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Transcribed biography of Marion Putnam Brummitt
MARION PUTNAM BRUMMITT. A man who is widely known throughout the northwestern section of the state of Indiana is Mr. Marion Putnam Brummitt, whose extensive acquaintance is the result of a lifelong residence in Porter county and the fact that he is proprietor of the famous Calumet Stock Farm, located in section 32, Westchester township. He is engaged in stock raising on a large scale, the Calumet being one of the largest farms in this locality, as will be quickly recognized when it is stated that he owns 375 acres of land outright in Westchester and Pine townships, and in addition has managerial control over two hundred acres more. Mr. Brummitt conducts his farming and stock raising operations in an unusually intelligent manner, following the most modern, up-to-date, scientific and business methods at all times.
The Brummitt family is of English origin and the first members of this branch of it to immigrate to the United States were William and Mary (Lucas) Brummitt, the grandparents of Marion P., who came to Porter county in the 'fifties. The husband was the first to land in this section of the country, the date of his advent being about 1850. Not having sufficient funds to bring his wife with him at the same time, he set to work industriously to earn the necessary amount, and also to acquire a home to bring her to when she should arrive from England. His efforts were crowned with success and in 1857 she whom he had married in their native country on November 20, 1853, became the mistress of a modest little home on a three-acre plot of land which he had purchased in the new land. A family of seven children were subsequently born to the couple, as follows: Eliza, who died in infancy; Mark L.; Arthur R.; Maria, who became the wife of J. Augustine; John W.; Emily, wife of H. H. Loring, of Valparaiso and Jennie, wife of M. P. Goodykoontz.
It was the son John W. who later became the father of Mr. Marion P. Brummitt, whose life this sketch briefly reviews. John W. was born in Porter county, Indiana, in 1859, the county also having been in 1861 the birthplace of his wife, who was Emma M. Newman before her marriage. They were the parents of nine children, eight of whom grew to maturity and are still living, named as follows: Marion P.; Pearl, unmarried ; Jessie, wife of Frank James; Mabel, a graduate of the high school of Valparaiso, Indiana; Neva; Stella; Grace and Howard. The family removed some years ago to Cisne, Illinois, where Mr. Brummitt is engaged in the mercantile business, being proprietor of a large department store at that point.
Marion P. Brummitt was born in Pine township, Porter county, Indiana, June 21, 1881, and spent the first fifteen years of his life on the farm in the parental home, attending the district school of the community when it was in session. He then worked on the farm for four years for his father, and at nineteen started on his career as an independent agriculturist, renting a farm from his father for two years. He began operations in a modest way but rapidly increased his ownership of acreage and accumulated fine stock for his place until now he is the proud possessor of one of the most finely equipped and most valuable farms in this part of the state.
On April 29, 1903, occurred the marriage of Mr. Brummitt to Miss Margaret F. Pugh, a daughter of James and Frances (Cheney) Pugh. Mr. Pugh was a native of Wales, where he was born in May, 1851, coming to the United States in March, 1861, when a boy of ten years. His death occurred June 9, 1887. Mrs. Pugh was born in New York state in 1863 and died in 1890. They had two children, Edwin of Burton, Kansas, and Margaret F., born January 19, 1883, who is now Mrs. Marion Brummitt, as stated above. Mrs. Brummitt is a woman of superior attainments and is highly educated and cultured. She received her early education in the district schools of Porter county, and finished at the Valparaiso Normal College. Both Mr. and Mrs. Brummitt are hospitable and fine conversationalists and take an active interest in all affairs of importance to the community in which they reside. She is a member of the Congregational church at Furnessville, Indiana, belongs to the Order of Eastern Star, and both are members of the Pythian Sisters at Chesterton, Indiana, Mr. Brummitt being affiliated with Chesterton Lodge, No. 442, Knights of Pythias. While his political principles are Republican, he is an independent and vigorous thinker, takes a broad view on all public questions, is liberal and progressive and is held in the highest esteem by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances.
Source: Lewis Publishing Company. 1912. History of Porter County, Indiana: A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, its People and its Principal Interests. Chicago, Illinois: Lewis Publishing Company. 881 p.
Page(s) in Source: 851-852
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