer Hoffman, on the occasion of sister Phoebe Kammerer's Frank's visit from her home in Devil's Lake, North Dakota.
  • The following appeared on 18 November 1940 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: Mr. and Mrs. Charles O. Ford, 1143 Willow avenue, parents of Francisw K. Ford, Niagara Falls Boy Scout executive, and pioneer residents of Niagara Falls, will observe their golden wedding anniversary with a reception for their friends at their home tomorrow afternoon and evening from 4 to 9 o'clock.
         Mr. Ford was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Ford, Town of Porter farmers, and Mrs. Ford was the former Mary Kamerer, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Kamerer, well known residents of Niagara Falls in its early days.
  • The following appeared on 16 February 1951 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: [Died] In this city Feb. 15, 1951, Mary A. Ford of 1143 Willow Ave., wife of Charles O; mother of Francis K., Mrs. Louise E. Hannigan, this city, Charles A., of Elkhart, Ind. Sister of Mrs. Helen Hoffman, this city. She is also survived by 4 grandchildren. Funeral service at Gridley Funeral Home, 730 Main St., Saturday at 2 p.m. Rev. Arthur H. Schmoyer, D. D., officiating. Interment in Memorial Park Cemetery.
  • The following appeared on 9 December 1952 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: Charles O. Ford, 86, of 1143 Willow avenue, died in Memorial hospital this morning after a brief illness. Born in the town of Porter, Mr. Ford had been a resident of Niagara Falls for 65 years.
         Retired for 16 years, he had been a custodian of schools for the Board of Education. A 60-year member of Niagara Falls Lodge 81, IOOF, he also was a member of Riverdale Rebekah Lodge 195, the Golden Age club, the Zion Lutheran church and the Zion Brotherhood.
         He is survived by two sons, Francis K. Ford, this city, and Charles A. Ford, Elkhart, Ind; one daughter, Mrs. Louise Hannigan, this city, and five grandchildren.
         Funeral services will be conducted in the Gridley Funeral home at 2 p. m. by the Rev. Arthur H. Schmoyer, D.D. Interment will take place in Memorial Park cemetery.
  • The SSDI lists Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, as the last residence of record of Francis Kammerer Ford.
  • Francis Kammerer Ford died on 3 May 1966 at age 73.
  • Last Edited: 4 Feb 2006

Family: Irene Emma Irish b. 20 January 1895, d. 16 October 1959