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Charles Renton Dumars
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Birth: Feb. 13, 1861
Ohio, USA
Death: Jul. 29, 1925
Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County
California, USA


Charles R. Dumars, having made an engagement to teach the Light Guard band at Carthage, left for that place this afternoon, expecting also to engage in some business to locate permanently.
Mr. Dumars had long been well and favorably known to Carthage bandsmen. He had directed with success a band with success at Springfield. More recently hed had been band director at Joplin. Carthage was pleased at getting a man of such high musical standing.
Mr. Dumars was a single man too, but if that fact was of any interest to Carthage girls such interest was only of brief duration. "Mr. Charles Dumars, leader of the Light Guard Band", said the Banner of Nov 12, 1885 "was married yesterday to Miss Nellie Williams of Joplin. He returned to Carthage with his bride last night."
Under Mr. Dumars direction the band soon began breaking into the news, one of it's first efforts apparently being to get on a sound financial footing:
"The Light Guard band" narrated the November 23 Banner, "has leased the skating rink (6th & Howard) and will conduct it hereafter, giving unlimited music to the skaters."

Article below published in the Carthage Weekly Press, August 27, 1891 profiled Charles Dumars

The Successful Director of the Carthage Light Guard Band

It is a fact now well known and conceded all through the west that Carthage has one of the best bands in the country. That the success of the organization is in large measure due to the energy and tact of Mr. C. R. Dumars, its director is also a recognized fact.
Mr. Dumars commenced his career as a musician 17 years ago at Bolivar, MO., taking at that time an unimportant instrument in the cornet band of that city. A year later, in 1875, he went to Springfield, taking a prominent part in the old band there. In 1877 he organized "Dumars' Springfield Band" of which he was leader, and for the next three years he put in his time organizing and teaching bands throughout the Southwest. In that time he started some twelve to fourteen bands on the high road to success. In the fall of 1880 he joined the Golden Dramatic Co. band, playing with that organization for two years, after which he led for a year the band of the Agnes Villa combination, resigning his position in January 1884 to go to Joplin. He led the Joplin band two years and during the time he was at its head, attained quite a reputation, winning several band contests. In November 1885 he came to Carthage and reorganized the then defunct Light Guard band. He was made its leader and has held that position ever since.
The band has come gradually up from a very insignificant affair to its present magnificent proportions in membership, equipment, ability and attainments. It has filled many important engagements and everywhere been the recipient of high compliments. In five contests entered the first prize has been won each time, and the premium money thus obtained aggregates the neat sum of $1100.

Carthage Evening Press, Friday July 31, 1925

End comes to Ex-Band Director in Santa Barbara

Former Carthage Alderman and Music Dealer Suffered from Kidney Trouble

Charles R. Dumars, for a third of a century leader of the Carthage Light Guard band, died at his home in Santa Barbara, California on Wednesday July 29, according to messages received in Carthage last night. He had been in ill health, suffering from kidney trouble for some eight months, but according to a letter received from him by George Stump on a few days ago, he had been better and expressed himself as hopeful of recovery. It is evident he took a sudden turn for the worse.
Mr. Dumars, accompanied by his wife, went to California to reside some five or six years ago, making the move for the benefit of Mrs. Dumars health and to be near two of their children, a son Leonard, who is in business there and their daughter Leo, who married a young man who is in the candy manufacturing business in Santa Barbara. Mrs. Dumars, these two children and a son Herrin, who is in the clothing business survive. Mrs. Dumars was a Joplin girl and she was married to Mr. Dumars in 1885.

Charles R. Dumars was born in Ohio 63 years ago and grew up in Bolivar, Mo.
He became an expert coronet player and was for several years the leader of the Band of the Golden Dramatic Company, a professional organization very popular in the west in the early eighties.
He came to Carthage in 1885 to assume the leadership of the Carthage Light Guard Band, which had become disorganized after attaining some fame under the direction under the direction of J. Henry Doyle. Under Mr. Dumars' leadership and management the Light Guard Band rapidly developed and soon became one of the best know musical organizations in the west, winning many contest prizes and filling many notable engagements. The band held it's place as a prominent musical organizations as long as Mr. Dumars' remained as it's leader, but became disorganized soon after his departure for California.
Mr. Dumars was for a number of years in the music business here in partnership with C.B. Gammon He was also for a time in the insurance business and was a director of the Building & Loan association. He served three terms as a member of the Carthage city council, being elected in 1898 for two years and again in 1914 and in 1916. He was a member of the Modern Woodsman and Security Benefit lodges, retaining his membership in those orders here.

After going to Santa Barbara, Mr. Dumars became leader of a Masonic band of fifty pieces with which he was very successful. He was forced to retire as leader of this organization only a few months ago because of ill health. He and the members of his family all escaped unhurt in the Santa Barbara earthquakes, but suffered considerable financial loss.
Mr. Dumars was not only a very successful band leader, but a man who was highly esteemed in business circles and for his interest int he civic affairs of this city where he so long resided. The news of his death comes with especial sadness to old members of the band here with who he had been so long and pleasantly associated with.

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  Eunice Olive Dumars (1886 - 1891)*
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Park Cemetery
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Traditional Section Bl 20 Lot 11 Sp 8
Created by: NJBrewer
Record added: Oct 25, 2009
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Charles Renton Dumars
Added by: NJBrewer
Charles Renton Dumars
Added by: NJBrewer
Charles Renton Dumars
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In Memory of the Carthage Light Guard Band director, Mr. Charles Dumars
- NJBrewer
 Added: Nov. 22, 2009
"A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be.'" Author: Abraham Maslow
- NJBrewer
 Added: Nov. 22, 2009
For the Band Director of the Masonic Band of Santa Barbara, CA.
 Added: Nov. 22, 2009

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