Jun 28

The Veil

Last week I posted a photo from my Aunt Esther’s wedding reception, which was held in their family barn east of Willshire.  

Below are more wedding photos of the Schumm sisters, the three daughters of Cornelius L. and Hilda (Scaer) Schumm, my mom and her two sisters Esther and Amy.

Florence (Schumm) & Herbert Miller, 3 December 1950.

Esther (Schumm) & Al Krueckeberg, 10 June 1951.

Amy (Schumm) & Herman Boenker, 4 July 1953.

In addition to the fact that they are wedding photos, do you notice something else the photos all have in common?

It is the veil. All three sisters wore the same veil!

Wedding veil worn by Schumm sisters, 1950-1953.

My mom and dad were married first, on 3 December 1950, the weekend after the big Thanksgiving blizzard. They planned to marry on that Thanksgiving weekend but had to postpone the event for a week due to the blizzard.

Dress & veil worn by Florence (Schumm) Miller, 1950. The beading on the veil and dress match quite nicely.

My mom’s sister Esther married the next year, in June 1951, and their sister Amy was married in July 1953.

My mom purchased the veil for her wedding and her sisters borrowed it for their weddings.

What a nice idea! I never knew about this until my aunt Esther mentioned it a few years ago.

Florence (Schumm) Miller, December 1950, wearing the veil that would later be worn by her sisters.

It is a very pretty veil, which my mom saved all those years. Had I known about this family tradition I may have worn the veil at our wedding. It is actually fancier than my veil was. A missed opportunity… Sigh.

Closeup view of veil worn by Schumm sisters.

My mom also saved her satin wedding dress as well as their wedding cake topper.

Wedding dress, veil, and cake topper from Florence (Schumm) Miller’s wedding, December 1950.

She saved a lot of things and I will share some more of those wedding items soon.

Jun 25

Tombstone Tuesday–Leonard & Katharine (Rettig) Stegmeier

Leonard & Katharine Stegmeier, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Leonard and Katharine (Rettig) Stegmeier, located in row 11 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

STEGMEIER
Leonard
1856-1940

Katherine
1860-1927

According to the records of Zion Lutheran, Schumm, Leonard G. Stegmeier was born in Steinbach, Wuerttemberg, on 13 May 1856. He immigrated in 1879, according to 1900 census, but I do not know where he was living in 1880. His death certificate indicates his mother was Mary Bauman, but does not give his father’s name.

Leonard Stegmeier married Katharine Rettig on 13 Sep 1883 at her parents’ home in Van Wert County. Both Leonard and Katharine were from Zion Schumm’s parish and were married by Zion’s Rev. Seemeyer. Their marriage is also recorded in Van Wert County. [1]

Leah “Katherine” Rettig was born in Willshire Township on 4 May 1860, according to the records of Zion Schumm and according to her death certificate. She was the daughter of Johann and Friedericke (Gutheil) Rettig. Her mother was born in Germany and her father probably was, too. The Rettig family resided in Willshire Township by July 1860. [2] The father, John Rettig, was not enumerated in the household with the family in 1860 and he probably died sometime between September 1859 and July 1860. According to the 1860 Mortality Schedule, one John Rechick, age 42, married, farmer, died of erysipelas in Willshire Township in March 1860. This could very well be Katharine’s father. The dates between Katherine’s conception, her father’s death, and her mother’s second marriage match. John Rettig was likely buried in Zion Schumm’s cemetery, but apparently his tombstone did not survive.

The Rettig household in 1860: Friedericke, 34 [female]; Charles, 8; Mary A, 6; John, 3; Friedrick, 1; and Katharine, 2 months. [3]

With five young children under the age of 9 to raise, Katherine’s widowed mother Friedericke married widower Andreas Roehm at Zion Schumm on 8 November 1860. Andreas Roehm’s first wife Katharine Bienz had died in 1858, leaving behind several children for Andreas to raise. Andreas Roehm and his second wife Friedericke (Gutheil) Rettig Roehm had several children of their own. [4]

By 1870 the Roehm and Rettig households were combined: Andreas Roehm, 56; Friedericke [Gutheil Rettig] Roehm, 43; Jacob Roehm, 23; Henry Roehm, 19; Emmanuel Roehm, 16; Anna Roehm, 13; Charles Rettig, 18; Mary Rettig, 16; John Rettig, 13; Fredrick Rettig, 11; and Katharine Rettig, 10. [5]  

The Andrew Roehm family in 1880: Andrew, 66; Friedericka, 56; Katherine, 18 [step-daughter, shown as Katherine Roehm, actually was Katharine Rettig]; George Roehm, 17, son; Magdalena Roehm, 15, daughter; Susanah Roehm, daughter, 14; and Rosanah Roehm, daughter, 11. [6]

Katherine Rettig married Leonard Stegmeier in 1883.

The Leonard Stegmeier family in 1900, living near Willshire: Leonard, 43; Katharine, 40; Charles G, 16; Anton G, 14; and Nettie, 2. The father Leonard was a farmer, born in Germany, who immigrated in 1879. Everyone else in the household was born in Ohio. Katharine had given birth to 4 children and 3 were living. [7] 

In 1910 the Leonard Stegmeier family resided in Willshire Township, where Leonard farmed: Leonard, 55; Katharine, 49; Carl, 26; Anthony, 23; and Nettie, 12. This enumeration indicates that Leonard immigrated in 1870. [8]

Katherine’s mother Friedericke (Gutheil) Rettig Roehm died 9 September 1910, at the age of 83 years.

The Leonard Stegmeier family in 1920: Leonard, 64; Katharine, 59; Charles, 34; and Nettie 22. Karl worked on the farm and his sister was a servant for a family. This enumeration shows that the father Leonhard immigrated in 1881. [9]

Katherine (Rettig) Stegmeier died of a heart condition (mitral regurgitation) in Willshire Township on 16 November 1927, at the age of 67 years, 6 months, and 12 days. Her death certificate does not give her father’s given name but gives her mother’s name as Friedericka Gutheil. [10] Kathrine was buried on the 19th.

In 1930, widower Leonard Stegmeier lived with his son Carl in Willshire Township. This enumeration indicates Lenhard immigrated in 1886, which is incorrect, since he married in Van Wert County in 1883. [11]

In 1940, 83 year-old widower Leonard Stegmeier lived with his son 56 year-old single son Carl in Willshire Township. [12]

Leonard G. Stegmeier died of apoplexy at Convoy, Ohio, on 16 December 1940 at the age of 84 years, 7 months, and 3 days. He was buried on the 18th. [13]  

Leonard and Katharine (Rettig) Stegmeier had the following children:
Karl George (1884-1954), never married
George Adam Anton “Anthony” (1886-1929), married Anna Giessler
Friedrich Johann (1890-1892)
“Antoinette”/”Nettie” Elisabeth Martha (1897-1983), married James A. Bell

 

[1] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” Van Wert County, Vol.6:269, Leonharolt Steigmeier & Katharine Rettig, 13 Sep 1883; digital image, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-65X8-L9?i=174&cc=1614804 : viewed 24 Jun 2019).

[2] Zion Schumm’s records indicate that Katherine Rettig’s sister Maria Rettig (who married George Grund) was born in Marion, Ohio, on 11 November 1853. Their records also indicate that Maria was the daughter of Johann and Friedericke Rettig. Thus, the family moved from the Marion to Van Wert County before 1860.

[3] 1860 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, p.423, dwelling 1045, family 1039, Frederic Redich; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1860usfedcenancestry/ : viewed 24 Jun 2019).

[4] The children of Andreas and Friedericke (Gutheil) Rettig Roehm who were mentioned in Zion’s records: George Adam Roehm, b.1862; Elisabeth Magdalene Roehm, b. 1864; Susanna Catharine Roehm, b.1866; and Rosina Isabella Roehm, b.1869.    

[5] 1870 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, p.439 A, dwelling, 132, family 133, Andrew Roehm; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com  (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1870usfedcen/ : viewed 24 Jun 2019).

[6] 1880 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 154, p.449B, family 120, Andrew Roehm; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1880usfedcen/ : viewed 24 Jun 2019).

[7] 1900 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 98, p.12 [penned], p.311A [stamped], dwelling 224, family 229, L Stegmeyer; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com;  (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1900usfedcen/ : viewed 7 May 2019)

[8] 1910 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert Ohio, Ed 113, p.6A, dwelling 61, family 62, Leonard Stegmeier; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1910uscenindex/ : viewed 10 Jun 2019).

[9] 1920 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 145, p.3A [penned], p.272 [stamped], dwelling & family 52, Leonard Stegmeier; digital image, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1920usfedcen/ : viewed 7 May 2019).   

[10] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” Willshire, Van Wert County, Catherine Stegmeier, 16 Nov 1927; database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GPK4-9RXF?i=857&cc=1307272 : viewed 24 Jun 2019).

[11] 1930 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 24, p.7B, dwelling 162, family 165, Lenhard Stegmeier; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com  (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1930usfedcen/ : viewed 24 Jun 2019).

[12] 1940 U.S. Census Willshire, Van Wert Ohio, ED 81-28, p.6A, household 110, Leonard Stegemeyer; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1940usfedcen/ : viewed 24 Jun 2019).

[13] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1853,” Convoy, Van Wert, Leonard Stegmeier, 16 Dec 1940; database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-G574-9MTV?i=1885&cc=1307272 : viewed 24 Jun 2019).

Jun 21

A June Wedding

June is traditionally a popular month for weddings and my aunt and uncle, Esther and Al Krueckeberg, celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary a couple weeks ago. They married in June of 1951.

My mom and dad had married the year before and were both members of the Krueckeberg-Schumm wedding party. I have a formal photo of the Krueckeberg-Schumm wedding but the photo I find most interesting is this snapshot taken at their wedding reception.

Krueckeberg-Schumm wedding, June 1951. Herb Miller, Al Krueckeberg, Esther (Schumm), Florence (Schumm) Miller, Phyllis (Gunsett) Dietrich, Amy (Schumm) Boenker.

The Krueckeberg-Schumm wedding reception was held in my Grandpa Schumm’s barn, which was located just west of the home where my mom and her sisters grew up a couple miles east of Willshire. It was quite a barn in its day but was damaged during a windstorm in 2012 and was torn down several months after that.

The barn was built in 1886 and looked like this in the early 1900s:

Schumm barn, early 1900s.

I believe my aunt Amy said her wedding reception was held in the barn, too. I never really thought about it, but apparently a barn was a popular place for a wedding reception back then. Why not? There would have been plenty of room for dining and dancing and celebrating.

The C.L. Schumm barn looked like this in 1947, a few years before the Krueckeberg-Schumm wedding:

CL Schumm barn, 1947.

Barns are popular reception venues today, but years ago the barns were working buildings, complete with livestock, grain, and farm equipment. Reception barns today are primarily just for receptions and parties.   

When I look at the photo of my aunt Esther’s wedding party, sitting there at a table in the barn, I can’t help but wonder how much work the family did to clean up the barn and get it ready for the wedding reception. It took lot of work, I am sure!

I doubt that my parents used the family barn for their wedding reception. Instead I think they used the church basement. Esther and Al were married in June and the weather would have been nice and warm. My parents were married in December 1950, just a week after the big Thanksgiving blizzard. It was probably too cold to hold a reception in the barn in the winter.

The C.L. Schumm barn looked like this in about 1990:

CL Schumm barn, c1990.

A couple photos taken inside the barn in 2012, just before it was taken down. You can see where all those old windows were:

Schumm barn, 2012.

Schumm barn, 2012.

What memories that old barn held!

Happy Wedding Anniversary, Esther and Al!

Jun 18

Tombstone Tuesday–Anna Margaret (Giessler) Stegmeier

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

This is the tombstone of Anna Margaret (Giessler) Stegmeier, located in row 11 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Anna M.
Wife of
A. Stegmeier
1890-1928
At Rest

Anna Margaret Giessler was born in Harrison Township, Van Wert County, Ohio, on 21 July 1890, the oldest child of William and Phoebe/Philippina (Schaadt) Geissler. [1]

The Giesslers did not attend Zion Schumm, but the Stegmeiers, the family she would marry into, did attend church there. She and Anthony Stegmeier attended Zion Schumm after their marriage and their three children were baptized there.

The William Giessler family in 1900, living in Harrison Township, Van Wert County, Ohio: William, 39; Philippina, 30; Anna M, 9; Dora C, 8; Laura L, 6; and Edwin W, 3. All of the family members were born in Ohio, but William and Philippina’s parents were born in Germany. William and Philippina had been married 11 years and she had given birth to four children, all of whom were living. The father William Giessler was a farmer. [2]

Anna Giessler’s mother Philippina (Schaadt) died in Harrison Township of “consumption of the bowels” on 17 December 1907, at the age of 38 years. She is buried in Evangelical Protestant Cemetery, Convoy. [3] Since Anna was 19 and the oldest of the five children, the bulk of the household work likely fell upon her, although her two younger sisters would have also been old enough to help out a good deal.

Anna’s widowed father, with his five children in 1910: William, 48; Anna Margaret, 19; Dora C, 18; Laura Lucy, 16; Edwin W, 13; and Oscar W, 7. The father William was a farmer. [4]

Anna Giessler married Anthony Stegmeier on 6 July 1916 in Van Wert County, Ohio. Anthony was the son of Leonard and Katharina (Rettig) Stegmeier, born in Van Wert County on 26 September 1886. Anthony was a common laborer and Anna was a housekeeper, as listed on their marriage record. [5]

Three children were born to Anthony and Anna Stegmeier within the next four years, Kenneth, Kathleen, and Doyt. All were baptized at Zion Lutheran, Schumm.

In 1920 the Anthony Stegmeier family lived on Glenmore Road. The family consisted of Anthony, 32; Anna, 29, Kenneth, 2, and Kathleen, 1. Anthony was a laborer. [6]

Anna (Geissler) Stegmeier died of heart problems at the Adams County Memorial Hospital, Decatur, Adams County, Indiana, on 16 June 1928. She was 37 years, 10 months, and 25 days old and was buried on the 8th. [7]

Less than a year later Anna’s widowed husband Anthony died of heart disease near Venedocia, Ohio, on 28 February 1929, at the age of 42 years.

This couple died relatively young and left behind three children between the ages of about 9 and 12. I wondered what happened to their children after the death of their parents. From the 1930 census I learned that all three of the children were living at the March Foundation, on East Lincoln Highway, Van Wert. Doyt Stegmeier, 9, Kathleen Stegmeier, 11, and Kenneth Stegmeier, 13, were all listed as students there, all born in Ohio. They were enumerated with about 116 other children who were living at the March Foundation. [8]

Tony and Anna (Giessler) Stegmeier had the following children:
Kenneth Carl Edwin (1917-1997), married Evelyn Faye (Bunger) Payner
Kathleen Bernice (1918-2002), married Gordon Karl Todd
Doyt Milton (1920-1976), married Vergie (Williamson) Shimp; married Marcia Jane Bell

Kenneth and Doyt both served in WWII.

 

[1] “Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9RYW-S2GJ?i=147&cc=1932106 : viewed 15 Jun 2019), Anna Giesler, 21 Jul 1890; Harrison Township, Van Wert Births, Vol. 3, p.186.

[2] 1900 U.S. Census, Harrison, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 79, p.23A [stamped], dwelling & family 232, line 13, William Geesler; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com;  (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1900usfedcen/ : viewed 17 May 2019).

[3] “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-672P-FW?i=625&cc=2128172 : viewed 17 Jun 2019), Phoebe Giessler, 17 Dec 1907; Deaths, Harrison Twp, Van Wert, Vol. 3, p.87. and Find A Grave, memorial no. 83445333, Philippina Giessler, 28 Oct 1869-17 Dec 1907; Evangelical Protestant Cemetery, Convoy, Ohio. [William Giessler died in 1948 and is also buried in Evangelical Protestant Cemetery, Convoy, Find a Grave memorial no. 833118781. They have separate tombstones.]

[4] 1910 U.S. Census, Harrison, Van Wert Ohio, Ed 190, p.12A, dwelling 229, family 233, William Giessler; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1910uscenindex/ : viewed 10 Jun 2019).

[5] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-67ZR-1Q?i=323&cc=1614804 : viewed 10 June 2019), Anthony Stegmeier & Anna M. Giessler, 6 Jul 1916; Van Wert Marriages, Vol. 14:590.

[6] 1920 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio Ed 145, p.2B, dwelling & family 38, Antony Stegmeier; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1920usfedcen/ : viewed 10 June 2019).

[7] Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Indiana State Board of Health, Indianapolis, Anna Margaret Stegmeier, 16 Jun 1928, Adams Co; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com,  viewed 17 Jun 2019.

[8] 1930 U.S. Census, Van Wert, Van Wert, Pleasant Township, Ohio, ED8, p.21B, dwelling 570, house 593, lines 61-63, Doydt, Katherine, & Kenneth Stegmeier; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com  (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1930usfedcen/ : viewed 15 Jun 2019).

Jun 14

Scar Memorial Plaque

A few months ago, while visiting my Aunt Esther and Uncle Al, my mom’s sister and her husband, I noticed this nice plaque on their wall. My Aunt Esther said that it belonged to her mother (who is also my grandmother), Hilda (Scaer) Schumm (1895-1997), but I do not recall ever seeing it.

John & Katie Scar memorial plaque. (2019 photo by Karen)

It is an ornate memorial to Hilda’s grandparents (my great-great-grandparents), John and Katharina “Katie” (Emrich) Scar. Since it is in memory of Our Dear Parents, it likely belonged to John and Katie’s son John, Hilda’s father, and Hilda probably inherited it from him.

Inscribed on the plaque:

Our Dear Parents,
John Scar,
Died Nov. 26, 1894; Aged 65 Y., 7 M., 6 D.
Katie Scar,
Died Dec. 17, 1887; Aged 61 Y., 3 M., 6 D.

And have they gone—forever gone—
And left us here to weep,
Till we are called to follow them,
And in the grave to sleep.

But since they could no longer stay,
To cheer us with their love,
We hope to meet with the again,
In yon bright world above.

Published by A.C. Pringle & Co., Perrysburg, OH.                 Copyrighted 1898.

John & Katie (Emrich) Scar memorial plaque. (2019 photo by Karen)

The plaque is quite nice, although my photos do not do it justice because of the glare from the glass.

There are several spelling variations for the Scar surname. It was spelled Scar and Scarr in the 1800s, when the family immigrated from Germany. Then, around the turn of the century, the family changed the spelling to Scaer. Today, Scaer is the most common spelling around here and the one my grandmother Hilda and her family used, although one branch of the family (Peter) changed the spelling to Scare.

John and Katie Scar are both buried in Hoffman Cemetery, also known as Schlemmer Cemetery, in Monroeville, Allen County, Indiana. I have not visited this cemetery but I looked at the photos of their tombstones on Find a Grave.com. Find a Grave spells their name Scaer, the more recent spelling, so if you search for them on that website you should enter Scaer in the surname field. Search names and dates need to be specific on their website.

John and Katie have separate tombstones and their name is spelled Scar on both stones. According to their tombstones John was born 20 April 1829 and died 26 Nov 1894, aged 65 years, 7 months, 6 days. Katie was born 11 Sep 1825 and died 17 Dec 1886, aged 61 years, 3 months, 6 days. Find a Grave shows the month of John’s death as February, not November, but looking closely, the inscription does appear to be November. [1] [2]

Of course there has to be a discrepancy with the dates. Katie’s tombstone shows she died in 1886 and the memorial wall plaque shows she died in 1887. Otherwise, the plaque and the tombstone agree.  

John and Katie (Emrich) Scar/Scaer had the following children:
Peter “Scare” (1862-1946), married “Hannah” Magdalene Schinnerer
“Anna” Caroline Scaer (1863-1935), married Peter Giessler
Johann “John” Scaer (1865-1940), married Elizabeth “Lizzie” Schinnerer
Mary Scaer (1866-1937), married Henry Schlemmer
Margaret “Maggie” Scaer (1868-1917), married, Lewis C Maurer; married Frederick Kreischer

The children of John and Katie Scar/Scaer:

Children of John & Katie (Emrich) Scar/Scare: Peter, John, Maggie, Anna, Lizzie, Mary.

My grandmother Hilda (Scaer) Schumm was the daughter of John and Lizzie (Schinnerer) Scaer. John and Lizzie had children Hilda, Willie, Edna, Elsie, and Oscar.

 

[1] Find a Grave.com, Memorial no. 19338147, Johannes “John” Scaer (1829-1894); Hoffman Cemetery, Monroeville, Allen County, Indiana.

[2] Find a Grave.com, Memorial no. 125326344, Katharina Emrich Scaer (1826-1886); Hoffman Cemetery, Monroeville, Allen County, Indiana.

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