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Jackson Bumgarner
Born 8 January 1858

Jackson Bumgarner, whose success as a farmer is the result of the exercise of the virtues of honesty, sincerity, energy and frugality, which when combined in one nature works toward gratifying recompenses, was born in Hale township, Jones county, Iowa, January 8, 1858, being a son of Joseph and Eliza (Green) Bumgarner, the former of whom was born in Virginia in 1812, and the latter in Indiana. The parents were married in Indiana and came to, Iowa in 1844, as pioneers, making the trip in the covered wagon which has been so often written of in song and story. Reaching their destination, this worthy couple settled near Pleasant Hill, Hale township, and spent the remainder of their lives upon the farm they secured and developed from the wilderness. Mr. Bumgarner died on the farm in 1892, going to join his wife, who had passed away in 1866 when sixty-nine years of age. They had a family of thirteen children, as follows: Rebecca, who is the widow of John Cole and a resident of Olin; Mary, who married Robert Porter, of Pottawattamie county; Rhoda, who died in childhood; Elizabeth, the deceased wife of Henry Robinson; Sarah, the deceased wife of Nathan Glick; Jane, who was the widow of Thomas Porter and is now married to a Mr. Parker, of Perry, Iowa; Belinda, who married William Porter and died in 1908; Anna, who married Henry Foulk, of Colorado; Hannah, the deceased wife of James Collins; Martha, who married Herbert Magee, of California; Jackson, the subject of this review; Edward, who lives in Idaho; and George, who lives in Nebraska. All were married except Rhoda.
Jackson Bumgarner remained with his parents until his marriage, when he started to farm for himself. He spent eight years in Cedar county, near the county line, but with that exception has lived in Jones county all his life. In 1901 he bought one hundred and seventy acres of his present farm, to which he has added until he now owns two hundred and forty acres on sections 36 and 25, Hale township. This farm is well improved and he is satisfied with what he has accomplished, although ambitious for the future.
On November 25, 1879, Mr. Bumgarner married Elmira Maria Reamer, who was born in Hale township, April 22, 1861, a daughter of Ralph and Clarissa Polma (Brink) Reamer. The father was born April 24, 1835, in New York, while the mother was born May 3, 1832, in Pennsylvania. Mr. Reamer came of a large family. He learned shoemaking and worked at his trade for fourteen years before coming to Iowa, and for eighteen years after his arrival here. He is now residing in Oxford Mills. He was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife January 22, 1898. They had two children: Cicely, deceased, who married C. K. Shaw, and Mrs. Bumgarner, who is the wife of our subject.
Mr. and Mrs. Bumgarner became the parents of nine children, as follows: Arthur J., who died when five years old; Nellie Ann, who married Eugene Griffis, of Hale township; Clarissa P., who died at the age of nineteen years; Mary Annette, who is at home; Fannie, who died in infancy; Ralph Reamer, who is at home, as are Elsie May, Abbie Caroline and Grace H. Mr. Bumgarner is a republican. His religious faith makes him a member of the Wesleyan Methodist church, and he is liberal in his support of it. His energies have been directed toward the development of his farm, and his inclinations are toward a quiet, home life. The Bumgarner home is often the scene of pleasant gatherings, the friends of the family enjoying the cordial hospitality always proffered by the kindly host and hostess.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 466.


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