Wall of Fame 2007




Albert J. Brumbaugh is a 1925 graduate of Hartville High School. For his elementary grades, he attended School #9, the one-room schoolhouse at the intersection of State Street and Route 43. He was born on March 19, 1907 in a log cabin south of Hartville on Route 43. His father, Charles Arthur Brumbaugh, was a railroad engineer from Altoona, PA who then worked as a stationary engineer after the family moved to Ohio. His mother, Ella Brumbaugh, stayed home to take care of the family.

After graduation, Albert attended Kent State Normal School (which later became Kent State University) for two years to earn certification to teach. In later years he returned to Kent to further his education.

In 1927--at the age of 19--Albert began teaching grades one through eight in Tyro Hall, a one-room schoolhouse in Marlboro Township. His days began early as he arrived to start the pot-bellied stove. After four years at Tyro Hall, he came to Hartville to teach. Albert taught grade six for a few years at the beginning and the close of his career, but most of his years he taught grade five. He taught for 43 years and substituted for a few years after his retirement.

In addition to being very busy teaching, he tutored students and worked with the Boy Scouts and the Junior Police. He took tickets at games. He conducted the “school census” for years. Each spring he would visit every house in the community to write down all the information about the children--their ages, their grades, and the schools they attended or would attend. He then wrote a report of all this information for the school system so the district would know whom to expect in attendance for the next year.

Albert married Lillian Hoover and they had two children, James Albert and Nancy Ann. Albert was a very busy--and giving--man. He served as a church deacon and taught adult Sunday School classes for the East Nimishillen Church of the Brethren. He served on the zoning board for Hartville for years. During summers, he worked as a carpenter and ran his own painting business.

Albert was a man of a gentle nature who loved his students. If you talk with adults in our community who had Albert as a schoolteacher, you will hear about the “great influence” that “Mr. Brumbaugh” had on their lives.