Biography of R. A. Rulmann, M.D.
Submitted by Lucy (Rulman) Marckel
Page 762-History of Northwest Ohio Published ca. 1916/17
R.A. RULMANN, M.D. in point of years of consecutive and continuous service, Doctor Rulmann of Minster, is now the oldest practicing physician and surgeon in Auglaize County. His skill and ability in the profession, his fine character and standing as a citizen, have given him a position in the community such as any ambitious man might envy.
He was born in Westphalia, Germany, January 19, 1860, a son of Herman B. and Augusta (Mueller) Rulmann. His father was born in Hanover in 1833, and the mother was born in Westphalia in 1837. She died in 1874. In 1864, the family came to the United States, first locating in New York. The father was a miller by trade, and moving out to Indiana, he settled in Franklin County, lived there for many years, and in 1896 came to Minster, Ohio and bought the mill with whose operation he was identified for several years. At the time of his death, he was living retired. By his first wife, he had two children, Dr. R.A. and Herman B., the latter now an electrician living in Chicago. Herman Rulmann, Sr., married for his second wife, Mary Hackman, and there are three children of that marriage: Anthony, railway station agent at Paulding, Ohio; Frank, in the cigar business at Minster; and Belle, wife of Arthur Johnson, who is in the foundry at Minster. The parents were active in the Catholic Church, and the father was a Democrat. Though he came to America poor, he succeeded in life and did well by every member of his family.
Doctor Rulmann received his early education in Oldenburg, Indiana. In 1881, he was graduated from the Medical College of Ohio at Cincinnati, and soon afterward, located at Minster, where he has continuously practiced for thirty-five years. The profession of medicine represents to him not only a gainful occupation, but also an opportunity for service, and he has given the best of his skill and energies to a volume of professional work which has been practically without renumeration. He enjoys a large practice, has served several years as president of the Auglaize County Medical Society, and is a member of the Ohio State Scoiety and the American Medical Association.
In 1881 Doctor Rulmann married Miss Belle Schmeider, who was born in Minster, Ohio, of an old family there, and died in 1886. Of her two children, only one is now living, Albert H., who is employed in the automobile works at Flint, Michigan. In 1888, Doctor Rulmann married Josephine Vogelsang, who was also born at Minster. There are four children of this union: Dr. Clarence F., who attended medical college in Cincinnati, the Northwestern University Medical School at Chicago, and in 1915, was graduated from the Ohio State University and has since been in active practice with his father; Herbert H. and Oscar, who are in the billiard hall and restaurant business at Minster; Roy B., who is at home.
The family are members of the Cahtolic Church. Doctor Rulmann as a Democrat has served on the city council and board of educaiton, and so far as his busy professional career permitted, he has always closely identified himself with movements for the public welfare of the community.
(note: the Dr. Clarence F. Rulmann mentioned in the article contracted influenza during the 1918 flu epidemic and died)