Volume 8, Number 10, Winter 1985
My grandfather was a mountain of a man with the most gentle disposition of anyone I have ever known. I loved him with a kind of love I have never felt for anyone else. I only knew him the first eight years of my life as we moved away from Douglas Co., Mo. in 1924 and I only saw him once after that until his death in 1931. Although we lived only a short distance from him we did not go to see him very often and I only remember him coming to our house once. When we went to see him he was always standing under the huge, black walnut tree with his hands behind his back, waiting for us to come up the hill in the wagon. Grandpa had a kind of love for his family which radiated to us all and which we returned. In later years I came to realize that he had a special attachment to my father and his two brothers, perhaps because their mother died in 1901, leaving three small boys, 11, 9, and 7 years of age. Grandpa had lost his mother and sister in 1898, so he and his father were left to raise these three small boys. Grandpa married again in 1902.
My grandfather was Ren S. Brummet born March 29, 1863 in Barton, Co., Mo. near Lamar, the son of Loyd Brummet and Margary Robinson Williams. Around 1880 this family located on Bare Branch, south of Smallett, Mo. in Douglas Go. (south of Ava). Their home was at the end of the road, across the branch, and they settled on land both in Douglas Co. and Ozark Counties.
Recently I was at the old home place, which is just south of the Walnut Grove Church and found the house falling down. The big walnut tree was gone, but near by another is growing. Along the edge of the yard I found some flowers my grandmother had put there many years ago. The old log barn that grandpa built is still standing. Words cannot express my emotions as I stood there, remembering the past years; all I could do was sit on the ground that grandpa once trod, and cry.
Ren. S. Brummet, the son of Loyd Brummet and Margery Robinson Williams, was born March 29, 1863, Barton Co., Mo. and died March 24, 1931, Douglas County, Mo. He is my grandfather. He married Malvina Vaughn, daughter of William Vaughn and Sarah Ann Fletcher. Malvina was born Feb. 13, 1870 in Estill Co., Ky. and died July 17, 1901, Douglas Co., Mo. She is my grandmother. Their children were Loyd- born July 26, 1889, Douglas Co., Mo. and died Dec. 2, 1944, Wagoner, Ok.; William - born Nov. 27, 1891, Douglas Co., Mo. and died Feb. 17, 1968, Long Beach, Calif.; Walter - born April 18, 1894, Douglas Co., Mo. and died Jan. 30, 1984, Buena Park, Calif.
My father - Loyd Brummet - married Emma Frances Roller, daughter of Lewis Roller and Penelope "Nellie" Stubbs.
My grandfather, Ren S. Brummets second wife was Lois Hodges. Ren S. Brummet and Malvina Vaughn had twin girls: Margaret - born Dec. 30, 1896, died Jan. 13, 1897; and Sarah - born Dec. 30, 1896, died Jan. 11, 1897.
Member Dorothy Fowler, Selah, Wash. comes from Ren S. Brummet and Lois Hodges; we are first-half-cousins.
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