Last Sunday was the 44th Schumm reunion but 2021 also marks a noteworthy anniversary for Schumm’s congregation, the 175th anniversary of the founding of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church at Schumm, Ohio.
John Georg Schumm and five of his children immigrated to America in 1833, lived in Holmes County, Ohio, for a few years, and then moved to the Schumm area in 1838. By 1839 traveling missionary Friedrich Wyneken was ministering in the area. In 1846 John Georg Schumm, his four sons, George Martin, John Jacob, Louis, Frederick, his son-in-law Michael Schueler, and two other members founded Zion Lutheran Church at Schumm. Unfortunately, John Georg Schumm died three days before the adoption of Zion’s first constitution in 1846. A year later the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod was organized and Zion Schumm became a charter member.
Zion Schumm’s first church was a small log structure located where their parsonage is today. Their second church was a frame structure, located across the road from the present church, surrounded by the cemetery and tombstones. It is said that the pulpit, alter, pews, and other fixtures in the church were all made of black walnut.
The current brick Gothic-style church was dedicated in 1915 and features a beautiful interior with lovely stained-glass windows.
Through the years the pastors at Zion Schumm kept good records and those records are invaluable for genealogy research. The oldest entry is the death of Michael Billman, 10 June 1846, followed by the baptism of John Edward Roedel and Phoebe Elisabeth Haeberle on 28 June 1846, by Rev. J.G. Burger, Zion Schumm’s first resident pastor.
At last Sunday’s reunion there was a nice selection of mementos commemorating Zion’s 175th Anniversary and I came home with a few goodies–a tote bag, travel mug, coaster set, and a cookbook.
Happy Anniversary to Zion Lutheran, Schumm, and many more to come!