Tombstone Tuesday–Iris Blanch Schumm

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

This is the tombstone of Iris Blanch Schumm, located in row 1 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Iris Blanch
Dau of
G. & S.
24 Aug. 1884
1 Y, 4 M, 22 D

Suffer the little children to come unto
me, and forbid them not for of such is
the Kingdom of God. Mark 10:14

According to Zion Schumm’s records, Iris Blanch Schumm was born 2 April 1883, the daughter of George and Sadie (McLellan) Schumm. Iris Blanch was baptized 27 May 1883 at the home of Friedrich Schumm Sr, with Heinrich Schumm III and Barbara Schumm serving as her sponsors.

Iris Blanch Schumm died 24 August 1884 in Portland, Indiana. [1] She was 1 year, 4 months, and 22 days old. She was buried on the 26th. Zion Schumm’s records also mention that her father was living in Portland, Indiana, at the time of her death.

Iris Blanch’s father, George Friedrich Schumm (1856-1927), was the son of Johann Friedrich and Magdalena (Meyer) Schumm. Her mother was Sadie McClellan (1866-1947). The parents are buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Saginaw, Michigan. The couple had another daughter, Olga Magdeline (1904-1988), who married Otto Carl Stroebel.


[1] “Indiana Death Index, 1882-1920,” database,, Iris B. Schrum, 24 Aug 1884, Portland, Ind.

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