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James Pettit Lummis, (2), son of Joseph and Sarah Margaret (Lawless) Lummis, was born on March 20, 1858, on what was known as the Clayton Slade farm, Adams County, Illinois. At the age of three years he moved with his parents to Schuyler County, locating seven miles east of Golden. After living there three years, they moved to Pine Grove. In the spring of 1866 they moved to a farm six miles east of Golden. For the next two years he attended the Elm Grove School. Near the close of 1867 the family moved to Quincy, where he attended the Madison School. At this school, more than any other, he received the foundation of his education. In the spring of 1870 his father bought a farm one mile southwest of Paloma. After attending the Richland School, he went one winter to the Coatsburg School; and from 1863 to 1866 attended Chaddock College, Quincy, where he was graduated. He taught school for three years and was Deputy Sheriff four years. In 1889 he bought the store property in Paloma, put in a stock of merchandise, and remained in the mercantile business for twenty-five years. In 1893 he was married to Ida M. Zinn, of Loraine. She was born in 1863 to Elijah D. and Mary E. Hickman Zinn. James and Ida lived in Paloma, and then moved to Ursa, where he continued in the mercantile business with his brother John for nearly six years, moving back to Paloma and again entering the same business. In 1906 he sold his store there and bought a grocery store in Augusta. He continued to live in Augusta after he sold his store until his death March 12, 1932. His widow lived in Augusta for several years; then sold her home there and lived with her daughter Ruth in Asheville, North Carolina, part of the time and with Grace the remainder of the time. She died in Lakeland, Florida, December 25, 1959. They had three daughters: Gladys, Ruth, and Grace.

 

Gladys Lummis, (3), daughter of James and Ida Lummis, was born on April 16, 1894. She graduated from Augusta High School and Chicago Training School, and was an ordained Deaconess of the Methodist Church. She did secretarial work at the School until it affiliated with Garrett Theological Seminary, in Evanston, in 1934. She continued working at Garrett, serving as Alumni Secretary and hostess of the Women’s Dormitory until her retirement in 1963. She resided at the Brooks-Howell Home in Asheville, North Carolina, a retirement home for missionaries and deaconesses of the Methodist Church, until her death in May 1983.

 

Ruth Lummis, (3), daughter of James and Ida Lummis, was born on May 22, 1896, at Paloma, Illinois. She graduated from the Augusta High School and Gem City Business College, Quincy. She was employed by a lawyer in Carthage for a number of years. She took a Civil Service Examination and accepted a position with the Government in Washington, D. C., where she worked for many years. She was married to Frank Martin on September 4, 1942. He was born November 7, 1892. They moved to Asheville, North Carolina, in 1948 and built a home there in 1950, where they were living at the time of Ruth’s death on January 19, 1965. Frank died in November 1972.

 

Grace L. Lummis, (3), daughter of James and Ida Lummis, was born on October 17, 1901, at Ursa, Illinois. She graduated from the Augusta High School. She graduated from Garrett Theological Seminary, the University of Chicago, and studied at Florida Southern College, at Lakeland. She served as Associate Professor of Religion at Florida Southern. She was married to John Snyder, a professor at Florida Southern, in 1951. He was born November 28, 1887. He died in August 1958. Grace retired in 1966 and moved to her home in Asheville, North Carolina. Her activities, besides teaching, included writing poetry, sponsoring activity clubs, and church activities.  She died October 12, 1993 in Bristol, Tennessee.


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