Tombstone Tuesday-Agnes Schumm

Agnes Schumm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Agnes Schumm, located in row 10 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Agnes Schumm

“Agnes” Wilhelmine Barbara Schumm was born 17 April 1888, the first child born to George Martin “Henry” III and Henrietta Wilhelmine “Minnie” Hoppe. Agnes was baptized at Zion Schumm on 29 April 1888 with Barbara Schumm, Mrs. Wilhelmine Seemeyer, Mrs. A. [Abalonia] Freese, and Frederick Schumm Jr. serving as her sponsors.

Agnes Schumm, enumerated with her family in 1900: Henry M Schumm, 39; Wilhelmina H, 40; Agnes, 12; Alma, 10 Emanuel, 9; Emil, 6; Edna, 4; Clara, 3; Alfred, 2 months; Henry Freese, 63, father-in-law; Abolonia, 61, mother-in-law. [1] Abalonia Freese was Wilhelmina (Hoppe) Schumm’s mother and Henry Freese was Wilhelmina’s step-father.

In 1910 Agnes, 21, worked as a servant in the Logansport, Indiana, household of Maurice Winfield Sr and Jr. The Winfields were employed in law and real estate, respectively. [2]

By 1920 Agnes had returned to the family farm near Schumm and was living with her mother, grandmother, and several siblings: Wilhelmina H Schumm, 59; Agnes, 31; Alma, 30; Emanuel, 28; Clara, 21; Alfred, 19; Oswald, 17; and Abalonia Freese, 83, widow. [3] Abalonia was Wilhelmina’s mother and her husband Henry Freese had died in 1902.  

Agnes Schumm died following surgery at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on 1 February 1921. She was 32 years, 9 months, and 14 days old. Agnes was buried on the 5th.

Obituary of Agnes Schumm
Miss Agnes Schumm, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Schumm, of Schumm, Ohio, was born April 17, 1888, and died at the Lutheran hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind. February 1, 1921, aged 32 years, 9 months, and 15 days. She leaves to mourn her early demise her parents, an aged grandmother, four brothers; and three sisters-Alma, Emanual, Emil, Edna, Alfred and Oswald, together with a host of relatives and friends, who expressed their love and esteem in the sending of a myriad of beautiful flowers. All were present at the funeral except Emil, who is in a hospital at Colorado Springs, Colo.

At the time of her demise she was secretary of the Schumm local of the American Luther League. She was a member of Evangelical Lutheran church from which the funeral services were held on Saturday February 5, 1921, with interment in the Lutheran cemetery, Rev. R.O. Bienert conducting.–Willshire, (Ohio) Herald. [4]

Agnes Schumm never married. She had the following siblings:
Alma Apollonia Schumm (1889-1972)
“Emanuel” Henry John Schumm (1892-1973), married Edna Scaer
Emil Fredrick Schumm (1893-1960), married Louise Stock
Edna Alwine Magdalena Schumm (1895-1990)
Clara Anna Maria Schumm (1898-1984)
Alfred Oswald Ferdinand Schumm, Rev. (1900-1981), married Irma S. Wambsganss
Oswald Hugo Otto Schumm (1902-1987) 

[1] 1900 U. S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 97, dwelling 183, family 196, p.9, Henry M Schumm;, viewed 6 Dec 2021.

[2] 1910 U.S. Census, Logansport Ward 4, Cass, Indiana, ED 29, p.8B, dwelling 204, family 232, Maurice Winfield II;, viewed 6 Dec 2021.

[3] 1920 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 146, p.3A, dwelling & family 48, Wilhelmina H Schumm;, viewed 6 Dec 2021.

[4] Agnes Schumm obituary, Eastern Colorado Times, Cheyenne Wells, Colorado, 3 Mar, 1921, p.1,, viewed 6 Dec 2021).

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