Biography of Michael J. Brummer


Brummer, Michael J., Buffalo, is a son of George and Barbara (Behm) Brummer, natives of Bavaria, Germany, who came to America and settled in Buffalo in 1836. The father followed the carpenter's trade until his death in 1861; he was first a Democrat, but in 1860 voted for Lincoln. His wife died in 1873. Mr. Brummer was born in Buffalo, November 13, 1843, attended the public schools, and when eleven years of age began to earn his own living. He learned the tanner's trade, and in February, 1862, enlisted in Co. C, 31st N. Y. Vol. Inf., in which he served, until June, 1863. Two months later he re enlisted in Co. K. 15th N.. Y. H. A., and served till the close of the war, being mustered out September 4, 1865. Among the battles in which he participated were West Point, York River, Gaines's Mills, Seven Pines, Malvern Hill, White Oak Swamp, Second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, the Wilderness, and others, and. all the battles fought in the Army of the Potomac till Lee's surrender. Returning to Buffalo he was employed in the tannery of J. F. Schoellkopf until 1877, when he enlisted in the 22d U. S. Inf., regular army, serving until 1882; he was stationed at Forts Griffin and Clark in Texas and participated in various Indian raids. On his return to Buffalo in 1882 he joined Hook & Ladder Co. No. 2, of the Buffalo Fire Department; five months later he was made captain of Engine No. 1, afterwerds was transferred to Hook & Ladder No. 1, and in October, 1892, was promoted battalion chief of District No. 1, which position he still holds. Mr. Brummer had long been connected with the old volunteer fire department, joining as a torch boy in 1859, and after the war becoming a member of Rescue Fire Co. No. 1. He is a member and for two years was a trustee of the Buffalo Firemen's Beneficiary Association, and a member of the Veteran Firemen's Association and Odd Fellows. He is a generous, public spirited citizen, and a man highly respected and esteemed. In 1883 he married Miss Caroline Kreuger, of Buffalo.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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