James B. Gaumer


James B. Gaumer

Pennsylvania, USA
Death 13 Mar 1906 (aged 48)
Jefferson County, Iowa, USA
Burial Fairfield, Jefferson County, Iowa, USA
Plot 1st.012
Memorial ID 70716759 View Source

Note: this memorial updated April 16, 2017 with DOB/DOD locations and parent relationship links per edit request(s).

Note: this memorial was originally entered with the middle initial "P" per other cemetery transcription project sources. However, it now appears that was a clerical error - the middle initial "B" is now being entered for this memorial, pending any clarification or documentation to the contrary.

Husband of Anna Viloma Bales Gaumer, married in 1880.


The first death story for James was published in the Fairfield Journal, Weekly, on Wednesday, March 14, 1906 (on page 1), the day following the accident in a local rail yard that claimed his life when he was caught between two railway cars while they were in the process of switching.

That particular death story, was very graphic in the details of the death and so it is not being transcribed onto this memorial. It can be found on microfilm at the Fairfield Public Library, however.

The following obituary is more traditional with family information:

Fairfield Daily Journal
Saturday March 17, 1906
Pg. 2 Col.s' 3 & 4



was born in Pennsylvania, September 4, 1857. His parents died in one year (sic. 1864), when he was about seven years old. Later he came to Iowa and was married to Miss Anna V. Bales, in 1880. He is survived by the wife and three sons and three daughters. The sons are Wesley, Cleveland and Harvey; the daughters are Mrs. Nina Pence, Miss Blanche and little Viloma. He is also survived by two brothers: Solomon, who lives in the country near town; Simon, who lives in Des Moines, and three sisters, Mrs. Lavina Jordan, of Victor, Iowa; Mrs. Minerva Sage, of Colorado, and Miss Julia Gaumer. The family has lived in Fairfield nearly twenty years and Mr. Gaumer will be missed by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

Mr. Gaumer left hoe on this fatal day, Tuesday, March 13, 1906, to go to his work as usual and met his death almost intantly while helping some friends with a car of goods. How true it is, there is "but a step between us and death." Well might the immortal bard of Avon say of the death of a king:

"What surety of the world, what hope, what stay
When this was now a king and now is clay."

Today we are men and women and tomorrow we are but clay and the spirit is returned to God who gave it. How true it is "In the midst of live we are in death." Let us look up today to the God of all comfort and of all hope, who alone can build up the broken heart - who alone can mend the harp strings broken by grief and make them to give forth heavenly music again.

The funeral services were held at the family residence on West Lowe street, Thursday at 2 o'clock being conducted by Rev. Thomas Osborn of the Methodist church.

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