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Kieler · Uthe · Schumacher

Johannes "John" Kieler (1800-1882)
Barbara (Kieler) Uthe (1836-1917)
Mathilda (Uthe) Schumacher (1865-1897)
Anna (Schumacher) Gerken (1895-1967)
Joan (Gerken) Larson (1926-1994)
Thomas Larson (1962-)

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Tom Larson

Frank Schumacher (1888-1945) was a brother to my grandmother Anna (Schumacher) Gerken. Frank Schumacher married Myrtle Binhoff (1890-1946), and they lived at Dubuque, Iowa, where Frank was secretary-treasurer and general superintendent at Morrison Brothers.    T.L.

Frank and Myrtle (Binhoff) Schumacher

Frank M. Schumacher was born August 15, 1886, in East Dubuque, Illinois, the firstborn child of George and Mathilda (Uthe) Schumacher. His brothers and sisters were Frank, John "Jack," Joseph "Joe," Louise, and Anna. Their mother Mathilda died in 1897, and later that same year George Schumacher married Catherine Fuerstenberg. Catherine brought a daughter Josephine into the marriage, and George and Catherine had six additional children of their own: George, Margaret, Louis, Henrietta, Albert, and Mary. Circa 1903 the Schumacher family moved from East Dubuque across the Mississippi River to Dubuque, Iowa.

Frank Schumacher married Myrtle Binhoff on April 2, 1907. She was born on July 3, 1890, at Muscatine, Iowa, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Barney Binhoff. Frank and Myrtle Schumacher lived at Dubuque, where they were members of Nativity Catholic Church.

By October 1917, Anna Schumacher, Frank's sister, was residing with Frank and Myrtle. Surviving letters indicate that Anna lived with Frank and Myrtle at both of their Jackson street addresses, and letters from December 1918 and April 1919 that were addressed to Anna Schumacher, c/o Frank Schumacher, have an address of 3165 Elm. (There was a period from the latter part of 1918 into 1919 where Anna was away living in Chicago and working.) These surviving letters to Anna were from her beau Ewald Gerken, who was serving in France during World War I. Upon Ewald's return home from the service, he too boarded with the Schumachers as he and Anna awaited their wedding day of September 10, 1919, and Frank and Myrtle's Elm street home served as the setting for their wedding breakfast. For some time Ewald worked at Morrison Brothers, where Frank was foreman; Joe Schumacher and Jack Schumacher, two brothers of Frank and Anna, would also work at Morrison Brothers.
The 1910 census lists Frank, age 23, in his father's household in Dubuque, with an occupation of butter cutter in a butter factory and two years married (Myrtle was not listed in this household). By 1911-12, Frank was employed at Morrison Brothers, where he worked the rest of his life, as partner and foreman, and was the factory's treasurer and general superintentent. Available Dubuque city directories list Frank and Myrtle as living at 2146 Couler Avenue, (1911-12), 3029 Jackson (1915), 2776 Jackson (1918), and 648 Chestnut (1923), the last being their permanent residence. The Schumachers also lived at 3165 Elm before moving into the Chestnut street address.

Born to Frank and Myrtle (Binhoff) Schumacher were Edith, Ethel, George, Warren, Frank, Marcella, John, Raymond "Pete," Robert "Bob," and Mary Schumacher.

Supt. Frank M. Schumacher of Morrison's Dies.

Frank M. Schumacher, 59, treasurer and general superintendent of Morrison Brothers company, died at the home 648 Chestnut street in Dubuque, Iowa, at 5 o'clock, Saturday morning, December 1, 1945, following a brief illness. The body was at Behr-Bigelow funeral home, where the funeral was held to Nativity church at 9 o'clock, Monday morning. Employees of Morrison Brothers plant met at the funeral home at 7:30 Sunday evening to pay their respects.

The funeral of Frank Schumacher, general superintendent of Morrison Brothers company, was held from the Behr-Bigelow funeral home to Nativity church Monday morning, December 3, the Reverend Francis P. Friedl officiating. Burial was in Mount Calvary cemetery in Dubuque, where Father Friedl said the prayers at the gravesite. Pall bearers were Arthur Klauer, Peter Kretz, Ray Bradley, Martin Straub, John Hafkemeyer, and Frank Schargitz. An honorary escort representing Morrison Brothers was composed of W.N. Glab, A.J. Kasel, W.W. Dauner, W.N. Ziepprecht, W.E. Strub, H.E. Graham, R.H. Melone, and E.A. Schneider.

Attending the services from out of the city were Mr. and Mrs. V.O. Patterson, of Osage, Wyo.; Mr. and Mrs. Warren Schumacher, of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Uthe and Anton Uthe, of Story City, Ia.; Carl Beyer, of Clarion, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. John Uthe, of Boxholm, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Cohrt, of Moline, Ill.; and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wiederhold, of Dickeyville, Wis.

Mr. Schumacher was survived by his wife, Mrs. Myrtle Schumacher; four daughters, Mrs. Edith Heim, Mrs Bernard (Marcella) Luedtke, and Miss Mary Schumacher, all of Dubuque, Ia., and Mrs. V.O. (Ethel) Patterson, of Osage, Wyo.; six sons, George B., Frank J., John R., Raymond C., and Robert W., all of Dubuque, Ia., and Warren C. Schumacher, of Chicago; three sisters, Mrs. Ewald (Anna) Gerken and Mrs. Howard (Margaret) Casey, both of Dubuque, Ia., and Mrs. Howard (Henrietta) Baumgartner, of El Monte, Calif.; a stepsister, Mrs. Frank (Josephine) Sullivan, of Chicago; four brothers, Joseph of Dubuque, Ia., George N. of Balle Jo [sic Vallejo?], Calif., and Louis and Albert Schumacher, of Detroit, Mich.; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter [?], one brother, and one sister.

Mrs. Myrtle Schumacher dies.
Mrs. Myrtle Schumacher, 56, of 648 Chestnut street in Dubuque, Iowa, died at 6 o'clock, Monday evening, December 23, 1946, in Mercy hospital at Dubuque, after a short illness. The remains were viewed at the Behr-Bigelow funeral home after 6 o'clock, Tuesday evening, December 24. Funeral services were held from the funeral home to the Church of the Nativity in Dubuque at 8 o'clock, Thursday morning, December 26, where the Rt. Rev. Msgr. M.L. Kerper, pastor, officiated the requiem high mass and delivered the sermon. Burial was in Mount Calvary cemetery in Dubuque, where Monsignor Kerper also officiated. Pall bearers were W.N. Glab, A.J. Kasel, John Hafkemeyer, Frank Schargitz, Ray Bradley, and Frank Coleman.

Mrs. Schumacher was survived by four daughters, Mrs. Edith Heim, Mrs. V.O. (Ethel) Patterson, and Mrs B.J. (Marcella) Luedtke, all of Dubuque, Ia., and Miss Mary Schumacher, at home; six sons, George of Dubuque, Ia., Warren of Chicago, Frank of Dubuque, Ia., John and Ray at home, and Robert of Dubuque, Ia.; nine grandchildren; her father Barney Binhoff, of Moline, Ill.; one sister, Mrs. H.F. (Hazel) Cohrt of Moline; and one brother, Warren Binhoff, of Dubuque, Ia. Besides her husband and mother, she was preceded in death by one brother.

Children of Frank and Myrtle (Binhoff) Schumacher:

Sources include, primarily, news articles and obituaries from the Dubuque Telegraph Herald; other sources include an obituary for Warren C. Schumacher from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and an online Social Security Death Index.

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