m. 18 Jan 1952
||5 Mar 1921
||Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa
||12 May 1986
||Burlington Medical Center, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa
||15 May 1986
||Kossuth Cemetery, Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa
||18 Jan 1952 
||Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa 
||Pauline R. Swanson | F2
||15 Jul 1972
||Stronghurst, Henderson County, Illinois
||Oliver Clayton "Clayton" Brumm | F3 Group Sheet
||Bertha Leota Lett | F3 Group Sheet
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||Bill and Leota Brumm|
This photograph I took with a Kodak Brownie camera. I was never very good at photography before the age of 16 or so, and it shows. My dad and mom, William Lett "Bill" and Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm, were sitting on the couch in our living room on South Pine Street. I still have the shelf behind them, and the afghan on the couch. (Yet I am not a pack rat, exactly.)
||"Reese Villa," The Laura Reese Residence|
This was a photograph of the house I grew up in, taken in about 1907 and published in a book about New London, Iowa. My father, William Lett "Bill" Brumm, purchased the house from Anna L. and John Gordon Reese in 1952. The photograph is from a photocopy provided by my cousin, Doris Idella Walker.
||The Brumm House on South Pine Street (#1 of 4)|
This is the house and acreage, within the town limits of New London, Iowa, where I grew up. At the time it was either 301 or 309 South Pine Street (my parents maintained it was 301, but somehow I saw some evidence it was 309). They since have renumbered the street and the last I heard it was 200+ - in the 200 block.
||The Brumm House on South Pine Street (#2 or 4)|
This view was to the north side of the house I grew up in. The swing set didn't last too long there, was replaced by a swing on a strong branch of the hackberry tree. The small building to the right of the house was used as a tool shed by my father, and removed sometime around 1960 or so. The larger building in the back was a barn originally, we used it as a garage (and later he kept tools in part of it). The haw mow (2nd floor) was a storage area.
||The Brumm House on South Pine Street (#3 of 4)|
This is a view of the house I grew up in looking at it from the southwest (the orchard area southwest of the back yard). The house across the (Pine) Street from us, slightly to the right in the photograph, was where Helen Grinstead and her children lived. The barn/garage of ours (see the previous picture) is on the far left. The several other houses, partially obscured, were our neighbors on the north. The land that came with the property was between three and four acres in size.
||The Brumm House on South Pine Street (#4 of 4)|
Straight west behind our house were three outbuildings, connected, we called the "chicken houses." At some points, my parents used the first building (on the right in this picture) as a brooder house, where eggs were kept and hatched our young chicks they bought were put. Later I kept some rabbits in it, and sometimes it was used to store grain. The larger (middle) building of the three was often "the chicken house," and the ground around it was where the chickens ran around in the daylight hours. (There was a fence put up that was not there when this photo was taken.) The far west (left) small building was generally not used for much of anything, but when I was about 10 to 13 years old or so, I got into domesticated pigeon keeping, and as we weren't keeping chickens by that point, I used the large building and the smallest furthest west building for my "pets."
||William Lett "Bill" Brumm and his son, Dennis William Brumm|
This photograph was probably taken in 1953 when I was about one year old. It was in the kitchen of our house on South Pine Street in New London, Iowa. The puppy was one of the pups born in several litters that our dog, Mickey, had.
||Dennis William Brumm and His Father, Bill|
This photograph from about 1954 was taken at our home on South Pine Street in New London, Iowa. I'm watching my father, William Lett "Bill" Brumm, in the mirror in my parents' bedroom. I can still vaguely remember the two lamps sitting on the vanity.
||The Manitou Incline (1 of 2)|
In 1958 my parents and I went to Colorado to visit the extended family of my uncle and aunt, Thomas Clifford "Cliff" and Wilda "Marguerite" (Wyerman) Walker. They had moved to Manitou Springs, Colorado, from New London, Iowa, earlier that year. In the vicinity is the Mt. Manitou Scenic Incline (Railway), a ride which my father, my cousin Terry (Teresa Lynn "Terry" Thomas) and I took on the afternoon of August 4. My father's face got stuck behind part of the railway. Later, in 1969, he and I would take the same ride up the mountain during another visit to the Colorado Springs area.
||Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm, Mickey, and Dennis William Brumm at Christmas 1958|
A number of family photographs I have were processed in August 1960, but I think they must have been on rolls of film taken at Christmas in 1958 and Christmas of 1959 judging from the "look" I have in different pictures, and the fact the Christmas tree was in two separate rooms of our house, and the family dog changed. This photograph of the earlier Christmas is of my mother, Leota Brumm, our dog, Mickey, and me. The langern on the "box" (which was actually drum, big mistake) on the right was battery powered, very dim when lit, and red. There was a helicopter below it on the far right side of the photograph, which had a wire connected to it and a control box. It, like the car to the right of the box with such a wire (visible as the curled metal near the car) and control box, never really worked very well. I vaguely remember the truck to the left of my mother. The glasslike rectangle sitting on the rug was a small pinball like game, as nearly as I can remember. It almost appears I am praying and singing, but I seriously doubt if I was. The lust for things that I had then, fortunately, waned as I got older and realized how temporary a feeling it was.
||Dennis William Brumm, Mickey, and William Lett "Bill" Brumm at Christmas 1958|
A photograph of my dog, father, and me taken after the presents were opened in December 1958. I think my father was watching me closely to make sure I didn't screw up. I was trying to pose while make my new, nifty sedan run along the floor. It didn't work very well and had a short and clumsy tether. I think the wire had to rotate to make the car move. I probably got the most use from that year's presents out of the box of Lincoln logs on the right of the photograph. I loved them, and tinker toys. Later, an erector set was fun too, but my natural tendency as a child was to take things apart more than to put them together.
||George and Verona Dotson on the Brumm Family Couch will Bill and Leota Brumm|
This well framed, clear, amazing photograph was taken by me at about age 7, showing great potential for my future if I were to choose photography as a life path or career. All kidding aside, I wish I'd been stabilized a little better when I took pictures at this age. These are, left to right, my uncle George Percy Walker, his wife, Verona Violet (Dotson) Walker, and my father and mother, William Lett "Bill" Brumm and Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm.
||Leota and Bill Brumm|
During their 15 year marriage that ended with my mom's death in 1967, my parents, Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm and William Lett "Bill" Brumm, never bothered to have photographs of themselves taken at a proper photography studio. Instead they depended upon their unsteady son, Dennis, and the results are very terrible. As far as I know they never even had a wedding photograph taken.
||Jingles on the Rug|
Jingles was our family dog when I (Dennis William Brumm) was but a child. We also had his mother, Mickey, who provided puppies at regular intervals in the late 1950s.
||Christmas at the Brumm Household, Probably 1961|
Another photograph exists from this Christmas season, which I dated as either 1961 or 1962, probably the former. This was the "2nd front room" of our house (William Lett "Bill," Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel), and Dennis William Brumm). It was constructed in Victorian style, a quite large house for three people, but consisted of small rooms that we didn't use in standard Victorian ways. The little end table with the lamp atop it was, I believe, originally from an Aunt and Uncle, Dorothy Virginia (Brumm/Herman) and Paul Henry Stodt. I believe Dorothy also was the first family member of either side to make a papier-mâché snowman in honor of Frosty and the season, my mother did it only one year, I think. I still have the shelf that is hanging on the left wall, I'd love to get my hands on the lamp too, long since likely relegated to a landfill.
||The Brumm Family Christmas in About 1964|
This is the only color photograph I have of any of my childhood Christmas times. I don't know if there were more on this roll sent to other relatives or not. It was probably about 1964. I have no idea why the archery set, I never really used it nor asked for it, but mystery things would appear almost every year in that most consumptive of times. I did used to play carom, which was the big board on the left. It went along fine with friends and other family members who also liked it.
This would be a fine photograph if I had found the film and had the roll developed sooner than I did. Jingles was the family dog in the William Lett "Bill" Brumm family from about 1959-1969.
|Scott Alan Lox, Roy Grant Fortner, and Jingles|
Scott Lox and Roy Fortner, with Scott holding the Brumm family dog, Jingles, in a photograph taken in the kitchen of the Brumm household on South Pine Street in New London, about 1965. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
||The Manitou Incline (2 of 2)|
This photograph was taken almost eleven years after another ride on the same railway which my father and I took with my cousin, Teresa Lynn "Terry" Thomas, in 1958. On that trip, he had his face blocked by the curved columns of the railway car; this trip I reminded him and he leaned way out to the left to make sure it didn't happen again. There was a restaurant and tourist shop at the top, and I remember a lot of ground squirrels also at the peak of the mountain.
(This photograph was also used at http://www.manitouincline.net/history.htm)
||The Brumm House, as of 1985|
I took this photograph in 1985 of the house where I was raised and nurtured from 1952-1968. It was white when I lived there (and returned to white later). The Piper family that bought it from my dad removed the front porch which still had some of its Victorian roots, and replaced it with a new condensed version. The outbuildings were torn down, a regular garage had replaced the old barn my father used as a work shed and garage.
||The Brumm House, June 24, 2001|
This photograph of the house and property where I grew up in New London, Iowa, was taken by my cousin and aunt, Becky Murphy and Marge Kimble. The large hackberry tree on the north side of the house was now long gone. The front view faces east, the two side views are facing north. Since this time, lots have been sold behind it on the 3+ acres we owned when I was a child, and I am told that houses are being built there. Photo provided courtesy of Becky Ruth (Kimble) Murphy and Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) Kimble
||The Brumms in 1952: Leota, Bill, and Dennis|
Perhaps the earliest known photograph of me (Dennis William Brumm), provided by Marge Kimble. It probably was been taken in late 1952 (early 1953 at the very latest). My mother, Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) and dad, William Lett "Bill" Brumm, are admiring me. Little did they know... The photo was taken in Morning Sun near my grandparents' home there.
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||Antiquity to Modern: 65 Generations|
This is a document featuring 65 generations of descendants of Godwulf (born circa AD 80) to Dennis Brumm. Through the Fox family genealogy, much of which was provided by researcher Jodie Streit, plus some research I did backing it out from the royal family of England (to which the Fox family is connected, including Norse legends which can never be proven, this is the furthest back my database goes. It is not posted to be taken as "fact" in the earliest of generations/ (Note: this document is in .pdf format.)
||The Former Brumm House on South Pine Street in 2009|
This real estate ad for the house I grew up in was sent to me by a former high school classmate.
||A Postcard on October 16, 1965 (front)|
From Samuel Clinton "Sam" and Elizabeth Ella "Betty" (Hatt) Walker, visiting their son, Jerry Dean Walker in Berlin, Germany, to William Lett and Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm in New London, Iowa. Six shots of buildings in West Berlin are on the card, with the message "Berlin, die ewig junge Stadt" ("Berlin, the eternally young city").
||A Postcard on October 16, 1965 (back)|
From Samuel Clinton "Sam" and Elizabeth Ella "Betty" (Hatt) Walker, visiting their son, Jerry Dean Walker in Berlin, Germany, to William Lett and Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm in New London, Iowa. The message is "Berlin, Germany, October 16, 1965; Dear Bill and Leota, Every day I try to write a few cards. Just seems as if I can't get them all out. We have had real nice, sunny, but cool weather. Today it is raining but supposed to clear off. Sammie and Jerry are going to the football. We are going to the British PX.
"We went to East Berlin Thursday on a bus tour, glad to get back. Had to take the pictures out of the bus wndow. We only stopped once at the Russian Memorial where all the wheels are buried. Be seeing you, as ever, Sammie and Betty"
||Residences of Maternal Family Members in New London, Iowa During the 20th Century|
I constructed this map of my home town of New London, Iowa, and noted the residences where various family members connected to the maternal Walker family lived during my lifetime in the town. I since have determined the location of another family earlier on, Geoffrey Paul and Maude Mae (Walker) Umphrey, who were living in New London for a few years before Geoffrey's death in 1931. Using census data from the 1930 federal census, I believe it was six houses directly north of our family's home on South Pine Street (also on South Pine).
There were other family members, more distantly connected, living in town during the years I was there, but I was not completely aware of these connections at the time I undertook this exercise.
- Witnesses at the marriage of Bill and Leota (Walker/Krekel) Brumm were Dorothy (Brumm) Stodt, Bill's sister, and her husband, Paul Stodt.
- Sunday guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. S. N. Walker included Mr. and Mrs. Roy Fortner and granddaughter, Sandra Umphrey, Detroit, Michigan; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Allen and family and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Driscoll, Winterset; Mr. and Mrs. Sam Walker and Jerry and Mr. and Mrs. William William Walker, Gary and Steve all of Marion; Mr. and Mrs. Ted Dotson, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Walker and Doris, and granddaughter, Threasa (sic) Thomas, all of New London; Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, Mrs. Leota Krekel and Bill Brum (sic) all of West Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. John Russell, Wapello; James Walker, Winfield; Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Broeker and Shirley, Mr. and Mrs. Trevor Kimble and family and Tom Walker all of Morning Sun.
- Certificate of Marriage
STATE OF IOWA
Des Moines County
THIS IS TO CERTIFY, that on the 18th day of January A.D. 1952, at Burlington, in said County, according to and by authority of law, I duly
Joined in Marriage
William B. Brumm
Leota W. Krekel
Given under my hand the 18th day of January
Marriage solemnized in the presence of Mrs. Dorothy Stodt
Mr. Paul H. Stodt
- Area Business, Industrial News
[...] New London (IA) -- Robert McCabe sold his house on South Elm street to Mrs. Anna Reese.
William Lett Brumm has purchase the residence of Mrs. Anna Reese on South Pine street.
Earl Petzinger has had his grocery store remodeled.
- Mr. and Mrs. S. N. Walker were guests over the weekend at the Ted Dotson and Clifford Walker homes in New London, and the George Walker home in West Burlington. Mr. and Mrs. Walker also visited the Wm. Brumm home in New London where they made the acquaintance of a new grandson. [Note: the article says new "great grandson" but is in error.]
- Called to Morning Sun to funeral services for Mrs. Margaretta (sic) Howey were David Howey and son, Dennis, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Fortner, Mrs. Lloyd Allen, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Umphrey, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Umphrey and Paul Jr., all of Detroit, Michigan; Sam C. Walker, Mr. and Mrs. William Walker, all of Marion, Iowa; Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Elaine Dotson and Sylvia, Fort Madison; Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, Mrs. Arm(?) (sic: Arnold) Brunk, West Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. Ted Dotson, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Walker, Doris and Wilda, Mrs. Bill Brumm, all of New London; Mrs. Bill Lox, Oquawka, Illinois; James Walker, Winfield; Mr. and Mrs. John Russell, Wapello.
- Taking part in a family Christmas dinner and gift exchange Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs, S. N. Walker were Mr. and Mrs. William Walker and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Walker and nephew, all of Marion; Mrs. Ted Belles, Carol and Mark, Cedar Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Virden, Mt. Pleasant; Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Walker and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Dotson and Sylvia Dotson; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brumm and Dennis, all of New London; Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, West Burlington, Mr. and Mrs. Arnie Brunk and children, Burlington; Mrs. Bill Lox and Scott Oquawka, Illinois; Mr. and Mrs. John Russell, Wapello; Mr. and Mrs. Larry Smith, Winfield; Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Broeker, Tom Walker, Mr. and Mrs. Trevor Kimble and family, all of Morning Sun.
- Relatives and friends of S. N. Walker gathered in Locust Grove here Sunday to observe the 87th birthday of Mr. Walker. Present for the birthday dinner were Mr. and Mrs. (Aleta Hewitt) Lee Walker, Ainsworth; Mr. and Mrs. (Caroline Moyers) Charles Bailey and family, Keokuk; Mr. and Mrs. (Elizabeth Moyers) Arthur Long and sons, Lockridge; Mr. and Mrs. (Mabel Moyers) Haines and son, Fairfield; Mrs. Ruth Moyers and Ethel, Burlington; Mrs. Bill Lox (Virginia Dotson) and Scotty, Oquawka, Illinois; Mr. and Mrs. (Maude Walker/Umphrey) Roy Fortner, Dennis Howey, Mr. and Mrs. (Thelma Umphrey) Lloyd Allen and Pamela, Detroit, Michigan; Mr. and Mrs. (Margaret Lesher) William Walker and Steve and Sam Walker, Marion; Mr. and Mrs. (Leota Walker/Krekel) Bill Brumm and Dennis, Mr. and Mrs. (Marguerite Wyerman) Clifford Walker and Terry Thomas, New London; Mr. and Mrs. (Verona Dotson) George Walker and Mr. and Mrs. (Myrtle Walker) Ted Dotson, West Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. (Beverly Broeker) Elwood Marshall and Karen, Fort Madison; Jim Walker, Mt. Pleasant; Mr. and Mrs. (Nellie Owens) Bert Moyers, Mr. and Mrs. (Flossie Walker) John Russell, Mr. and Mrs. (Marian Callahan) Tommy Dotson, all of Wapello; Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Pickard, Birmingham; Mr. and Mrs. (Ruth Wheeler) Wallace Broeker, Mr. and Mrs. (Marjorie Walker) Trevor Kimble and family, Tom Walker, Mrs. Willa (Umphrey) Wolfe and Mr. and Mrs. (Reil Hannah) Sam Walker, all of Morning Sun.
- Attend Walker Funeral Here
The following relatives of the S. N. Walker family attended funeral services for Mr. Walker on Tuesday afternoon of last week:
Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, Mr. and Mrs. R. T. (sic: T. R.) Dotson of West Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Walker and Doris and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brumm of New London; Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Virden, Mt. Pleasant; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Lox, Oquawka, Illinois; Mrs. Elwood Marshall, Fort Madison; Mr. and Mrs. Larry Smith, Winfield; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Walker, Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. Sam C. Walker, Mr. and Mrs. William D. Walker, Marion; Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Walker, Marengo; Mr. and Mrs. Lee Walker, Crawfordsville; Mrs. Talma Lyons, Alliance, Nebraska; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Fortner and Mrs. Lloyd Allen and Pamela of Detroit, Michigan; Mr. and Mrs. Verl Van Houten and family, Corpus Christi, Texas; Miss Elsie Walker, Benton, Arkansas; Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Sanders, Osceola; Mr. and Mrs. Austin Reynolds, Baxter; Mrs. Rodney Phillips and Cressie Edgar, Panora.
- [S3] Brumm, William Lett "Bill" and Hattie "Leota" (Walker) Krekel - Marriage Certificate, (January 18, 1952; Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 4).