About the Author
Thomas A. Rumer, a native of Kenton, Ohio, is a freelance writer and public historian for the Carmel Clay Historical Association. He received his B.S. and M.A. degrees in history and English from Ball State University and his M.L.S. from Indiana University. He has published five books, including This Emigrating Company: The 1844 Oregon Trail Journal of Jacob Hunter and The American Legion: An Official History. His work has also appeared in Indianapolis Monthly and Indiana Magazine of History.