2019 archive

100th Birthday Celebrations

Last week my Aunt Ruth celebrated her 100th birthday and we traveled to Pennsylvania to surprise her on her big day.

Tombstone Tuesday–Karl C. Schmidt

This is the tombstone of Karl C. Schmidt, located in row 6 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Karl C. Schmidt
26 Jan 1872
47 Jahr, 2 Monat, 16 Tag

Karl C. Schmidt, Died 26 January 1872, aged 47 years, 2 months, 16 days. It appears the marker has broken at one time but has been reset in the ground.

1877 Letter to Louis Breuninger from Niece Sarah Kitchen

This past summer this old letter was found among some other old Schumm-related items.

Dated January 1877, it is a very sad letter from Sarah Kitchen in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to her uncle Louis Breuninger in Willshire, Ohio. Louis Breuninger was my great-great-grandfather, my grandfather Cornelius Schumm’s maternal grandfather.

Tombstone Tuesday–Rebecca (Shell) Schmidt

This is reportedly the tombstone of Rebecca Schmidt, located in row 3 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. This marble tombstone was very weathered and illegible when I took this photo in 2012. However, the Van Wert County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society read Zion Schumm’s Cemetery in 1992, when the inscription was apparently still readable. Their reading of this tombstone:

Rebecca Schmidt
Gest [?] 1862
27 J, 8 M, 13 T

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from Karen’s Chatt! I wish each one of you a blessed and happy Thanksgiving. May your home be filled with happiness and thankfulness as you gather with family and friends today.