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From: "Vera Reeves" <>
Subject: Brumitt - Montgomery
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 19:16:26 -0500
Calico Rock Progress - Aug 30, 1935 - Death Ends Career of Well Known
The town and community was steeped in sadness Tuesday morning by the
unexpected death of another of its prominent citizens, James F. Brumitt, who
died at about 8:30 o'clock, some three hours after he had shot himself
through the head with a .22 rifle.
A few moments after infliction of the fatal injury he was found in a dying
condition in the driveway near the east entrance of his place of business,
the Batesville Grocer Company of which he was manager. He was removed to his
home, where death occurred.
Mr Brumitt was known to have been in ill health for some time suffering from
high blood pressure. He recently spent several days in Hot Springs receiving
examination and treatment for the condition, which revealed there was little
hope for permanent cure. Since returning home, worry over his physical
condition appeared to bear heavily upon his mind, which, with untold
suffering, hastened a state of despondency. Just before the tragedy, he
wrote a note and left it in his office, stating his intentions and that he
thought his course best for all concerned.
James Franklin Brumitt was born at Evening Shade, Sharp County, April 25,
1872, the early part of his life having been spent in that section. As a
young man, he came to Izard county, residing at Newburg a few years. In 1899
he was married to Miss Cora Cone, whose death occurred eight months after
their marriage. In 1903 he was married to Miss Lily Montgomery, to which
union four children were born.
A few years after the construction of the White River railroad Mr Brumitt
was in the mercantile business in Calico Rock, later going on the road as
salesman for a wholesale grocery house. Still later was manager of the Mtn
Home branch of the Golden Rule Store Company. Some twelve or fifteen years
ago he moved to Calico Rock to take the management of the local branch of
the J. R. Evans Wholesale Grocery Co., which later became the Batesville
Grocer Co., and has continued as local manage and stockholder of the firm
until now. The business has always enjoyed a liberal patronage and has
prospered under his able management.
Mr Brumitt's death removes one of the town and county's best known business
men and esteemed citizens. His life was spent in this section as merchant,
traveling salesman and wholesale dealer. He came in contact with and formed
personal acquaintance with the greater part of the people in a number of
North Arkansas counties.
Mr Brumitt has always shown an active interest in public affairs, and aided
in every move for the betterment of the town and community. He showed
especial interest in the welfare of the churches and schools. For the past
several years he has served as a member of the local school board.
His pleasing and rare type of personality, sound and to-the-point philosophy
in expressing truisms and keen sense of humor, of a manner all his own,
joined with a spirit of charity and liberal heartedness to endear him in the
hearts of all. He was a man of high intellect and unusual ability. He was a
close follower of the tenets of Christian living. He had been a member of
the Christian church for many years.
Surviving him are his wife; tow sons, Cecil Brumitt, of Calico Rock and Roy
Brumitt of Detroit, Mich.; two daughters, Mrs H. H. Harris and Miss Maxine
Brumitt of Calico Rock; a sister, Mrs Lucy Perryman of Durant, Okla.; a
half-brother and a half-sister, Allen Brumitt of Bay, Ark., and Mrs Barbara
Newsom of Marietta, Okla.
Funeral services, conducted by elder T. H. Sherrill, were held at the
Christian Church Thursday at 10 a.m., attended by a very large gathering of
relatives and friends. Interment was in Rose Lawn Cemetery.
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