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Bessie H. Brumm

Female 1892 - 1904


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  • Name  Bessie H. Brumm  [1
    Born  Oct 1892  Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Female 
    Census  1900  Upper Alton, Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Bessie H. Brumm, daughter, white, female, born October 1892, age 7, single, born in Illinois, father born in Iowa, mother born in Missouri, at school, could read, write, and speak English
    Died  5 Aug 1904  Alton, Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Cause: drowning in the Mississippi River while learning how to swim 
    Funeral Notice  8 Aug 1904  Alton, Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    the Alton Evening Telegraph 
    • Brumm Sisters Funeral

      The funeral of Bessie and Marie Brumm, the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Brumm, was held at the family home on Brown street at 3:30 o'clock. Services were conducted by Reverend W. H. Bradley, pastor of the Presbyterian church. The Brumm home was filled with sorrowing friends and relatives who wished to pay a mark of respect to those who had departed and of sympathy to the bereaved family. There were many very beautiful floral offerings among which were beautiful pieces from the Presbyterian Sunday school and from each of the rooms at the public school the girls had been in. The following acted as bearers for both caskets: Minor Watson, Roland Dudley, Spurgeon Hawkins, Clarence Sargeant and Earl McDown. There were also twelve little girls, schoolmates of the deceased, for honorary pallbearers. After services at the home a very long funeral cortege followed the remains to Oakwood cemetery where burial took place.
    Brumm Sisters Funeral
    Brumm Sisters Funeral
    The funeral notice of Bessie H. and Marie E. Brumm. The funeral of sisters Bessie H. and Marie E. Brumm was August 8, 1904, in Alton, Illinois at the home of their parents. They were buried at the Oakwood Cemetery in Upper Alton.
    Buried  8 Aug 1904  Oakwood Cemetery, Upper Alton, Madison County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Death Notice  9 Aug 1904  Le Mars, Plymouth County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    The Le Mars Semi-Weekly Sentinel 
    • Eight Wade to Death
      Man and Seven Little Girls Drown at Alton, Ill.

      HAD GONE IN BATHING IN RIVER
      They All Join Hands and In the Darkness Step From Sandbar Into Deep Water -- One Child Who Was in the Party is Rescued.


      Alton (IL), August 6. -- While bathing in the Mississippi river, Michael Riley, his daughter, and six of the latter's little girl friends were drowned. One child, who was in the party, was rescued. Riley lived near the river in the southern part of the city and was accustomed to bathe on the beach in front of his home after his return from work. Last night his little daughter begged to go with him and Riley took her and seven of her little girl friends to the beach with him.

      When they entered the water Riley bade the children join hands and they all waded into the river and walked along a sand bar which stretches out into the stream at that point. They had gone some distance from the shore, when suddenly the whole party disappeared beneath the water, having in the darkness stepped from the sand bar into the deep channel.

      The dead: Michael Riley, Elizabeth Riley, Allie Syner, Lucia Pates, Lila Pates, Bessie Brum (sic), Myrie Brum (sic), and Ruth Marshall.

      The children struggled and screamed, fighting desperately to reach the sandbar, where the water was only a foot or so in depth. Riley, who is said to have been a good swimmer, is thought to have been made helpless by the girls clinging to him and hampering his efforts to save them The only one in the party to regain the sandbar was Mary Timiny, eight years old. The child is unable to tell how she saved herself beyond the statement that "I snatched my hand loose from the grasp of the little girl next to me and soon found that I could stand up and that the water only came to my knees.

      According to the account of the accident given by the little Timiny girl, the drowning was caused by the excitement incident to the passage of a large river steamer. Before entering the water, Riley had Instructed the little ones to maintain a tight grasp on each other's hands, he taking a place in the center. The wash from the steamer created considerable confusion among the girls, Mary explains, and in the darkness they lost their bearings, and before they were aware of their danger two or three of them had stepped off the sand bar into the channel, dragging the others with them.
    Eight Wade to Death; Man and Seven Little Girls Drown at Alton, Illinois; HAD GONE IN BATHING IN RIVER; They All Join Hands and In the Darkness Step From Sandbar Into Deep Water -- One Child Who Was in the Party is Rescued
    Eight Wade to Death; Man and Seven Little Girls Drown at Alton, Illinois; HAD GONE IN BATHING IN RIVER; They All Join Hands and In the Darkness Step From Sandbar Into Deep Water -- One Child Who Was in the Party is Rescued
    The death notice of Bessie H. and Marie E. Brumm. Wading in the Mississippi River near Alton, Illinois the evening of August 5, 1904, seven girls and the father of one of the girls drowned when the group walked off a sandbar into deep water. Bessie H. and Marie E. Brumm, both daughters of Philip B. Brumm and Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Rohlfing) Brumm, were two of the victims.
    Person ID  I21186  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    Father  Philip B. Brumm,   b. 1 Apr 1856, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1934, Saint Louis, St. Louis (City), Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" Rohlfing,   b. 16 Sep 1860, Saint Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1940, Wellston, St. Louis County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  16 Feb 1878  Saint Louis, St. Louis (City), Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Missouri Marriage Records  29 Mar 1878  [8
    • Name: Mr Philipp Brumm; Marriage Date: 16 February 1878; Marriage County: St. Louis; Spouse Name: Miss Mary Rohlfing

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      State of Missouri, City of St. Louis. I hereby certify that on the 16th day of February, A.D. 1878, I united in the holy bonds of matrimony Mr. Philipp Brumm of St. Louis, Missouri, and Miss Mary Rohlfing of St. Louis, Missouri. In testimony whereof I hereto set my hand this 28th day of March 1878 J. G. Jones, Pastor Indef. E. Rot? Church Webste Street. D.H. MacAdam, Recorded Witness Thomas McAuliffe, Mrs. Rohlfing Filed and Recorded, March 29, 1878
    City Directory  1930  Saint Louis, St. Louis (City), Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Gould's St. Louis Missouri City Directory 1930 
    • Philip Brumm (wife Mary), householder 5614 Etzel avenue.
    Marriage Documentation
    The Marriage Record of Philip B. Brumm and Mary Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Rohlfing
    The Marriage Record of Philip B. Brumm and Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" Rohlfing
    Philip and Lizzie were married February 16, 1878, in St. Louis, Missouri.
    Family ID  F7526  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S54] 1900 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Upper Alton Village, Woodriver Township, Madison County, Illinois, Sutro Library Microfilm 224 T-623, Roll 326, Jun3 6, 1900, Supervisor's District 12, Enumeration District 72, Sheet 7B, Family 137, Dwelling 128, Lines 54-62.

    2. [S54] 1900 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Sutro Microfilm #224, Micro Copy T-623, Roll 896, St. Louis (City & County), Missouri, sheet 9B (9443), lines 75-79 (Henry William) and 80-81(William); supervisors' district 11, enumeration district 279, ward of city, 18; counted June 8, 1910.

    3. [S10507] McIntosh, Lillian (Brumm) - Obituary, (originally published in the Alton Evening Telegraph, page 11, May 16, 1950; Alton, Madison County, Illinois) (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S10515] Brumm, Bessie H. and Marie E. - Death Notice (Sisters), (originally published in The Le Mars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, page 2, August 9, 1904; Le Mars, Plymouth County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S10516] Brumm, Bessie H. and Marie E. - Funeral Notice (Sisters), (originally published in the Alton Evening Telegraph, page 2, August 8, 1904; Alton, Madison County, Illinois) (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S10506] Brumm, Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Rohlfing) - Obituary, (originally published in the Alton Evening Telegraph, page 6, June 22, 1940; Alton, Madison County, Illinois) (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S94] LDS Online Record (Reliability: 4).
      URL (5/2003), see: http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/IGI/individual_record.asp?recid=100228081891&lds=1®ion=11&frompage=99; Batch No.: M515701 Dates: 1877 - 1881 Source Call No.: 0528181 Type: Film Printout Call No.: NONE Type:

    8. [S438] Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002 (ancestry.com) (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S3052] Saint Louis, Missouri - City Directory 1930, (Copyright 1930, by Polk-Gould Directory Company), page 210 (Reliability: 4).