ALBERT T. BRUNNEMER
It was remarked by a celebrated moralist and biographer that "there has scarcely passed a life of which a judicious and faithful narrative would not have been useful." Believing in the truth of this opinion, expressed by one of the greatest and best of men, the writer of this review takes pleasure in presenting a few facts in the career of a gentleman who, by industry, perseverance, temperance and integrity, has worked himself from an humble station to a successful place in life and won an honorable position among the well known and highly esteemed men of the locality in which he resides.
Albert T. Brunnemer was born near his present home in Pleasant township, Johnson county, Indiana, on October 29. 1869, and is the son of George L. and Nancy C. (VanArsdale) Brunnemer. George L. Brunnemer, who was born January 22, 1842, and who died in 1910, was the son of Anthony and Blanche (Mitchell) Brunnemer, natives respectively of Virginia and Tennessee. In 1860 the family settled on a farm one mile north of Whiteland, Johnson county, Indiana, and the parents spent the rest of their days in the vicinity of Whiteland. George L. Brunnemer was married on February 5, 1863, to Sarah E. McClellan, the daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Clem) McClellan, natives of Kentucky, and to this union were born two children, James born December 11, 1863, who married Louie A. Sharp, and Sarah E. born August 12, 1866, now deceased. Mrs. Sarah Brunnemer died September 5, 1866, and on October 23, 1867, he married Nancy C. Vanarsdale, the daughter of Cornelius A. B. and Nancy J. (Clem) Varnarsdale. She was born in Pleasant township, Johnson county, Indiana, on October 20, 1849, and bore to her husband three children: Albert T.; Amy J., born December 8, 1871, who became the wife of Hugh Johnson, and William J., born March 3, 1874. George L. Brunnemer enlisted on February 15, 1865, in Company E. One Hundred and Forty-eighth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry and served as corporal until receiving an honorable discharge on September S, 1865. In 1866 he moved to his farm in section 29, Pleasant township, where at the time death he owned three hundred and sixty acres of splendid land. He also owned and operated a saw mill with success and profit.
Albert Brunnemer received his education in the district schools of his community and lived on the home farm until twenty-nine years of age, when he located on his present place, in the operation of which he has achieved a very gratifying success. He is a practical and systematic farmer, giving his personal attention to every detail of the farm work, and in the raising of general crops and a due share of attention to live stock he has been remunerated for his efforts. He was also an organizer and is at the present time a director of the Whiteland National Bank, and in the community is numbered among the men of strong business ability and progressive tendencies, having given his support to all movements for the upbuilding progress of the community.
On December 9, 1896, Mr. Brunnemer was united in marriage to Rose Perkins, the daughter of George and Sarah (Yaste) Perkins both of whom are natives of Mercer county, Kentucky. Mrs. Brunnemer was born March 19, 1878, and by her union with Mr. Brunnemer has become the mother of one child, Myron L., who was born on November 26, 1898.
Politically, Mr. Brunnemer gives his support to the Republican party, in the success of which he has taken a commendable interest, though in no sense a seeker for public office for His religious affiliations are with the Methodist Episcopal church, in the prosperity of which he is deeply interested. On his splendid farm of seventy-four acres of land he is enjoying life to the full, realizing, as the public at large are realizing more than ever, that the farmer today is to be envied rather than his condition deplored, as was at one time the case. Mr. Brunnemer's life has been one of unceasing industry and perseverance and the notably systematic and honorable methods he has followed have won for him the unbounded confidence and regard of an who have formed his acquaintance. He has worked from an humble beginning to his present situation, which fact renders him the more worthy of the praise that is duly accorded him by his fellow men.
Branigin, Elba L. History of Johnson County. Indianapolis, IN: B. F. Bowen & Co., Inc., 1913. pp 730-731
Transcribed by Lois Johnson