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JAMES G. RUMBOLZ, Supervisor of Bunker Hill Township, and Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors, is one of the prominent citizens of Woodburn. He at present represents a business of insurance, real estate and loans. He was born in Bunker Hill Township, January 23, 1845, and was reared and educated here, attending the public schools of the county until he was nearly seventeen years old, when he enlisted, July 21, 1861, in the First Missouri Cavalry. He belonged to Company B, Capt. Clinton commanding, and his Colonel was C. A. Ellis. His regiment was placed in the Seventh Corps and was assigned to the Western Army. It left St. Louis in September, and went directly into the field of war. Our young hero fought at the battles of Black River, Mo., Sugar Creek, Ark., and Pea Ridge, Ky., where his regiment was placed in the forefront and sustained heavy losses. Later he was in the conflict of Prairie Grove and in the capture of Little Rock, and assisted all through the campaigns west of the Mississippi River, up to the close of the war. He served in all four years and three months, and his discharge dates from Little Rock, Ark., September 20, 1865. Strange to say, he escaped without a wound, and as never captured by the enemy. He was most of the time on special detail duty, and for a large portion of the time served as Clerk of the Trans-Mississippi Department.

On being discharged at Little Rock, the young soldier returned to Woodburn, this county, and has since resided here. He has engaged in various kinds of business, but during the last six years has been doing a loan and real estate business combined with insurance. He is the son of Gottlob Rumbolz, a native of Stuttgart, Germany, and of pure German blood. The father was yet a young man when he came to the United States with an older brother. They settled in the mining regions of Virginia, and engaged in mining in the Lewis gold mines until 1838. Gottlieb a brother of our subject's father, crossed the plains to California, and as far as known carried on mining operations until his death. It was not long before the family learned that he had died there in comfortable circumstances. The father of our subject came to this county in1 838 and entered land, and after it was proved up he engaged in blacksmithing.

The mother of our subject was known in her maidenhood days as Susan Tompkins, a native of Virginia. She came of Southern and Scottish blood, and was a young woman when he emigrated to Illinois. She married the father of our subject in Virginia, and shortly after came to this county. After his death she became the wife of Thomas Hayton, whom she has survived. She is still living at the advanced age of eighty-I've years, and makes her home with our subject. She is bright and active in her church membership and belongs to the Congregational Church, which was also the religious home of her last husband.

Mr. Rumbolz is one of the three surviving children of his parents. His brother William resides with him, and his sister Elizabeth, wife of Frank Andrews, resides in Lincoln, Neb. Both of the brothers fought through the war on the Union side, and are both Democrats in their political views. William joined the army in April, 1861, in the same regiment with James, and was not discharged till February, 1866. He saw many engagements, and much hard fighting and narrow escapes. Our subject is considered as a young man of ability and character. he has intellectual keenness and balance. He is looked upon by the men of his party as one of the most sagacious leaders among the younger men, and he will no doubt be pushed to the front in coming campaigns. On the 17th of June, 1891, Mr. Rumbolz wedded one of Kentucky's fair daughters, known as Fannie W. Thompkins, a daughter of Robert R. Tompkins, one of the prominent families of Kentucky.

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