Page 181, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




WILLIAM J. RUMBLE, one of the well known farmers and stock men of Marmaton township, came to Allen county January 13, 1882. His location was upon section 35, township 24, range 20, one of the first class tracts of land in Allen county and of which he owns the northwest quarter. As a resident of Kansas he has been engaged extensively in the beef cattle business and is widely known as a feeder and furnisher of butchers stuff. For sixteen years he was proprietor of a meat market in Moran, a business which he conducted as an adjunct to his other and regular business of supplying beef cattle to butchers. Since his retirement from the "block" the management and cultivation of this farm and of the north half of section 10, same township, have required much of his personal supervision. During the year of 1900 he handled about 500 head of fat cattle and as a feeder his herd numbers into the hundreds of head.

Mr. Rumbel was born in Schuykill county, Pennsylvania, December 10, 1864. He was educated in the country schools, and learned the butchers trade in his youth. He is a son of Joshua Rumbel, of Moran, who was also born in Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania, April 28, 1832. He is a grandson of Henry Rumbel, a farmer, born in Montgomery county, Pennsylvania. The latter followed lumbering, farming and kindred businesses, and was successful. He moved into Schuylkill county at eleven years of age with his father, Jake or John Rumbel. Henry Rumbel died in the county of Schuylkill in 1875 at the age of sixty-nine years. He married Salane Andress and their children were Henry, Rebecca, Daniel, Joshua, John P., Jacob and Mary, wife of G. T. Reber, of Berks county, Pennsylvania.

Joshua Rumbel grew up on his father's Schuylkill county farm and was educated in German in the country schools, but picked up an English education. He began life as a farmer and lumber manufacturer and conducted a large business and acquired some wealth. He disposed of his interests in the east and came to Kansas and invested in lands and stock. He was one of the organizers of the Moran Bank and was connected with its affairs till its failure in 1898.

Joshua Rumbel was married first in 1853 to Louisa Singley who died from the effects of an injury at the hands of the Kansas and Pacific Railroad Company. Their children are Albert H., of Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania; Josiah, of Parsons, Kansas; Lawrence, of Schuylkill county, Pennsylvania; William J., our subject; Mary A., deceased; Richard, deceased, and Emma N., wife of C. R. Richard, of Greensboro, Maryland.

William J. Rumbel was married in Allen county, Kansas, November 9, 1886, to Dessie M. Keith, a daughter of C. P. Keith. Their children are Neta, Vernie and Oliver.

From the earliest time the Rumbels have been Democrats. The rare departure was when Joshua Rumbel supported Abraham Lincoln for President. Our subject was schooled in the principles of Democracy and has kept the faith. He is one of the active party leaders and conventions of the "opposition" without his presence, are rare indeed.

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