Bio: Bump, Herman L. (Commemorative Bio - 1895)

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Herman L. Bump

Herman L. Bump, a prosperous representative citizen of Merrill, Lincoln County, is a native of New York State, born in Otsego County, October 7, 1847, and is a grandson of Barnett Bump, who first saw the light in the same locality June 27, 1779. The latter was by occupation a farmer and lumberer in Otsego County, and was highly thought of in the community where he lived. He married Phebe Bourn, who was born August 7, 1786, and six children came to their union, viz.: Laura, Elizabeth, Angeline, Phebe C., Barnett and James H., all now deceased. The father of these died August 9, 1844, the mother on May 20, 1849.

Barnett Bump, father of the subject of this sketch, was born in Otsego County, N. Y., April 22, 1817, and inherited the old homestead, but in 1856 moved to Allegany county, same State, where he made his home some six years, or until the fall of 1863, when he came to Wisconsin, settling in Almond Township, Portage County, on a piece of wild land, which he cleared and improved, and where he died February 14, 1877. He was married May 6, 1845, to Miss Clarissa B. Simons, who was born November 29, 1829, daughter of Alpha and Abigail (Hitchcock) Simons, natives of New York State, where they died, the father on July 10, 1837, the mother on March 1, 1856; they were the parents of three children: Lucia A., Levi A., and Clarissa B., the last named (wife of Barnett Bump) dying November 12, 1876, the mother of seven children, as follows: Herman L., Elisha L., George A. (who married and died with out issue), Florence A., Adillah T. (deceased), Jessie N., and James B. (deceased).

The subject proper of this memoir received but a limited school training, and, up to the age of twenty-one years, remained at home, in the meantime also applying himself to various vocations. He then for some three years worked in sawmills, learning at the same time the trade of filer, which he has since followed, chiefly in Merrill, where he has been filer for the H. W. Wright Lumber Co. since 1889. For fifteen years he was in the employ of B. F. McMillan & Bro., near Marshfield, commencing there in the fall of 1876, and while there he was also (for about six years, commencing in 1882) engaged in the manufacture of stages and heading, owning a one-half interest in the business. To some extent he has also dealt in farm lands.

On December 5, 1871, Mr. Bump was united in marriage with Miss Mattie B. Trahern, who born him three children: Della L., Mary E., and Eva C. the mother of these dying February 24, 1881, Mr. Bump for his second wife married, September 6, 1882, Miss Mary A. Gurley, who was born in Walworth County, Wis., daughter of Perry Gurley, and one child – Arthur Leroy –has blessed this union. Mr. and Mrs. Bump are members of the Episcopal Church; politically, he is a Republican; socially, he is an advanced member of the F. & A. M., I. O. O. F. and A. O. U. W. As a worthy, useful and loyal citizen, he is the full enjoyment of the esteem of his neighbors.

---Source: Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin Counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawano. publ. 1895 by J. H. Beers & Co., Chicago 1110 pages, illustrated; Page 369



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