I enjoy collecting old postcards from this area and I found this postcard a few years ago. The message on the card was written in 1908 by Jeanetta Schumm, wife of Charles Schumm. The other side is a nice photo of their home, including their horse and buggy. If you look closely and you can see a woman sitting in the buggy.
The Charles Schumm home is located about two miles west of Rockford on Route 33. The home is still standing and looks a little different today, after some remodeling. Distant relatives of Charles, cousins several times removed through the Roehms, live in the home today.
The postcard is postmarked Rockford, Ohio, and is dated 22 July 1908. It is addressed to Mrs. J.C. Wildermuth, 2001 No 4 St, Columbus, Ohio. Jeanetta’s mother’s maiden name was Wildermuth and jeanetta wrote this note to her aunt on her mother’s side.
Jeanetta’s message, written over 100 years ago:
Dear Aunt, I’ll write a few lines and send you a postal of our house. Everybody is well. Carrie and Jesse were married on eve of the 11th. When are you coming to see us? Zella will tell you where we were when this was taken. Love to all, your niece, Jeanne S.
Jeanetta Bury was born 23 October 1875 in Ohio to Joseph and Samantha (Wildermuth) Bury. She married Charles Schumm about 1899. Charles was born Karl Johann Heinrich Schumm on 14 March 1875 to Fredrick Jacob and Maria (Germann) Schumm.
Charles and Jeanetta had five children: Donna Doris (1900-1950), Carl Arnold (1904-1912), Oral (1912-1912), Charles Robert (1914-2007), and Joseph “Frederick” (1916-1996).
Jeanetta was electrocuted on 11 September 1916 in their yard as she attempted to attach an extension cord to her electric washing machine. According to her obituary, Jeanetta had the wash water ready and was in the process of plugging in an extension cord that was plugged in and run through window in the house. Her son Frederick was only seven weeks old when his mother died.
Widower Charles Schumm remarried a few years later. In 1923 he married Amalia Germann, the daughter of Charles Fredrick and Hannah M. (Schumm) Germann. They had three children, Lucile, Virginia B., and Herbert.
I wrote a Tombstone Tuesday post about Jeanetta, Charles, and Amalia Schumm on 12 June 2012. In that post I transcribed Jeanetta’s full obituary. All three are buried in Riverside Cemetery, Rockford. One large monument bears all three names.
Three smaller stones are in the row behind their large monument. One stone is inscribed with the names of Jeanetta and Charles, one with Carl and Oral, and the third stone with Donna Doris.