| Rudolph Umbarger
The late subject of this memoir was one of the first settlers of the prairies of Neosho county, coming to Canville township and taking a claim in the spring of 1871, and ever afterward making it his home. He was one of the thrifty and independent farmers of his locality and came among the settlers of the county to do as well as to be and met every requirement of good citizenship.
Rudolph Umbarger was born in Bureau county, Illinois, on the 5th of March, 1846. His parents were Joseph and Elizabeth (Bear) Umbarger and he was the seventh of ten children in their family. Rudolph left home as a young man to begin life. He hired to a farmer in Putnam county, Illinois, and remained with him till his own enlistment in the army during the progress of the civil war. His was I Company, and his regiment was the One Hundred and Forty-sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry. His captain was George W. Baker, and our subject served till the close of hostilities and was discharged from the service July 8, 1865. At the end of the war he engaged in farming on his own account and continued it in Putnam county, Illinois, till his departure for Kansas.
In his career in Kansas Mr. Umbarger was a tireless worker and an honest and upright man. Industry was his chief characteristic and he prospered as a reward of his efforts. He came to Kansas without riches and he left the world with a well-improved, well-stocked and fertile four hundred acre farm as his accumulations. This he left to his family as well as the rich inheritance of a good name.
February 18, 1869, Mr. Umbarger married Carrie E. Clemens. She was a daughter of John C. and Salome (Shultz) Clemens and she and her husband were the parents of ten children, viz., Charles E., Minnie A., Jessie M., Nellie G., Lettie V., Guy V., Winnie G., Harry L. and Carrie, twins; and Bertie R. Mrs. Umbarger comes from a family of four children and she was born in Lebanon. Pennsylvania, July 23, 1850. Her father worked at his trade of milling in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Illinois and Indiana, and died in Bay county, Missouri in 1884. [Source: History of Neosho and Wilson Counties, Kansas, Pub. by L. Wallace Duncan, Fort Scott, Kansas, Monitor Printing Co., 1902; tr. by VB]