MEINARD RUMELY


| May/June 1959



MEINABD RUMELY

MEINABD RUMELY

'ANOTHER OF THE ancient and honor-landmarks of the threshing industry has passed away in the death of Meinard Rumely. He was born in Adelsberg, near Zell, Baden, Germany February 9th, 1823. He came to America at the age of twenty-five years to begin his career among strangers, with only his willing hands and honest heart as his capital stock. After working as a mechanic in various cities in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana, he located in La Porte, Indiana in 1853 and has since made that his home. In 1857 with his brother, John, who died in 1894, he started a small repair shop and from this grew the great works of the M. Rumely Company, where for nearly fifty years the celebrated Rumely Threshing machinery has been built.'

In the April 1904 issue of the American Thresherman we find this article which the editor, Basom Clark, had written about this man. Mr. Clark, knowing Mr. Rumely so well we feel we can take the article quite seriously.Elmer

'In all these fourscore years on earth, over half a century of which was as a manufacturer, Meinard Rumely never had any labor troubles that caused a strike. He followed the teachings of the Golden Rule and tried to deal with his fellowmen as he would like to be dealt by. Like Zerubbabel of old, his hands laid the foundation of the temple, in his adopted home, and his upright Christian character shone out all through his life. Like all good business men, he handled business affairs on their merits, but those who knew him best in the business world, his closest advisers, give him credit for being just, even generous in his dealings.'

'The editor of The American Threshman has known Meinard Rumely for over a quarter of a century, and for years was a competitor in his own state, in the threshing business. In all that time, and in all of his acquaintances he always found him a liberal minded business man.'

'When one has lived to a ripe old age and has built for himself a good name and left behind a lasting monument as Meinard Rumely, his friends have much to feel comforted over.

We are never ready for the dread mandate, to leave this busy world and come up higher in our sphere of usefulness, but when our friends have given a long and useful life and whet: we have made good use thereof, death can claim no victory. The American Thresherman places this little tribute at the bier of one of the best friends and mourns with those who mourn his loss.'