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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 Ancestry.com, (www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 September 2014), from NARA microfilm publication M841, roll 101.

2 comments

  1. Marian Wood

    Looks like a fun Schumm reunion! The postmarked postcard is nostalgic and so fitting for your family history.

    1. Karen

      Thanks, Marian!

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