Here are a few more photos from what I like to refer to as the Germann Collection–a collection of old family photos that once belonged to sisters Edna and Viola Germann. Edna (1896-1997) and Viola (1900-2001) were the daughters of Stephen E. and Anna Elizabeth “Rosina” (Schumm) Germann.
Edna and Viola were the granddaughters of Jacob “Frederick” and Maria (Germann) Schumm on their maternal side and Henry and Mary (Hertz) Germann on their paternal side.
Jacob “Frederick” Schumm was the son of immigrant George “Martin” Schumm and Maria Pflueger. Martin and Maria had 13 children, so there would have been a lot of cousins in the family. Although many persons in the Germann photos are identified, some are simply labeled as “cousins.”
George M. Schumm (1867-1958) was the oldest child of Jacob “Frederick” and Maria (Germann) Schumm and would have been Edna and Viola’s uncle, their mother’s brother. The past couple weeks I have written about George M. Schumm, who married Barbara Schinnerer (1866-1952). Although George M. and Barbara were both from the Schumm area they married in Long Beach California in 1901 and remained lived there the rest of their lives.
Here are a few photos of George M. Schumm in his younger years. It looks like George M. and his cousins had some good times. These photos were likely taken in the Schumm/Willshire/Rockford area.
This photo below is labeled “Emma, Grandma, Uncle George, Cousins.” Grandma was probably Maria (Germann) Schumm, George M’s mother. I am not sure who Emma would be. Maybe she was George’s sister “Emilie” Schumm, who married Otto Germann.
The next photo is labeled “Ferd, George, Philip, Charles.” This would be the 4 Schumm brothers, sons of Jacob “Frederick” Schumm and Maria Germann. Philip was the father of Maria, Emma, Velma, and Anna.
This photo is labeled “Wambsganss, George, Steve Germann.” Steve German married George M’s sister Rosina Schumm and Steve was the father of Edna and Viola.
I am not sure who the Wambsganns is, but there is a Wambsganss/Germann connection: George P. Wambsganss married Elizabeth Germann around 1864. This could very well be one of their descendants.
Here is another photo with a Wambsganns, labeled “Wambsganns Brother’s Cousins.” I am not really sure who is in this photo.
The next photo is labeled “Dad Steve, Uncle George, Aunt Louise, Aunt Ida.” Steve would be Stephen E. Germann, father of Edna and Viola. I am guessing that Aunt Louise is George’s sister Maria “Louise” Schumm (1870-1952), who married Heinrich Friedrich Schinnerer (1867-1952), parents of William, Lydia, Fred and two children who died in infancy. Aunt Ida may have been another of George’s sisters, Ida Carolina Margaretha Schumm (1877-1914). Ida never married.
Note the elaborate and beautiful Victorian decor and furnishings.
The last photo is labeled “Uncle George Schumm, Louie Schinnerer.” Louie is most likely Ludwig Andreas Schinnerer (1872-1940), son of Martin Schinnerer and his second wife Rosina Schumm, and half brother of George M’s wife Barbara Schinnerer.
I love to look at these old photos, to identify the people and see the family connections.