Last week I posted a photo of the exterior of Schumm’s Parochial School, after it was dynamited in the early hours of Sunday, 20 October 1918.
The dynamiting of the small parochial school was big news for this area and across the country as well. Many newspapers covered the story. This past week I looked through some newspapers on-line and found news articles and a couple more photos of the school and of Zion Lutheran Church.
These three photos were in The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette the week after the dynamiting. I assume a news photographer came from Fort Wayne and took these photos soon after the bombing. 
Caption below the photos: Church edifice of Zion’s German Lutheran Congregation at Schumm, Ohio, and the school building which was partly wrecked at an early hour last Sunday by unknown persons who placed a heavy charge of dynamite under the structure. The interior of the school room as it appeared on the morning following the explosion is shown in one of the pictures. 
The first of the three photos shows Zion Lutheran Church and their parochial school across the road. I find this photo interesting because it was taken before the church addition was built and before the school was taken down, quite a few years later.
The second photo is of the interior of the school. You can see the blackboard and some overturned desks and some structural debris and damage from the explosion.
The third photo is of the outside damage to the school, where the dynamite was placed. This photo is taken from a slightly different angle than the photo I posted last week, the first photo in today’s post.
Caption below the above photo: East wall of Lutheran parish school at Schumm, Ohio, after the explosion.
Newspapers across the country carried the story. This news story printed in a Helena, Montana, newspaper:
By Associated Press.
Van Wert, O., Oct. 20—A German Lutheran school at Schumm, a village southwest of here, was wrecked by dynamite early this morning. The dynamiters are said to have been traced across the line to into Indiana. The Rev. George Mayers [sic], teacher in the school, was born in Wisconsin of Swiss parents. 
“…village southwest of here…” Hmmm. I don’t think they really knew where Schumm, Ohio, is located. It would be a stretch to say Schumm is southeast of Helena, let alone southwest of Helena.
The Pittsburgh Press, The Washington Post, and several other papers across the county also reported the very same story, almost verbatim, all saying Schumm is “southwest of here.”   Apparently Schumm is southwest of everywhere. They obviously picked up the story from one source and never bothered to change the town’s location. Some papers did spell Rev. Meyer’s name correctly.
The Washington Post titled their article “German School Blown Up. Wreckers of Ohio Institution Said to Have Come From Indiana.” Blown up is somewhat of an exaggeration, but I like that they called the little school an Ohio Institution.
Another exaggeration from the Evansville Journal, Evansville, Indiana: “Lutheran Church Blasted by Mob.” I don’t believe they ever determined it was a mob.
You gotta love newspaper research. Such interesting reading.
 “The Journal-Gazette’s Sunday Picture Page,” The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 27 Oct 1918, p.3B; Newspapers.com, viewed 30 Oct 2019.
 “Dynamite Lutherans,” The Helena Independent-Record, Helena, Montana, 21 Oct 1918, p.2; Newspapers.com, viewed 30 Oct 2019.
 “Ohio Lutheran School Wrecked by Dynamite,” The Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 21 Oct 1918, p.7; Newspapers.com, viewed 30 Oct 2019.
 “German School Blown Up. Wreckers of Ohio Institution Said to Have Come From Indiana.” The Washington Post, Washington DC, 21 Oct 1918, p.3; Newspapers.com, viewed 30 Oct 2019.