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Frank Rumler papers

1870-1995 [bulk 1960-1995], 6 linear feet

04

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Limerick Township Historical Society. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
Limerick Township Historical Society
Creator:
Rumler, Frank, 1917-2005
Title:
Frank Rumler papers
Date [bulk]:
1960-1995
Date [inclusive]:
1870-1995
Call Number:
04
Extent:
6 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
File cabinet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Frank Rumler (1917-2005)--who a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter called "Mr. Limerick"--was a civic-minded resident of Limerick Township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. A handyman at Bethlehem Steel Plant in Pottstown, he also served several terms as township supervisor and was a member of the Linfield United Church of Christ. The Frank Rumler papers, 1870-1995, include personal papers of Frank Rumler, as well as documents pertaining to his terms as a township supervisor and his involvement with the Linfield United Church of Christ.
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Biography/History

An article in the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1997 called Frank Rumler "Mr. Limerick." Born in the township in 1917, Rumler spent his entire life there and was devoted to the community. After serving in the military during World War II, Rumler returned to Limerick and was elected to Limerick's (then independent) school board in 1947; in the 1970s he served several terms as a township supervisor. He was a member of Linfield United Church of Christ, and was also active in the Linfield Fire Company. Rumler worked at the Bethlehem Steel Plant in Pottstown for nearly 40 years as a handyman before its 1978 closure.

Rumler died in 2005.

Bibliography:

Cech, Scott. " 'Mr. Limerick' Looks Back on Decades of Town History." Philadelphia Inquirer, January 3, 1997. Accessed May 9, 2012. http://articles.philly.com/1997-01-03/news/25557980_1_limerick-township-employee-supervisor.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes personal papers of Frank Rumler, as well as documents pertaining to his terms as a township supervisor and his involvement with the Linfield United Church of Christ.

Rumler's personal papers include personal financial documents and bank records, correspondence, medical records, files on subjects of interest to Rumler, and a clippings scrapbook. There are several family photographs, circa 1870-1950. Of special interest is a binder of memorial cards collected by Rumler, 1975-1995, and a folder of obituaries.

Files from Rumler's terms as a township supervisor include tax applications, committee meeting minutes, correspondence, and township budgets from the 1970s.

Items relating to the Linfield United Church of Christ are almost all published materials and ephemera, such as membership directories, church budgets, newsletters, church service programs, and weddings clippings and programs.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Limerick Township Historical Society

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Access Restrictions

Contact Limerick Township Historical Society for information about accessing this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Frank Rumler estate, 2005.

Processing Information Note

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2011-2012 as part of a pilot project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Limerick Township Historical Society directly for more information.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Limerick (Pa. : Township). Board of Supervisors.
  • Linfield United Church of Christ (Pa.).
Geographic Name(s)
  • Limerick (Pa. : Township)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Local government

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