I was going through some Schumm items the other day and I noticed this photo. It is a very nice photo of Rev. George Martin Schumm (1841-1917), but what caught my eye was the quilt hanging in the background. What a nice looking quilt! I wonder who made it and what colors of fabric were used for it. Rev. Schumm did not live in this area in his later years so the photo may not have been taken locally.
Rev. George Martin Schumm was the son of George Martin and Maria Anna (Pflueger) Schumm and was one of several Schumms who was called to the ministry.
Pastor Schumm married Amalia Justine Markworth in 1867. She passed away in 1874 and he married Charlotte Breuninger in 1875. Charlotte was a sister to my great-grandmother Sarah (Breuninger) Schumm. Rev. Schumm passed away in North Dakota but is buried in Lafayette, Indiana.
Below is another nice photo that includes Rev. George Martin Schumm and three other Schumms: H.G. Schumm, Rev. George Martin Schumm, Louis M. Schumm, and J.F. Schumm. This photo was taken at the dedication of Zion’s new brick church in 1915. It was taken from the Schumm homestead west of the church. In the background, which would be looking east, you can see the old frame church and the new brick church. The frame church was on the east side of Schumm Road.
Certainly a group of distinguished-looking gentlemen.
But, back to what caught my eye in the first place, the quilt in the background of the first photo. It looks to be a dark-colored quilt. The Amish and Mennonites sometimes make dark quilts and they are some of my favorites. Rev. Schumm lived in Indiana for some time and who knows, it may have been an Amish quilt.
This is the antique quilt I have on my old iron bed for the Christmas holidays. It came from Indiana and has a real Christmas feeling.
The pattern is call the Tree of Life. How fitting for Christmas!