Jan 07

Tombstone Tuesday–Frieda E. (Schumm) Allmandinger

Frieda E. Allmandinger, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Frieda E. (Schumm) Allmandinger, located in row 2 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Frieda E.

Frieda Elsie Schumm was born in Willshire Township on 16 November 1893, the daughter of Louis J. and Sarah (Breuninger) Schumm Frieda was baptized at home on 30 November 1893, with Mrs. Martin Schinnerer and Mrs. John Schumm as her sponsors.

Frieda was my great aunt, the older sister of my grandfather Cornelius Schumm (1896-1986).

Frieda, Sarah (Breuninger), Cornelius, Louis J Schumm (1905)

The Louis J. Schumm family in 1900, living about 2 miles east of Willshire: Louis J, 48; Sarah, 39; Frieda, 6; and Cornelius, 2. All were born in Ohio, except for Sarah, who was born in Wisconsin. Louis was a farmer. [1]

Louis J. and Sarah had another child, Curtis, born in September 1900, who died in November 1901.

Frieda resided at home, with her parents and brother Cornelius, for the next 20 years.

Frieda Schumm married Richard Allmandinger at Zion Lutheran, Schumm, on 15 January 1924.  Both were from Zion Schumm’s parish and they were married by Rev. R.O. Bienert. Walter Allmandinger and Salome Schumm were the witnesses at their wedding.

Richard & Frieda (Schumm) Allmandinger (1893-1945) d/o Louis J Schumm

Richard Allmandinger (1898-1982) was the son of William (1867-1919) and Barbara (Hoehamer) (1877-1929) Allmandinger. At one time the William Allmandinger family lived north of Chatt, in Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, and attended Zion Lutheran Church in Chatt. Around 1904 they moved to Van Wert County and transferred their membership Zion Lutheran Church at Schumm. 

After their marriage, Richard and Frieda (Schumm) Allmandinger lived east of Willshire, where they had a son, Louis, born in September 1925.

Louis J, Cornelius Schumm, Richard, Louis, Frieda (Schumm) Allmandinger

The Richard Allmandinger household in 1930, with two of Richard’s brothers living with them: Richard, 31; Frieda, 36; Louis, 4; Friedrich, 23; and Martin, 17. Richard farmed. [2]

The Richard Allmandinger household in 1940: Richard, 41; Frieda, 46; Louis, 14; and Arthur Germann, 21, servant. [3]

Frieda (Schumm) Allmandinger died 16 April 1945 at the Van Wert County Hospital, at the age of 51 years and 5 months. She had been hospitalized for two weeks and died of an embolism following a hysterectomy. Frieda was buried on the 19th. Rev. A. Moeller was in charge of her funeral service.

Frieda’s widowed husband Richard married Loretta Aumann (1908-1993) on 21 October 1946 in Adams County, Indiana. [4] Loretta was the daughter of Henry John and Mathilda S. (Scheumann) Aumann. Richard and Loretta are buried next to Frieda.  

Richard and Frieda (Schumm) Allmandinger had one son:
“Louis“ William (1925-2013), married Betty A. Hockemeyer  

[1] 1900 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 97, p.8, dwelling 167, family 175, Louis J. Schumm; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7602/ : viewed 6 Jan 2020).

[2] 1930 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 24, p.2B, dwelling 38, family 39, Richard Almandinger; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6224/ : viewed 6 Jan 2020).

[3] 1940 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 81-28, p.4A, line 32, Rich Almsdinger; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2442/ : viewed 6 Jan 2020).

[4] Adams County, Indiana, Marriages, Vol. V:369, Richard E Allmandinger & Loretta Aumann, 21 Oct 1946; “Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007,” Family Search.org (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-6315-8W?i=384&cc=1410397&personaUrl=%2Fark%3A%2F61903%2F1%3A1%3AXXJ1-51M : viewed 6 Jan 2020).

Jan 03

Miller Family Haircuts

To the average person these two items simply look like a pair of old rusty hair scissors and clippers, but to the Miller children living on Sipe Road in the 1930s they were considered instruments of torture.

Old Miller scissors and clippers.

Carl and Gertrude (Brewster) Miller, my grandparents, raised their family of eight children on the family farm a couple miles north of Chattanooga, Ohio. Just about everyone in the area was poor during the depression and going to a beauty shop or barber shop would have been a luxury. Instead, Carl, not his wife Gertrude, always cut his children’s hair himself.

The thing was, Carl was a farmer, not a barber. Carl’s brother-in-law and neighbor Howard Caffee was a barber in Chatt, but Carl took on the job as the Miller family barber, much to his children’s dismay.

My aunts and uncles have never forgotten those haircuts. And their memories are not fond ones.

Someone saved these old scissors and clippers all these years and I ended up with them. They are rusted, frozen up, and will not move one little bit. I showed them to my two uncles a few months ago and they recognized both items right off. The first thing they said was, “Dad cut our hair and it hurt!”   

The classic Miller haircut. Herb, Ann, Keny, & Vernie.

Their father Carl was a busy man. He was a farmer with many chores to tend to and he also worked at Central Soya in Decatur. He was handy and could build and fix things around the farm. All this kept him busy and he likely didn’t have a lot of time to spend as the family hairdresser.

It probably took a while to cut the hair of eight children. Carl likely didn’t like the monthly family haircuts any more than his children and I am sure his young children tried his patience. But he was strong-willed and you couldn’t get away with much when he was in charge.

Carl had a routine for his haircuts. First he would place a crock or some other item on a chair to elevate the child to a comfortable hair-cutting height for him. Then he began.

He was in a hurry to get the job done and his haircuts hurt. My uncles said the main reason the haircuts hurt was because Carl pulled the clippers away before all the hair was cut. The clippers pulled their hair and it hurt!

And they dared not complain about any discomfort or pain. Complaining would just perturb their father and make the whole procedure even worse. 

Carl had his own particular haircut style for the boys–his signature haircut–crooked across the forehead, slanting up on the right. It looks somewhat like a bowl-cut, but he did not use a bowl. The boys’ hair was cut shorter than the girls’ and the girls got bangs.

Carl Miller family. Boys with Carl’s signature haircut.

All the Miller children had straight hair and my Aunt Ruth recalls that their father complained that her hair was like wire. Although Carl also cut the girls’ hair, they did not get perms back then.

When one of Uncle Vernie’s grandchildren saw the above photo he asked if the Millers were Amish back then. I can see why he asked that. The boy’s haircuts and clothing do bear some resemblance.

Old Miller hair clippers.

My Uncle Kenny, like all the Millers, believes that anything can be fixed and thinks that with some WD-40 he can get the scissors and clippers working again.

Seriously? Does he really want them to function again?

I can almost hear my grandfather Carl saying, “Stop crying or I’ll give you something to cry about.”

This could be the reason no one in the family went into the hair-dressing profession.

Dec 31

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Karen’s Chatt! Wishing all a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2020.

Dec 27

A Little More Christmas Spirit

Here we are, right in the middle of the 2019 holiday season. Christmas is a now a memory but we still look forward to welcoming in the New Year.

One of my least favorite things during the post-holiday season is taking down all the decorations and putting them away. Besides all that work, once the festive decorations are gone the house looks rather drab. There is just something about the red and green colors, the decorations, and the pretty lights that brighten up the home.

Since I am in no hurry to take down the decorations this year I think I will observe the Twelve Days of Christmas so we will have the chance to enjoy them a little longer.

Below are few photos I took around the house, as we continue on with the spirit of Christmas.

May the spirit of Christmas live in our hearts today and always.

Dec 24

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Karen’s Chatt! Christmas blessings to you and yours.

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