JOSEPH W. PLUMMER.
There are many successful farmers in Adams county, among whom is numbered Joseph W. Plummer, of West Blue township.
He was born near Sterling, in Whiteside county, Illinois, on the 10th of February, 1855, but when two years of
age was taken by his parents to Marshall county, Iowa, where he attended the common schools. Subsequently he was
a student in Friend's Academy at Marshalltown and he remained upon the home farm with his parents until he was
twenty seven years of age. In 1880 the family removed to Burt county, Nebraska, and there his parents passed away.
After farming for nine years in that county Mr. Plummer of this review removed to Dawes county and resided on a
ranch there until 1901. In that year he came to Adams county and purchased the John Owens homestead about three
miles northeast of Hastings, where he now lives. He is a practical and up to date farmer, and his industry has
enabled him to accumulate more than a competence. In 1910 he rented his farm and removed to Hastings, but in the
spring of 1915 he returned to the farm.
Mr. Plummer was married in Iowa in 1880 to Miss Rhoda Mote, of Marshall county, Iowa, whose parents subsequently
removed to Dawes county, Nebraska. Five children have been born to this union as follows: Mae C., who was born
in 1882, is now the wife of Charles A. Smith, an insurance agent of Sioux City, Iowa, and has two children. Harry
M., born in 1883, is a plumber of Chadron, Nebraska, and he married Mae Hart, of Edgar, Nebraska. Ada L., whose
birth occurred in 1886, married George M. Drollinger, a son of M. H. Drollinger, a pioneer settler of Adams county.
George M. Drollinger is a collection agent in Spokane, Washington, and on the 2d of July, 1915, was called upon
to mourn the death of his wife. They were the parents of four children. Norman C., born in 1888, is engaged in
farming at Hinton, Iowa. Roy, born in 1890, is farming at Meekling, South Dakota. He married Grace Kohlman, of
Hastings, Nebraska, a daughter of L. H. Kohlman, a pioneer of this county, and they have two children.
Mr. Plummer supports the democratic party at the polls, as he believes in its principles, and his religious faith
is that of the Methodist church. In 1911 he took an extensive trip through Europe, the Holy Land and Egypt and
derived much pleasure and profit from his travels. He is a man of keen intelligence and keeps well informed on
all questions and issues of the day. He has won financial success and has also gained a high place in the regard
of his fellow citizens and ranks as a substantial resident of his township.
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Adams County, NE
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