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William Brumm

William Brumm[1]

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  • Name  William Brumm  [2, 3
    Born  12 Feb 1850  Württemberg Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 5, 6
    Christened  15 Feb 1850  Sternenfels, Oberamt Maulbronn, Neckarkreis, Württemberg Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Gender  Male 
    Alt. Spelling/AKA 
    • The German spelling for his given name is "Wilhelm." Researchers John and Marjorie (Burgus) Peterson list his middle name as "Frank."
    Alt. Birth 
    • According to the 1856 Iowa census for Des Moines County, Wm. "Broom" was 8 years old - thus his birth date would have been 1848. However, it varied in year from census to census. According to the 1900 federal census, William was born in Louisiana (this is incorrect).
    Germany Births and Baptisms 
    • Name: Wilhelm Brumm; Gender: Male; Baptism/Christening Date: 15 February 1850; Baptism/Christening Place: Sternenfels, Württemberg, Germany; Birth Date: 12 February 1850; Father's Name: Carl Brumm; Mother's Name: Eva Juliana Osswald; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C39229-6; System Origin: Germany-EASy; Source Film Number: 1187014; Collection: Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898
    Immigration  Between Oct 1853 and 18 Dec 1853  [8
    • William was on the ship the Heidelberg between October 1853 and December 18, 1853, when the ship docked in New Orleans. His immigration information was found in the book Germans to America:

      Wilhelm Brum, age 3, male, child, from Württemberg, no home town listed, destination USA
    Iowa State Census  1856  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • William Broom (sic), age 8, male, had lived 2 years in Iowa, born in Germany
    Census  1860  Burlington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • William Brum (sic), age 10, male, born in Wirtemberg (sic), attended school during census year
    Occupation  Abt 1867  [1
    • William worked as a clerk in a grocery store in about 1867.
    Education  Abt 1856/1868  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    the public schools 
    Census  1870  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • William Brumm, age 18, male, white, occupation at home, born in Louisiana (sic), father of foreign birth, mother of foreign birth
    Occupation  Aft 1870  Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • William became a farmer.
    Biography  1879  Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    The History of Des Moines County, Iowa 
    • William Brumm, farmer, section 14, P.O. Box Kingston.
    A Biographical Directory Listing of John 'Broom' (Brumm), William Brumm, William A. Burgus, and John Gordon Burkholder
    A Biographical Directory Listing of John "Broom" (Brumm), William Brumm, William A. Burgus, and John Gordon Burkholder
    The History of Des Moines County, Iowa, containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, &c., A Biographical Directory of Citizens, War Record of its Volunteers in the late Rebellion, General and Local Statistics, Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men, History of the Northwest, History of Iowa, Map of Des Moines County, Constitution of the United States, Miscellaneous Matters, &c. Illustrated. (Chicago, Western Historical Society, 1879), page 711.
    Census  1880  Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • (Married to Helena, living with her, sons Charles, Leslie, and Boyd Brumm, and his mother-in-law, Mary Thomas:) Line Number 30, Dwelling Number 104, Family Number 104: William Brumm, white, male, age 30, head of household, married, occupation farmer, born in Louisiana (sic), father born in Wertemberg (sic), mother born in Wertemberg (sic)
    Newspaper Article  26 Jan 1882  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    the Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye 
    • Board of Supervisors. TUESDAY, January 17, 1882.

      The board met pursuant to adjournment. Members all present.

      The minutes of the proceedings of last Saturday's meeting were read and approved.

      The board having considered the petition of Isaac Walker and others, for grade on trestle work on the Bottom road, north of red bridge, order that the same be laid over for further consideration.

      The following official bonds were presented, examined and ordered approved:

      William Brumm, as constable in Benton township.

      Samuel B. Heiser. as assessor in Mediapolis town.

      J. H. Chrissinger, as clerk in Flint River township. [...]
    Board of Supervisors. (Des Moines County, Iowa); Tuesday, January 17, 1882.
    Board of Supervisors. (Des Moines County, Iowa); Tuesday, January 17, 1882.
    The minutes of the Des Moines County, Iowa, Board of Supervisors' meeting, which included approving William Brumm (1850-1919) as constable of Benton Township, Des Moines County.
    Iowa State Census  1885  Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    • (Living with his wife, Helena, children Charles, Leslie, and Boyd Brumm, and mother-in-law Mary "Walker" [Thomas]: Line number 2, Dwelling number: 28, Family number: 28: William Brumm, 71 Township, Range 2, Section 14; Address N½ N½ SE¼; age 35, male, married, occupation farmer, born in Louisiana County, Iowa, father's nativity: foreign, mother's nativity: foreign, subject to military duty, entitled to vote
    Census  1895  Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    • (Listed with his wife, "Hellena," and children: Leslie, Boyd, Ruth, Clayton, Burton, and Byron. Also son Charles was listed, then his name crossed out as he had died earlier in the year:) William Brumm, age 44, born in Louisiana (sic), white
    Newspaper Article  1899  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    The Hawk-Eye and Iowa Patriot 
    • MN&S: A Great Success!
      Muscatine North and South Railroad Company A Great Success
      The Kingston Railroad Rally Exceeded all Anticipations
      - The Attendance Was Large and the Farmers Were Inclined to Co-Operate With the Townspeople -
      - Right of Way Donated -
      - Cash Subscriptions -


      The Kingston Railroad Rally held yesterday afternoon was a great success and a pleasant social feature in addition. A bond of union between townspeople and country people was established and the necessity of co-operation on the part of the country people in the railroad enterprise was made clearly manifest and the fact was accepted by the country people, who after the matter had been plainly put before them contributed quite liberally in right-of-way and stock subscriptions to the advancement of the cause.

      The meeting was held in the grove of Jacob Hinson, just a bit of road beyond the Kingston Post Office. It was a pretty shady spot, the ground covered with long soft grass. There was assembled there a crowd of 200 or 300 men.

      Quite punctually at 4 o'clock the Italian orchestra of harp and violin struck up and coincidentally the commissionary stores were opened. Ham and cheese sandwiches, peaches, pears, beer and soda water were freely dispensed and frankly and eagerly disposed of by the assembled company.

      After the refreshments and music had been allowed to engender sociability and the crowd had become pretty well permeated with it business was suggested. Frank B. Churchill mounted one of the nearby wagons and from it's deck as a rostrum he briefly detailed the objects of the meeting. He called to his aid ex-Senator W. W. Dodge, who enlarged in a general way upon the mutual interests of the farmers and the townspeople, treating his subject happily and convincingly and eliciting many tokens of approbation.

      He was followed by C. H. Mohland who explained in detail the origin and progress of the project; the conditions imposed upon the Burlington people in order to get the road and stated the townspeople had done the best they could and still found themselves short of the goal. It had therefore been decided to appeal to the farmers, who would be benefited by the road and ask them to put their shoulders to the wheel and push the work along. "You farmers," he said, "can sit down and figure out how this road will help each one of you to the extent of from one to twenty dollars per acre. All you need is better shipping facilities, quicker hauls to market and the competition that different markets afford." He quoted the remark of one farmer to the effect that if the government levee does what is claimed for, all of the teams in Des Moines County could not haul the corn crop raised in the bottoms to market," hence the necessity of the railroad with several stations as shipping points. He closed with an urgent appeal to the farmers, whose lands would be crossed to grant free right-of-way and to those whose lands would not be so used to contribute cash in the form of subscriptions and stock to compense those who would suffer any material damage by the grant of the right-of-way. He called attention to the fact that the last previous chance to get a railroad through that part of the county had been offered eighteen years ago and warned them that failure to improve the present opportunity would leave them stranded for as long or longer period again. In every man's life there comes an opportunity for success, and neglect of it means failure. This is the opportunity of a lifetime for the bottom land farmers; if they help Burlington the road will be built - if they do not the road will not be built for the simple reason that Burlington cannot raise it's required cash subscription and terminal facilities if, besides, it must buy the right-of-way from the farmers.

      La Monte Cowles went extensively into the financial problems entering into the building of the road; he told how the men of Burlington had at last seen an opportunity that they had been looking for to obtain an independent competitive railway into the city. The Muscatine North and South Railway had showed them how much a road could be built; they corresponded with the people who built it and learned upon what terms the proposed road could be built. Finally, definite propositions were made and agreed to; Burlington undertook to raise $50,000 and to furnish terminal facilities besides securing the right-of-way. The town has almost raised the money and obtained the depot grounds; now it asks country people to give the right-of-way. We've done all we can do in Burlington, and if you people who's land will be increased in value from 10 to 20 dollars per acre, will see that the right-of-way is obtained without cost to the railroad company, the road will be built.

      Adrian Schultz was called upon for an expression of his views upon the railroad project, and he said he was heartily in favor of it; so much that he would give the right-of-way over his land and make a cash subscription besides, if the road ran to Oakville. This statement was heartily applauded.

      Then J. L. Pugh of Galesburg, who owns land in Huron township, was moved to speak, and he related to the farmers instances where people had stood in their own light by refusing to help a railroad project, thinking it would be obliged to come their way whether they helped or not. He also sited case where land had increased ten, twenty, and thirty dollars per acre because of the building of a line of railway. He made a rattling good talk and visibly impressed the farmers. He told them that Oquawka might have been what Burlington is if it had not assumed that the CB&Q would be compelled to cross the river at that point. He asked them which example they would follow. Kingston might grow to be a place of consequence or it would remain in the state it had been in for fifty years. Along a railroad a man can always sell a farm for cash. The minute the cars run through this bottom land, at the east calculation it will go up from twenty to thirty dollars and acre.

      Luke Palmer also dwelt upon the advantages offered by the proposed road and confirmed what Mr. Pugh had said relative to the increase of land values as shown by the experience of farmers about Galesburg when the CB&Q built through that part of Illinois.

      Then H. Weinrich laid emphasis on the fact that the townspeople had got to the end of their string, and if the road is to be built the county people must come forward at once; they must not think the road will come anyhow, whether you help us of not; such will not be the case. Unless you help us over the obstacle, the project will be dropped. I promise to erect a receiving warehouse at your nearest station, and you can raise pickles enough on an acre of ground to pay for all it costs you.

      The committee then got out among the crowd with subscription blanks, and after a short time the following results were announced, there being much applause and enthusiasm during the reading:

      Right-of-Way Donated

      Name: Acres Donated:
      Dave Sheridan - over 900
      T.J. Mills, Est. - over 300
      A. Butler - over 300
      J. L. Swank - over 280
      J. Hedges - over 80
      J. J. Carnegy - over 240
      J. C. Bailey - over 160
      H. Williams - over 240
      Theo. Butler - over 80
      Adrian Schultz - over 600
      H. Weinrich - over 717
      John Malchow - over 340
      E. Niehaus - over 320
      Mrs. Haight - over 1,100
      Fred Schultz - along his east line
      W. L. Potter - over 119-1/2
      J. Upton - over 113
      William Bazel - over 80
      William H. Hengst - over 89
      Walter Steingreaber - over 160
      O. E. Avery - over 165
      H. Haight, Est. - over 1,070
      H. J. Riepe - over 360
      Chas. Hebner - over 140 rods
      William Brumm - over 160
      William Prindle - over 60
      V. Hedges - over 80

      Cash Subscriptions

      Name: - $ Amount
      L. Seibert - 10.00
      C. G. Griesel - 25.00
      F. Volkmer - 25.00
      Chas. Obermann - 100.00
      W. M. Young - 10.00
      L. Koch - 10.00
      Herman Walker - 10.00
      Chas. Hebner - 50.00

      At the conclusion of this highly satisfactory missionary work, another attack on the commissary stores was invited, and the response was equally gratifying. Before the meeting dispersed the following committee was appointed to continue the work so well begun:

      Messrs. Seibert, Volkmer, Brumm, Pugh, Schultz, Steingreaber and Obermann.

      The committee arranged to meet at 8 o'clock to-night at Volmer's store in Kingston to lay out a line of work.

      Among the people from town were the following:

      Messrs. Penrose, Pauly, Sutter, Jones, Strodel, Rhein, McCosh, Moehn, Barker, Prenzler, Palmer, Hyskell, Henry, Stivers, Mohland, Klippach, Mathes, Funck, Holiday, Weinrich, Blaul, McConnell, Topping, Robinson, Cowles, Muenzenmeyer, Dodge, Churchill, Parsons, Wilkin, Hosford, Boeck, Niehaus, Grupe, Frawley, and G. R. Hall of Oakville.

      NOTES OF THE MEETING

      Perfect order prevailed, An era of good feeling was established. Some of the farmers are real enthusiasts for the new road. This is a great year for the bottomland's farmers. The crop outlook is immense and a frost now would hardly injure the corn. Copeland and Martin contributed a big case of choice pears and another of peaches. The country small boys lit onto them like devouring wolves. All the town people praised the graveled portion of the bottom road, and contrasted it with it's condition in the recent past. Chairman Mathes' name was blessed more than once for this improvement.

      It would be more than a decade before the MN&S would steam through Kingston. The residents of that place would endure a roller-coaster of emotion before the rail was finally laid.

      Copyright 1998 at the web site online: Rock-Island.org / C. Scott Richardson.
    MN&S: A Great Success!
Muscatine North and South Railroad Company A Great Success
The Kingston Railroad Rally Exceeded all Anticipations
- The Attendance Was Large and the Farmers Were Inclined to Co-Operate With the Townspeople -
- Right of Way Donated -
- Cash Subscriptions -
    MN&S: A Great Success! Muscatine North and South Railroad Company A Great Success The Kingston Railroad Rally Exceeded all Anticipations - The Attendance Was Large and the Farmers Were Inclined to Co-Operate With the Townspeople - - Right of Way Donated - - Cash Subscriptions -
    The Kingston Railroad Rally of 1899; trying to bring the Muscatine North and South Railroad to Kingston, Des Moines County, Iowa.
    Census  1900  Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    • (Married to "Hellena" V., living with her and children: Leslie T., Boyd W., Ruth E., Clayton O., Burton I., and Byron I. Brumm, twin of Burton who was listed incorrectly as a second "Byron" I. Brumm:) Line number 74; dwelling number 174, family number 175: William Brumm, head of household, white, male, born in February 1850, age 50, married, married for 27 years, born in Louisiana, father born in Germany, mother born in Germany, occupation farmer, could read, could write, could speak English, owned home, mortgaged, a farm (not a house), number of farm in schedule: 173
    City Directory  1902/1903  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    Gould's City and County Directory of the City of Burlington and Des Moines County 
    • William Brumm, Burlington, Rural Route 6.
    City Directory  1904/1905  Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    Gould's Directory of the City of Burlington, West Burlington, Danville, Mediapolis, and Des Moines County 
    • William Brumm, Latty, Rural Route 1, Benton Township.
    Iowa State Census  1905  Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    • (Listed with "Hellena," Boyd, Ruth, Clayton, Byron, and Burton Brumm:) Wm. Brumm, Card Number: 754; Post Office Address: Latty, R. 1: Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; Roll: IA_84
    Biography  1905  [21
    A Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa 
    • WILLIAM BRUMM left his home across the sea over fifty-three years ago and has for many years bent his time and energies to the improvement and welfare of Des Moines county. He is a son of Carl and Anna (Oswalt) Brumm, and was born February 12, 1850, in Würtemburg (sic), Germany. His parents were both natives of Germany, and came to America by way of New Orleans in 1852 (sic: 1853), being about six weeks on the way. In the old country the father was what is called a freighter, hauling provisions and supplies from Carlsruhe (sic: Karlsruhe) to Stuttgart, and also carried the mail, driving sometimes as many as sixteen horses at one time.

      He remained in New Orleans until 1854, when he came to Burlington, where he located, and engaged in the cooper business. In 1867 (sic: apparently after 1868) he moved to Benton township, and purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land, which is now a part of our subject's farm. He improved the farm to some extent, and farmed very successfully till the fall of 1870, when he died in the fifty-ninth year (sic: probably closer to 54th year) of his age. He was a Democrat, and a member of the Lutheran church, and is interred in the St. Paul cemetery in Benton township. Mrs. Brumm survived her husband till March 6, 1902, when she passed away aged eighty years (probably 79). She held membership in the Methodist church, and is buried in the Methodist cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Brumm were the parents of ten children, five of whom are living. John, a younger brother of our subject, resides on the home place.

      Mr. Brumm, of this review, received his education in the public schools in Burlington, after which he clerked in a grocery till his parents moved to Benton township. After the death of his parents he bought eighty acres of the home farm in Section 14, in 1896 added eighty acres, located on Section 13, and also at one time owned forty acres in Jackson township. He has since been a prosperous farmer and stock man. He erected a nice modern two-story frame dwelling, a substantial barn, and other outbuildings for the protection of grain and stock, and today he can say his land is of the best under cultivation in the township.

      He, with his wife, is a member of the Presbyterian church, and has been an elder in the church since its organization. He is a Democrat, and can not remember a year since he grew to manhood that he has not held some township office. He is now treasurer of the school board, and has been constable, road supervisor, and clerk.

      April 1, 1871, Mr. Brumm became the husband of Miss Helena Thomas, a daughter of Isham and Mary (Flesher) Thomas. Mr. Thomas was of Welsh descent, coming from Virginia to Iowa at an early day. Mrs. Thomas also came from Virginia to Iowa, settling in Burlington when there were but two houses in the city (sic: there were more based upon known dates/facts). When Mrs. Brumm's mother first came to Burlington, she was the wife of Joseph Walker, a veteran of the War of 1812 (sic: that was her father-in-law; she was married to Joseph Jr.), who died in 1852, aged seventy-five years. Mrs. Walker married Mr. Thomas in Burlington, and passed away in 1889 at the age of seventy-nine years. Mr. Thomas was a cooper by trade, and a small farmer of Benton township, and Mrs. Brumm was his only child.

      Unto Mr. and Mrs. Brumm have been born seven children, six of whom are living. Charles, died at the age of twenty-one years (sic: 20); Leslie, a bookkeeper, and lives in Burlington; and Boyd, Ruth, Clayton, Byron, and Burton, the last named being twins, and all reside at home. Mr. Brumm has seen many changes in Des Moines county, and has ever been ready to do his part toward improving this part of the county. He is a man devoted to his home and family, and is giving every advantage within his means. He is a man who is held in the highest esteem, and his long, continuous service in the township shows with what regard he is held in the estimation of his fellow-citizens. He is much interested in educational matters, and has devoted much time to bringing the schools of Benton township up to their present high standing. He and Mrs. Brumm are both Christian people and active church workers, and their lives are living examples of their professions.

      Regarding the story of Helena Thomas Brumm. Helena's mother, Mary Flesher Walker, was NOT the wife of Joseph Walker, the veteran of the War of 1812 (he was Joseph Walker Sr.). That particular Joseph was married to Barbara Teter. Mary Flesher was the wife of Joseph Walker, Jr.; they were married in Lewis County, (West) Virginia, in 1834. Joseph Jr. died in about 1852 from Asiatic cholera. Joseph Sr. died in about 1856 at age 75.

      Son Charles apparently died at age 20, not 21. Julianna Brumm's listing in 1900 census said she had 9, not 10, children, but 10 are known so that fact is probably correct.
    The Biography of William Brumm (1850-1919) and His Extended Family (1905, Text Only)
    The Biography of William Brumm (1850-1919) and His Extended Family (1905, Text Only)
    Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa, Containing Biographical and Genealogical Sketches of Many of the Prominent Citizens of To-day and also of the Past. Illustrated (Hobart Publishing Company, Chicago, 1905), pages 652-653.
    City Directory  1907/1908  Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    McCoy's Burlington, West Burlington, and Des Moines County Directory 
    • William Brumm, Benton Township, Burlington, Rural Route 7.
    City Directory  1908/1909  Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [23
    McCoy's Burlington, West Burlington, and Des Moines County Directory 
    • William Brumm, Benton Township, Burlington (post office) Rural Route 7.
    Census  1910  Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [24
    • (Married to Helena V., living with her and children: Ruth E., O. Clayton, Byron I., and Burton I. Brumm:) Line number 40: dwelling number: 65, family number: 65: William Brumm, head of household, male, white, age 60, married (once), years of present marriage 37, birthplace Germany (spoke German), father's birthplace Germany (spoke German), mother's birthplace Germany (spoke German), year of immigration to the US: 1891, naturalized, could speak English, occupation farmer, own account, could read, could write
    City Directory  1912  Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [25
    McCoy's Burlington, West Burlington, and Des Moines County Directory 
    • William Brum (sic), Yellow Spring Township (post office) Mediapolis.
    Iowa State Census  1915  Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [26
    • Card Number: 724, female, white, married, could read, could write, naturalized, number of years in the US: 60, number of years in Iowa: 60, Wm. Brumm, age 64, Des Moines County, post office address: Mediapolis, Yellow Spring Township, occupation farmer, total earnings in 1914: $2000, extent of education in the common schools: 7, birth place: Germany, owned home or farm, incumbrance on farm or home: $12,500, value of farm or home: $20,000, church affiliation Presbyterian, father's birthplace: Germany, mother's birthplace: Germany, signed by assessor: A. M. Messenger
    City Directory  1916/1917  Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [27
    McCoy's Burlington, West Burlington, and Des Moines County Directory 
    • WIlliam Brumm, Yellow Spring Township (post office) Mediapolis.
    Research  12 Sep 1918  Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [28
    • William Brumm, acting as registrar for the draft board, signed Harry Edmund Walker's draft registration dated September 12, 1918, in Benton Township, Des Moines County.
    Obituary  Sep 1919  [29
    • Mediapolis (IA), September 11 -- William Brumm was born in Germany on February 12, 1850, and passed away at his late home near Mediapolis, Iowa, on September 7, 1919, aged 69 years, 6 months and 26 days. When about two years old deceased was brought by his parents to the United States, and the family s[e]ttled in Burlington. Deceased lived in Burlington until he was 20 years of age, when he moved to a farm north of town. His entire life was spent in agricultural pursuits in the neighborhood of Burlington, Kingston and Mediapolis. Wherever he lived he enjoyed the respect and confidence of his associates.

      Many years of Mr. Brumm's life were spent in active religious life, giving evidence of what a layman may do for his Master. He was recognized as a man of upright character and commendable conduct. For about thirty years he was superintendent of a Methodist or Presbyterian Sunday school, and for several years he served efficiently as elder in the Presbyterian church at Kingston and Mediapolis. At the time of his death he was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Mediapolis.

      On April 1, 1873, Mr. Brumm was married to Helena Vandalia Thomas. Seven children were born to this union, as follows: Charles, passed away in November 1894; Leslie of Burlington; Boyd of Kingston; Ruth, now Mrs. Charles Friedermann (sic), at home; Clayton of Kossuth; Byron at home; Burton of Burlington. Beside the wife and six children deceased is survived by six grand-children, two sisters, Mrs. R. Nantz of Burlington, Mrs. William Burgus of Kingston, and one brother, Philip Brumm of Burlington. Many friends and neighbors join the bereaved group of mourners in expressing sympathy in this hour of sorrow and loneliness.

      The funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon briefly at the house and then at the Kossuth Presbyterian church by Reverends Palmer and Ollerenshaw. Interment was in the Kossuth cemetery.
    Died  7 Sep 1919  near Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 6, 21
    Funeral Notice  9 Sep 1919  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [30
    The Burlington Hawk-Eye 
    • The funeral of the late William Brumm will be held from the Presbyterian church at Kossuth at 3 o'clock this afternoon, with interment in Kossuth cemetery. Friends are invited to these services.
    Politics 
    • William was a Democrat.
    Research 
    • According to John and Marjorie Peterson's Rootsweb file, his middle name was "Frank."
    Research 
    • The Brumms arrived in America December 18, 1853, and Wilhelm was listed on the ship's log, so he was born in Germany. Several U.S. census lists that say he was from Louisiana may simply have been listed that way so he could avoid going through citizenship procedures (and be counted as a citizen) or else because it was "unpopular" to be native born German at that time (this would particularly be true around the time of World War I).
    Religion  Presbyterian  [1
    Cemetery Info/Epitaph  Des Moines County, Iowa, Cemetery Information  [6
    • William Brumm; Born: February 12, 1850; Died: September 7, 1919; Age: (none); Line Number: 1560; Kossuth Cemetery; Yellow Spring Township
    Headstone Photograph 
    • William Brumm's grave is located at the Kossuth Cemetery near Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa. The epitaph on the stone is: "Father: William, February 12, 1850 - September 7, 1919"
    The Headstone of William Brumm
    The Headstone of William Brumm
    Buried  9 Sep 1919  Kossuth Cemetery, Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 6, 30
    Person ID  I8  All Families
    Last Modified  12 Feb 2015 

    Father  Carl "Charles" Brumm,   b. 13 Jul 1816, Sternenfels, Oberamt Maulbronn, Neckarkreis, Württemberg Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1870, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Eva Juliana Osswald,   b. 23 May 1823, Sternenfels, Oberamt Maulbronn, Neckarkreis, Württemberg Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Mar 1902, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  7 Jun 1842  Sternenfels, Oberamt Maulbronn, Neckarkreis, Württemberg Find all individuals with events at this location  [31, 32
    Germany Marriages 
    • Groom's Name: Carl Brumm; Groom's Birth Date: 13 July 1816; Groom's Birthplace: Sternenfels; Bride's Name: Eva Juliana Oswald; Bride's Birth Date: 23 May 1823; Bride's Birthplace: Sternenfels; Marriage Date: 7 June 1842; Groom's Father's Name: Philipp Brumm; Groom's Mother's Name: Sabina Barbara Staiber; Bride's Father's Name: Johann Jakob Oswald; Bride's Mother's Name: Christina Magdalena Zeither; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M91521-1; System Origin: Germany-EASy; Source Film Number: 1187014; Collection: Germany Marriages, 1558-1929
    Issue 
    • Carl and Julianna had ten children total according to the Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa; according to the 1900 census, Julianna had 9 children, five were living. There are 10 known children however, so the 1900 census appears to be incorrect.
    Emigration  1853  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [33
    Württemberg Emigration Index Vol VI.jpg 
    • Carl and Daniel Brumm and their wives Juliana and Louisa Brumm were listed as applying to emigrate to North America from the town of Sternenfels, Maulbronn district, Württemburg in October 1853. Daniel also applied in February 1852 but didn't leave then.
    Brumm Family Emigration Applications Listed in the Württemberg Emigration Index
    Brumm Family Emigration Applications Listed in the Württemberg Emigration Index
    Carl and Daniel Brumm and their wives Juliana and Louisa Brumm were listed as applying to emigrate to North America from the town of Sternenfels, Maulbronn district, Württemberg in October 1853. Daniel also applied in February 1852 but didn't leave then.
    Charles 'Carl' and Daniel Brumm Sr. Families Listed in the Book, Germans to America
    Charles "Carl" and Daniel Brumm Sr. Families Listed in the Book, Germans to America
    The family of Daniel Brumm (listed as "Daniel Bremer" and Carl "Brum" are listed in the records of the book Germans to America in Volume VI

    Edited by Ira A. Glazier and P. William Filby, Germans to America (passenger lists arriving at U.S. Ports 1850-1895, numerous volumes: Volume 6 - October 1853 - May 1854; published in 1988), page 182.
    Brumm Families on the List of Passengers Arrived From Foreign Ports at New Orleans, Louisiana (1 of 2)
    Brumm Families on the List of Passengers Arrived From Foreign Ports at New Orleans, Louisiana (1 of 2)
    The families of Daniel Brumm (miswritten as Daniel Bremer) and Carl Brumm (listed as "Brum") arrived at the port of New Orleans, Louisiana, on December 18, 1853. They arrived on the ship Heidelberg, that sailed from LeHavre, France. In addition to this image, there is another record on which the names were transcribed and are a bit more legible.
    Brumm Families on the List of Passengers Arrived From Foreign Ports at New Orleans, Louisiana (2 of 2)
    Brumm Families on the List of Passengers Arrived From Foreign Ports at New Orleans, Louisiana (2 of 2)
    The families of Daniel Brumm (miswritten as Daniel Bremer) and Carl Brumm (listed as "Brum") arrived at the port of New Orleans, Louisiana, on December 18, 1853. They arrived on the ship Heidelberg, that sailed from LeHavre, France. In addition to this image, there is a scan of the original image available.
    Legal  28 May 1874  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [34
    • In the chancery case of T. D. Crocker vs. Juliana Brumm et al (foreclosure) a guardian ad litem was appointed for minor defendants. Decree was rendered for plaintiff.
    Juliana Brumm - Loss in Chancery Court
    Juliana Brumm - Loss in Chancery Court
    A notice that Eva Juliana "Julianna A." (Osswald) Brumm lost a case in court in which T. D. Crocker had brought suit; apparently the family was insolvent four years after the death of Charles Brumm.

    Text of the notice: "In the chancery case of T. D. Crocker vs. Juliana Brumm et. al. (foreclosure) a guardian ad litem was appointed for minor defendants. Decree was rendered for plaintiff."
    Land  22 Jan 1880  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [35
    The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye 
    • Real Estate
      Transfers in Des Moines County During tbe Past Week


      Juliana Brumm to William Brumm, part of the se¼ of section 14, township 71, range 2, containing forty acres, $350.
    Photos
    Sternenfels, Baden-Württemberg
    Sternenfels, Baden-Württemberg
    Sternenfels is the small town in Germany where my Brumm family lived before their immigration to the United States.
    Histories
    The Biography of William Brumm (1850-1919) and His Extended Family (1905)
    The Biography of William Brumm (1850-1919) and His Extended Family (1905)
    Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa, Containing Biographical and Genealogical Sketches of Many of the Prominent Citizens of To-day and also of the Past. Illustrated (Hobart Publishing Company, Chicago, 1905), pages 652-653.
    General Newsprint
    Real Estate; Transfers in Des Moines County During tbe Past Week
    Real Estate; Transfers in Des Moines County During tbe Past Week
    A report on the sale of 40 acres of land by Eva Juliana (Osswald) Brumm to her son, William Brumm (originally published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, page 11, January 22, 1880; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa).
    Family ID  F12  Group Sheet

    Family  Helena Vandalia Thomas,   b. 29 May 1854, Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jun 1922, at her home in Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Alt. Marriage  1 Apr 1871  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (The biography of William Brumm in A Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa stated his marriage to Helena was in 1871. This is probably incorrect; 1873 seems to be more likely.)
    Alt. Marriage  28 Mar 1873  Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [36
    Married  1 Apr 1873  Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [17, 29, 36, 37
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Groom's Name: William Brum; Bride's Name: Helena T. (sic) Thomas; Bride's Birth Date: 1854; Bride's Age: 19; Marriage Date: 28 March 1873; Marriage Place: Des Moines, Iowa; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M58791-3; System Origin: Iowa-VR; Source Film Number: 0956351; Reference Number: 2:3BRFFB8; Collection: Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992
    City Directory  1908/1909  Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [38
    McCoy's Burlington, West Burlington, and Des Moines County Directory 
    Headstone Photograph 
    • At Kossuth Cemetery near Mediapolis, Iowa, where many member's of William's family are buried, there is a large monument near the family members of William and Helena Brumm; it simply says "Brumm" on it. Facing it, Helena Brumm's grave is on the right.
    Children 
     1. Charles H. Brumm,   b. 18 Jan 1874, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Nov 1894
    >2. Leslie Thomas "Les" Brumm,   b. 18 Nov 1875, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1941, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Boyd William Brumm,   b. 14 May 1878, near Kingston, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun 1921, Burlington Hospital, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Ruth Ellen Brumm,   b. 19 Jul 1889, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1958, Alexis, Warren County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. Oliver Clayton "Clayton" Brumm,   b. 7 Feb 1892, near Kingston, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1965, Burlington Hospital, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Byron Isaac "Bud" Brumm,   b. 12 Mar 1894, Kingston, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1951, Fort Madison, Lee County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Burton Isham "Burt" Brumm,   b. 12 Mar 1894, Kingston, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1952, Saint Francis Hospital, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Photos

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    A Wedding Anniversary Photograph of William and Helena Vandalia (Thomas) Brumm
    A Wedding Anniversary Photograph of William and Helena Vandalia (Thomas) Brumm
    This photograph of my great grandparents was probably taken in about 1898 at the 25th wedding anniversary of William and Helena Brumm (they appear older than 24 and 19 years old, respectively).

    William and Helena were married April 1, 1873. They farmed in rural Des Moines County, Iowa, near the town of Kingston. They raised seven children. A biography of William, his family, and Helena and some of her family, was written in 1905 in the book, A Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa.
    Oliver 'Clayton' Brumm, and His Sister, Ruth Ellen Brumm
    Oliver "Clayton" Brumm, and His Sister, Ruth Ellen Brumm
    A photograph of my grandfather, Clayton Brumm, as a young boy. His younger sister, Ruth Ellen, grew up and married Charles Friedemann.
    William Brumm and Some of His Sons Returning From a Hunt
    William Brumm and Some of His Sons Returning From a Hunt
    Left to right: Burton Isham, Boyd William, Leslie Thomas, Byron Isaac, and William Brumm. The back of the original card lists the second son from the left as Clayton Brumm, but it was incorrect, and the correction was made by Clayton's son, Dale Brumm.
    Headstones
    The Brumm Family Monument at Kossuth Cemetery
    The Brumm Family Monument at Kossuth Cemetery
    Histories
    The Biography of William Brumm (1850-1919) and His Extended Family (1905)
    The Biography of William Brumm (1850-1919) and His Extended Family (1905)
    Biographical Review of Des Moines County, Iowa, Containing Biographical and Genealogical Sketches of Many of the Prominent Citizens of To-day and also of the Past. Illustrated (Hobart Publishing Company, Chicago, 1905), pages 652-653.
    Last Modified  12 Feb 2015 
    Family ID  F10  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    William Brumm
    William Brumm
    William Brumm was a son of Carl (Charles) and Eva Julianna (Osswald) Brumm. He was born in 1850 in Württemberg, and accompanied his family to the U.S. in 1853. William married Helena Vandalia (Thomas) Brumm in 1873. They had seven children. William died September 7, 1919.

    Documents
    The Signature of William Brumm (1850-1919)
    The Signature of William Brumm (1850-1919)
    William Brumm (my great grandfather) was elected to township office and active in civic life of Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa. He was a Registrar for the draft board in 1918 during World War I. He lived from 1850-1919.

    Obituaries, Deaths, Funerals
    The Obituary of William Brumm
    The Obituary of William Brumm
    William immigrated with his parents from Germany to the United States. (Courtesy of Dale Hubert Brumm.)
    The Funeral Notice of William Brumm
    The Funeral Notice of William Brumm
    William Brumm, born in Germany, died September 7, 1919, at his home near Mediapolis, Iowa. He was buried September 9, 1919, at the Kossuth Cemetery near Mediapolis.

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