Jan 23

Tombstone Tuesday–Minnie C. Schaadt

Minnie C. Schaadt, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Minnie C. Schaadt, located in row 9 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

MINNIE C. SCHAADT
1907-1931

Minnie Christina Schaadt was born 1 February 1907 in Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio, the daughter of David and Ida C. (Sealschott) Schaadt. [1] Her father was born in Van Wert County, Ohio, and her mother was born in Hopewell Township, Mercer County. [2]

Minnie’s father David (1873-1964) was the son of Adam (1846-1895) and Mary Anna (Koch) (1850-1926) Schaadt. Her mother Ida (1879-1960) was the daughter of Philip (1844-1894) & Matilda (Heffner) (1850-1930) Sealschott.

Minnie never married and lived her whole life on the family farm in Liberty Township, south of Chatt on Frahm Pike.

Minnie died 28 March 1931 in Liberty Township at the age of 24 years, 1 month, and 27 days. She died from tubercular pleurisy, tubercular peritonitis, and tubercular meningitis. Basically, from tuberculosis of the respiratory system. She was buried on the 31st and S.S. Egger was in charge of the funeral arrangements. [2]

Minnie was survived by her parents, three brothers, and a sister.

Minnie Schaadt’s siblings were:
Matilda (1899-1904)
Henry (1902-1970), married Edna W. Dailey
Victor W. (1904-1995), married Opal Strabel
Glenn Cornelius (1913-1987), married Roxie Mae King
Edith Lawrena (1917-2005), married Roland Lime

Minnie’s parents are buried in row 10 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Chatt.

 

[1] “Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” database with images, FamilySearch.org, Minnie C. Schaadt, 1 Feb 1907; Liberty Township, Mercer County Births, Vol. 4, p.134; FHL microfilm 914953.

[2] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch.org, Minnie Christina Schaadt, 28 Mar 1931; Liberty Township, Mercer County, no.19033; FHL microfilm 1992426.

Jan 19

Charles “CJ” Schumm Family, 1914

Today I am taking a little break from my dad’s WWII letters to post a nice picture postcard of the Charles “CJ” Schumm family in 1914. The photo was taken in the fall of 1914 in front of the Brumback Library in Van Wert, Ohio.

In the photo postcard below is Charles “CJ” Schumm (1875-1954), husband and father, driving the car. In the very back is CJ’s wife Jeanetta (Bury) Schumm (1875-1916). With them are their two children, Donna Doris Schumm (1900-1950) and Charles Robert Schumm (1914-2007). Charles Robert was born 29 April 1914, about 6 months before the photo was taken. CJ and Jeanetta had another son a couple years later, Joseph “Frederick” (1916-1996), who was born about two months before his mother Jeanette was killed. Two other children, Carl Arnold Schumm and Oral Schumm died young, both in 1912.

Charles “CJ” Schumm with wife Jeanetta (Bury) and children Donna and Charles Jr, in front of the Brumback Library, Van Wert, Nov 1914.

This postcard was sent to Jeanetta’s sister Etta Mae (Bury) McLaughlin in Michigan. It is postmarked from Rockford, Ohio, 16 Nov 1914. Jeanetta writes:

Hello how are you all
we are well
Jr was 6 mo old
and weighs 18 lb
he is growing
and well yet I can’t
gain very fast in weight [?]
Jen S

Reverse side of postcard written by Jeanetta (Bury) Schumm to her sister Etta Mae (Bury) McLaughlin, 1914.

I would like to thank Susan in California for sending me this postcard and some other related photos and clippings. Susan’s connection to the Schumm family is through the Burys. Her paternal grandmother was Etta Mae (Bury) McLaughlin (1883-1973), a sister to Jeanetta (Bury) Schumm. Jeanetta was the wife of Carl/Charles “CJ” Schumm. CJ and Jeanetta lived west of Rockford and Jeanetta died at their home when she was electrocuted while doing laundry. She was only 40 years old and left three children behind, two of them under three years of age.

What a nice postcard and it is great to be able to identify exactly where the photo was taken and when. That is also a very nice car, which I assume was the family car. I would imagine it was quite a nice car in its day.

Jan 16

Tombstone Tuesday–Richard Carl Andrews

Richard Carl Andrews, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Richard Carl Andrews, located in row 8 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Richard Carl
ANDREWS
May 1931-Jan 1939

Richard Carl Andrews was born at home in Elkhart, Indiana, on 16 May 1931, the son of Victor Earl Jr (1906-1977) and Beatrice Alice (1908-1977) (Esterline) Andrews. The family resided at 1240 Johnson Street in Elkhart and Richard’s father was a dairy truck driver. His mother was a housewife and this was the second child born to the parents. Richard’s father was born in Liberty Township and his mother was born in Pioneer, Ohio. [1]

Richard died in Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio, on 29 January 1939 of lobar pneumonia. He was 7 years, 8 months, and 13 days old. [2] Zion’s records indicate that he also had an enlarged liver, pneumonia, and heart trouble. The family was living at RR #1 Rockford at the time of Richard’s death.

Richard was buried on 1 February. Ketcham’s was in charge of the arrangements and Egger was in charge of the embalming. Richard was survived by his parents, a brother, 3 grandparents, and 4 great-grandparents.

Richard’s brother was Victor Earl Andrews Jr (1928-2015) and a third child, Roger Paul Andrews, was eventually born to the Victor Sr and Beatrice Alice.

The surname Andrews was originally spelled Andres in Zion Chatt’s early records. According to the church records Richard’s father Victor Earl Sr was confirmed at Zion Chatt in 1921 but had been baptized at St. Paul Lutheran, Liberty Township. Richard’s father Victor Earl Jr was baptized at Zion Chatt in 1942.

 

[1] Indiana, Birth Certificates, 1907-1940, Indiana State Board of Health, Vol. 36-40, cert no. 19504, Richard Carl Andrews, 16 May 1931; Ancestry.com; microfilm, Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, Indiana.

[2] “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch.org, Richard Carl Andrews, 29 Jan 1939; Liberty, Mercer, Ohio, reference no. 6913; FHL microfilm 3023676.

Jan 12

Dear Mom & All–WWII Letters from Herb (part 13)

Last week’s blog post ended with the letter my dad, Private Herbert Miller, wrote home to his sister Em on 31 December 1944 from somewhere in Belgium. What a way to spend New Year’s Eve.

Herbert Miller, 333 Reg, 84 Div, “Railsplitters”, WWII

My dad had been home with his family on furlough in November 1944 and left by the end of the month to be assigned somewhere. His brother recalls that my dad did not know where he would be sent. It could have been the Pacific, Europe, or even somewhere in the states.

He was sent to Europe. After landing in England he was sent on to France and finally to Belgium to fight in the Battle of the Bulge at the end 1944.

My dad was a replacement troop and was put into Company L, 333rd Regiment, 84th Infantry Division, known as the Railsplitters.

The Railsplitters Emblem.

January 1945 was one of the worst winters ever in Belgium. Temperatures were below zero. The snow was knee deep. The winds were blowing. The winter clothing they were issued was not adequate for the bitter cold they had.

The Battle of the Bulge was the largest land battle ever fought by the U.S. Army and it was a very important battle. My dad said they were constantly on the move, walking and moving forward during the day and digging shallow fox holes to try to keep warm and to get a little sleep at night. He said they stood in water in the fox holes for hours on end.

I don’t know how he had the time to write home, but he managed to write a few letters to his parents and to his sister Em and her husband Norval “Jack.”

This next group of letters my dad sent home were V-Mail, short for Victory Mail, a mail process used to correspond with soldiers stationed abroad during WWII. It was created in 1942 to reduce the space and weight required to ship soldiers’ letters home. V-mail letter sheets were a combination letter/envelope and they formed an envelope when folded. Soldiers wrote their letters in a limited space and added the name and address of the recipient on the special stationery. V-mail stationery was about 7 X 9 inches and no postage was necessary. Each letter was first read by a military censor before it was copied to microfilm and reduced to thumb-nail size. The rolls of microfilm were flown to the U.S. and developed at a receiving station near the addressee. The letters were enlarged and printed on paper at about 60% of their original size, about 4¼  x 5¼ inches, before being delivered to the addressee.

I have quite a few V-Mail letters, which are small and are very difficult to read.

V-Mail from Herbert Miller, 10 March 1945.

There is an additional postmark on some of these V-Mail letters. It is stamped right on the letter with a red stamper and marked Berne, Ind, and has a date. One letter was dated 31 January and was stamped 1 March, so it took quite a while for a letter to reach home. I can’t imagine the family waiting every day to hear from him, not knowing where he was or how or what he was doing.

The next group of letters my dad sent home:

To Mr. & Mrs. Norval Weitz, RR #1 Rockford, Ohio; from Pvt. Herbert Miller (35845400), Co. L, 333rd Infantry, A.P.O. 84, c/o Postmaster, New York, NY. Passed & stamped by censor Robert W. [?]

Postmark stamped in red at the bottom of the V-Mail: Berne, Ind, 1 Mar 1945

17 January 1945
Somewhere in Belgium

Dear Sis & Jack,

How is the farming coming along? How does Jack like his John Deere tractor? I’ll bet he can hardly wait to get to try it out in the spring.

Say Jack, how is the tire and gas situation coming along back there? Can you get all you want for the farm?

I got me a Heine flashlight. It doesn’t make a very bright light but it works. A lot of the guys have German P-38 and Lugar pistols. They are OK but I don’t care too much for souvenirs. Can’t think of much more to write. Tell Norval’s folks I said hello.

I am feeling fine and hope you are the same.

Love,
Herbie

V-mail in envelope, 1845.

To Mr. & Mrs. Norval Weitz, RR #1 Rockford, Ohio; from Pvt. Herbert Miller (35845400), Co. L, 333rd Infantry, A.P.O. 84, c/o Postmaster, New York, NY. Passed & stamped by censor [?] Kuhn [?].

31 January 1945
Dear Em & Jack

How are things coming along back Chattanooga way? Is Hank’s Place still there? Yep, it’ll be a great day when I’m able to sit in there and not worry about formations or chow. Ah chow; now we’re getting somewhere. That’s something to look forward to—that is if you don’t have a sample of C rations or K rations tucked in your pocket for the next meal.

I imagine Norval and his dad are getting things ready for spring. Did they get their cement stables and stanchions and electric milker? Those modern stables sure do make a difference.

I sure would like to get some news from home, but the mail is so slow. I would like very much to have a fruit cake and cookies. Thank you.

Guess I’d better close for now. I think youins know you can’t send packages overseas unless they are requested.

Love,
Herbie

Service Flag at Carl Miller home for Herbert Miller, WWII.

To Mr. & Mrs. Carl Miller, RR #1 Willshire, Ohio; from Pvt. Herbert Miller (35845400), Co. L, 333rd Infantry, A.P.O. 84, c/o Postmaster, New York, NY. Passed & stamped by censor Robert W. Velard [?]

18 January 1945
Somewhere in Belgium

Hello Mom & All,

I guess I’ll have a little time to write a few lines. I’m writing as often as I can. The weather really is cold and the snow is about knee deep.

The time really does go fast It’s past the middle of January already.

I Helen still hearing from Red? Where is he at now or don’t youins know?

How is the farm coming along? Who is going to do the farming? Johnnie I’ll bet. Johnnie really likes his tractor. You know I’ve decided farming is the best life after all. I think I’ll go back to the farm after I get home.

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

Love,
Herbie

US Army, 84th Infantry Division, 333rd Regiment, WWII, Battle of the Bulge.

To Mr. & Mrs. Carl Miller, RR #1 Willshire, Ohio; from Pvt. Herbert Miller (35845400), Co. L, 333rd Infantry, A.P.O. 84, c/o Postmaster, New York, NY. Passed & stamped by censor D.J. Kuhn [?]

31 January 1945
Dear Mom & All,

Here’s another letter and I hope it finds you all well.

I got paid last night, 1895 Francs or $3.75 as I sent $30 to Helen to go on the $75 I owe her. Just like I told her when I borrowed it for the car. If I went to the Army I could send some to her. Maybe I can have it paid off pretty soon, but I ain’t worried about it.

I got a five dollar raise, that a little more to add to my savings.

How is Kenneth Ross? When was I was home on furlough his sister said he was wounded.

They tell me most are back on rations again and lettuce is pretty high in Pairs. Well I sure could go for some fresh fruit. We’ve been getting canned goods and canned meats most of the time. Once in a while we get chicken. That’s when I go around for seconds.

Guess I’d better close for now.

Love,
Herbie

WWII Letters

Undated letter. To Mr. & Mrs. Norval Weitz, RR #1 Rockford, Ohio; from Pvt. Herbert Miller (35845400), Co. L, 333rd Infantry, A.P.O. 84, c/o Postmaster, New York, NY. Passed & stamped by censor Peter [?]

Postmark stamped in red at the bottom of the V-Mail: Berne, Ind, April [?] 1945.

Dear Em & Jack

How are things coming along around Chattanooga and vicinity? I hear Bud Oakley is in 4-8 again. I’ll bet that makes him mad. I can’t tell where I’m at either can I give the date. I think they are military secrets.

I’ve been receiving my mail pretty regular but still no taxes. I sure would like to have some of those home baked cookies and cakes. I get pretty hungry for ice cream and malted milks but will have to wait till I get back to the states to get anything like that.

I received the copy of the song “What A Friend We Have in Jesus:” yesterday. Thanks a lot for sending a lot of songs like that one. I’ve tried to sing but couldn’t remember all the words

Today for dinner we had baked beans, rice and meat balls, pears, bread and jam and coffee. This morning we had French toast and syrup cereal, and coffee.

I wrote mom and dad yesterday and decided to write youins today. I’m hurting pretty bad for stationery or I could write more often. Guess I’d better close for now.

Love,
Herbie

P.S. Please send me a box of home baked cookies, hard candy or peanuts, and stationery. Thank you.

My dad sure appreciated and looked forward to the home-baked goods. That had to be a real treat. He also appreciated having the hymns to sing. Lutherans love to sing! He also was looking forward to returning home to the farm after the war, when his life would return to normal. You have to have hope.

Jan 09

Tombstone Tuesday–Caroll Hoehamer

Caroll Hoehamer, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. (2011 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Caroll Hoehamer, located in row 8 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Caroll
Hoehamer
Dec. 6, 1935

Caroll Joan Hoehamer was the infant daughter of William Andreas Hoehamer Jr (1909-1978) and his wife Alice Luella (Deitsch) Hoehamer (1908-1997).

Zion Chatt’s baptism records indicate that Caroll was born on 5 December 1935. Their death and burial records report that she was born on the 6th. That same death record indicates that she died of a navel hemorrhage on 6 December 1935, when she was only 3 hours old.

Caroll was baptized by Zion Chatt’s Rev. Carl Yahl on the 6th with Mrs. John Deitsch serving as her sponsor.

Caroll was survived by her parents, a brother, a sister, 4 grandparents, and a great-grandmother. Her two siblings were Kermit William Hoehamer and Ann Christine Hoehamer. Her paternal grandparents were William and Maggie (Kallenberger) Hoehamer and her maternal grandparents were John J. and Christine (Bollenbacher) Deitsch

Her parents were originally from the Chatt area but were married in Summit County, Ohio, on 14 January 1930, where they were living at the time. They were married by George Wagner, a Lutheran minister there. William made tires for a living. [1] By 1935 William and Alice had moved to back to Mercer County and lived in Blackcreek Township, where William farmed. [2]

Both William and Alice are buried in Resthaven Memorial Gardens, St. Marys, Auglaize County, Ohio.

[1] Summit County, Ohio, Marriage Records, 1840-1980, Vol 60, p.25, William Hoehaner & Alice Deitsch, 14 Jan 1930; Ancestry.com.

[2] 1940 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 54-1, p.3A, line 37, Willialm J Hockammer; Ancestry.com; NARA microfilm T627, roll 3114.

Older posts «

» Newer posts