|Birth: ||Jan. 17, 1848|
|Death: ||Aug. 5, 1929|
The Irving Leader, Irving (Marshall County) Kansas, August 9, 1929, P-1
William Milton Drumm was born in Muskingum county, Ohio, January 17, 1848, and passed away at his home in Irving, Kansas, August 5, 1929, aged 81 years, 6 months and 18 days.
He was the son of Samuel and Mary Drumm and one of a family of five boys and two girls.
At the age of five he moved with his parents to southern Illinois where he grew to manhood. The call of the west lured him and in his early twenties he went to Missouri, and a little later came to Kansas where he hunted buffalo in the Solomon valley and helped to construct some of the first railroads in the then new state.
He later returned to Missouri and on Jan. 18, 1874, was united in marriage to Mary Lynch, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Lynch of Maryville, Mo. To this union was born five children; Alta Phillips of Hunter, Okla; Odessa Fraker of Kansas City, Mo.; Ed Drumm of Centralia, Marie Wasser of Blue Rapids, and Milton Drumm who gave his life on the battle fields of France May 28th, 1918.
For a few years after their marriage they lived on a farm near Maryville, Mo., but in 1882 he took his family and started west stopping near Beatrice, Nebr., for one year and then on to Kansas settling on a farm three miles southwest of Bigelow where the family continued to make their home for 35 years.
After the death of his son, Milton, he moved to Irving and just two months from the day Milton was buried he laid to rest his faithful wife beside the body of his youngest son. The other four children survive him and are all present at the service.
For a time he maintained the home in Irving and lived among his children, then in November 1922 he was married to Mrs. Florence Osborne of Frankfort, who has been a faithful wife and helpmate to him in his last days, cheering and caring for him and comforting him to the last.
He was a charter member of Bigelow lodge of the Modern Woodmen of America, and a member of the Masonic order for more than 50 years. He was always an active member-faithful in attendance at their meetings and prompt to answer their every call, for he loved his lodge as few men do.
Thus passes to his reward a man, four square, honest, upright, frank, and in all his dealings with his fellow-men faithful to every trust. A good neighbor, a good husband, and a good father,.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Irving Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Hamerly of the Blue Rapids Presbyterian church being in charge. Burial was in the family lot in Greenwood cemetery, the service at the grave being conducted by Blue Valley Lodge No. 112 A. F. & A. M. of which the deceased was a member.
Mary Lynch Drumm (1852 - 1921)
Alta Almida Drumm Phillips (1876 - 1955)*
Clarence Milton Drumm (1889 - 1918)*
Created by: Mike Phillips
Record added: Oct 15, 2009
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