I am still going through my mom’s photos and I continue to find photos that I have not seen before.
I have several photos of my great-grandfather Louis J. Schumm but I have never seen a photo of him this young. In the photo below are brothers Louis J. Schumm and John Charles Schumm. The photo was taken by Rank Brothers in Van Wert, Ohio, where they claimed “large work a specialty.”
My great-grandfather was christened Ludwig John Schumm but went by the name of Louis or Louis J. He was born in Van Wert County, Ohio, on 26 April 1851 to George Ludwig “Louis” and Anna “Barbara” (Pflueger) Schumm, both of whom were immigrants. Louis married Sarah H. Breuninger on 8 February 1883 and Louis died 5 April 1938 in Van Wert County.
Louis’ brother John Christian Schumm was born 29 December 1849 in Van Wert County and married Wilhelmina “Minnie” Breuninger on 18 November 1880. John died 12 January 1926.
Yes, the two brothers married sisters, daughters of Louis and Mary (Sekel) Breuninger. Both sisters were born in Wisconsin.
Here is a photo of Louis J. Schumm, his son Cornelius Louis, and Cornelius’ three daughters, Amy, Florence, and Esther. My mom is the little girl on the right, standing in front of her father Cornelius.
Below are a couple more photos of Louis J. Schumm, taken when he was older.
The final photo is Louis J. Schumm standing near the huge sculptured evergreens that were in and bordered their front yard.