Isaac Rumer Obituary

Submitted by: Andy Rumer
San Francisco, California

Information in "[ ]" and notes by Andy Rumer.


"ISAAC RUMER DIED SUNDAY MORNING - Isaac RUMER who was one of the best known residents of this city died Sunday morning at 12:45 o'clock at the home of his son John RUMER on South D street after a short illness.  His death was due to paralysis.

"Mr. RUMER was born in Moorefield, Virginia, June 29, 1833.  He made his home in that state and in Ohio until he reached manhood.  On September 16, 1856 he was married to Miss Martha JENKINS [sometimes GENKINS], and a few months later came west, locating in Jefferson county [Iowa] near Pleasant Plain.

"A few years later Mr. and Mrs. RUMER moved to Fairfield [Iowa] and had occupied the same house continuous until death called them.  For over 39 years Mr. RUMER has made his residence on South D street.  Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. RUMER, one dying in infancy.  Mrs. RUMER passed away on February 14th of this year.

"At the time of the Civil War Mr. RUMER enlisted in the 19th Iowa Infantry and was made first Corporal of Company B.  He served his country faithfully and at the close of the war returned to his home and again took up his paint brush.  For over 25 years Mr. RUMER had a shop on East Burlington street and he was known from one end of the county as a master of his craft [house painter].  About eight years ago he suffered a stroke of paralysis and from it he never fully recovered.  After that he was forced to give up active work.

"Mr. RUMER was a man of quiet demeanor, but no friend or stranger ever went to him for assistance and came away empty handed.  He was a man ready and willing to succor the poor and needy in their afflictions and was widely known and respected.  Mr. RUMER was a member of George Strong Post, G.A.R. of this city and this organization will have charge of the services at the cemetery.

"Mr RUMER is survived by the following children: James P. of Hastings, Neb., W.D. [William David Rumer] of Alliance, Neb., Mrs. Charles MILLER of Chicago, Mrs. Harry BRANDELL, of Amarillo, Texas, Mrs. Frank BEATTY, Mrs. W.F. BEVERING and John RUMER of this city.

"The funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at three o'clock at the home and will be in charge of the members of the Christian Science Church."

Fairfield Daily Journal, Monday, Dec. 11, 1911, 2-3.  Also on the same page, column 4, "NOTICE - All old soldiers are requested to meeet at the Court House Tuesday afternoon at two thirty sharp to attend the funeral of Comrade Isaac RUMER."


Isaac's parents were Jacob RUMER and Bethia SUFFIX (possibly SUFFOLK).

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