The story of the Hammons begins in 1890 with WALTER J. HAMMON.
At the meagre age of 14, Walter embarks on a journey to start his business as a carting contractor. After relocating to Johannesburg and working firstly as an office boy and thereafter as a timekeeper on a mine, he manages to save up enough money to buy two Scotch carts and mules.
By 1914 his business had grown to reputable size of twenty Scotch carts and six horse trolleys. At one stage the Doornfontein stables held 351 animals consisting of horses, mules and 60 oxen.