KC Manuscript Collection 184
Archives of the City of Kingsport
400 Broad Street
Kingsport, Tennessee 37660
Title: Frank Brumit Collection
Collection Number: Kingsport Community Manuscript Collection (KCMC) 184
Physical Description: 3 Boxes and 1 Oversize Folder
Repository: Archives of the City of Kingsport
Provenance: The collection was donated to the Archives of the City of Kingsport by Frank Brumit.
Access/Restrictions: There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.
Processed by: This collection was processed by Brianne Wright and opened for research in March 2011.
This collection should be cited as:
Frank Brumit Collection, 1936-2010 and undated. KC Manuscript Collection 184, Archives of the City of Kingsport, Tennessee.
Frank Brumit, 92, Kingsport, passed away on Monday, June 16, 2014 at Asbury Place Kingsport. Frank was born in Nashville, but grew up in Johnson City. His father was a Captain in the Army in WWI and was appointed by the Governor as the Adjutant General for the State of Tennessee. He became a Quartermaster at the Mountain Home in Johnson City (the forerunner of the Veterans Administration) in 1924. Frank grew up there, went to school at ETSU Lab School, Science Hill High School, attended The University of the South, received his college degree from Milligan College, and pursued graduate studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Frank spent 4 ½ years in the Navy during WWII. He was in aviation communications and was stationed in Norfolk, VA and French Morocco. Frank was one of three in the Patrol Wings Atlantic Fleet who had top secret clearance for dealing with coded messages. Frank remembers the Sunday the report came into their office that the Japanese had invaded Pearl Harbor. He had to convince the duty officer that the report was not a hoax.
He worked for Mason Dixon where he was in accounting and management information systems. He spent his career with Mason Dixon, working there for 35 years, serving as Director of Information Services, Corporate Secretary, and retiring as a Vice-President.
Frank was a natural athlete and participated in many sports. In 1940 he canoed down the Holston River from the present site of the Ridgefields Club to Knoxville. In college, he was on the Milligan Tennis Team. When he started work in 1948 for Mason Dixon he played at the same time on three different softball teams-one in Elizabethton, one in Johnson City and on Mason Dixon’s team in Kingsport. These were fast pitch days and Frank was the pitcher.
He was also a consummate golfer, learning the game as a teenager. Frank was a four time winner of the Ridgefields Country Club Men’s Invitational Golf Tournament (he played in the first 56 Ridgefields Invitationals). He went on to win eight club championships at Ridgefields. In later years he shot his age 240 times and was often called “The Legend.” In 2007, the club honored Frank by naming their Invitational Tournament for him.
*Taken from Obituary
SCOPE AND CONTENT
The Frank Brumit Collection contains various materials pertaining to the Ridgefields Country Club. There is also copy of the October 3, 1937 edition of the Kingsport Mirror, a local newspaper run by James H. Quillen and two scrapbooks.
BOX AND FOLDER LIST
1. Certificate of Incorporation, Ridgefields, 1936
2. Certificate, winner-championship Flight, men’s spring tournament, 1953
3. Correspondence, 1958-1996
a. Brumit to Golf Journal, June 25, 1996
b. Brumit to Sports Illustrated, February 24, 1948
c. W.H. Doughty, Jr. (Doughty-Stevens Company) to Brumit, June 16, 1958
4. Golf Tournament Record, 1948-1965
5. Kingsport Mirror, October 3, 1937
6. List of Golf Courses in order played, 1933-2001
7. Mason-Dixon Lines, Inc., pictures of Christmas Party, 1952 and 1967
8. Newsclippings, 1982-2010
9. Photographs, undated
10. Ridgefields Country Club, 7th Annual Invitational, June 10-16, 1957
11. Ridgefields Country Club, 48th Annual Invitational, 1998
12. Ridgefields Country Club, 50th Annual Invitational, July 20-23, 2000
13. Ridgefields Country Club, Mens Invitational Golf Tournament, comments and suggestions, undated
14. Ridgefields Country Club, Mens Invitational Golf Tournament Honoring Frank Brumit, 2007
15. Score Cards, Ridgefields Country Club, 1951 and undated
16. Tickets, Exhibition Match, 1956 and 1959
1. Scrapbook, 1937-1961
1. Scrapbook, 1962-1985
1. Map of Ridgefields, Undated
2. Proposal Layout for Green Valley Course, undated
3. “Women Golfers Tee off at County Cub Course”, Kingsport Times News, Sunday May 3, 1942