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Elmer Lummis, (2), son of Joseph and Sarah (Lawless) Lummis, was born on April 17, 1871, on a farm near Paloma, Illinois, and lived there until he was twenty-one years of age.  He attended Richland School and Coatsburg High School. At the age of twenty-one he was employed by McNeall and Whitlock in a general store in Columbus. On January 1, 1893, he moved to Quincy and was employed by the Lummis Implement Company. On February 15, 1894, he was appointed clerk in the Quincy Post Office and filled various positions in that office until May 1, 1915, when he was appointed Postmaster by President Wilson. He was married toJosie Gray, of Coatsburg, on March 16, 1898. She was born November 7, 1873 to Richard Monroe and Mary Ann Barlow Gray. After nine years as Postmaster, Elmer left the Government service and for a time was Secretary of Quincy Chamber of Commerce, leaving that position January 1, 1925, to go into the general insurance business. He became a real estate broker. He was a Mason. He was an active member of the Vermont Street Methodist Church, having served as Sunday School Superintendent; and was a member of the Official Board. His wife died on June 4, 1922. On August 26, 1923, he was married to Marie Gray, sister of his first wife. Marie was born January 3, 1896. They lived in Quincy until his death on March 30, 1947. He was buried in Coatsburg Cemetery. His widow was a resident of the Anna Brown Home, in Quincy. She died in June 1975. By the first marriage there were two sons: Joseph Gray and Harold Elmer.

 

Joseph Gray Lummis, (3), son of Elmer and Josie Lummis, was born on January 11, 1899. He graduated from Quincy High School and the University of Illinois, receiving a B.S. Degree in June 1921. He enlisted in World War I on October 1, 1918, and was honorably discharged on December 21, 1918. He was married to Frances Laughlin on September 29, 1926. She was born December 3, 1900. Joseph retired from an executive position with A. P. Green Firebrick Company, which he held for many years. They resided in Columbus, Ohio, where he died in November 1971 and she died June 29, 1997. They had one daughter: Mary Ann.

 

Mary Ann Lummis, (4), daughter of Gray and Frances Lummis, was born on April 3, 1929. She was married to Herschel Holmes Bowyer on August 25, 1951. 01/06/1929 He is with Ford Motor Company in Detroit, where they now live.

 

Harold Elmer Lummis, (3), son of Elmer and Josie Lummis, was born on November 27, 1900. He was educated in the public schools of Quincy and graduated from Quincy High School. He attended the University of Illinois and completed a business course in the Gem City Business College, Quincy, Illinois. He was in the real estate and insurance business for many years in Woodlin Hills, California. He married Lee Laubacher on October 1, 1943, in Los Angeles. He died suddenly on August 27, 1953, and was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in California. His widow died in 1968. There were no children.


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