Adam F. Mummert, foreman of the roundhouse of the Missouri Division of the Iron Mountain Railroad, De Soto, was born in Carondelet, St. Louis Co., Mo., August 21, 1846. His father, Jacob Mummert, a carpenter by trade, was a native of Alsace, France, and when twelve years of age came with his parents to the United States, settling in Monroe County, Ill. Adam F. Mummert was reared in his native county, and received his education at Carondelet, under the preceptorship of Prof. Hamilton Michaue,
a Frenchman, and Prof. V. B. S. Reber. In early life he assisted his
father at the carpenter's trade, and for some time was engaged as a clerk in grocery stores, being employed, first by Mr. Provost, second, Jacob Peters, and third, Patt Cunningham, all of Carondelet, and then as clerk for W. C. Plass, in the hardware business. He next entered the shops of the Iron Mountain Railroad in St. Louis, under Master Mechanics John Hewitt and O. A. Haynes, the former of whom is now on the
Wabash Railroad, and the latter inspector of locomotives and machinery
of the Gould System. Mr. Mummert served an apprenticeship of six years
in the shops at Carondelet, and after completing the trade, in 1868 took
charge of two engines on the Arkansas Division of the Iron Mountain
Railroad, where he remained until 1874, under the direction of Leonard
Findley, Master Mechanic, he was foreman while erecting the shops at
Baring Cross, and then returned to Carondelet, where he was employed as
night foreman in the roundhouse until 1880, when he accepted his present
position of day foreman of the De Soto roundhouse, under W. H. Harris.
March 8, 1880 Mr. Mummert married Lena, daughter of George Mummert, of
Clifton, Ohio, and their one child is deceased. Mr. Mummert is president
of the W. C. T. U., and, with her husband, is a member of the Episcopal
Church. Both are members of Chosen Friends, Council No. 10.