Tombstone Tuesday–Curtis R. Schumm

Curtis R. Schumm tombstone, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Ohio.

This is the tombstone of Curtis R. Schumm, located in row 3 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The tombstone is inscribed SCHUMM, Curtis R., son of L. & S. Schumm died Nov 15, 1901 aged 1y, 1m, 15d.

Curtis Richard Schumm was born 30 September 1900, the son of Louis J. and Sarah (Breuninger) Schumm. Curtis was baptized 14 October Oct 1900 at Zion Lutheran, Schumm.  The sponsors at his baptism were Victor Schumm and Richard Stamm. (source: records of Zion Lutheran, Schumm, Book III:68)

There is no record of Curtis’ death or burial in the church records of Zion Lutheran Church, Schumm. Their church records seem to be very complete and I was surprised that his death and burial were not recorded.

There is a record of his death in the Van Wert County Probate Court. According to their records Curtis Schumm died 14 Nov 1901 of a bowel inflammation.  Their records state that he was 1 year, 2 months and 14 days old. He was born, lived and died in Willshire. (source: Van Wert County Death Book #2, 1893-1904:199)

Louis and Sarah had two other children, Frieda (1893-1945) and Cornelius L. (1896-1986). Curtis was my first and second granduncle.


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