From the Â“History of Huntington County Indiana 1914Â”
When Mr. Dumbauld married and started a home of his own, he had saved as a result of careful economy and hard work through several years the sum of five hundred dollars. This was invested in a small piece of land, and as succeeding years added to his responsibility as the head of a family, his diligence and management also increased his material resources, and he eventually acquired a fine farm in Union township. Mr. Dumbauld still owns that farm, but for the past ten years has been identified with the business community of Markle, where he is proprietor of a first-class livery establishment.
Perry county, Ohio, is the birthplace of James B. Dumbauld, where he was born May 10, 1857, a son of Samuel and Salome (Wymer) Dumbauld. When he was five months old his parents came to Union township in Huntington county, and thus practically all his life has been spent in this part of Indiana. As soon as he was old enough he was sent to district schools during the winter term, and developed his muscles on the home farm in the summer season. That was the manner of his life until he was fifteen, and in the meantime when eleven years old he had lost his father. This threw a heavy responsibility upon the mother and her children, and he lived at the home and managed to farm for her until he was of age. Among his early experiences, and efforts to get a start, he was employed at monthly wages by his brother, Warren, eighteen months, and saved practically all his money.
In October, 1880, Mr. Dumbauld married Miss Malinda Brubaker, a daughter of John and Nancy Brubaker of Rock Creek township. When she was a small child she lost both her parents, and was reared as an orphan, and managed to get an education in the district schools of Rock Creek. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Dumbauld continued as renters for a couple of years, but in the meantime he had invested his five hundred dollars of capital in forty acres of land. They took possession of that place after two years, and with that as a nucleus began the task of building up a fortune. Mr. Dumbauld gradually added to his estate until he is now owner of one hundred and twenty acres of land in section 28 of Union township, located on the Prairie Gravel Road. This farm is one of the best in that neighborhood, and is situated six and a half miles from Huntington and four and a half miles from Markle. The entire place represents the many years of labor and self-denial of himself and his good wife. On November 17, 1903, Mr. Dumbauld bought a livery barn in Markle, and in December of the same year moved his family to the city.
Mr. and Mrs. Dumbauld have five living children: Minnie, who is unmarried and lives with her father; Charles, who married Katie Miller, and has two children; Salome, a graduate of the Markle high school, and a clerk in the store of W. P. Bender; Ernest, attending high school; and Fern, also in high school. The family worship in the Lutheran church at Markle, and Mr. Dumbauld is affiliated with Markle Lodge No. 423 of the Knights of Pythias. For some years he has been one of the local leaders in the Democratic party, and has directed his interests both to county politics and to municipal affairs.