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Hattie Leota "Leota" Walker

Hattie Leota "Leota" Walker

Female 1912 - 1967

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  • Name  Hattie Leota "Leota" Walker  [1
    Nickname  Leota 
    Born  16 Mar 1912  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender  Female 
    Iowa State Census  1915  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Card Number: 451, female, white, single, could not read, could not write, number of years in Iowa: 2, Leota H. Walker, age 2, Louisa County, post office address: Morning Sun, Morning Sun Township, birth place: Iowa, did not own home or farm, father's birthplace: Iowa, mother's birthplace: Iowa, signed by assessor: J. B. Owens
    Census  1920  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Leota H. Walker, daughter, female, white, age 7, single, born in Iowa, father's birthplace Iowa, mother's birthplace Iowa, mother's mother tongue none, occupation none
    Iowa State Census  1925  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Hattie L. Walker, daughter, female, white, age 12, single, attended grade school, state highest grade (1-8): 7, number of months in school in 1924: 9, could read, could write, place of birth: Iowa, name of father: Samuel N. Walker, father's birthplace: Iowa, father's age at last birthday: 55, name of mother: Hattie M. Moyers, mother's birthplace: Iowa, place of marriage of parents: Morning Sun, Iowa, church affiliation: none
    School  Abt 1917/1925  near Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 6
    Midway School (one-room schoolhouse) 
    Newspaper Article  30 Jun 1926  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    The Davenport Democrat and Leader 
    • Surprise Parents on Occasion of 35th Anniversary

      Morning Sun (IA), June 30 -- The children of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hannah of this place planned a pleasant surprise for their parents at Saunders Grove at Mt. Pleasant Sunday, June 27, in honor of their 35th wedding anniversary. A fine cafeteria picnic dinner was served after which there was an afternoon of visiting among kinsfolk. The children and grand children present were: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Richardson and Dorothy Ruth, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Walker; Mr. and Mrs. Mathew (sic) Hickenbottom, James, Ella Mae, and Harlan, Mr. and Mrs. S. N. Walker, John Henry, Viola Belle, William, Ruth, Leota, and Sammie of Morning Sun; and Mr. and Mrs. Harry A. McDonald (sic) and Ruby Lea, Rex and Bobby Lee of Mt. Hamil. Besides these there were a number of other relatives present.
    Newspaper Article  24 Apr 1929  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    The Burlington Hawk-Eye 
    • The classes of Miss Florence Potter, Wapello, who teaches commercial subjects in the Ft. Madison schools, won first in novice typing and first in shorthand at the shorthand and typing contest held at Burlington Saturday, As a result the Ft. Madison school became the permanent possessor of the loving cup, having won the contest for three consecutive years. Ruth Minor, Harriet Webster, Madelyn Drake, Myra McNatton, Kermit Blair and Leota Walker represented the Wapello school in this contest.
    Hattie 'Leota' Walker Represents Wapello High School at Business Class Contest
    Hattie "Leota" Walker Represents Wapello High School at Business Class Contest
    Mention of a business class contest held in Burlington, Iowa, at which Leota Walker was a representative of Wapello High School.
    Newspaper Article  29 Aug 1929  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    The Burlington Hawk-Eye 
    • [...] Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hanna are attending the state fair this week. Mrs. Leota Walker and Mrs. Belle Walker are keeping the store in their absence. [...]
    Cora 'Belle' (Hannah) Walker and Hattie 'Leota' Walker Minding the General Store
    Cora "Belle" (Hannah) Walker and Hattie "Leota" Walker Minding the General Store
    The Morning Sun news with mention that Belle Walker and Leota Walker, sisters-in-law at the time, were watching the Morning Sun General Store while normal store managers John Warren and Viola S. (Courter) Hannah were at the State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa.
    Census  1930  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • Leota H. Walker, daughter, female, white, age 18, single, attended school since September 1929, could read and write, born in Iowa, father's birthplace Iowa, mother's birthplace Iowa, state code: 65, could speak English, occupation none
    Graduation Invitation  1930  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Wapello High School 
    • The Senior Class, Wapello High School, announces its Commencement Exercises, Wednesday evening, May twenty-first (1930), High School Auditorium

      (Class Members:) Don R. Bates, Clarence P. Berkhoff, Kermit Blair, Hilton M. Briggs, Marcena Browning, James P. Chittum, Robert Erwin, Kenneth Fisher, Arthur Gardner, Jennie E. Havenhill, Evelyn M. Johnson, Harold B. Jones, Irene M. Knight, Mamie Marshall, Carl McChesney, Frances McCullough, Myra L. McNatton, Doris E. Mohlie, Alene L. Murray, Earl Owens, Dean C. Patrick, Rose A. Peters, Josephine Schmeiser, Randall Schneider, Walter Schwob, Lucile Smith, and Leota Walker.

      Class Motto: "Let's Go Higher"; Class Colors: Lavender and White; Class Flower: Lavender Rose
    1930 Wapello High School Graduation Invitation
    1930 Wapello High School Graduation Invitation
    The members of this class who are in this database are: Hattie "Leota" Walker and Walter Dayton "Pete" Schwob. (The document is in .pdf format.)

    The text on the invitation is:

    The Senior Class, Wapello High School, announces its Commencement Exercises, Wednesday evening, May twenty-first (1930), High School Auditorium

    (Class Members:) Don R. Bates, Clarence P. Berkhoff, Kermit Blair, Hilton M. Briggs, Marcena Browning, James P. Chittum, Robert Erwin, Kenneth Fisher, Arthur Gardner, Jennie E. Havenhill, Evelyn M. Johnson, Harold B. Jones, Irene M. Knight, Mamie Marshall, Carl McChesney, Frances McCullough, Myra L. McNatton, Doris E. Mohlie, Alene L. Murray, Earl Owens, Dean C. Patrick, Rose A. Peters, Josephine Schmeiser, Randall Schneider, Walter Schwob, Lucile Smith, and Leota Walker.

    Class Motto: "Let's Go Higher"; Class Colors: Lavender and White; Class Flower: Lavender Rose
    High School  1930  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Wapello High School 
    Hattie 'Leota' Walker's High School Diploma, 1930
    Hattie "Leota" Walker's High School Diploma, 1930
    Leota Walker graduated from Wapello High School in 1930. Wapello was one of the first schools in the state to consolidate, i.e. take in students from a lot of the smaller, surrounding schools.
    Newspaper Article  5 Oct 1930  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    The Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • A picnic was held at the home of Thomas Walker Sunday, October 5 [1930]. Those who enjoyed the affair were: Mr. and Mrs. Jack Ogden, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Marston, Mr. and Mrs. Orin Pierce, Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, and daughters, Vera and Mazie, Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey Umphrey and children, Thelma and Margretta, and Thomas and Paul of New London; Miss Velma Robbins, Sam and Paul Walker of Moline, Illinois; Misses Ruth, Viola and Leota Walker and William Walker of Wapello and the host, Thomas Walker of Morning Sun.
    Newspaper Article  14 Mar 1931  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    The Burlington Hawk-Eye 
    • JUNIOR-SENIOR EVENT PLANNED
      Morning Sun High School Junior Class Begins Plans for Entertainment

      [...] Paul and Miss Leota Walker went to New London Thursday to stay a few days with their sister, Mrs. G. P. Umphrey and children. [...]
    Newspaper Article  15 Sep 1931  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    The Burlington Hawk-Eye 
    • 96 Present at Dotson Picnic
      Gathering Held At Locust Grove Park in Honor of Washington, D. C., Residents
      Special To The Hawk-Eye.

      Morning Sun (IA), September 14. -- There were 79 present at the picnic held at Locust Grove park Saturday in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Mary L. Dotson, Miss Iva Dotson and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Mullen of Washington, D. C. The dinner was served cafeteria style at noon. Following the dinner the men pitched horseshoes and the women enjoyed the social hours. The following were present from a distance: Mr. and Mrs. Ed Moyers and children of Kingston, Mrs. Theodore Dotson and children and Miss Leota Walker of New London, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Dotson and children and Miss Hattie Dotson of Wapello.
    96 Present at Dotson Picnic
    96 Present at Dotson Picnic
    An article reporting on the family picnic of the Dotson family held in September 1931 in Locust Grove Park, Morning Sun, Iowa.
    Research  12 Aug 1932 
    • Leota was a witness at the wedding of her sister, Rebecca Walker, to Wallace Broeker on August 12, 1932, in Monmouth, Illinois.
    Residence  May 1936  Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [16, 17
    Newspaper Article  14 Dec 1937  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    The Daily Hawk-Eye Gazette 
    • CHURCH BOARD PLANS SOCIAL
      Exchange of Gifts and Play to Feature Morning Son Methodist Affair

      Morning Sun, Iowa, Decembewr 14 -- [...] Miss Leota Walker of Rock Island, Illinois, came home over the week-end. [...]
    Residence  Mar 1939  New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    Census  1940  New London Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    • (Leota Walker was lodging and working as a housekeeper at the home of Charles D. and Lillie Mae Thomes. Also in the household was their divorced son, Bert Thomes. Lillie Mae was the informant of the household information:) Line Number: 8, household no.: 167; owned the home, value of house/rent: $1200, residence was a farm: Chas. D. Thomes, informant for the family census information, head of household (code 0), male, white, age 55, married, did not attend school since March 1, 1940, highest grade of elementary school: 8 (code 8), born in Nebraska (code 69), lived in the same house in 1935, residence was a farm, was working in private industry, other (code 1), hours worked in private sector March 24-30: 70, occupation farmer, working on own account, 52 weeks worked in 1939, did not receive more than $50 from sources other than wages/salary, farm number: `146

      Lillie Mae Thomes, informant for the family census information, wife (code 1), female, white, age 59, married, did not attend school since March 1, 1940, highest grade of elementary school: 8 (code 8), born in Iowa (code 65), lived in the same house in 1935, residence was a farm, was working in private industry, occupation housework (code 5), occupation housewife, unpaid family worker, 52 weeks worked in 1939, did not receive more than $50 from sources other than wages/salary

      Bert Thomes, son (code 2), male, white, age 29, divorced, did not attend school since March 1, 1940, highest grade of high school: 12 (4) (code 30), born in Iowa (code 65), lived in the same house in 1935 (code y), was doing public/emergency work, other (code 1), occupation truck operator, working on own account, 52 weeks worked in 1939, $400 earned in 1939, did not receive more than $50 from sources other than wages/salary

      Leota Walker, lodger (code 6), female, white, age 28, single, did not attend school since March 1, 1940, highest grade of high school: 12 (4) (code 30), born in Iowa (code 65), lived in the same house in 1935, residence was a farm, was working in private industry, other (code 1), hours worked in private sector March 24-30: 30, occupation housekeeper, wage/salary worker in private work, 52 weeks worked in 1939, $230 earned in 1939, received more than $50 from sources other than wages/salaries,
    Newspaper Article  9 Aug 1946  Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    The Mt. Pleasant News 
    • Leota Walker, Vera Walker, and Mrs. Myrtle Dotson entertained at a miscellaneous shower on August 6 for Elaine Dotson, recent bride of Max Dotson of New London. The evening was spent socially, with 33 guests being served at the New London Hall. The bride received many lovely gifts.
    City Directory  1947  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    Polk's Burlington (Des Moines County, Iowa) City Directory 
    • Leota Krekel, seamstress, residence 113 Leffler, (West Burlington). (This entry was in addition to the entry for Kenneth Krekel and Leota.)
    Newspaper Article  18 Mar 1948  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [23
    The Burlington Hawk-Eye Gazette 
    • Lost and Found

      LADY'S BILLFOLD lost. Reward. Leota Krekel, PHONE 2523
    A Want Ad Reporting a Reward for the Lost Billfold of Hattie 'Leota' (Walker) Krekel
    A Want Ad Reporting a Reward for the Lost Billfold of Hattie "Leota" (Walker) Krekel
    An ad in The Burlington Hawk-Eye Gazette on March 18, 1948, offered a reward for Leota's lost wallet.
    Newspaper Article  16 Nov 1950  Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [24
    The Mt. Pleasant News 
    • GLOVE FACTORY NOW OPERATING

      New London Journal - The Northwest Glove Company has started operations at the New London plant and will be employing sewing operators this week.

      Robert Shipley has been engaged as manager of the plant. He worked for the Wells Lamont Glove Company, here during the entire time they operated the plant. He served as assistant manager. When the factory closed he worked for the Piper Plumbing and Heating Company until last week.

      They have four cutters on the job at the present time. They plan to have 10 cutting machines soon. The men on the cutting machines were old employees of Wells Lamont, Denver Brown, Fred Siverly, James Calhoun, and Mervin Johnson.

      Mrs. Leota Krekel, formerly Leota Walker, is also at the factory and will be the instructor. They have 26 machines in the sewing room and six more recently arrived. They are the individual type Singer machines.

      They are working on a grey split cowhide work glove to start operations, but will be transferred to government work soon as they company has a large government contract which will keep the plant at full operation and will have high priority ratings for materials and equipment.

      Shipley said they planned to have 65 workers as quickly as possible.
    Glove Factory Now Operating
    Glove Factory Now Operating
    An article reporting on the reopening of the glove factory in New London, Iowa, with former employee Hattie "Leota" (Walker) Krekel, re-hired as an instructor.
    City Directory  1951  West Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [25
    Polk's Burlington (Des Moines County, Iowa) City Directory 
    • Leota Krekel (widow of Kenneth), householder 113 Leffler, West Burlington.
    Residence  Between 1952 and 1967  South Pine Street, New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence  18 Jan 1952  West Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [26
    Medical  Abt 1953 
    • In about 1953 had a short bout with Bells Palsy after the birth of her son, Dennis.
    Residence  Feb 1958  New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [27
    Medical  1967  [1
    • In November 1967 Leota had a first heart attack. Doctors were certain at that time that women rarely had heart attacks or heart problems. She was hospitalized for two weeks, not treated as though she had a heart problem, and she had a second heart attack and died.
    Non-line Spouse 
    • Leota married Kenneth Krekel about July 7, 1947. He died in 1950.
    Obituary  Nov 1967  Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [28
    The Mt. Pleasant News and The New London Journal 
    • Services Friday For Mrs. Brumm

      Mrs. Leota Brumm, 55, died Tuesday morning in Burlington hospital where she had been a patient two weeks.

      Born March 16, 1912, east of Morning Sun, she was the daughter of Samuel and Hattie Mae Moyers Walker. She was married January 19, 1952, at Burlington to William L. Brumm.

      Survivors include her husband; a son, Dennis William, at home; three sisters, Miss Elsie Walker, Hale, Missouri, Mrs. Maude M. Fortner, Knoxville, Iowa, Mrs. Z. Myrtle Dotson, West Burlington; four brothers, George P. Walker, New London, Clifford Walker, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Samuel Walker, Cedar Rapids, William Walker, Marion; also two half sisters, Mrs. Viola Van Houten, Corpus Christi, Texas, and Mrs. Marjorie Kimble, Morning Sun; and a half brother, Robert Walker, Victoria, Texas.

      Two brothers, a sister, one half sister, one half brother, and her parents predeceased her.

      Mrs. Brumm was a member of the United Presbyterian church of New London.

      Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Elliott Chapel. Friends may call at the Chapel Thursday evening. The Reverend James Edwards will officiate. Interment will be in Elmwood cemetery, Morning Sun.
    Funeral Program  Nov 1967  New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • IN MEMORY OF MRS. LEOTA BRUMM

      Born March 16, 1912
      Married January 19, 1952 [actual date 1/18/1952 per wedding certificate]
      Departed November 21, 1967
      Services at Elliott Chapel
      Friday, November 24, 1967, at 2:00 p.m.
      Officiant REVEREND JAMES EDWARDS
      Soloist RALPH ECKEY
      Organist MILDRED COLLINS
      Member of FIRST UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH of New London
      Interment ELMWOOD CEMETERY, Morning Sun
      Bearers:
      Frank Switzer
      Gene Shacklett
      John Hanson
      Charles McFarland
      Estes Worden
      Harvey Morrow
    Died  21 Nov 1967  Burlington Hospital, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Cause: a heart attack 
    Funeral Notice  22 Nov 1967  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [29
    The Burlington Hawk-Eye 
    • BRUMM -- Services for Mrs. Leota Brumm, 55, New London, who died Tuesday morning at Burlington hospital, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Elliott chapel in New London. Burial will be in Elmwood cemetery at Morning Sun.
    Interests 
    • Leota loved flowers, gardening, and reaping the harvests and freezing or canning the fruits and vegetables that were grown in the Brumm garden. She was known as an excellent cook. She was good at assorted crafts. She kept an impeccably clean house.
    Research 
    • Morning Sun, Iowa, resident, Flossie (Maddux) Hamilton, who has shared genealogical information, including family photos relevant to the Russell family of her mother, with Walker family historian, Marge Kimble, noted once that while she was attending the rural "one room schoolhouse" known as Midway School near Newport, Iowa, she was initially in the same class as Leota Walker (Hattie "Leota" (Walker) Brumm), and enjoyed her company, but Leota was determined to be ahead of the curve, so she skipped an early grade.
    Social Security Administration Information 
    • (No record online but her Social Security card is in the possession of her son, Dennis Brumm.) State where issued: Iowa
    The Social Security Card of Leota W. Brumm
    The Social Security Card of Leota W. Brumm
    Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm's Social Security Number was 484-14-7894
    Cemetery Info/Epitaph  Louisa County, Iowa, Cemetery Records  [32
    • Name: Leota Brumm Walker; Sex: F; Born: 1912; Died or Buried: 1967; Age: 55; Buried: Elmwood (township = Morning Sun); County/State: Louisa, Iowa; Military Service: none; Book: LCC ©1990 - page MS-21; Notes: born 16 March 1912; died November 1967; [LCC: 1991 Correction]
    Headstone Photograph 
    • Leota (Walker/Krekel) Brumm is buried at Elmwood Cemetery near Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa. The epitaph on the stone is: "Leota Walker Brumm, 1912 - 1967"
    The Headstone of Hattie 'Leota' (Walker/Krekel) Brumm
    The Headstone of Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm
    The Headstone of Hattie 'Leota' (Walker/Krekel) Brumm
    The Headstone of Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm
    A view of the vicinity surrounding Leota Brumm's grave
    The Headstone of Hattie 'Leota' (Walker/Krekel) Brumm
    The Headstone of Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm
    (Taken on Memorial Day, 2002)
    Buried  24 Nov 1967  Elmwood Cemetery, Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 33, 34
    Notes 
    • (Medical):Though the cause of death for my mother was heart attack, I am of the belief that she may in fact have had a series of aortic dissections, as my own and family instances of these from the genetic condition Marfan have become increasingly apparent.
    Person ID  I3  All Families
    Last Modified  12 Mar 2014 

    Father  Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker,   b. 24 Jul 1869, a log house two miles north of New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1957, Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Hattie Mae "Harriett" Moyers,   b. 18 Jul 1876, Tama Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1918, near Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  25 Oct 1893  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [35, 36, 37, 38
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Walker, Samuel N.; Spouse: Moyers, Hattie May; Marriage Date: 25 October 1893; County: Louisa; State: Iowa
    Marriage Fact 
    • (Email note from Marge Kimble re marriage as found in Louisa County marriage book:) October 25,1893 Samuel N. Walker, age 25/Hattie May Moyers, age 18.
    Officiant  Reverend Henness  [6
    Residence  20 Apr 1896  Abingdon, Knox County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 40
    • Son George Percy Walker was born in Abingdon on this date.
    Residence  Abt 1896/1899  Abingdon, Knox County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 37, 41
    • Sam and Hattie moved to Abingdon from Iowa. Sam worked for the railroad there. They apparently had returned to Newport, Iowa, by December 1899, when Albert "Ross" Walker was born. Acdording to the 1895 Iowa state census, they were living in Louisa County, Iowa, in 1895, so they must have moved to Illinois in about 1896.
    Photos

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    Samuel Nathaniel and Hattie Mae 'Harriet' (Moyers) Walker and Their First Ten Children
    Samuel Nathaniel and Hattie Mae "Harriet" (Moyers) Walker and Their First Ten Children
    Sam and Harriet Walker had eleven children. Hattie died not long after the birth of their last child, Bill Walker (William David). This photograph was taken in 1915, after the birth of their daughter, Ruth. In the back row, left to right, standing, were: Maude Mae, George Prcy, Zella "Myrtle," Thomas Clifford "Cliff," and Paul Moyers Walker. Seated, left to right: Albert Ross, Samuel Nathaniel Hattie Mae (Moyers), and Elsie Ella Walker. Children in the front were: Hattie "Leota, Samuel Clinton "Sam," and Ruth Rebecca Walker.
    A Map of the Area With the 'Walker Homestead' in Louisa County, Iowa
    A Map of the Area With the "Walker Homestead" in Louisa County, Iowa
    The "Walker Homestead" refers to the home built by Samuel Dotson (1858-1931) for Charles Pearsey Walker and his second wife, Sarah Ann (Houseman/Edgar) Walker, finished in 1903. The small village of Newport is a few miles southeast of where the home was. Samuel Nathaniel Walker and his families lived there as well until the 1930s. The house was torn down, probably in the 1960s or at the latest in the 1970s.
    Siblings Elsie, George, and Maude Walker
    Siblings Elsie, George, and Maude Walker
    The girls on this photograph are labeled backwards (i.e. Elsie is on the right, Maude on the left). These were the first three children born to Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" and Harriet Mae "Hattie" (Moyers) Walker. They were Elsie Ella Walker (1894-1992), George Percy Walker (1896-1985), and Maude Mae Walker (1897-1970). The photograph was probably taken in 1898 (as Maude appears to be about a year old), and was taken in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, by Will Dyall. The Dyall name continued into the 1940s or 1950s, at least, as a photography business in Mt. Pleasant. Many of the senior class photographs which are on this site were taken at the C. Herbert Dyall Studio. (Provided courtesy of Connie Gutting.)
    The 'Walker Homestead'
    The "Walker Homestead"
    Marge Kimble calls the house in the photograph the "Walker Homestead." It was the home of Charles Pearsey Walker in the 19th century, built in 1903 by Samuel Dotson (1858-1931). It was later the home of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker when Charles moved to a smaller home on his property.

    Several of the people in the photograph can be positively identified, and several others inspire some educated guessing.

    The woman on the left, with the horse, by all rights should probably be Hattie Mae "Harriet" (Moyers) Walker. But she doesn't look anything like the other photographs of Hattie. At the moment she is an intriguing mystery. The man second from the left is Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker.

    The woman sitting in the chair is Everna Ida "Vernie" (Walker) Frizzell. I believe some of the four children are probably hers, and it would seem likely the man sitting with the youngest child is likely her husband, Eli Frizzell. By 1906, which is the date that was written on the back of the photograph, Vernie and Eli six children. Sam and Hattie Walker had seven.

    The couple on the right in the back do not seem to match in any sense faces of people who are already identified.
    Vashti Annie (Walker/Brewer) Edger and Two Walker Girls
    Vashti Annie (Walker/Brewer) Edger and Two Walker Girls
    This photograph seems to have been taken near the home of Charles Pearsey and Sarah Ann "Sally" (Houseman/Edgar) Walker. The two girls standing near the seated Vashti Edger have also apparently appeared in the "Walker Homestead" photograph with Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker and Everna Ida "Vernie" (Walker) Frizzell. I can only guess but think they are possibly Elsie Ella Walker and Maude Mae Walker, or else Maude and sister Zella "Myrtle" Walker.
    Another Day at the 'Walker Homestead'
    Another Day at the "Walker Homestead"
    The shadows ran deep at the time this photograph was taken of what then was the home of the family of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker. A girl, probably a daughter, is seen on the left, but her face is hidden by the fence post, and probably not clear enough, anyway, to identify her. It is not possible to know when this was taken, so I have estimated between 1910-1925.

    This house has long since been torn down.
    Midway School in about 1911 or 1912
    Midway School in about 1911 or 1912
    Midway School was a one-room schoolhouse near Newport, Iowa (which is presently located on U.S. Highway 61 between Burlington and Muscatine, Iowa, not far from Wapello or Morning Sun, Iowa). Until the Wapello consolidated school district was formed, the children of Samuel Walker all attended Midway School. He was a school officer of the school in 1920.

    According to stories I heard from my mother as a child, the Walker children walked from their farmhouse a long distance to the road to catch a ride or else all the way to this school everyday, which indeed could have been dour in times of deep snow and cold winter weather.

    Paul Moyers Walker, who was born in 1904, appears to be about 7 or 8 years old in this photograph, dating it to probably about 1911-1912.

    Other family members identified are Maude Mae Walker, her future husband, Geoffrey Paul Umphrey, Zella "Myrtle" Walker, Thomas Clifford "Cliff" Walker, and Lorinda Fern "Loie" Umphrey. The teacher of these children was Myrtle Irwin.
    Walker Children Under the Trees
    Walker Children Under the Trees
    These are a number of my maternal aunts and uncles. Although no evidence of a picnic can be seen in the picture, it "feels" like a picnic. It also feels humid. And too hot to be wearing all those clothes.

    I don't know if the Walker family owned a camera at this time; Myrtle Walker would seem to be either in this photograph or else taking the picture, considering her age. It's a higher quality print than the snapshots of children Leota and Ruth in the next few years, so it almost feels as though it is a "studio" print.

    Paul Moyers Walker is standing with the got on the left, Elsie Ella Walker is sitting to his left, Albert "Ross" Walker is behind Elsie, Maude Mae is then in front, George, the family dog an Thomas Clifford "Cliff" Walker. This photograph was likely taken in the summer of 1912.
    1912 Walker Family Photos: The Summer Canoe on the Pond
    1912 Walker Family Photos: The Summer Canoe on the Pond
    This is a photograph (photo postcard style) I have inherited. My cousin, Virginia Golliher, has the same image and the people in the canoe are identified on hers. Her mother, Myrtle, and my mother, Leota, were both in the picture.

    The older woman on the left is Rebecca Ellen (Pence) Moyers. The girl in front of her is Zella "Myrtle" Walker. George Washington Earl Moyers is rowing the canoe. On the right are Hattie Mae "Harriett" (Moyers) Walker, and she is holding the baby (my mother), Hattie "Leota" Walker. My mother was born in March 1912, so this photograph was taken in that summer. Myrtle was 7 or else 8, depending upon the date of the picture.
    1912 Walker Family Photos: Charles Pearsey Walker's Second Home Near Newport
    1912 Walker Family Photos: Charles Pearsey Walker's Second Home Near Newport
    When Sam Walker moved into his father's farm home, Charles P. Walker moved to a second house that was on the property. He lived there with his second wife, Sarah Ann "Sally" (Houseman/Edgar) Walker. In this photograph Sam, his wife and three children are visiting Charles and Sally. It was probably taken the same day as the photograph of the Moyers and Walkers who were in a canoe on a pond at the farm.

    Left to right: Hattie Mae (Moyers) Walker, holding Hattie "Leota" Walker, Zella "Myrtle" Walker, Charles Pearsey Walker (standing, porting a beard which is seen in other photographs of this time), Sarah, known as "Aunt Sallie" Walker, sitting in her chair, and father Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker holding the hands of his two youngest sons at the time, Paul Moyers Walker, and Samuel Clinton "Sam" Walker (it is unclear which might be which). Marge Kimble kindly provided this photograph.
    1912 Walker Family Photos: In the Back Yard of Charles Pearsey Walker's Home Near Newport
    1912 Walker Family Photos: In the Back Yard of Charles Pearsey Walker's Home Near Newport
    One of a series of photographs apparently all taken the same summer day in 1912, this includes several family members who can be almost certainly identified and children who can be surmised. This photograph is from the back yard of the home where Charles Pearsey Walker and wife Sarah lived.

    Standing, left to right in this photograph are: John Franklin Russell, Elsie Ella Walker, Maude Mae Walker, Hattie Mae "Harriett" Walker holding Hattie "Leota," and Flossie Zella Russell. Kneeling on the ground is Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker, holding a son who is probably Samuel Clinton "Sam" Walker (age two at the time, and known as "Sammie" when he was young).
    1912 Walker Family Photos: Sammie, Myrtle, and Leota Walker
    1912 Walker Family Photos: Sammie, Myrtle, and Leota Walker
    This photograph from late spring or early summer 1912 is of three Walker children. Sammie (Samuel Clinton "Sam" Walker) is the little boy on the left. Myrtle (Zella "Myrtle" Walker) is seated on the chair, barefoot, so it must not have been too chilly of a day. The baby is my mother, Leota Walker (Hattie "Leota"). She had been born in March.

    I have a feeling the series of summer 1912 photographs that have surfaced may have been taken on the occasion of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker's 43rd birthday celebration in July.
    Walker Women and a Moyers - Three Generations
    Walker Women and a Moyers - Three Generations
    This photograph ports three generations of Walker family women and or three generations of Moyers women, depending upon once reference. Standing in the rear left is Myrtle (Zella "Myrtle"), the baby is her sister, Ruth Rebecca, next is their mother, Harriett (Hattie Mae (Moyers)), with her mother, Rebecca Moyers next to her (Rebecca (Pence)) and Harriett's daughter, Maude (Maude Mae) on the right. Seated is "Aunt Sallie," (Sarah Ann "Sally" (Houseman/Edgar) Walker), the step-mother-in-law of Harriett, the second wife of Charles Pearsey Walker. The little girl in the front was my mother, Leota (Hattie "Leota"), another daughter of Hattie Mae (Moyers) Walker.

    Ruth was born in 1915. This photograph was probably taken during the summer of 1916.
    Sisters Hattie 'Leota' and Ruth Rebecca Walker and the Family Dog
    Sisters Hattie "Leota" and Ruth Rebecca Walker and the Family Dog
    This photograph, in a series probably taken in summer 1917, is of Ruth Walker on the left and Leota Walker on the right. Back by the shed is an older person, who is too blurry to see clearly, but looks to be their older sister, Zella "Myrtle" Walker.
    Leota and Ruth Walker - Near the Back Door
    Leota and Ruth Walker - Near the Back Door
    There exists another photograph of Leota (Hattie "Leota") and sister Ruth (Ruth Rebecca) Walker with their dog, but this one appears to have been taken on a different day, and after a frolic in the mud. I remember my mother (Leota) looking at this photograph when I was a kid and exclaiming, "Look at how dirty we were!"
    Hattie 'Leota' Walker, Her Sister, Ruth Rebecca Walker, and Their Friend
    Hattie "Leota" Walker, Her Sister, Ruth Rebecca Walker, and Their Friend
    The young girl on the right is a relative or friend of Leota (on the left) and Ruth Walker (in the middle). There is no identification on the back of the photograph.
    Walker Sisters at the Midway School
    Walker Sisters at the Midway School
    Midway School was the one-room rural schoolhouse attended by many of the Walker family when they were children. In this photograph, sisters Myrtle (Zella "Myrtle"), Leota (Hattie "Leota") and Ruth (Ruth Rebecca) were all posing as part of a group photograph of the young women who were attending the school. It was probably taken in about 1919 or so. Ruth would only have been 3 or 4, Myrtle soon quit attending school after the death of her mother in 1918. Leota would have been about 7.
    William David 'Bill' Walker and His Older Sister, Zella 'Myrtle' Walker
    William David "Bill" Walker and His Older Sister, Zella "Myrtle" Walker
    In about 1919, Bill Walker was learning to sit on the family horse, under the watchful eye of his older sister, Myrtle.
    The Sons of Samuel Nathaniel 'Sam' Walker in July 1929
    The Sons of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker in July 1929
    July 24, 1929, was Sam Walker's 60th birthday, and several photographs are dated as being from that month and year were likely taken at his birthday celebration in Morning Sun, Iowa. The sons are, back row, left to right:

    George, Samuel, Paul, Cliff, and Ross Walker; front row, left to right: Bill and John Walker. The ages of these men and boys in this photo are:

    George Percy Walker, age 33, married with two children

    Albert "Ross" Walker, age 29, married with two boys; his wife Vinnie was pregnant with Lela, who was born September 10.

    Thomas Clifford "Cliff" Walker, age 27, married with two children.

    Paul Moyers Walker, age 24, married to Cora "Belle" (Hannah) Walker at this time, but they would divorce within about a year.

    Samuel Clinton "Sam" Walker, age 19; William David "Bill" Walker, age 11; and John Henry Walker, age 5. John was the son of Samuel Nathaniel and Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker. The other men and boy's mother was Hattie Mae "Harriet" (Moyers) Walker.
    John Franklin Russell, Samuel Nathaniel 'Sam' Walker, William David 'Bill' Walker, and Frizzell Family Members
    John Franklin Russell, Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker, William David "Bill" Walker, and Frizzell Family Members
    John Russell is sitting in the front in this photograph likely taken in about 1930. Bill Walker is standing in the back row, and his father, Sam Walker is slightly behind him. The Frizzell children are too young to be those of Eli and Vernie (Walker) Frizzell (except for the oldest boy in the back row, who possibly could be Charles Frederick Frizzell, born 1913). They apparently are the next generation of the Frizzell family, and are not identified.
    Samuel Nathaniel Walker and His Sons, Probably 1939
    Samuel Nathaniel Walker and His Sons, Probably 1939
    Sam Walker's 70th birthday was a good occasion for a photo with his sons.

    Left to right in this photograph are Thomas Clifford "Cliff," Samuel Clinton "Sam," William David "Bill," Samuel Nathaniel "Sam, and George Percy Walker

    This snapshot does not appear to have been taken by the same person who took a series of photographs which I believe to have have been taken at the 1939 birthday party/family reunion on the occasion of Sam Walker's 70th birthday; nevertheless it appears it may be from the same reunion, and could have been taken by someone with a second camera (this is based on the kind of developing paper used, etc.).

    In 1929 Sam's sons posed for a group photo, and once again they are seen together, along with their father, in this picture. If indeed it is a photo from 1939, it was taken four months after the death of these sons' sister, Ruth. Their brother Ross had died three years earlier.

    Assuming these dates to be approximately correct, according to Ruth Walker's obituary, at the time she died her siblings George, Leota, Myrtle, and Clifford were all living in New London, Iowa. Sam Clinton Walker lived in Marion. Sister Maude (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner lived in Winterset. Paul and Bill Walker lived in Morning Sun. (Paul is not in this picture, and whether or not he was living on the family farm is not known; Bill, judging by his age at the time, probably was living at home.) Additionally Sam and Reil's children, Viola, John, Marjorie and Robert were young and still living at home.
    Samuel Nathaniel 'Sam' Walker and His Sons: Cliff, Sam, Bill, and George
    Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker and His Sons: Cliff, Sam, Bill, and George
    This snapshot does not appear to have been taken by the same person who took a series of photographs which I believe to have been from the 70th birthday party in 1939 Sam N. Walker. It very well may be from the same reunion and taken by someone with a second camera (this observation is based on the kind of developing paper used, etc.).

    In 1929 Sam's sons posed for a group photo, and here once again they are seen together, along with their father. If indeed it is a photo from 1939, it was taken four months after the death of their sister, Ruth Rebecca (Walker) Broeker. Their brother Albert "Ross" Walker had died three years earlier.

    Assuming these dates to be approximately correct, according to Ruth Walker's obituary, at the time she died her siblings George, Leota, Myrtle, and Clifford were all living in New London, Iowa. Sam Clinton Walker lived in Marion, Iowa. Sister Maude (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner lived in Winterset. Paul Moyers and William David "Bill" Walker both lived in Morning Sun.

    Paul is not in this picture, and whether or not he was living on the family farm is not known;

    Additionally Sam N. had children from his second marriage to Jennie "Reil" Hannah: Viola, John, Marjorie and Robert were all still young and living at home.

    In the far back on the left is Thomas Clifford "Cliff" Walker, William David "Bill" Walker is to his left. In the front are Samuel Clinton "Sam" Walker, father Samuel Nathaniel, and on the right is George Percy Walker.

    Several Family Members Round a Tree
    Several Family Members Round a Tree
    Another photograph of what is probably this bench that encircles this fine shade tree exists with a very young Shirley Lea Broeker standing near it. The women in this photograph are, left to right: Flossie Zella Walker talking to Wilda "Marguerite" (Wyerman) Walker, whose back is turned to the camera. In the front are Hattie "Leota" Walker with her sister, Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson, resting her head on her shoulder.

    My educated guess was this photograph was taken in the summer of 1939, at the time of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker's 70th birthday party.
    Samuel Nathaniel 'Sam' Walker and His Daughter, Elsie Ella Walker
    Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker and His Daughter, Elsie Ella Walker
    During a vacation visit to Iowa from her religious pursuits, daughter Elsie and her father Sam Walker posed for this photograph, taken probably in about July 1949.
    A Four Generation Walker, Fortner, Howey, Photograph
    A Four Generation Walker, Fortner, Howey, Photograph
    In 1951, probably the summer, this photograph was taken of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker, his daughter, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner, her daughter, Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey, and the newborn Dennis Brien Howey, who is known as "Denny B." The photograph was taken on the side of the house where Sam and Reil Walker lived. Margretta Howey would die in 1953.
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner and Her Sister, Zella 'Myrtle' (Walker) Dotson
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner and Her Sister, Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson
    Sisters Maude Fortner and Myrtle Dotson, probably taken in about 1958, location unknown. It doesn't appear that it was summer.
    Seven Children of Samuel Nathaniel 'Sam' and Hattie Mae 'Harriett' Moyers Walker in About 1965
    Seven Children of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" and Hattie Mae "Harriett" Moyers Walker in About 1965
    This family reunion was held at my home, the home of Bill and Leota Brumm, as nearly as I can date it in summer 1965. The photograph was taken in the front yard of our house, with Pine Street and the Grinstead and Harper houses somewhat visible in the background. The photograph was taken by Roy Grant Fortner, and the siblings in the yard are, from left to right, Samuel Clinton Walker, Zella "Myrtle" Dotson, Elsie Ella Walker, William David Walker, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner, Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm, and George Percy Walker. I am quite certain this is the last such group photograph my mother, Leota Brumm, was in before her death in November 1967. Of the eleven children of Sam and Hattie (Moyers) Walker, Thomas Clifford "Cliff" lived in Colorado at this time, Albert "Ross" Walker, Paul Moyers Walker, and Ruth Rebecca (Walker) Broeker were dead.
    Relaxing on the Front Yard at a Walker Family Reunion
    Relaxing on the Front Yard at a Walker Family Reunion
    This was another photograph taken during a family reunion at the Bill and Leota Brumm house that was in the summer, probably of 1965. My mother, Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm, is cut off on the left, with Jay Brian Lox petting a dog, sitting on the ground in front of her, then left to right were Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson, Elsie Ella Walker, Samuel Clinton "Sam" Walker, and Elsie's traveling companion, who was in the same religious sect that Elsie was in.
    A Walker Family Reunion in 1965
    A Walker Family Reunion in 1965
    A number of other photographs from this particular reunion exist and are posted on the site. Some are in black and white (some of those are pretty blurry, having been taken by me). A few are in color, including this group shot of family members sitting on the front yard of my family home on South Pine Street in New London, Iowa. It was a hot Iowa summer day, with high humidity, typical of the place.

    This photograph is of medium quality. Left to right are: Verona Violet (Dotson) Walker, her granddaughter, Connie Jean Brunk, George Percy Walker. The boy standing is Jay Brian Lox, who is right in front of seated William David "Bill" Walker. After the gap, my mother, Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm, her sisters, Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson and Elsie Ella Walker, their brother, Samuel Clinton "Sam" Walker, and the non-family member whose name I don't know, Elsie's traveling companion.

    This photograph may have been taken by Roy Fortner; either it was his, mine, or another family member who sent it to my mother.
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner and Zella 'Myrtle' (Walker Dotson at the Fourth of July in Morning Sun
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner and Zella "Myrtle" (Walker Dotson at the Fourth of July in Morning Sun
    Sisters Maude Fortner and Myrtle Dotson are enjoying the festivities July 4, 1968, in Morning Sun, Iowa, at the Locust Grove Park in town. There is always a large Independence Day celebration in Morning Sun. They were probably suggesting I put my camera away.
    Documents
    Antiquity to Modern: 65 Generations
    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.)
    Family ID  F5  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Kenneth Joseph Krekel,   b. 30 Dec 1909, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1950, Mercy Hospital, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    City Directory  1947  West Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    Polk's Burlington (Des Moines County, Iowa) City Directory 
    • Kenneth Krekel (wife Leota) (Krekel Auto Painting Company), householder 113 Leffler (West Burlington).
    Krekel Family Members in the Burlington City Directory of 1947
    Krekel Family Members in the Burlington City Directory of 1947
    Polk's Burlington (Des Moines County, Iowa) City Directory, Volume VI, 1947, Including West Burlington, listed, on page 228, my mother, Hattie "Leota" (Walker) Krekel (1912-1967), at the time she was married to Kenneth Joseph Krekel (1909-1950). I probably saved this page during my early genealogical quest as part of an attempt to ascertain exactly when their marriage took place, which I did not know at the time. I now know it was very likely July 7, 1947, plus or minus a day, perhaps, and all indications are it took place in Fort Madison, Iowa.
    Married  Abt 7 Jul 1947  probably in Fort Madison, Lee County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [22, 42
    Marriage License  7 Jul 1947  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [42
    The Burlington Hawk-Eye Gazette 
    • Marriage Licenses

      [...] Ft. Madison (IA) -- Marian E. Stansbury, Farmington and Eva M. Sherwood. Ft. Madison: Jerome G. Manka and Cynthia G. Marsh, both of Ft. Madison; Kenneth J. Krekel and Hattie Walker, both of Burlington; Milton Bergthold. Montrose, and Faye Krebill Donnellson; Keith M. Culbertson. Ft. Madison, and M. Joann Warren, Donnellson.
    Birthday Announcement  28 Jul 1949  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [43
    The Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • Leota and Kenny Krekel attended the 80th birthday party of her father, Samuel Nathaniel Walker
    Research 
    • On December 1, 1948, when Oscar Brown died, Kenneth and Leota Krekel were married, and Kenneth was in Morning Sun, Iowa, and took the phone call telling the family of Oscar's death (apparently he and Leota were at Sam and Reil Walker's house). Marge Kimble remembers him being very upset about the news.
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F4  Group Sheet

    Family 2  William Lett "Bill" Brumm,   b. 5 Mar 1921, Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1986, Burlington Medical Center, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Newspaper Article  18 Oct 1951  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [44
    the Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • 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.
    A Walker Family Dinner in Morning Sun
    A report of an extended dinner at the home of Samuel Nathaniel Walker's residence in Morning Sun, Iowa. It is particularly interesting for me because it indicates my mother and father, Hattie "Leota" (Walker) Krekel and William Lett "Bill" Brumm, were dating by this time. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Married  18 Jan 1952  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [26
    Marriage Certificate  18 Jan 1952  Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [26
    • 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

      Paul Calhoun
      Presbyterian Pastor
    Marriage Fact 
    • Witnesses at the marriage of Bill and Leota (Walker/Krekel) Brumm were Dorothy (Brumm) Stodt, Bill's sister, and her husband, Paul Stodt.
    Newspaper Article  7 May 1952  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [45
    The Burlington Hawk-Eye Gazette 
    • 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.
    Area Business, Industrial News
    Area Business, Industrial News
    A notice William Lett "Bill" Brumm had purchased a house on South Pine Street in New London, Iowa, from Anna Reese, who purchased a house on South Elm Street.
    Newspaper Article  11 Sep 1952  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [46
    The Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • 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.]
    Newspaper Article  30 Apr 1953  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [47
    the Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • 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.
    Newspaper Article  24 Dec 1953  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [48
    the Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • 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.
    A Christmas Gift Exchange and Meal
    This article from December 1953 reports on a family meal and gift exchange at the home of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" and Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker, which was on Sunday, December 20, 1953. The following extended family were at this meal:

    William David "Bill" and Margaret Leora (Lesher) Walker and sons, Steven William and Gary Lynn Walker; Samuel Clinton "Sam" and Elizabeth Etta "Betty" (Hatt) Walker, probably with Jerry Dean Walker (misidentified as a "nephew."); Mazie Ella (Walker) Belles, Carol Sue and Mark David Belles; Vera Marie "Jakie" (Walker) and John W. "J.W." Virden; Thomas Clifford "Cliff" and Wilda "Marguerite" (Wyerman) Walker, also likely and inferred were Doris Idella Walker, Wilda Maxine (Walker) Thomas and Teresa Lynn "Terry" Thomas; Theodore Roosevelt "Ted" and Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson and their granddaughter, Sylvia Elaine Dotson; William Lett and Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm and Dennis William Brumm (now I know where I was); George Percy and Verona Violet (Dotson) Walker; Arnold Deaneen "Arnie" and Jean Louise (Walker) Brunk, and Jeffrey Arnold and Connie Jean Brunk; Virginia Mae (Walker) Lox and Scott Alan Lox; John Franklin and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell; Thomas "Tom" Walker; Norton Lawrence "Larry" and Shirley Lea (Broeker) Smith; Wallace Ernest "Wally" and Ruth Aralene (Wheeler) Broeker; Trevor Motzart Sr. and Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) Kimble, and Gerald Wayne (Sr.), Trevor Motzart Jr. and Becky Ruth Kimble. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Newspaper Article  24 Jul 1956  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [49
    The Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • 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.
    The 87th Birthday Party for Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker
    A newspaper account reporting on the 87th (and final) birthday party for my grandfather, Sam Walker. He died the following year in March 1957. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Newspaper Article  Mar 1957  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [50
    The Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • 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.
    A List of Those in Attendance at the Funeral of Samuel Nathaniel Walker
    Sam Walker had many relatives and friends who attended his funeral. (Courtesy of Marge (Walker) Kimble.) (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Residence  Aug 1965  New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [51
    Children 
     1. Dennis William Brumm
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    Bill and Leota Brumm
    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
    "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)
    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)
    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)
    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)
    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
    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
    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)
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 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
    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
    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.
    Jingles Outdoors
    Jingles Outdoors
    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)
    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
    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
    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
    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.
    Documents

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    Antiquity to Modern: 65 Generations
    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
    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)
    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)
    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
    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.
    Marriage Documentation
    The Marriage Certificate of William Lett 'Bill' Brumm and Hattie 'Leota' (Walker) Krekel (1 of 2)
    The Marriage Certificate of William Lett "Bill" Brumm and Hattie "Leota" (Walker) Krekel (1 of 2)
    Bill and Leota Brumm were married January 18, 1952, in Burlington, Iowa. Bill's sister and her husband, Dorothy Virginia (Brumm/Herman) and Paul Henry Stodt, were witnesses to the ceremony.
    The Marriage Certificate of William Lett 'Bill' Brumm and Hattie 'Leota' (Walker) Krekel (2 of 2)
    The Marriage Certificate of William Lett "Bill" Brumm and Hattie "Leota" (Walker) Krekel (2 of 2)
    This certificate is the religious record of Bill and Leota's marriage. (Note: this document is in .pdf format.)
    Last Modified  27 Feb 2014 
    Family ID  F1  Group Sheet

  • Photos

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    Hattie 'Leota' (Walker/Krekel) Brumm
    Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm
    Leota Brumm, my mother, was born in 1912 and died in 1967. She married Kenneth Joseph "Kenny" Krekel between 1946/47. He died of leukemia, and she remarried to my father, William Lett "Bill" Brumm. Leota and Bill lived in New London, Iowa.
    Hattie 'Leota' Walker
    Hattie "Leota" Walker
    Leota Walker was probably about five years old at the time this photograph was taken. It is part of a series that seem to have been on the same day, and other photos of her include her with her younger sister, Ruth Rebecca Walker. It was likely taken in the yard of the family farm near Newport, Iowa.
    Midway School Scene
    Midway School Scene
    Hattie "Leota" Walker attended Midway school between about 1917-1926. Other members of her Walker family did as well. It was near Newport, Iowa.
    Hattie 'Leota' Walker, Wapello High School Senior in 1930
    Hattie "Leota" Walker, Wapello High School Senior in 1930
    Leota Walker graduated in the class of 1930 from Wapello High School, Wapello, Iowa. There were 32 members of her class that year. Leota, my mother, once told me that Wapello was an early adopter of the consolidated school system model. Her brother, Samuel Clinton Walker, graduated from Wapello also in 1929.
    Hattie 'Leota' Walker and Her Niece, Thelma Verlee Umphrey
    Hattie "Leota" Walker and Her Niece, Thelma Verlee Umphrey
    I would guess this photograph of Leota Walker and Thelma Umphrey was taken between about 1931 and 1935. I have spoken to my cousin, Thelma about this and she said she found the photograph entertaining, but could not figure out exactly where she and my mother, Leota, were going. She said it may have been a dance of some sort.
    Hattie 'Leota' Walker Tending to A Dog and Her Puppies
    Hattie "Leota" Walker Tending to A Dog and Her Puppies
    A photograph of a young Beverly Jean Broeker in about 1936 featured her helping a pet dog "stand up" for the camera. This same dog apparently had four puppies, above left, which are being tended to by Hattie "Leota" Walker. Leota, who was Ruth Broeker's sister, helped with Ruth and Wally Broeker's family as Ruth grew increasingly ill from tuberculosis, which was what killed Ruth in 1939.

    On the right photograph, it appears the puppies are headed for a bath.
    Apparently Hattie 'Leota' Walker
    Apparently Hattie "Leota" Walker
    This photograph has been passed down to me on a very small scrap of paper. The writing on the back indicates whomever it belonged to was not clear as to whether or not the woman in question was my mother, Leota Walker. Since it made its way to her and she kept it, I imagine it must have been her. The two women with her look possibly to be Wilda "Marguerite" (Wyerman) Walker and Elizabeth Etta "Betty" (Hatt) Walker, both would be Leota's sisters-in-law if this guess is correct. The location could be almost any place.
    Hattie 'Leota' (Walker) Krekel
    Hattie "Leota" (Walker) Krekel
    The vivid colors in this "dime store photograph" which was probably taken after World War II is like no other I have. I now believe it may have been colorized during or after processing, they seem a little unreal in it.
    A Photograph from a Reunion of People from the Walker and Moyers Families
    A Photograph from a Reunion of People from the Walker and Moyers Families
    This is a family reunion photograph, taken in 1949, of members of the extended Walker family of my maternal relatives. Several members of the Moyers family are also in this picture.

    Those identified and not in this photograph are: Charles Leander "Lee" Walker, his wife, Aleta Marie (Hewitt) Walker, an unknown woman (sitting in the chair), Hattie "Leota" (Walker) Krekel (standing), holding an unknown baby, but it likely was 3-month-old Steven William "Steve" Walker, Ruth Aralene (Wheeler) Broeker, a woman with her back to the camera, possibly one of the Moyers' sisters, Caroline Ellen Moyers, Ethel Louise Moyers, William David "Bill" Walker, Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson, Margaret Leora (Lesher) Walker, and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell.
    Hattie 'Leota' (Walker) Krekel About 1950
    Hattie "Leota" (Walker) Krekel About 1950
    This photograph of my mother, Leota Brumm, is the same as the icon photo on her file, but shown in the frame in which she had put it. I think the photographer got a little carried away colorizing it. I have dated it to about 1950, but it may be a little earlier; I never saw her in wirerim glasses, and I'm not quite sure when they became unfashionable.
    Hattie 'Leota' (Walker/Krekel) Brumm
    Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm
    Leota Brumm, standing near the orchard on the acreage owned by Bill Brumm and her, South Pine Street, New London, Iowa. This was likely in about 1952/54, soon after the place was purchased by Bill and Leota. One by one the fruit trees in the background were removed, and eventually the land plowed up and planted along with the field which was directly north of it. One of the last trees left was a cherry tree, which produced some awfully tasty cherries every year.
    The Wallet of Hattie 'Leota' (Walker/Krekel) Brumm
    The Wallet of Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm
    When rummaging through memorabilia I have of my mother's (Leota Brumm) I came upon her wallet, or the one I remember her having which I suppose at some point my father gave or brought to me in a collection of things. It is still in good condition for being from the 1950s.
    Hattie 'Leota' (Walker/Krekel) Brumm in Her Living Room on South Pine Street
    Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm in Her Living Room on South Pine Street
    This photograph of Leota Brumm was taken in about 1956 by her half brother, Robert Walker. This was taken in her home on South Pine Street in New London, Iowa. I remembered the two paint-by-number paintings behind her upon seeing the photograph. They were in our house through all or most of my youth.
    Women at a Walker Family Picnic
    Women at a Walker Family Picnic
    This photograph, taken by Robert Walker probably in summer 1956, was one of the annual Walker family picnics in Locust Grove Park, Morning Sun, Iowa. Those identified are back row, left to right: Leota Brumm, Margaret Walker, Reil Walker, the little girl on the left is unknown (as Bob Walker took the photo, perhaps it was his daughter, Janet), the girl on the right is Becky Kimble, Marge Kimble (face hidden), uncertain, and Flossie Russell. The front row on the blanket: Ruth Broeker, Beverly Marshall, Vera Virden, and Marguerite Walker.
    A Crocheted Doily Made by Hattie 'Leota' (Walker/Krekel) Brumm
    A Crocheted Doily Made by Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm
    My mother, Leota Brumm, was always game for crafts. She didn't learn to knit until the early 1960s, but did know how to crochet and made a lot of doilies when I was a kid, including this golden one.

    Recordings

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    First He Plays it Fast, Then He Plays It Slow!
    First He Plays it Fast, Then He Plays It Slow!
    This recording was made in September 1965, on the occasion of my 13th birthday party at our home in New London, Iowa, using a moderately inexpensive reel-to-reel tape recorder which I believe was my birthday present that year. It was not on the highest grade of tape and was not transferred to the digital medium until many years later, therefore the sound quality, though enhanced, is still not good.

    Voices in this file are Leota Brumm (Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm) and family friend, Dawn Shacklett. The complaint about the speed referred to my piano playing.
    Let Me Call You Sweetheart
    This recording was made in September 1965, on the occasion of my 13th birthday party at our home in New London, Iowa, using a moderately inexpensive reel-to-reel tape recorder which I believe was my birthday present that year. It was not on the highest grade of tape and was not transferred to the digital medium until many years later, therefore the sound quality, though enhanced, is still not good.

    Relatives and a friend and I singing the end of "Let Me Call You Sweetheart," a piece of sheet music in the house, the evening of the birthday party. Those whom I remember who were present and singing were Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) and Roy Grant Fortner, Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson, and my mother, Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm. I don't believe Ted Dotson or my dad participated in the sing-a-long. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    No I Don't Wanna Be Recorded!
    No I Don't Wanna Be Recorded!
    A recording made probably in 1965 of my mother, (Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm), stating she did not want to be recorded.
    Thirty-Five Boxes of Corn
    Thirty-Five Boxes of Corn
    Recorded in summer of 1965, my mother, Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm, discussion the sweet corn crop and how much she has "put up" (frozen) from our small field behind the house, with family friend, Dawn Shacklett.
    Got a Silly Laugh
    Got a Silly Laugh
    Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm describing her laugh on tape.
    Row, Row, Row, Your Boat
    Row, Row, Row, Your Boat
    This recording was made in September 1965, on the occasion of my 13th birthday party at our home in New London, Iowa, using a moderately inexpensive reel-to-reel tape recorder which I believe was my birthday present that year. It was not on the highest grade of tape and was not transferred to the digital medium until many years later, therefore the sound quality, though enhanced, is still not good.

    Several aunts, my mother, and I sing a round rendition of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat." Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner, Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson, Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm, Dennis William Brumm.
    Silent Night
    Silent Night
    This recording was made in September 1965, on the occasion of my 13th birthday party at our home in New London, Iowa, using a moderately inexpensive reel-to-reel tape recorder which I believe was my birthday present that year. It was not on the highest grade of tape and was not transferred to the digital medium until many years later, therefore the sound quality, though enhanced, is still not good.

    The same cast as in other recordings of the day: Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner, Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson, Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm, and Roy Grant Fortner.

    Birth Records S. N. Walker, 80, Honored By Family
    A newspaper account reporting on the 80th birthday party for Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker. (Published in Morning Sun, Iowa, courtesy of Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) Kimble) (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)

    General Newsprint

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    Picnic at Thomas Walker's Home
    A short article reporting on an autumn family picnic at the home of Thomas "Tom" Walker. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Hickenbottoms, Walker, and John Warren Hannah Attend Events in Mount Pleasant, Iowa
    Hickenbottoms, Walker, and John Warren Hannah Attend Events in Mount Pleasant, Iowa
    Matthew James and Mary Catherine (Hannah) Hickenbottom, and Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" and Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker and their children attended a reunion of the Howe's academy in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, a school Reil had attended. Also Sam and Reil accompanied Reil's father, J. W. Hannah, to the Old Threshers and Settlers Reunion held yearly in Mt. Pleasant.
    Walker Family Dinner Honoring Lela Frizzell
    Walker Family Dinner Honoring Lela Frizzell
    An item in the Morning Sun (Iowa) news published in the Burlington, Hawk-Eye (Iowa) mentioned a dinner attended by an assortment of Walker family members in honor of visitor and family member, Lela Frizzell. It may have been the summer after she graduated from high school.

    Obituaries, Deaths, Funerals

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    Services Friday for Mrs. Brumm
    Services Friday for Mrs. Brumm
    The obituary of Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm. Leota Brumm died November 21, 1967, of a heart ailment after about two weeks of hospitalization. She was married to William Lett "Bill" Brumm, and had one son, Dennis William Brumm (the proprietor of this genealogy site).
    The Funeral Program of Hattie 'Leota' (Walker/Krekel) Brumm
    The Funeral Program of Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm
    Leota Brumm's funeral was Friday, November 24, 1967, in New London Iowa. She was buried near Morning Sun, Iowa, in the Elmwood Cemetery.
    The Funeral Memorial Record Book of Hattie 'Leota' (Walker/Krekel) Brumm
    The Funeral Memorial Record Book of Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm
    This is a scan of the pages of the memorial book signed by attendees to Leota Brumm's funeral in 1967. (Note: this document is in .pdf format.)
    The Funeral Notice of Hattie 'Leota' (Walker-Krekel) Brumm
    The Funeral Notice of Hattie "Leota" (Walker-Krekel) Brumm
    Leota Brumm's funeral was the Friday after Thanksgiving in 1967. She was buried at the Elmwood Cemetery near Morning Sun, Iowa.
    The Funeral Report from Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey's Funeral
    Those who attended Margretta's funeral came from Detroit, Michigan, Marion, Fort Madison, West Burlington, Wapello, and New London, Iowa, and Oquawka, Illinois. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)

  • Sources 
    1. [S102] Brumm, Dennis William (Reliability: 4).

    2. [S7932] Brumm, Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) - Funeral Program, (Elliott Chapel, November 1967; New London, Henry County, Iowa) (Reliability: 4).

    3. [S544] 1915 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; Roll: IA1915_311

    4. [S19] 1920 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 102; supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 12B, page number: 238; enumeration date: January 6, 1920

    5. [S38] 1925 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; Roll: IA1925_1818

    6. [S27] Kimble, Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) (Reliability: 4).

    7. [S39] Hannah, John Warren and Viola S. (Courter) - 35th Wedding Anniversary Party, (originally published in The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Wednesday, June 30, 1926; Davenport, Scott County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S7934] Walker, Hattie "Leota" - Typing and Shorthand Contest, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 2, April 24, 1929; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S42] Frizzell, Everna "Lela" - Honored at Walker Family Dinner, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 14, August 29, 1929; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    10. [S77] 1930 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 58-11, supervisor's district: 16; sheet number: 6B, page number: 86; enumeration date: May 20, 1930

    11. [S102] Brumm, Dennis William (Reliability: 3).

    12. [S7935] Walker, Hattie "Leota" - Graduation Announcement/Diploma, (Wapello High School, 1930; Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 4).

    13. [S151] Walker, Thomas "Tom" - A Picnic at His House, (originally published in The Morning Sun News-Herald, October 5, 1930; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 4).

    14. [S7936] Walker, Hattie "Leota" and Paul Moyers - Staying in New London, Iowa, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 8, March 14, 1931; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    15. [S416] Dotson - Family Picnic 1931, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 10, September 15, 1931; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    16. [S154] Walker, Albert "Ross" - Obituaries, (one obituary was published in a Louisa County, Iowa paper, probably The Wapello Republican; the second was from The Hawk-Eye Gazette; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa; they were published circa May 17-18, 1936) (Reliability: 4).

    17. [S191] Walker, Albert "Ross" - Obituary (Morning Sun News-Herald), (originally published in The Morning Sun News-Herald, front page, May 21, 1936; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    18. [S7937] Walker, Hattie "Leota" - Living in Rock Island, Illinois, (originally published in Daily Hawk-Eye Gazette, page 12, December 14, 1937; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    19. [S155] Broeker, Ruth Rebecca (Walker) - Obituary, (originally published in The Morning Sun News-Herald, front page, March 23,1939; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 4).

    20. [S1377] 1940 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      New London Township, Henry County, Iowa, supervisor's district: 1, enumeration district: 44-17, sheet number 8A, page number 181; enumeration date: April 19, 1940

    21. [S246] Dotson Walker Brown Willis Thornburg - Shower for Elaine Ida (Brown) Dotson, Leanna Marie (Willis) Thornburg Visit, (originally published in The Mt. Pleasant News, page 6, August 9, 1946; Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    22. [S24] Burlington, Iowa - City Directory 1947, (R. L. Polk & Company, Publishers, 500 Karbach Block, Omaha 2, Douglas County, Nebraska. Copyright, 1948, by R. L. Polk & Co.), page 228 (Reliability: 4).

    23. [S7938] Krekel, Hattie "Leota" (Walker) - Lost Billfold, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye Gazette, page 14, March 18, 1948; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    24. [S7939] Krekel, Hattie "Leota" (Walker) - Teacher at the Glove Factory, (originally published in The Mt. Pleasant News, Thursday, November 16, 1950; Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    25. [S84] Burlington, Iowa, - City Directory 1951, (R. L. Polk & Company, Publishers, 500 Karbach Block, Omaha 2, Douglas County, Nebraska. Copyright, 1951, by R. L. Polk & Co.), page 192 (Reliability: 4).

    26. [S3] Brumm, William Lett "Bill" and Hattie "Leota" (Walker) Krekel - Marriage Certificate, (January 18, 1952; Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 4).

    27. [S48] Walker, Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) - Obituary (Morning Sun News-Herald), (originally published in the Morning Sun News-Herald, page 1, February 20, 1958; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    28. [S163] Brumm, Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) - Obituaries, (originally published November 1967 in both The Mt. Pleasant News; Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa; and in The New London Journal; New London, Henry County, Iowa) (Reliability: 4).

    29. [S7940] Brumm, Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) - Funeral Notice, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 34, November 22, 1967; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    30. [S27] Kimble, Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) (Reliability: 3).

    31. [S102] Brumm, Dennis William (Reliability: 4).
      Leota Brumm's social security card is in his possession

    32. [S634] Louisa County, Iowa - Cemetery Records Through 1997 (Rootsweb) (Reliability: 3).

    33. [S7933] Brumm, Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) - Headstone Photograph, (her grave is at the Elmwood Cemetery, Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; one photograph provided courtesy of Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) Kimble and Becky Ruth (Kimble) Murphy; a second photograph provided courtesy of Joy Lynn (Ferguson) Conwell) (Reliability: 4).

    34. [S634] Louisa County, Iowa - Cemetery Records Through 1997 (Rootsweb) (Reliability: 4).

    35. [S27] Kimble, Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) (Reliability: 4).
      Records in a Louisa County Marriage book in the Morning Sun, Iowa, public library.

    36. [S31] Walker, Hattie Mae (Moyers) - Obituary (Muscatine Journal), (originally published in the Muscatine Journal, April 10, 1918, page 4; Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    37. [S30] Louisa County, Iowa - Louisa County History 1911, Arthur Springer, (The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1911, Chicago, Illinois), pages 110-111 (Reliability: 3).

    38. [S32] Walker, Hattie Mae "Harriett" (Moyers) - Obituary (Morning Sun News-Herald), (originally published in The Morning Sun News-Herald, front page, April 11, 1918; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    39. [S26] Iowa Marriages, 1851-1900 (ancestry.com) (Reliability: 4).

    40. [S28] Walker, George Percy - Obituary (Hawk Eye), (originally published in The Hawk Eye, page 16, June 25, 1985; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 4).

    41. [S29] 1895 Iowa State Census.

    42. [S23] Walker, Hattie "Leota" and Kenneth Joseph Krekel - Marriage License Obtained, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye Gazette, page 9, July 7, 1947; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    43. [S25] Walker, Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" - 80th Birthday Party Article, (originally published in The Morning Sun News-Herald, July 28, 1949; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 4).

    44. [S2] Walker Family Dinner at the Home of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker Home, (originally published in the Morning Sun News-Herald, October 18, 1951; front page; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    45. [S4] Brumm, William Lett "Bill" - Purchases Home from Anna Reese, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye Gazette, page 21, May 7, 1952; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    46. [S5] Walker, Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" and Jennie Reil "Reil" - Visits in September 1952, (originally published in The Morning Sun News-Herald, September 11, 1952; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 4).

    47. [S6] Howey, Margretta Mae (Umphrey) - Funeral Attendance, (originally published in the Morning Sun News-Herald, page 5, April 30, 1953; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    48. [S7] Walker Family Christmas Gift Exchange and Meal, 1953, (originally published in the Morning Sun News-Herald, page 2, December 24, 1953; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    49. [S8] Walker, Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" - 87th Birthday Party Article, (originally published in the Morning Sun News-Herald, page 3, July 26, 1956; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    50. [S9] Walker, Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" - Funeral Attendees, (originally published in The Morning Sun News-Herald, front page, March 28, 1957; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    51. [S10] Brumm, Oliver "Clayton" - Obituary, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 3, April 4, 1965; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 4).