Schumm Parochial School

Zion Lutheran Parochial School, Schumm, Ohio (brick building built in 1899)

It is almost time for school to start again and that made me think about school photos. School photos are wonderful snapshots of the past. I have access to some old school photos and will share them in some blogs. This blog features the Schumm Parochial School east of Willshire, in Van Wert County, Ohio. Most of these photos are from my mom.

The congregation of Zion Lutheran Church, Schumm, Ohio, was established in 1846 and the first parochial school was started there in the fall of the same year. For a number of years the log church also served as a school room. A frame school was built in 1857 and a brick school was erected in 1899.

Below is a 1907 photo of the Schumm Parochial School. I believe that my grandfather, Cornelius Schumm, is in the back row, to the pastor’s immediate right. The pastor was most likely W. Giese, who served Zion from 1905-1908. I cannot identify anyone else in the photo, although my grandmother, Hilda Scaer, was probably somewhere in the photo, too.

Schumm Parochial School, 1907

[note: The names of those in the photos below are listed from left to right. ]


Zion Lutheran Parochial School, Schumm, 1936:

Zion Lutheran Parochial School, Schumm, 1936

Front row: Vera Handweck, Louis Allmandinger, Elmer Schumm, Roman Schumm, Henrietta Moeller
Middle row:
Virginia Schumm, Hildegard Schumm, Betty Baker, Amy Schumm
Back row:
Pastor Alfred Moeller, Amos & Milton Schumm, Henry Dietrich, Richard Schumm, Herb Hoffmann, Lola Schumm, Ellen & Helen Schumm, Elmer Schumm.


Zion Lutheran Parochial School, Schumm, 1938:

Schumm Parochial School Hot Dog Roast, 1938

Front row: Jr Roehm, [?], Amy Schumm, [?], Henrietta Moeller, [?], William Allmandinger, Virginia Schumm
Back row:
Florence Schumm, Ellen Schumm, Elmer Schumm, Louis Allmandinger, Hildegard Schumm, Lois Schumm, Helen Schumm, Betty Baker, Roman Schumm.


Zion Lutheran Parochial School, Schumm, 1939:
[This photo was published in the most recent history and genealogy of the John George Schumm family. However, none of the children in the photo below were identified in that book. The 2010 Schumm history and genealogy was distributed at last year’s Schumm reunion. Copies of this book are still available. Contact me if you are interested in obtaining a copy of the book.]

Zion Lutheran Parochial School, Schumm, 1939

Front row: Elmer Schumm, William “Bill” Baker, ___ Scare, Ernie Roehm, William Allmandinger, Emmanuel Roehm, Edgar Allmandinger, Frederick Schumm, Esther Schumm
Middle row
: Hildegard Schumm, Florence Schumm, ___ Scare, Paul “Jr” Roehm, Ella Roehm, Amy Schumm, Henrietta Moeller, Phyllis Gunsett
Back row
: Pastor Alfred Moeller, Betty Baker, Lois Schumm, Helen Schumm, Ellen Schumm, Louis Allmandinger, Roman Schumm, Elmer Schumm.

The Schumm Parochial School existed  for over 100 years. Zion Lutheran, Schumm’s 100th Anniversary booklet says that nineteen children were enrolled in that first class in 1846. I have a copy of the old Schumm church records and among the records is a list of twenty school children. This list of children is not dated, but it is a very early enrollment list. The list also gives the birth dates of the children:

Joseph Billmann, born 2 Oct 1833
Georg Schueler, b. 1 May 1834
Heinrich Billmann, b. 26 Dec 1837
Friedrich Schumm, b. 12 Jun 1839
Daniel Schumm, b. 2 Mar 1840
Friedrich Billmann, b. 16 Feb 1840
Wilhelm Schumm, b. 16 Sep 1840
Ludwig Schumm, b. 25 Nov 1840
Samuel Leininger, b. 27 May 1838

Maria Catharine Dietrich, b. 6 Apr 1832
Isabella Billmann, b. 4 Oct 1835
Elisabeth Pflueger, b. 28 Jul 1835
Magdalena Schueler, b. 3 Nov 1835
Catharine Stoker [?], b. 11 Jul 1836
Rosina Schueler, b. 17 Aug 1837
Caroline Scheck [?], b. 15 Sep 1837
Haeberle, Rachel [?] b. 16 Oct 1835
Maria Schueler, b. 17 Feb 1840
Susanna Haeberle, b. 10 Sep 1841
Catharine Roth, b. 16 Jul 1832


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    • Carol Jones on September 6, 2011 at 1:56 pm
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    My mother’s maiden name was Schumm and her family was from Tiffin and Van Wert. I have been looking for the Schumm family histroy for years. I would appreciate any information you can send. I plan to make a trip to Schumm, Ohio before the snow flies.
    Thank you,
    Carol Jones

    1. Hi Carol. Nice to hear from you. If your Schumms were from Schumm, Ohio, then we are related! We published an updated History and Genealogy of the John George Schumm Family last year and I am sure there are some copies left. That would be a good starting point for you and you may also be able to help us out with updates from your branch of the family. I’ll e-mail the details to you. Let me know when you plan to visit Schumm and maybe we can get together. Their church and cemetery are worth the visit. Karen

        • Carol Jones on September 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm
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        Thanks Karen. I will certainly let you know when I plan a trip out there. I live in the Cleveland area so its only a few hour drive. I’m excited to get your email.
        Frank Schumm was my favorite grandfather and I’ve always wanted to know more about the family.
        Take care,

    • Lisa Tubbs Garcia on June 20, 2012 at 3:41 am
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    Dear Karen, We are long lost cousins. I am doing some genealogy work on my mom’s side of the family: Schumm, Schinnerer, Gunsett. I have searched all over for info on Elizabeth H Gunsett Miller (Muller?) Schinnerer, daughter of Jacob and Katharina Magdalena “Lena” Gunsett of Van Wert. I have info on the Schinnerer side, but I am not able to find anything on the supposed marriage to a Miller (Muller) and what ended that marriage. My mom is a Schinnerer out here in California. -Lisa

    1. Nice to hear from you! I’ll do a little investigating and let you know if I have any information about her. From which Schinnerers do you descend?

    • Devon Lloyd on February 19, 2013 at 8:01 pm
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    Dear Karen- Just came across this website my fathers name Edgar Allman. We are interested in getting in contact with relatives. I believe my father is in the photo above. Allmandinger/Schumm. We plan on visting this year and would like to find out as much as possible.
    Thanks Devon Lloyd

    1. Hello Devon! Nice to hear from you. Do you know that we are fourth cousins once removed? My mom probably knows your father and they most likely went to school together. If you haven’t already, you should try to come to the Schumm reunion. The next reunion will be in 2014. There are lots of relatives to talk with there! Let me know if I can help you out with any Schumm genealogy. Karen

    • Lisa Tubbs Garcia on July 12, 2013 at 2:22 am
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    Hi Karen,

    A belated reply. My great grandmother is Elizabeth Gunsett Schinnerer. She married Ludwig Andreas Schinnerer or Louis as he was known. They moved out to California. My grandfather was Martin Herman Schinnerer.

    My mom, Joyce Schinnerer Tubbs would like to know of any further Schumm reunions as she had wanted to go several years ago, but my Schinnerer grandparents were not well enough to travel that far. I would gladly accompany her so she can reconnect to family in Ohio.


    1. Hello cousin! The Schumm reunion is held every-other year at Zion Lutheran Church at Schumm. It is held the first Sunday in August and the next reunion will be in 2014. There is always a very good attendance at the reunion and I hope you and your mother will be able to attend next year. Keep me informed. I would love to meet both of you. Thanks for writing!

    • Diane Johnson on April 20, 2014 at 7:41 pm
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    Dear Karen

    Just came across your website while looking up some information about Zion Lutheran. My father, Rev. Werner vonKuhlberg was Pastor of Zion from 1949 thru 1954. I still recognize many of the names after all these years. My last visit to Zion was the fall of 2002. When I was a child, the parsonage seemed so large but when I toured it again as an adult, it seemed to have shrunk! I will keep your website and browse through it when I have more time. Your work is very informative and ambitious.
    Diane Johnson

    1. Your father was the minister who married my parents. I have corresponded with your sister Marilyn from time to time. Thanks for writing!

    • Wynn Williams on July 12, 2014 at 4:36 pm
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    Hi Karen – I stumbled across your website while doing some research on my grandfather, George Jacob Meyer. He was the pastor in Schumm from around 1912 to 1924. My father was born in Schumm in 1916. Do you have any additional pictures or church records of that time frame of the church and it’s members, especially the pastor and family or the school students? )Or any records of the Meyer family? I would be very interested in seeing them.


    1. I don’t think I have any photos from that time period but I will check. I will also look at the church records to see if there is anything you might be interested in.

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