As I was researching this week’s Tombstone Tuesday, Agnes Schumm (1888-1921), I noticed that Agnes’ father Henry M. Schumm was not enumerated with the family in Willshire Township in 1910 or in 1920. Henry did not die until 1941, so just where was he in 1910 and 1920?
This is the tombstone of Agnes Schumm, located in row 10 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:
This is the tombstone of Anna W. and Henriette C. Schumm, located in row 8 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:
This is the tombstone of Hester Elizabeth (Boroff) Smith Schumm, located in Tomlinson Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:
Hester “Elizabeth” Boroff was born in Dublin Township, Mercer County, Ohio, on 20 September 1886, the daughter of William I. and Mary Catherine (Coil) Boroff.  Her mother died in 1889 and her father married Effie Hale in 1891.
Problem: a low-lying, wet, unfarmable area on a farm. Solution: a pond. A reasonable solution, especially when your son-in-law has earth-moving equipment. Back in the 1960s my Grandpa Cornelius Schumm had a low area on his farm, located a little northeast of his barn.