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RUMMEL, JOHN L., shoemaker and farmer, Jefferson township, was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, December 12, 1822 ; son of George and Catherine Rummel, natives of Germany, and farmers by occupation. He received his education in the schools of his native laud and there also learned the trade of shoemaker. In 1839 he came to this country, crossing the ocean on the sailing vessel "America," and landing at Baltimore after a voyage of fifty-six days. He settled at Harrisburg, where he worked at his trade for three years in the shop of a man named Kentler, after which he worked one year at the furnace works at Clarksville, and then returned to Harrisburg and resumed work with his old employer. He remained here for three years, during which time he received an inheritance from Germany of $1,100 in money. and with this he bought a farm of one hundred and fifty-one acres in Jefferson township. This was timber land, which he proceeded to clear up, and on which he erected two houses and barns and other buildings. He also worked at his trade and traveled about as a journeyman. He was married, in Jefferson township, in 1844, by Esquire Jacob Davidson, to Mary Michael, born in that township August 23, 1819, and died November 10, 1855. Their children are: William, Catherine, Sarah, Amanda, Daniel, and John, deceased. Mr. Rummel is a liberal in politics, but in National and State matters votes with the Republican party. He is a member of the United Brethren church, but is a warm admirer of Martin Luther. Three years ago Mr. Rummel was attacked at his home by robbers, who supposed he was alone in the house. His life and property were saved by the heroism of his housekeeper, Miss Lizzie C. Warfield, who appeared on the scene at the moment the robbers had overpowered their victim. She shot one and put the rest to flight. In recognition of the fidelity and bravery of his deliverer he has provided in his will that she shall have a home with him as long as she desires to stay and shall have $1,000 from his estate. Securities and money to the value of $17,000 were concealed in the house at the time of the attack.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

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Date of Transcription: 29 Jan 2001

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