HUMMEL, Alois 1854-1930
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Date: 5/8/2015 at 09:47:04
A. Hummel, Former Grundy Merchant, Died Yesterday
Was In Business In Grundy Center Nearly Half A Century
Funeral At Sacred Heart Church Saturday
Was Member of Firm Operating Grundy Drug Store For Thirty-Three Years
Alois Hummel, who for nearly a half a century was engaged in business in Grundy Center, died at his home yesterday forenoon. He had been in failing health for a number of years. He suffered a sunstroke about two months ago and from that time he failed rapidly until the end came.
Funeral services will be held in the Sacred Heart church in Grundy Center at nine o'clock Saturday morning. Burial will be in the Catholic cemetery in Grundy Center. The local pastor, Rev. Father P. J. Boyle, will have charge of the funeral services.
The passing of Mr. Hummel removes one of the pioneer merchants of Grundy county. Mr. Hummel came to Grundy Center in 1877 and remained here continually up to the time of his death. In 1884 he and his brother Mat opened a drug store in a frame building located where the Grundy County National Bank is. A few years later they bought a frame building on the corner directly west of their former location and moved into it. In 1893 Mr. Hummel erected the large brick building on the corner directly west of their former location and moved into it. In 1893 Mr. Hummel erected the large brick building on the corner now occupied by the Smith Drug store. At that time it was the largest and the most substantial building in town. The Hummels moved into this building as soon as it was completed and conducted a drug store and grocery store there until 1917 when they sold out to W. C. Ladage. Shortly after retiring from the drug business Mr. Hummel opened a grocery store in the building now occupied by the Dirks Grocery, which he continued for six years.
Mr. Hummel was born in Baden, Germany. He was 76 years old the 8th day of last August. He came to this country in 1874. Three brothers came with him at the time. He was at Cedar Falls during the first year. At the end of that time he went to the Black Hills country and remained there a year, when he returned to Iowa and for a short time he was with his brother at Parkersburg, before coming to Grundy Center. He was married at Parkersburg in 1877.
Of a family of nine from which Mr. Hummel came but two are now living. They are a brother, Mat, of Grundy Center, and a sister, Mrs. Frank Schwab, of New Hartford.
Aside from the brother and sister, Mr. Hummel is survived by his widow and his son, Charley, from Cedar Rapids.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 9 October 1930, pg 1
Relatives at Hummel Funeral
Funeral services for the late Alois Hummel were held at Sacred Heart church Saturday morning. Relatives from out of the city who attended were Mr. and Mrs. Chas. B. Hummel and son, Leonard, Cedar Rapids; Dr. A. T. Hummel and two daughters, Wilma and Rose Mary, Dyersville; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Schwab Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Frank Schwab Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Willis Johnson, Cedar Falls; Anton Wangler and Andrew Streigel, Waterloo; Mrs. Jake Geyer and two daughters, Mrs. Catherine Bass, Mrs. Dumont, Waterloo; Mr. and Mrs. Connell and Mr. and Mrs. Anna Smith; Mrs. Dan J. Haas and son Joseph, Dubuque; Mrs. Matt Zeheatnr, Dubuque; Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Goodnick, Mrs. Will Goodnick, Sidney Hummel, Cedar Falls; Thaddeaus Hummel, Clarion.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 16 October 1930, pg 6
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