Aug 14

Tombstone Tuesday–Theodor Wilhelm Schumm

Theodor Wilhelm Schumm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2018 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Theodor Wilhelm Schumm, located in row 1 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Theodor Wilhelm
Sohn von
Fr. Und Margaretha
24 Nov. 1872
Gestorben 30 Jan. 1876
Alter 3 Jahr, 2 Mo, 6 Tag

Theodor Wilhelm, son of Fr. and Margaretha Schumm, born 24 November 1872, died 30 January 1876, age 3 years, 2 months, 6 days.

Theodor Wilhelm Schumm was born 24 November 1872, the first child born to Friedrich Jr (1844-1907) and “Margaret” Ehrenmann (1847-1885) Schumm. He was baptized 8 December 1872, with Friedrich Schumm Sr and Wilhelm Schumm serving as his sponsors.

1876 was a year of tragedy and happiness for the Friedrich Schumm Jr family. The year began sadly when their son Theodor Wilhelm died on 30 January 1876 and was buried on 1 February.

Less than two months later, on 11 March 1876, the couple celebrated the birth of twins Anton “Hugo” and Mina Juliana.

Sadly, one of the twins, Mina Juliana, died 22 September 1876, at the age of only 6 months.

Theodor’s parents went on to have eight children after Theodor Wilhelm’s birth:

Katherine Magdalena (1874-1958), married William Adam Buechner
Anton “Hugo” (1876-1932), married Ada Alpha Wilson
Mina Juliana (1876-1876)
Leona Barbara (1877-1958), married Philip Fredrick Martin Schumm
Henrietta Amalia (1879-1947), married Andreas “Friedrich” George Roehm
Maria Elizabeth (1881-1966), married Heinrich “Henry” Dietrich
Clara May (1883-1883)
“William” Lorenz (1884-1961), married Minnie Katherine Gunsett

Theodor’s mother Margaret died in 1885 and in 1888 Friedrich Jr married Maria Catharine Buechner (1861-1930). Friedrich Jr and Maria Catharine had the following children:

Justine Louise (1889-1889)
Amos Clemens (1891-1974), married Esther Emilie Schumm
Erna Theresa (1894-1971), married Walter Emanuel Schumm
Naomi Margaretha (1897-1982), married Arnold Ludwig Schumm

Theodor Wilhelm Schumm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. Negative view (2018 photo by Karen)

Theodor’s tombstone is in the children’s section of Zion Schumm’s cemetery and is the first marker along Schumm Road, at the north end of the cemetery. It appears there may be other graves to the north of it, but their stones did not survive.


Aug 10

The Last Schumm Postmark, 1953

Last weekend was the biennial Schumm reunion. It was a very hot day but a good-sized crowd, estimated at about 200 descendants of John George Schumm, gathered on the grounds of Zion Lutheran Church for the day-long activities. It was a very good and enjoyable reunion.

2018 Schumm reunion (2018 photo by Karen)

Yes, it was a good Schumm week.

Earlier in the week I acquired a postcard with a Schumm postmark. This postcard was postmarked on the last day the Schumm post office was open, 31 January 1953. Written on the back, in a nice feminine script: “Last Day, Schumm, Ohio.”

Last Schumm, Ohio, postmark, 31 Jan 1953

Last Schumm, Ohio, postmark, 31 Jan 1953

It is addressed to Lyman Thomas, 1811 N. W. 9th Street, Gainesville, Fla, and was postmarked in the afternoon of that closing day.

The little village of Schumm, just north of Zion church, was named after John George Schumm and his five children who settled in the area in 1838. Schumm was once a place where passengers could board and depart at the Cloverleaf Railroad Station, later the Nickel Plate. Where a sawmill and elevator once operated. And where a U.S. Post Office was once located.

The post office at Schumm was situated in the second house south of the railroad track, on the east side of Schumm Road. The post office was in the front part of the home.

Schumm Post Office, c1930.

Schumm Post Office was established in 1881 and Martin J. Schumm was appointed as its first postmaster on 31 December 1881. Henry Schumm, George F. Schumm, and Henry M. Schumm were the next three postmasters, serving during the years 1885-1903. [1]

The list of Schumm postmasters and their appointment dates, 1881-1940 [1] :
Martin J. Schumm (31 December 1881)
Henry Schumm (29 April 1885)
George F. Schumm (30 June 1885)
Henry M. Schumm (4 August 1886)
Herbert I. Hileman (18 June 1904)
Wm O. Tickle (27 February 1905)
Elias F. Sheets (21 December 1905)
Logan Wolfe (29 March 1906)
Wm A Colter (23 September 1908)
Gustave J. Schumm (13 November 1912)
George Weinman (14 September 1916)
Mrs. Pearl A. Debolt (26 November 1928)
Matie M. Stevens (31 October 1929)
Mrs. Cleta A. Johns (1 December 1930)
George Weinman (23 November 1931)

The Schumm Post Office closed January 1940 when George Weinman retired after 19 years as the postmaster. The mail was then sent to Willshire, but just for a few months. A petition to reopen the post office was signed by the residents of the community and the Schumm Post Office was reopened on 16 April of that same year, with Emanuel H. Schumm appointed as its postmaster.

Emanuel Schumm served as postmaster for the next 13 years, but the Schumm Post Office again closed, this time for good, in 1953.

The Schumm Post Office was closed forever on 31 January 1953 and the mail was once again sent to Willshire.

What a nice addition to my local postmark collection.


[1] U.S., Appointments of U.S. Postmasters, 1832-1971, Vol 38, c1873-91, p. 478-9; and U.S., Appointments of US Postmasters, 1832-1971, Vol 79, c1891-1930, p. 575-77; digital images by subscription, ( : accessed 17 September 2014), from NARA microfilm publication M841, roll 101.

Aug 07

Tombstone Tuesday–Louise Justine Schumm

Louise Justine Schumm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Louise Justine Schumm, located in row 2 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Hier ruhet im Gott
Louise Justine
Tochterlein von
F. n Maria Schumm Jr.
Den 26 Sep 1889
im Alter 28 tagen

Here rests in God, Louise Justine, little daughter of Fr. Maria Schumm Jr, died on the 26 September 1889, in the age of 28 days.

According to Zion Schumm’s records, Justine Louise Schumm was born 30 August 1889, the first child born to Friedrich Jr. (1844-1907) and Maria (Buechner) (1861-1930) Schumm. This was Friedrich‘s second marriage, his first wife being Margaret Ehrenman (1847-1885).

Justine was baptized at home on 8 September 1889, with Wilhelm Buchner and Louise Schumm serving as her sponsors.

Justine died at 3:00 in the afternoon of 26 September 1889 and was buried on the 27th. Her funeral text was Mark 10:13-16.

This little girl’s identity has been somewhat confusing and a bit of a mystery.

I actually had her listed twice in the Schumm database–listed as Louisa Juliana, with her parents as Jacob Friedrich and Maria (Germann) Schumm. And as Louisa Justine, with parents as Friedrich Jr. and Maria (Buechner) Schumm.

I consulted Zion Schumm’s records, where both her birth and death are recorded. Her name was Justine Louise in both entries and both entries indicate she was the daughter of Friedrich Jr. and Maria (Buechner) Schumm. Both entries also indicate she was born on 30 August 1889.

Because her tombstone is so difficult to read, because of the script and the weathering, the “s” in her given name was read as an “l” and her name was read as Julliane some years ago for the Van Wert Cemetery Inscriptions Book. But the inscription is Louise Justine.

Louise Justine Schumm (1889-1889). 2012 photo by Karen

I have corrected her parentage in the Schumm database, for I believe, going by Zion Schumm’s records, that she was the daughter of the Friedrich Jr. and Maria (Buechner) Schumm. Examination of the tombstone and the church records show her name to be Justine, not Julliane. There is no Louise Juliana Schumm in Zion’s records.

That seems to confirm her name and parentage, but there are still other questions.

Zion Schumm’s records indicate two times that her date of birth was 30 August 1889, but her church death/burial record indicates that she was 3 months and 6 days old when she died on 26 September of that same year. That does not add up! And the tombstone is illegible for that part of her age.

I think the pastor may have recorded her age wrong.

I also checked FamilySearch, but did not find a probate birth or death record for her.

Her parents went on to have three more children after her death:
Amos C. (1891-1974), married Esther Emilie Schumm
Erna (1894-1971), married Walter Emanuel Schumm
Naomi (1897-1982), married Arnold Ludwig Schumm

Aug 03

Dear Mom & All–WWII Letters from Herb (part 25)

I continue with the transcriptions of the letters my dad, Herbert Miller, wrote home while serving his country during WWII. The war was over by the time he wrote these letters and he was serving in the Occupation Force in Germany until he had enough time and points to be honorably discharged. [1]

Herbert Miller, Europe, WWII

During this time he worked at an Army post office in Weinhiem, Germany, a job he seemed to like. I remember that he mentioned quite a few times that he worked in the post office there.

The war was over and he seemed ready to get back home, back home to his family and the family farm in Mercer County. He enjoyed farming and always asked about the crops in his letters. I know he also liked to roller skate and square dance, two things he mentioned in one of these letters. Sounds like he may have even been a little homesick.

These letters were written to his sister Em ad her husband Norval “Jack.”

21 Sep 1945
Weinheim, Germany

Dear Em & Jack,

It is pretty late in the evening & since I’m C.G. it don’t make much difference. I ‘m here watching the post office tonight. I’m sort of worried about in the morning. I’m hard to awaken & the doors are locked. I guess they will have to pound pretty hard. I broke my habit of snoring or rather Trefran [?] did.

I’m here at the post office, I guess I’m going to be transferred into the outfit. It is a nice job, just like a civilian office job.

I received your package today. Thanks a million. How is everything coming along? O.K. I hope.

It is raining out tonight and really a miserable night, cold & everything else. I imagine it is getting fall around home, too.

We’re supposed to move to Bremen October 15 but it will be cold there. Tomorrow I’m going to Frankfurt with the truck to pick up mail. The Capt. is going to get me bonded so that I can carry or haul mail, order a money order or stamps.

Yesterday morning two guys picked up mail here for the play “It’s All Yours.”They were getting the mail for the rest of the guys and they had a wreck and both were killed. The M.P. picked up the mail and refused to turn it over because neither of the men were licensed to carry it. But it’s all straightened out, except two less GIs.

Must close for now.

[note by KMB: My dad’s siblings talked numerous times about my dad’s sleepwalking when he was younger, before he went off to to the. Evidently he snored, too. The Army broke him of his sleepwalking and apparently my dad thought he had also stopped snoring while in the Army. But he was wrong.]

Herbert Miller, France, WWII

21 October 1945
Weinhiem, Germany

Dear Em & Jack,

It’s Sunday evening and I guess I’d better write a couple of lines to let you know that I’m OK and feeling fine.

I received two packages from youins this last week. Thanks a lot. Everything came in good shape.

The work down at the post office is really nice. I started out with casing mail and now I’m a clerk up at the stamp window. I work every other week selling stamps and the rest of the time I work in the back. I still drive the truck quite a bit.

How is farming coming along? I imagine it is harvest time, isn’t it? How did the baler come out? Did it pay off?

It’s chow time and I’m pretty hungry, so will close and try to write tomorrow night again.


2 November 1945
Weinheim, Germany

Dear Em & Jack,

I guess it’s time I wrote to you. I received two packages (Christmas) yesterday and everything was in good shape. Things are coming along pretty good. Work isn’t so hard and a lot of guys signed up for another year. It might be OK for awhile. You get 60 days at home. If I’d sign up when I’d have over 12 months overseas I’d get 90 days at home. The one more year in the Army. Is it worth it? I don’t think so. If I knew I’d be in for 6 more months for sure I’d do it.

How is the farming coming along? Is the corn and all the crops harvested?

It’s about 10:15 and the National Barn Dance is on the air. They are singing a song about Ohio.

Do they still have those Square Dances at the Parish Hall? I sure would like to go to one now. Or to go roller skating.

Must close for now.

Herbert Miller, WWII, probably in Paris.

5 November 1945
Weinheim, Germany

Dear Em, Jack & all,

Enclosed you will find a money order for $90 [?]. Use it to buy Christmas presents for the folks and the kids. Take $7 or $8 and use it to buy presents for you, Norval, Norval’s dad and mother. If you’re not able you can have Norval’s folks get the presents, if it isn’t too much bother.

I’ll be in the Army occupation for a while. I imagine it will be quite a while until I leave E & O. Maybe I’ll get out when I have 2 years in the Army.

Guess I’d better close for now. Am feeling fine and hope you are the same.


To be continued…


[1] My dad, Herbert Miller, trained as a replacement troop during the fall of 1944, arrived in Europe in December of that same year, and was assigned to Company L, 333rd Regiment, 84th Infantry Division. The 84th was known as the Railsplitters. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium and later in parts of Luxembourg, Germany, and France.


Jul 31

Tombstone Tuesday–6 Schumm Immigrants

This weekend descendants of John George Schumm will gather in Schumm, Ohio, for the the 43rd biennial Schumm reunion. Many relatives, often over 200, gather for some or all of the day’s activities, which include the morning worship service at Schumm’s Zion Lutheran Church, a noon meal consisting of a variety of some the best home-made dishes you can imagine, followed by entertainment and a business meeting. There is also visiting, reminiscing, photo & item displays, and fun activities for people of all ages in the afternoon.

The first Schumm Reunion, 1924, at the Schumm homestead.

In honor of our ancestor John George Schumm and five of his children, who immigrated in 1833, and who went on to settle in Willshire Township and establish the little town of Schumm, and who were some of the original founders of Zion Lutheran Church there, today’s Tombstone Tuesday will feature the six tombstones of the six Schumm immigrants. All of their tombstones are located in Zion Schumm’s cemetery.

I have written a Tombstone Tuesday blog post about each of them and a link to each post is included in their individual footnote.

John George Schumm (1777-1846) was born in Ruppertshofen, Wuerttemberg, and married Anna Maria Fisher (1779-1822) on 28 April 1807. They had ten children and five of them died in Germany, some in infancy.

Johann Georg Schumm, with four of his sons and a daughter, left from the port of Hamburg in mid-April of 1833, bound for America. They sailed on the Brig Zelia and arrived at the Port of Philadelphia on 3 June 1833. The Johann Georg Schumm family, as listed on the ship’s passenger list: John G Schum, age 55; John F, 19; George M, 20; John J, 17; Georg L, 16, and Maria C, 23. [1]

John George Schumm (1777-1846) tombstone, row 5. [2]

Johann Georg Schumm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Maria Catharina (Schumm) Schüler (1810-1838), row 5. She married Michael Schüler. [3]

Catherina Schuler, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

George “Martin” Schumm (1812-1871), row 6. He married Maria Pflueger (1820-1903). [4]

George M. Schumm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

George Martin Schumm (1812-1871)

John “Friederich” Schumm (1814-1902), row 6. He married Magdalena (Meyer) (1819-1897). [5]

Friederick & Magdalena Schumm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

Friederich & Magdalena (Meyer) Schumm, 1882.

John “Jacob” Schumm (1815-1853), row 5. He married Hannah Billmann (1822-1878). [6]

J.J. Schumm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

Ludwig Schumm (1817-1855), row 6. He married Barbara Pflueger (1822-1908).

Ludwig Schumm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

I am a direct descendant of Ludwig and Barbara (Pflueger) Schumm. Ludwig was my second and third great-grandfather. Ludwig’s son Ludwig John “Louis” was my grandpa Cornelius Schumm’s father and Ludwig’s oldest daughter Elizabeth married Friedrich Schinnerer and was my grandma Hilda (Scaer) Schumm’s grandmother.

The Schumm Reunion is always a great event, thanks to the planners who do a wonderful job organizing it. I am looking forward to catching up on family news, renewing old friendships, meeting “new” relatives, and seeing some of you there.

Spoiler: A big surprise for this year is that I will have 100 USB/flash drives available that include the updated 2018 Schumm Descendant List (genealogy) along with the Schumm history!

Bye for now. I must get busy burning flash drives…


[1] Philadelphia, Passenger Lists, 1800-1850, on-line database and images by subscription, ( : viewed 30 Jul 2018), John G Schum, 3 Jun 1833.

[2] Karen’s Chatt, Tombstone Tuesday—Johann Georg Schumm, 19 Nov 2013.

[3] Karen’s Chatt, Tombstone Tuesday—Catharina Schüler, 26 Nov 2013

[4] Karen’s Chatt, Tombstone Tuesday—George M Schumm, 3 Dec 2013.

[5] Karen’s Chatt, Tombstone Tuesday—Friederich & Magdalena Schumm, 10 Dec 2013.

[6] Karen’s Chatt, Tombstone Tuesday—JJ Schumm, 17 Dec 2013.

[7] Karen’s Chatt, Tombstone Tuesday—Ludwig Schumm, 7 Jan 2014.


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