Thursday, July 21, 2016

Isaac Walter Brumley

Isaac Walter Brumley
Isaac Walter Brumley
Brumley Branches - Isaac Walter Brumley - my great-grandfather was born on August 6, 1875, to Willis Brumley and his 3rd wife, Nancy J Vaughn Loughry Lewis. He was born in Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska while Willis was working on the railroad. He also had a sister born to Willis and Nancy in 1869 - Alice Florence Brumley in Missouri. 

On the 1880 Census, the family was living in Jefferson, Osage County, Missouri. Willis was with his 4th wife, Delaine Foster Harris, his son William, daughters Nancy A and Alice Florence and Isaac Walter Brumley. There is also a stepson listed as James T Emmitt, which as of this writing I have been unable to connect with anyone.

On January 13, 1895, Isaac Walter Brumley married his first wife, Nancy Katherine "Katie" Cox in Maries County, Missouri. Later that same year my grandfather was born, John Leo Brumley. Five other children were born to this union, William Ralph "Uncle Willey", Thomas Clinton, Nancy Beatrice, Henry Elmer Raymond and Walter Willis Brumley. The family lived back and forth between Maries and Osage Counties.

In 1910 they were living as a family in Pulaski County. Sometime between 1910 and 1912 Katie became ill with Pellagra and had to leave the home for treatment. Walter carried for the children the best he could but raising a large family was difficult. Katie did not recover from Pellagra and she died on August 28, 1912.

Walter had to work to take care of his family so my grandfather and his older brothers did the best they could do to keep the family together. John, William, and Tom worked odd jobs to help the family out while Walter worked with the railroad that took him away from home. It was decided that Elmer and Walter Willis would live with other families that could care for them properly. Nancy went off on her own to seek employment. 

On May 7, 1914, he married his second wife, Margaret "Maggie" Powell in Springfield, Greene, Missouri. Maggie developed pneumonia after giving birth to a daughter in August 1915. She never recovered and died on November 7, 1915. Their daughter died just four months after birth from lack of development on December 12, 1915. It must have been a very tough time for Walter losing another wife and a daughter in such a short time.

Walter left the Springfield area after his loss and found work in Baxter Springs, Cherokee, Kansas as a carpenter for the school district. In 1918 WWI was starting up and he was called to register for the draft on September 12, 1918, but never served. He was 43 years old at that time.

WW I Draft card Isaac Walter Brumley

He married for the last time on August 3, 1929, in Miller County, Arkansas to Martha Bell Brown Moon. They had no children but he was a stepfather to two of Martha's children.

He continued to work for the railroad up until his death on January 10, 1940, in Little Rock, Pulaski, Arkansas. He suffered from heart disease. He is buried at Kensett Cemetery in White County, Arkansas.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Nancy Gertrude Brumley Weik

Nancy Gertrude Brumley Weik
Nancy Gertrude Brumley Weik is my mother and is the one who inspired me to take our genealogy passion to further heights. She was the first born child to John Leo Brumley and Nellie Opal Sells on December 6, 1920, in Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas. There would be four more children born to John and Nellie, Leo Isaac, John, Jr., Gerald Raymond and Shirley Ann Brumley.

Nancy Gertrude Brumley Weik and her siblings
Left to right - Nancy, Gerald, John Jr., Leo Brumley in the back

The Brumley family lived in several residences around Kansas City, Kansas. Her father was a carpenter by trade and her mother was a stay at home mom. Times were hard for the family during the Great Depression of the 30's and work was scarce for her father, but they made it work. They created their own entertainment by learning how to play musical instruments from their Brumley uncles. Her father would stand in the bread lines when food was scarce to provide for his family. They learned to count on each other as a family in the good times and the bad.

In the summertime, they would have "Fresh Air Camps" in Kansas City, Kansas free for low-income families. She made friends with several girls and they learned life skills while attending plus they got good meals to keep them healthy and plenty of milk to drink. She loved going because for inter-city children there wasn't much going on since the school was out of session.

Nancy Gertrude Brumley Weik and childhood friends
Nancy in the front row on the left

As a young lady, one of her first jobs was a laundress. She would fold clothes for people who brought their laundry into the laundry shop. She worked with other young people and became friends with many of them. Like her for the most part, that was their first paying job.

As she became old enough to work for the WWII war effort she applied to work at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Jackson, Missouri. They manufactured and tested small-caliber ammunition for the U.S. Army. She was hired and took the streetcar every day from her home in KCK to Independence, Missouri. It was her first real job making a decent wage. As the war was drawing to a close Lake City reduced their workforce leaving my mother to seek work elsewhere. She then applied to Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company in Kansas City and was hired. While she was working there and after the War was over she meant several new people. One new person was Merle Otto Weik and they began to date.

On November 8, 1946, she married Merle at the Johnson County Courthouse in Olathe, Kansas. They began their life together living in Kansas City. Merle was able to get a job at one of the many horse farms in the area. He worked with Quarter horses preparing them to show in the Kansas City American Royal each year. During this time Nancy and Merle had their first child - a boy. It died a short time after birth because of a congenital cardiac or pulmonary defect and they were devastated.

Merle was given an opportunity to work with Midwest Metals in Davenport, Scott, Iowa. They were ready to move on from their loss and start fresh again. Once again they tried starting their family and on December 11, 1950, they had a daughter, Diann Marie Weik. In 1952 they had a son named Richard Merle and in 1954 their last child, John Edward Weik was born.

Midwest Metals sent my dad to Sterling and Joliet, Illinois for a time but the family finally landed in Streator, LaSalle, Illinois for the last time. My mother did not want to keep moving the family around so we stayed planted this time. He worked with steel fabrication just outside of Streator in a small town called Kernan.

In Streator, the family became involved in school and in the community. I was in 4-H and my brothers were involved with the Boy Scouts. When all of us had graduated from high school, my father wanted to return to his home in Manhattan, Riley, Kansas. My mother would be once again close to her family in Kansas City and my father would be able to be with his mother and siblings in Manhattan.

In their later years, my father's health began to fail and on December 22, 2004, he died at the age of 82. They had been married for 58 years in good times and bad. My mother never quite got over her loss and on October 5, 2005, she died at the age of 84.

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