Sep 27

Tombstone Tuesday–Alger M & Matilda (Becher) Eley

Alger & Matilda (Becher) Eley, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Alger & Matilda (Becher) Eley, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Alger and Matilda (Becher) Eley, located in row 9 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

ELEY
Matilda Becher
Oct. 13, 1902
May 17, 1978

Alger M. “Peck”
Nov. 5, 1900
July 3, 1964

Alger Medford Eley was born in Berne, Adams County, Indiana, on 5 November 1900 to Elmer and Victoria (Martz) Eley. [1] [2]

Matilda Rosina Philippina Becher was born in Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio, on 21 October 1902, the third of eight children born to William P. and Katie (Schaadt) Becher.

She was baptized at Zion Chatt on 16 November 1902, with George Hoehamer, Philipine Schaadt, Rosina Schaadt, and Otto Wendel serving as her baptismal sponsors. Matilda was confirmed at Zion Chatt on 27 May 1917. Her photo below was taken from her class confirmation photo.

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Matilda Becher, 1917 Confirmation at Zion Lutheran, Chattanooga, Ohio.

Alger Eley and Matilda Becher were married at Zion Chatt by Rev. J.E. Albrecht on 28 April 1924. Clara Albrecht, the wife of Zion’s, was the witness to their marriage. Alger was 23 years old and Matilda was 21. At the time of their marriage Alger was living in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where was employed as an upholsterer. Matilda was a housekeeper and was from Liberty Township, Mercer County. Neither had been married before. [2]

Matilda gave birth to a daughter, Joy, on 22 October 1924, but she died 3 days later. They were living in the Chatt area at the time. [3]

By 1926 Alger and Matilda had moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where they lived at 1148 Hanna Street. Alger’s occupation was helper at the Penn Co. [4] On 19 January 1926, in Fort Wayne, Matilda gave birth to their son Robert Eugene. [5]

By 1930 Alger, Matilda, and Robert had moved back to Liberty Township, Mercer County. They rented their home there and Alger farmed. [6]

The Eleys remained in Liberty Township for at least the next 10 years and continued renting their home. Their family in 1940: A.M. Eley, 39; Matilda R, 37; and Robert, 14. Alger worked as an upholsterer. [7]

By 1960 Alger and Matilda had moved to Celina, where they lived at 431 E. Fulton Street. By that time Alger worked as a watchman at the state highway garage. [8]

Somewhere during his lifetime Alger picked up the nickname Peck.

Alger Eley died in Celina on 3 July 1964 at the age of 63. Zion Chatt’s records indicate that he died of a heart attack and/or stroke. He was buried on the 7th and Rev. Arnold Green officiated at the funeral service. He was survived by his wife and his son Robert E.; 2 brothers, George, Hillsboro, North Carolina, and John, Fort Wayne, Indiana; three sisters, Mrs. Claude Buchanan, Willshire, Reba Minnear, and Treva Pettigrew, both Anderson, Indiana; and one grandchild. [9]

Matilda (Becher) Eley died 17 May 1978 at the age of 76 years. She was buried on the 19th with Rev. Gary Anderson in charge of the service. Matilda was survived by their son Robert, a brother, 2 sisters, a grandson, and 2 great-grandchildren. [10]

Alger and Matilda had two children:
Joy I (1924-1924)
Robert Eugene (1926-2008), married Margaret Coate

 

[1] Indiana Births, 1880-1830, Adams Co Births, Book H-6, p.49, Eley, 5 Nov 1900; database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 22 Sep 2016); from Indiana WPA 1938-1940.

[2] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 21 Sep 2016), Alger M Eley and Matilda R Becher, 28 Apr 1924; from Mercer, Ohio Marriages, Vol. 12, p.274; from FHL microfilm 2366955.

[3] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,: database with images, FamilySearch.org (www.familysearch.org : accessed 23 Sep 2016), Joy J Eley, 26 Oct 1924; from Liberty, Mercer deaths, no. 56198, FHL microfilm 1992606.

[4] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 Sep 2016), Alger M Eley; 1926 Fort Wayne City Directory, p.387.

[5] Indiana, Birth Certificates, 1907-1940, Indiana State Board of Health, Robert Eugene Eley, 19 Jan 1926; database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 25 Sep 2016); microfilm, Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, IN.

[6] 1930 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, ED 20, p.3B, dwelling& family 74, Alger M Eley; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 Sep 2016); from FHL microfilm 2341584, from NARA microfilm T626, roll 1850.

[7] 1940 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, ED 54-22, p.13B, visited 263, A.M. Eley; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 Sep 2016); from NARA microfilm T627, roll 3114.

[8] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 Sep 2016), Alger M Eley; 1960 Celina City Directory, p.325.

[9] Alger M “Peck” Eley, Find a Grave.com (www.findagrave.com : accessed 23 Sep 2016); memorial no.   29398078. Note: His Find a Grave memorial also includes his obituary from the 5 July 1964 issue of The Lima News.

[10] Matilda R Becher Eley, Find a Grave.com (www.findagrave.com : accessed 23 Sep 2016); memorial no.  29398079.

Sep 23

George M. & Barbara (Schinnerer) Schumm Photos

Last week I wrote about and posted photos of the 1901 Long Beach wedding of George M. Schumm and Barbara Schinnerer. The couple was originally from the Willshire-Schumm area but moved to California around the turn of the century, just before their marriage.

George M. (1867-1958) was the son of Jacob “Frederick” and Maria (Germann) Schumm. Barbara (1866-1952) was the daughter of Martin Schinnerer and his first wife Mary Schumm. Martin and his family moved to California sometime around the turn of the century.

George M. and Barbara Schumm had one daughter, Freida (1907-2005).

George M & Barbara (Schinnerer) Schumm, with daughter Freida.

George M & Barbara (Schinnerer) Schumm, with daughter Freida

George M, Freida, and Barbara Schumm

George M, Freida, and Barbara Schumm

George M, Barbara, and Freida Schumm.

George M, Barbara, and Freida Schumm.

The next photo was taken at a family gathering, likely in California. George M. Schumm is in the center of the photo, leaning against the tree. One photo from the Germann collection had their California address written on the back–320 W. Almond Avenue, Orange, California. Was this the same house and did someone transpose 230 into 320 on the back of the photo? There may be several Schinnerers in this photo if it was taken in California.

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George M. Schumm, leaning against the tree

Some photos of George M. and Barbara in their later years. George Weck, in the photo below, was the nephew of George M. and Barbara. George Weck’s mother was Clara “Maria” Schumm, George M. Schumm’s sister, who married Fred Weck.

Freida, Barbara, George M, and Fred Weck.

Freida, Barbara, George M, and George Weck.

The next photo appears to have been taken at the same time as the photo above and the woman to the left is George Weck’s wife, Geraldine (Brubaker) Weck.

Unidentified woman, Freida, Barbara, George M Schumm

Geraldine Weck, Freida, Barbara, George M Schumm

Below is a photo of George M and his father Jacob “Frederick” Schumm (1839-1927).

George M Schumm with his father J Frederick.

George M Schumm with his father J Frederick.

This photo was taken on their Golden Wedding Anniversary, 17 June 1951:

Taken on their 50th Wedding Anniversary, 17 June 1951.

50th Wedding Anniversary of George M & Barbara Schumm, 17 June 1951.

George, Barbara, and Freida lived in California the remainder of their lives. Freida never married.

Sep 20

Tombstone Tuesday–Leslie G. Becher

Leslie Becher, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Leslie Becher, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Lesile G. Becher, located in row 9 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

BECHER
Leslie G.
1904-1982

Leslie George Becher was born 22 December 1904 in Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. He was the fourth of eight children born to William P. and Katie (Schaadt) Becher. His parents gave their residence as Chattanooga, Ohio, on his county birth registration, which was reported by Fred Alt. [1]

Leslie was baptized at Zion Chatt on 29 January 1908 with George Becher and his wife serving as his sponsors. Leslie was confirmed by Rev. J.E. Albrecht at Zion Chatt on 1 June 1919.

In 1910 Leslie, age 5, lived with his parents and four siblings, Marie, Leona, Matilda, and Bertha, in Liberty Township, Mercer County. [2]

Leslie, at age 15, was still living at the Liberty Township farm with his parents and five siblings in 1920. His youngest sister Bernice was born in 1915 and two infant sisters had died since the last census was taken. [3]

By 1930 Leslie had evidently moved out of the family home. Only three family members resided in the William Becher household in 1930: William, 58; Katie, 52; and Bernice, 14. [4] I do not know where Leslie was living in 1930.

By 1940 Leslie was once again living with his mother in Liberty Township and farming the family farm. This was the also same place he had lived in 1935. Leslie was single, 34 years old, and his mother was 62 and a widow. Her husband William had died of a heart attack 2 years before. They lived near some people I remember: Argyle Bransteter, Gus Weitz, and Teddy and Carrie Leininger. [5]

Leslie Becher died from a cardiac arrest on 31 January 1982 in Monroe, Adams County, Indiana. Ketcham-Ripley was in charge of the arrangements. He was 77 years old and his sister Berniece (Becher) Stetler was the informant for information on his death certificate. His address was route 1 Monroe and he worked as an auto mechanic. He did not serve in the military. His death certificate gives his date of death as 31 January but that he was pronounced dead on 1 February. [6] I have been unable to find a marriage record for him.

 

[1] “Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 17 Sep 2016), Leslie G Becher, 22 Dec 1904; from Mercer, Ohio, Births, Vol 4, p.17, line 50; from FHL microfilm 914953.

[2] 1910 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, ED 119, p.18A, dwelling 397, family 348, William Becher; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 Aug 2016); from FHL microfilm 1375227, from NARA microfilm T624, roll 1214.

[3] 1920 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, ED 140, p.11B, dwelling 226, family 245, William P Becher; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 Aug 2016); from NARA microfilm T625, roll 1418.

[4] 1930 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, ED 20, p.11A, dwelling & family 259, William Becker; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 Aug 2016); from FHL microfilm 2341584, from NARA microfilm T626, roll 1850.

[5] 1940 U.S. Census, Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, ED 54-22, p.3A, line 37, Leslie Becker; digital image by subscription Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 Sep 2016); from NARA microfilm T627, roll 3114.

[6] Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Leslie George Becher, 31 Jan 1982, State no.003039; database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 Sep 2016); Indiana State Board of Health, Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Sep 16

Schumm-Schinnerer California Wedding, 1901

A Schumm/Schinnerer wedding would not have been that unusual around the Schumm, Ohio, area in 1901, but you would not expect to hear of one in Long Beach California. But there was one such wedding and the couple was originally from Schumm.

These are photos from the Germann Collection—a collection of old family photos that once belonged to sisters Edna and Viola Germann.

Edna (1896-1997) and Viola (1900-2001) were the daughters of Stephen E. and Anna Elizabeth “Rosina” (Schumm) Germann. Edna and Viola were the granddaughters of Jacob “Frederick” and Maria (Germann) Schumm on their maternal side and granddaughters of Henry and Mary (Hertz) Germann on the paternal side of their family.

Fortunately names were written on the back of these wedding photos. Thank you Edna and Viola!

George & Barbara (Schinnerer) Schumm wedding photo, California, 1901.

George & Barbara (Schinnerer) Schumm wedding photo, Long Beach, California, 1901.

The newlyweds are George Schumm and Suzanna “Barbara” Schinnerer

The groom was Edna and Viola’s uncle George Schumm—their mother’s brother. George’s was born 23 July 1867 to Jacob “Frederick” and Maria (Germann) Schumm. He was christened George Martin Ludwig Schumm.

The bride was Susanna “Barbara” Schinnerer, born east of Willshire on 6 December 1866 to Martin Schinnerer and his first wife Maria “Mary” (Schumm). Martin’s wife Mary died in 1870 and Martin married her sister Rosina. Martin and his family moved to California sometime around the turn of the century.

George & Barbara (Schinnerer) Schumm wedding photo, California, 1901.

George & Barbara (Schinnerer) Schumm wedding photo, Long Beach, California, 1901.

This story about Martin Schinnerer may sound familiar. I wrote about Martin and his family earlier this year after a visit from Paul, one of Martin’s descendants from California, who visited the Schumm area last fall. Martin Schinnerer sold his farm to my great-grandfather John Scaer in 1903 and Martin and his family moved to California. [1]

George Schumm and Barbara Schinnerer were married on 17 January 1901 in Long Beach, California. [2]

Marriage license & return, George Schumm & Barbara Schinnerer, Long Beach, California, 1901.

Marriage license & return, George Schumm & Barbara Schinnerer, Long Beach, California, 1901. [2]

According to their marriage license both George and Barbara lived in Long Beach. George was 33 and Barbara was 34 years old. Witnesses to their marriage were Ferd Schinnerer and Mary Fricke. Rev. George Runkel of the Evangelical Lutheran Church there presided over the ceremony. [2]

We were unsure when the Schinnerers moved to California, but Barbara was already living there when she married in 1901. She gave her residence as Long Beach.

George Schumm was still living at home with his parents and working on the family farm in Dublin Township, Mercer County, Ohio, in 1900. [3] Although George moved to California the rest of his family remained in the Midwest.

These wedding photos give us glimpse of what was probably the Schinnerer home in California. The floral decorations were festive and Barbara wore an elaborate headpiece and veil.

Below is a nice family photo of the bride and groom with Barbara’s parents and siblings. It is labeled “brothers and sister” but there are a lot of females in the photo. Barbara’s youngest sister, a half sister, would have been 20 years old.

George & Barbara (Schinnerer) Schumm wedding photo, California, 1901. "Aunt Barbara's parents, brothers & sister, Long Beach, California."

George & Barbara (Schinnerer) Schumm wedding photo, 1901. Labeled “Aunt Barbara’s parents, brothers & sister, Long Beach, California.”

In 1917 George worked as a carpenter and he and Barbara lived at 1048 E 5th Street in Long Beach. [4]

George and Barbara had one daughter, Freida Maria Schumm (1907-2005).

The family remained in California for the rest of their lives.

Barbara (Schinnerer) Schumm died 27 February 1952 in Orange County, California. [5]

George Schumm died in Orange County, California, on 6 July 1958. [6]

 

[1]Schinnerer and Schumm Cousins,” Karen’s Chatt, 22 Jan 2016.

[2] “California, County Marriages, 1850-1952,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 15 Sep 2016), George M> Schumm and Barbara S Schinnerer, 17 Jan 1901; from Los Angeles, CA, Marriages, p.223; FHL microfilm 2073996.

[3] 1900 U.S. Census, Dublin, Mercer, Ohio, ED 77, p.13B, dwelling 276, family 280, George Schunni; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 Sep 2016); FHL microfilm 1241303, NARA microfilm T623, roll 1303.

[4] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Long Beach, California, City Directory, 1917, p.162, George M Schumm; database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 Sep 2016).

[5] California, Death, Index, 1940-1997, Sacramento, CA, Barbara Schumm, 27 Feb 1952; database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 Sep 2016).

[6] California, Death, Index, 1940-1997, Sacramento, CA, George Schumm, 6 Jul 1958; database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 Sep 2016).

Sep 13

Tombstone Tuesday–Infant Daughter of William & Katie (Schaadt) Becher

Infant Daughter of William & Katie Becher, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

Infant Daughter of William & Katie Becher, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of the infant daughter of William and Katie Becher, located in row 7 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

INFANT Dau. of
Wm. P. & C.S. Becher
1914

This baby girl was the seventh child born to at William P. and Katie (Schaadt) Becher. [1] She was stillborn on 16 April 1914 at her parents’ home in Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio.

She was buried on the 16th and S.S. Buchanan of Willshire was the undertaker. There is no entry for this child in the church records but information was obtained from her death certificate. [2]

Death certificate of stillborn daughter of William & Katie Becher, 1914.

Death certificate of stillborn daughter of William & Katie Becher, 1914.

Her parents were both from Liberty Township her grandparents were John and Anna Maria (Becker) Becher and Adam and Mary (Koch) Schaadt.

 

[1] Note: Although the tombstone shows the mother’s initials as “C.S.” the mother usually went by the name of Katie, spelling her name with a K. The C.S. probably stands for Catherine Schaadt.

[2] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 10 Sep 2016), [female] Becher, 16 Apr 1914; from Liberty Twp., Mercer Co., Ohio, deaths, file no. 23955; FHL microfilm 1953914.

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