Biography of Abram N. Kumler
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ABRAM N. KUMLER
Well known as a business man and rancher of San Jacinto, Mr. Kumler has attained his present position by his own efforts, his ambition and perseverance having brought to successful fruition his careful plans for financial prosperity. A native of Ohio, his birth occurred December 29, 1843, in Butler county, where, until he reached manhood, he resided with his parents. In 1861 he enlisted in Company E, Thirty fifth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and among the battles in which he participated were Chickamauga (in which about sixty per cent of Mr. Kumler's company were sacrificed and in which he himself received a slight wound), Lookout Mountain, Winchester and in the Atlanta campaign. Later. under Sherman, his battalion marched to the sea, a journey which still remains fresh in the minds of those who experienced it. Upon his honorable discharge Mr. Kumler returned to his home.

September 15, 1869, Mr. Kumler was united in marriage with Miss Mary A. Ross, a native of Hamilton county, Ohio, and to their union three children were born, two of whom are living: Alice, who is married and living in San Jacinto, and whose three children are Gretchen, Philip and Mary; and H. R., also married, who has three children, Carroll, Wanda and Bettie. The deceased daughter, Louie, who was a professional nurse, died October 28, 1906.

Two years after his marriage Mr. Kumler removed to McLean county, Iowa, where he farmed for eleven years, moving thence to San Bernardino county, Cal., and purchasing a tract of twenty acres, ten of which he planted to oranges, the remainder being devoted to Muscatel grapes. In the meantime the dwelling which he erected, also clothing and household goods, were destroyed by fire, and for a time, until his fruit came into bearing, hard times were experienced. However, upon the sale of his crop he was enabled to purchase an additional tract, which he set to grapes and oranges, erecting shortly thereafter a good concrete house, the walls of which he laid himself. In 1907 he sold his property for $28,000 and later located in San Jacinto, where he purchased the Holt ranch consisting of twenty five acres, stock; implements, etc., being included in the transaction. Later Mr. Kumler installed a forty five horsepower pumping plant, built a substantial barn and remodeled the dwelling, after which, in 1910, he disposed of the property at a good profit. He has also bought and improved other land, his good business judgment having been amply proven by his excellent management of his affairs at all times.

A Republican of influence, Mr. Kuniler cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln, whom he regarded with sincere admiration. He has served as delegate to numerous county conventions, maintaining at all times a special interest in local politics, and by virtue of service, holds membership in San Bernardino Post, G. A. R., which he joined upon his arrival in that city.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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