Aug 26

Wildcat School No. 9, Mercer County, Ohio

School is back in session and summer vacation is over for students and teachers. The school schedule is so ingrained in me that I always have to remind myself that there is still a lot of summer left even though school has started.

I grew up on Wildcat Corner, where a one-room brick school once stood. Wildcat School was located on the corner of what is now State Route 49 and 707, a mile north of Chatt. Below are the few photos I have of Wildcat School.

A few of the students’ names are written on the photos but those names are very difficult to read.

I would appreciate hearing from anyone that can identify more of the students in the photos or correct any who are not identified correctly. I will add additions or corrections to this blog post.

The oldest photo I have of Wildcat School, date unknown:

Wild Cat School, Mercer County, Ohio. Undated photo.

Wild Cat School, Mercer County, Ohio. Undated photo.

Wildcat School, 1911:

1911 Wildcat School, Mercer County, Ohio.

1911 Wildcat School, Mercer County, Ohio.

None of these students are identified in the 1911 photo, but the girl standing at the far left in back row sure looks like my great-aunt Clara (Miller) Reef.

Wildcat School, 1925:

1925 Wildcat School, Mercer County, Ohio.

1925 Wildcat School, Mercer County, Ohio.

Front: Frank Leistner; Becher?; Eugene Caffee; ? Becker; Lawrence Witter ?; ?; Bollenbacher.

Row 2: B Pfifer;?; ?; Ruth Miller; Fern Caffee; Ruth ?; ?; Vernon Caffee.

Row 3: Not identified.

Wildcat School, 1926:

1926 Wildcat school

1926 Wildcat School, Mercer County, Ohio.

Row 1: ?; ?; ?; Eugene Caffee; ?; Bollenbacher; ?; Paul Leistner?.

Row 2: ?; Fern Caffee; ?; ?; ?; ?; Ruth Miller; Eileen/Jolene Oakley; Ruth Leistner?.

Row 3 & 4: Not identified.

My Aunt Ruth, the oldest sibling in my dad’s family, is in both the 1925 and 1926 photos and will be 97 years old this year.

 

Aug 23

Tombstone Tuesday–Jacob B. Germann

Jacob B Germann, Evangelical Protestant Cemetery, Ohio City, OH. (2014 photo by Karen)

Jacob B Germann, Evangelical Protestant Cemetery, Ohio City, OH. (2014 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Jacob B. Germann, located in row 2 of the Evangelical Protestant Cemetery, Ohio City, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Jacob B.
1850-1926
1 Cor. 15. 12-23
GERMANN

Jacob Germann was born 4 September 1850, the son of Peter and Catherine/Katherine (Dietrich) Germann.

It appears that his parents Peter and Catherine Germann were not members of Zion Lutheran Church, Schumm, but one of their children was baptized there, their daughter Maria Catharine. She was born 29 December 1858 and was baptized at Zion Schumm on 23 January 1859, with GP Germann, Heinrich Germann, Mrs. Dietrich senior, and Mar. Stamm serving as her baptismal sponsors.

The Peter Germann household in 1860, the first census Jacob appears in: Peter, 37, born in Ohio; Catharine, 28, Hesse-Darmstadt; Jacob, 10, Ohio; Elizabeth, 6, Ohio; and Catharine, 2, Ohio. [1] Other records indicate that the father Peter Germann was born in Germany.

In 1870 Jacob’s father Peter Germann farmed and Jacob worked on the family farm. Their household in 1870: Peter, 47, Hesse/Hamburg; Catherine, 38, Hesse/Hamburg; Jacob, 19, Ohio; and Catherine, 11, Ohio. [2]

Jacob Germann married Sophia Becher on 14 November 1873 at Zion Lutheran Church in Chattanooga. Sophia was the daughter of John and Anna Maria (Becker) Becher. Witnesses to the Germann-Becher marriage were Carl Stamm and Maria Sechor. The groom’s name was recorded as Jacob Peter but nearly every other record, including his tombstone, shows his middle initial as B.

In 1880 Jacob and Sophia Germann lived in Harrison Township, Van Wert County, Ohio. In their household: Jacob B, 29; Sophia, 24; Richard T, 4; Rudolph A, 2; and Julia AC, 1. Jacob was a farmer and Sophia kept house. [3]

The 1900 census indicates that Jacob Germann was born in September of 1850 in Ohio. This enumeration also indicates Jacob and Sophia had been married 26 years and that Sophia had given birth to 9 children, all of whom were still living. Jacob farmed and son Richard was a carpenter. Their household in 1900: Jacob, 49; Sophia, 54; Richard T, 24; August R, 22; Julia A, 21; Wm F, 18; Hugo J, 16; Walter L, 14; Lydia T, 10; Oscar E, 7; and Esther L, 5. [4]

Jacob and Sophia were still living in Harrison Township in 1910: Jacob B, 59; Sophia, 54; Walter, 24; Lydia, 20; Oscar, 17; and Esther, 15. Jacob farmed and this enumeration indicates Sophia had given birth to 9 children and all 9 were living. [5]

The Jacob Germann household in 1920: Jacob B, 69; Sophia, 64; Lydia, 30; Oscar, 27; and Esther, 24. This enumeration was taken on 4 February 1920, less than two weeks before Sophia died. [6]

Sophia (Becher) Germann died 24 February 1920 in Van Wert County, Ohio. She was buried on the 27th.

Jacob B. Germann died of lobar pneumonia 4 April 1926 in Harrison Township, Van Wert County, Ohio. He was buried one row away from his wife on the 7th. His death certificate indicates he was born on 4 September 1850. WL Germann of Van Wert was the informant for the information on the death certificate.  [7] [8]

Jacob and Sophia (Becher) Germann had the following children:
Richard Theodore (1876-1940), married Mary G Reidenbach
Rudolph August (1878-1942), married Julia A Bolander
Julia Katharine (1879-1936), married Daniel Jacob Gunsett
William Frederick (1882-1943), married Fredona Baker
Hugo John (1884-1959), married Maude Elizabeth Berger
Walter Leo (1886-1951), married Margaret E. Saam
Lydia Theresa (1889-1958), married Arthur J Buechner
Oscar Edwin (1892-1970), married Laura L Merkle
Esther Leonora (1895-1989), married Albert Edgar Miller

 

[1] 1860 U.S. Census, Harrison, Van Wert, Ohio, p.442, dwelling 1322, family 1316, Peter German; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 Aug 2016); from FHL microfilm 805045, from NARA microfilm M653, roll 1045.

[2] 1870 U.S. Census, Harrison, Van Wert, Ohio, p.267A (stamped), dwelling/family 221, Peter Germann; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 Aug 2016); from FHL microfilm 552774, from NARA microfilm M593, roll 1275.

[3] 1880 U.S. Census, Harrison, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 148, p.304C, dwelling 59, family 60, Jacob B Germann; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 Aug 2016); from FHL microfilm 1255073, from NARA microfilm T9, roll 1073.

[4] 1900 U.S. Census, Harrison, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 79, p.27A, dwelling 281, family 284, Jacob B Germann; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 Aug 2016); from FHL microfilm 12411329, from NARA microfilm T623, roll 1329.

[5] 1910 U.S. Census, Harrison, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 90, p.16A, dwelling 281, family 290, Jacob Germann; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 Aug 2016); from FHL microfilm 1375251, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 1238.

[6] 1920 U.S. Census, Harrison, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 122, p.9B, dwelling 201, family 215, Jacob B Germann; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 Aug 2016); from NARA microfilm T625, roll 1446.

[7] Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-2007, database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 Aug 2016); from Ohio Division of Vital Statistics Death Certificates & Index 1908-1953, Series 3094, OHS, and ODH Index to Annual Deaths, 1958-2002, ODH, Columbus, OH.

[8] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 20 Aug 2016), Jacob B Germann, 4 Apr 1926; from Harrison, Van Wert, Oh, no. 28563; from FHL microfilm 1984303.

Aug 19

Christian Whiteman’s Articles of Agreement

It has been quite a while since I have worked on my own family genealogy, but this past week, after receiving an e-mail from someone whose research connected with the Christian Whiteman family, I am doing a little of my own family research again.

Christian Whiteman is my 5th great-grandfather and he served in the Revolutionary War. He was married twice and I descend from Mary, a daughter from his marriage to his second wife Hannah Huey.

Christian had two children from his first wife, believed to be Catherine Greiner:
Jacob (1795-1859), married Nancy A. (possibly Nancy A. Gallagher)
Sarah (1796-?), married Nathan Hughey/Huey

Christian and Hannah (Huey) had seven children:
James E. (1799-1873), married Mary North
Elizabeth (1800-1854), married Jacob Ekelberry
John (1803-?) married Sarah Smith
Mary (c1805-1855), married Isaac Huey
Christian (c1806-c1846), married Mary (Polly) Neigh
Henry (1809-1864), married Sarah Wilson
Anna (1811-1838), never married

While looking through some Whiteman records I have accumulated I noticed the copies of the Articles of Agreement that Christian Whiteman made in 1826 in Fairfield and Pickaway Counties in Ohio, a year before he died. Articles of Agreement are drawn up for two or more parties who agree on what is recorded. These are very interesting land deed records that contain some good family genealogical information.

Christian Whiteman did not leave a will. He didn’t have to. And he left enough records in the deed books that contain as much good information as a will would have. He divided his land among his children before he died and left these wonderful records in the process.

A few years ago I heard the late John Humphrey speak at an OGS conference about this same type of deed, used by his Wiedman ancestors in Berks County, Pennsylvania. They used these deeds to pass on their land to their children and as a way to support themselves their old age. I found this fascinating for several reasons. My ancestor Christian Whiteman also came from Berks County and I believe Wiedman is another spelling variation of Whiteman. Plus I had my own copies of Christian’s deed records, which sounded just like the ones John talked about, created by his family. John said these deeds were rather unusual and pretty much confined to that area of Pennsylvania. I asked John about the possibility that our Wiedman/Whiteman families might be connected but he did not seem to think so. But I still wonder… Christian Whiteman likely got this idea to divide and pass on his property because it was they way they did it back in Pennsylvania.

My ancestor Christian Whiteman purchased over 300 acres of land in Fairfield County, Ohio, during 1804-1805 [1] and he probably moved his family there soon afterward. Christian was among the taxpayers in Amanda Township, Fairfield County, in 1806. [2] In 1810 Christian paid the Fairfield County Resident Tax, which indicates he was living there at that time. He owned 315 acres of land in Section 30, Township 13 [Amanda Township] and his Resident Tax was $3.15. [3]

While in Fairfield and Pickaway Counties a few years ago I found at over 10 deeds that transferred land from Christian Whiteman to his children and provided for Christian and Hannah in their old age at the same time.

These Articles of Agreement, written and recorded in 1826, are land deeds made in agreement with their children who lived in Fairfield and Pickaway Counties, Ohio. In Fairfield County: to daughter Sarah (Whiteman) Hughey [Huey], 68 acres; to son Christian Whiteman Jr, 81 acres; to son-in-law Jacob Ekelberry [husband of Elizabeth nee Whiteman], 81 acres; to son John Whiteman, 92 acres; and to son-in-law Isaac Hughy [Huey], [husband of my ancestor Mary Whiteman], 81 acres. In Pickaway County: to son Jacob Whiteman, 83 acres; to son James Whiteman, 83 acres. [4]  

All of these Deeds of Agreement said the same thing: The Article of Agreement made between Christian Whiteman and Hannah his wife of Fairfield County, Ohio, and [name of specific child], for a specified piece of land, with the expressed agreement between both parties: that [name of Christian and Hannah’s child or son-in-law] “shall annually pay or cause to be paid unto the said Christian Whiteman and Hannah his wife during their natural life and the life of the survivor of them the sum of $12 and also pay or cause to be paid to his brother and sister Henry Whiteman and Anna Whiteman the sum of [specified amount] each to be paid when they become of age that is to say when the said Henry shall arrive to and be of the age of 21 and the said Anna at the age of 18, which is to be a lease on said land until paid as aforesaid…” [4]

Interesting stuff! I have also heard these documents referred to as Maintenance Deeds, because in return for Christian and Hannah giving the land to their children, each of their children was to give them $12/year as long as either of them survived. What a clever way of having security in your old age while at the same time passing land on to your children. Christian was one clever fellow.

And, since Christian and Hannah had two minor children [Henry and Anna] who did not receive land in these deeds, their older children were to give their two minor siblings a specified amount of money when they legally became adults. The sum of money to be given to Henry and Anna varied among the siblings: Sarah (Whiteman) Huey was to give siblings Henry and Anna $7.985/each; Christian Whiteman Jr was to give $29.46/each; Jacob Ekelberry was to give $29.46/each; John Whiteman was to give $48.845/each; Isaac Huey was to give $$29.46; Jacob Whiteman was to give $32.77/each; and James Whiteman was to give his sister Anna $32.75 by 18 July 1829 and his brother Henry $32.75 by 5 June 1830, the dates they came of age. [4] Christian specified the dates for James to pay Henry and Anna and with that information I can calculate their birth dates.

Married women could not own property back then, so one deed was made out to Christian’s son-in-law Jacob Ekelberry and another to son-in-law Isaac Huey. Single women could own property and since daughter Sarah’s deed was in her name it indicates her husband Nathan was deceased by 1826.

Relationships in the early 1800s can be difficult to prove. In an indirect way the agreement with Isaac Huey shows that Isaac’s wife Mary was the daughter of Christian and Hannah (Huey) Whiteman. I already had the marriage record of Isaac Huey and Mary Whiteman and the Article of Agreement says that Isaac was Christian’s son-in-law. I descend from daughter Mary (Whiteman) Huey, wife of Isaac. Mary and Isaac, along with some other members of Christian’s family, moved to Jay County, Indiana, a few years after Christian’s death.

Christian died the next year, on 23 December 1827. I suspect the he was in failing health when he had all those deeds written. Christian was buried on or near the family farm but was moved to Reber Hill Cemetery about 60 years later. Christian’s widow Hannah (Huey) Whiteman died in 1850 and is buried in Cheshire Cemetery, Delaware County, Ohio.

Yes! These deeds certainly contain a lot of very good information.

Thanks to Rene’ for sharing some very good Whiteman information with me and for getting me back into Whiteman research again.

 

[1] Tract Book and Entries, Congress Lands 22 Ranges and U.S. Military Lands, Vol. 1, Auditor of State [Ohio], LOV 230:476, 480, microfilm #GR8285, Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, Ohio.

[2] Esther Weygandt Powell, compiler, Early Ohio Tax Records (1971; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1985), 102.

[3] Resident Duplicate for Fairfield County, Ohio, 1910, microfilm #GR2343, p. 1, Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, Ohio.

[4] Whiteman Deeds, 26 May 1826, Fairfield County, Ohio, Recorder’s Office, Vol. P:85-90 and Whiteman Deeds, 10 June 1926, Pickaway County, Ohio, Recorder’s Office, Vol G: 206-8.

Aug 16

Tombstone Tuesday–Sophia (Becher) Germann

Sophia (Becher) Germann, Evangelical Protestant Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

Sophia (Becher) Germann, Evangelical Protestant Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2014 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Sophia (Becher) Germann, located in row 3 of the Evangelical Protestant Cemetery, Ohio City, located on German Church Road, Harrison Township, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Sophia
Ehefrau von
J.B. Germann
1855-1920
GERMANN
Text: 1 Tim. 6, 12

Translation: Sophia, wife of J.B. Germann, 1855-1920, GERMANN.

Sophia Becher was born 4 November 1855 in Mercer County, Ohio, the first child born to John and Anna Maria (Becker) Becher. Sophia’s father John was born in the Kingdom of Bavaria and her mother was born in Northampton County, Pennsylvania. Sophia’s parents were married on 22 January 1855 by Rev. JD Gackenheimer, and theirs was the first marriage entered in Zion Chatt’s records. The Bechers lived west of Chatt, on the Ohio side of the state line, and they attended church at Zion Chatt.

Sophia’s baptism is not recorded in Zion Chatt’s records but she was confirmed there on 21 March 1869.

Sophia Becher married Jacob Peter Germann on 14 November 1873 at Zion Chatt. Their witnesses were Carl Stamm & Maria Sechor. The groom’s name was recorded as Jacob Peter but nearly every other record, including his tombstone, shows his middle initial as B. Jacob was the son of Peter and Katherine (Dietrich) Germann.

In 1880 Jacob and Sophia lived in Harrison Township, Van Wert County, Ohio. In their household: Jacob B, 29; Sophia, 24; Richard T, 4; Rudolph A, 2; and Julia AC, 1. Jacob was a farmer and Sophia kept house. [1]

Jacob and Sophia were still living in Harrison Township in 1910: Jacob B, 59; Sophia, 54; Walter, 24; Lydia, 20; Oscar, 17; and Esther, 15. Jacob farmed and this enumeration indicates Sophia had given birth to 9 children and all 9 were living. [2]

Sophia was enumerated in the 1920 census, taken on 4 February 1920, less than two weeks before she died. The Jacob Germann household in 1920: Jacob B, 69; Sophia, 64; Lydia, 30; Oscar, 27; and Esther, 24. [3]

Sophia (Becher) Germann died 24 February 1920 in Van Wert County, Ohio. She was buried on the 27th.

Evangelical Protestant Cemetery, Harrison Township, Van Wert County, Ohio

Evangelical Protestant Cemetery, Harrison Township, Van Wert County, Ohio

Sophia’s husband Jacob died 4 April 1926 in Van Wert County and he is buried in row 2, not far from Sophia.

Jacob and Sophia (Becher) Germann had the following children:
Richard Theodore (1876-1940), married Mary G Reidenbach
Rudolph August (1878-1942), married Julia A Bolander
Julia Katharine (1879-1936), married Daniel Jacob Gunsett
William Frederick (1882-1943), married Fredona Baker
Hugo John (1884-1959), married Maude Elizabeth Berger
Walter Leo (1886-1951), married Margaret E. Saam
Lydia Theresa (1889-1958), married Arthur J Buechner
Oscar Edwin (1892-1970), married Laura L Merkle
Esther Leonora (1895-1989), married Albert Edgar Miller

 

[1] 1880 U.S. Census, Harrison, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 148, p.304C, dwelling 59, family 60, Jacob B Germann; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 Aug 2016); from FHL microfilm 1255073, from NARA microfilm T9, roll 1073.

[2] 1910 U.S. Census, Harrison, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 90, p.16A, dwelling 281, family 290, Jacob Germann; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 Aug 2016); from FHL microfilm 1375251, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 1238.

[3] 1920 U.S. Census, Harrison, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 122, p.9B, dwelling 201, family 215, Jacob B Germann; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 Aug 2016); from NARA microfilm T625, roll 1446.

Aug 12

2016 Schumm Reunion

The 42nd Schumm reunion has come and gone. The biennial reunion of the John George Schumm family was held last Sunday in Schumm, Ohio.

The reunion committee outdid themselves this year. They deserve a BIG Thank-You for all the thought, effort, and work that went into creating one of the most fun, successful, and interesting family reunions I can remember.

There was a lot to see and do and there was something for everyone.

2016 Schumm Reunion (2016 photo by Karen)

2016 Schumm Reunion (2016 photo by Karen)

The morning began with a worship service at Zion Lutheran Church, and as their pastor Jeff Patterson said, “What other family reunion begins with a worship service?” Not many, if there are any at all. Joe and I were unable to attend the worship service at Schumm because of prior commitments at Zion Chatt, but we joined the reunion about noon.

And what a large group it was! Nearly 240 people were there, topping the last reunion’s attendance of 225. Two tents were set up in addition to the stationary pavilion located south of the church.

2016 Schumm Reunion (2016 photo by Karen)

2016 Schumm Reunion (2016 photo by Karen)

2016 Schumm Reunion (2016 photo by Karen)

2016 Schumm Reunion (2016 photo by Karen)

Food! There was so much delicious food there and there was no way to take even a mini-bite of everything. I was so glad I did not try to stay on my diet last Sunday. So much good food in one place at one time!

Still room for dessert, but hard to choose. (2016 photo by Karen)

Still room for dessert, but hard to choose. (2016 photo by Karen)

Dr. Herbert and Paula (Stephenson) Schumm provided the entertainment in the afternoon.

Paula & Dr. Herbert Schumm (2016 photo by Karen)

Paula & Dr. Herbert Schumm (2016 photo by Karen)

Dr. Schumm makes Appalachian musical instruments for his wife Paula and she plays them and sings along during her program. I have heard her several times and it is always a treat. Dr. Schumm explained what musical instruments would have been used in the 1840’s, the time John George Schumm lived in the area.

Paula Schumm playing her hammer dulcimer. (2016 photo by Karen)

Paula Schumm playing her hammer dulcimer. (2016 photo by Karen)

Dr. Schumm said that it takes him 60-80 hours to make an instrument and several of them were on display Sunday. Paula played the hammer dulcimer, the Celtic harp, the mountain dulcimer, and the banjo. The group sang along with her on “What Do You Do with a Baby-O?” and “Amazing Grace.” An interesting side note [at least to me]: I am related to both Dr. Herbert Schumm and his wife Paula! I will let you ponder on that for awhile.

Instruments made by Dr. Herbert Schumm. (2016 photo by Karen)

Instruments made by Dr. Herbert Schumm. (2016 photo by Karen)

Other photos from the 2016 Schumm Reunion:

I was at the back of the group during the official “2016 Reunion Photo.” What a large group of Schumms! We needed an overhead photo.

Schumm reunion photo from the back of the group. (2016 photo by Karen)

Schumm reunion photo from the back of the group (2016 photo by Karen)

10 Minute Portraits by Dave Schumm. They were awesome!

Dave Schumm sketching. (2016 photo by Karen)

Dave Schumm sketching. (2016 photo by Karen)

Schumm memorabilia and photos.

Registration & memorabilia. (2016 photo by Karen)

Registration, memorabilia, photos (2016 photo by Karen)

2016 Schumm Reunion (2016 photo by Karen)

2016 Schumm Reunion (2016 photo by Karen)

Mary E. “Mamie” (Schumm) Dietrich’s beautiful 1912 wedding dress and wedding photo.

Mamie Schumm's 1912 wedding dress. (2016 photo by Karen)

Mamie Schumm’s 1912 wedding dress. (2016 photo by Karen)

1912 wedding photo of Henry Dietrich & Mamie Schumm.

1912 wedding photo of Henry Dietrich & Mamie Schumm.

Cousins. I had not seen my second cousin Patty for decades.

Cousins Sharon, Karen, and Patty. (2016 photo by Karen)

Cousins Sharon, Karen, and Patty. (2016 photo by Karen)

Cousins Karen, Susie, Patty, Sharon, Carol, Debbie. (2016 photo by Karen)

Cousins Karen, Susie, Patty, Sharon, Carol, Debbie. (2016 photo by Karen)

A relative and Facebook friend that I finally got to meet in person.

Karen, cousin and Facebook friend. (2016 photo by Karen)

Karen, cousin and Facebook friend. (2016 photo by Karen)

Visiting with Karen from Chicago. [Yes, yet another Karen!]

Karen & Karen (2016 photo by Karen)

Karen & Karen (2016 photo by Karen)

Visiting and reminiscing.

Karen, Joe, Greg, Mary (20165 photo by Karen)

Karen, Joe, Greg, Mary (2016 photo by Karen)

Karen & 2nd cousin Ella (2016 photo by Karen)

Karen & Ella, 1st cousins once removed (2016 photo by Karen)

 

Sharon, reunion secretary, who devotes a lot of time to the reunion and family updates (2016 photo by Karen)

Sharon, reunion secretary (2016 photo by Karen)

2016 Reunion president Tim Muntzinger, during the business meeting (2016 photo by Karen)

2016 reunion president Tim Muntzinger, during the business meeting (2016 photo by Karen)

My aunt and uncle, Esther and Al, were the couple in attendance married the longest. They celebrated 65 years of marriage in June. Married even longer, but unable to attend, Karl and Isabelle Schumm, who have been married 78 years!

Nice additional touches at the reunion were the ice cream machine, cake in the afternoon, cold refreshments, and an open house at the parsonage. There was barely enough time to do and see everything!

Now don’t you all wish you were descendants of John George Schumm?

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