Death Takes The Senior A. J. Rumely

| March/April 1964

A. J. Rumely, Sr., 87, of 1410 Indiana avenue, prominent industrialist and the late member of the family of the founder of the former M. Rumely company here, died at 2 a. m. today at the Holy Family hospital.

Mr. Rumely had been in failing health in recent weeks, but until the past month he had continued his activities in his many civic interests, and he remained chairman of the board of the LaPorte Foundry company, the firm he founded here in 1916.

He was a lifelong resident of' LaPorte and the last survivor of the nine children of Meinrad and Theresa Rumely. Meinrad Rumely was the founder of the M. Rumely company here, which was famous for its development of the Oil-Pull Rumely tractor and other farm equipment.

Mr. Rumely was born here Jan. 12, 1876 and attended LaPorte schools. He graduated from the old Notre Dame academy in 1894 and received a degree in engineering from Purdue university in 1898. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity of Purdue university.

President In 1911

He joined the M. Rumely company and served as president of the company in 1911 and until 1916 when he founded the LaPorte Foundry company, of which he was president, until 1956 when he became chairman of the board and was succeeded as president by his son, A. J. Rumely, Jr.