Biography of Grant B. Fullmer
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Grant B. Fullmer, the editor of the Marengo Sentinel, is a well known and successful representative of journalistic interests in Iowa county. His birth occurred. in Athens, Calhoun county, Michigan, on the 22d of November, 1871, his parents being Samuel and Susan (Fifield) Fullmer, the former born in Oswego, New York, January 31, 1834, and the latter in Burlington, Vermont, August 6, 1837. Samuel Fullmer established his home in this state in 1875 and is now a retired agriculturist residing in Wapello county. During the period of the Civil war he served as a member of the Second Ohio Cavalry and the Twenty fifth Independent Ohio Battery of Light Artillery. His son Edgar was a member of the Sixteenth United States Infantry at the time of the Spanish-American war and encountered severe hardships in Cuba, the regiment there losing two hundred men by disease. Samuel and Susan (Fifield) Fullmer have three living children, namely: Wilbur A., who is a resident of Eddyville, Iowa; Edgar L., living in Ottumwa, Iowa; and Grant B., of this review.

The last named, who was but four years of age when his parents established their home in this state, acquired his early education in the common schools of Iowa and was graduated from the Kirkville high school with the class of 1886. He then spent two years as a student in the State University of Iowa at Iowa City and subsequently learned the printer's trade while in the employ of the Ottumwa Courier for three or four years. Mr. Fullmer continued work as a printer until 1906 and then established the Victor Record of Victor, Iowa, publishing the sheet until 1911, when he sold out and came to Marengo. Here he began the publication of the Sentinel and has remained its editor to the present time. The paper is devoted to the dissemination of local and general news and is accorded a large subscription and advertising patronage.

On the 9th of January, 1894, Mr. Fullmer was united in marriage to Miss Bertha M. Letts, of Iowa City, Iowa, a daughter of Alvin and Hannah (Crandall) Letts, both of whom are deceased. Our subject and his wife have two children, Grace and Iowa Mae. Mr. Fullmer gives his political allegiance to the progressive party and is a Methodist in religious faith, while fraternally he is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias. The principles that have actuated his life have been such as to win for him the highest esteem and goodwill of all who know him.

From:
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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