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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

Mathilda Uthe was born to Frank and Barbara (Kieler) Uthe at Dickeyville, Iowa. In 1884 Mathilda Uthe married George Schumacher (1859-1925). George and Mathilda (Uthe) Schumacher are my great-grandparents. George Schumacher was born in October 1859 in New York State to Martin and Theresa (Schumacher) Schumacher. George and Mathilda Schumacher lived at East Dubuque, Illinois, where George was engaged in the lumber business (for a time with his brother Henry Schumacher, who was married to Mathilda's aunt, Louisa née Kieler). After Mathilda died, George Schumacher married Catherine Fuerstenberg (1866-after 1925), and George and Catherine moved their family across the Mississippi River to Dubuque, Iowa.    T.L.

George and Mathilda (Uthe) Schumacher
George and Catherine (Fuerstenberg) Schumacher

Mathilda Uthe, age 15.
Mathilda Uthe was born on February 3, 1865, at Dickeyville, in Grant County, Wisconsin, daughter of Frank and Barbara (Kieler) Uthe.

Mathilda Uthe marries George M. Schumacher.
Mathilda Uthe married George M. Schumacher on April 29, 1884, in Grant County, Wisconsin. George and Mathilda Schumacher lived at East Dubuque, Illinois. George Schumacher's older brother Henry had married Louisa Kieler, who was an aunt to Mathilda, and they too lived at East Dubuque, and it is likely that George and Mathilda came to meet through them.

George and Mathilda (Uthe) Schumacher
George Schumacher was born on October 29, 1859, in New York State, son of Martin and Theresa (Schumacher) Schumacher. Martin and Theresa, who were married June 13, 1843, in Wisental, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, had come to America at the ages of 34 and 31, respectively, with three children, Franz, age 10; Heinrich, age 8; and Rosa, age months, from Baden Baden, Germany, arriving at New York aboard the Statesman on November 15, 1853, which had set sail from Antwerp, Belgium. The ship's manifest listed the Schumachers as farmers.

George Schumacher followed his older brother Henry Schumacher west from New York to East Dubuque, Illinois. Henry Schumacher had migrated to Dunleith (later named East Dubuque) and operated a lumberyard and later a livery there, in which George Schumacher also held an interest and clerked for a time. The 1880 U.S. Census has George, age 20, living in his brother's household in East Dubuque, which included Henry and his wife, who was Louisa née Kieler (the youngest of John and Catharine Kieler's children); their children; Dora Richter, a servant, a niece of Louisa's; and, interestingly, Franzeska Machauer, age 56, who was an aunt to Henry and George, a sister of their father Martin Schumacher.

George M. Schumacher with his daughter Anna
George and Mathilda (Uthe) Schumacher had five children: Louise, Anna, Frank, John "Jack," and Joseph "Joe."

Mathilda (Uthe) Schumacher dies.
Mathilda (Uthe) Schumacher died after a three-weeks illness on April 29, 1897, the day of her thirteenth wedding anniversary. The funeral took place last Saturday, May 1, to St. Mary's Catholic Church, East Dubuque, Ill., thence to the cemetery at Kieler, Wis., where she was laid to rest amid the scenes and associations of early life. The services at the church were conducted by Rev. J. F. Berube, and the pall-bearers were John Kass, Val Hellstern, Phil Lavery, Nick Roth, Wm. Hesseling, and F. Grassel of Dubuque.

She was an estimable woman, and an affectionate wife and mother, and her untimely death is a sad affliction to her family.

George M. Schumacher holding one of his Gerken grandchildren
Mrs. Schumacher was a woman of noble traits of character and was highly regarded by a large number of friends both in East Dubuque and this city, Dubuque, Ia.

She was survived by her mother, five brothers, and three sisters, also by her husband and five children: Frankie, aged 11 years; Johnny, 9 years; Joe, 7 years; Louisa, 5 years; and Annie, 2 years.

George Schumacher remarries, to Catherine J. Fuerstenberg.
George Schumacher then married Catherine J. Fuerstenberg* of East Dubuque, Illinois, on August 9, 1897**. Catherine was born in November 1866 in Germany, daughter of Christopher and Margaret (Diegmann-Peetz) Fuerstenberg, and she came with her family to the U.S. in 1873. Catherine brought a daughter, Josephine, into her marriage with George Schumacher.
* = "Catherine" also appears as "Catharine," "Katherine," "Katharine" in various records and "Fuerstenberg" also appears as "Furstenberg" ("Fürstenberg)."
** = August 9 is the date of their marriage according to a newspaper notice (see below). August 7 is their date of marriage according to the Jo Daviess County Marriage Book G, online at

from the Friday, August 13, 1897, East Dubuque Register:
George M. Schumacher and Miss Kate Fuerstenberg were united in marriage Monday morning at St. Mary's Catholic church by Rev. Father Berube. John Quinn of this city and Miss Mary Thiers of Dubuque were the attendants. The wedding was a quiet affair, and was not attended by a reception, though the happy couple was serenaded by two bands in the evening. The groom is well known in this city where he has resided for many years and the bride has resided here for about three months. They have the best wishes of their friends.

Born to George and Catherine Schumacher were six children: George, Margaret, Louis, Henrietta, Albert, and Mary, the latter being a daughter who died in infancy.

The 1900 U.S. Census has the Schumacher household in East Dubuque, in Dunleith Township, Jo Daviess County, Illinois, consisting of George, age 40, employed as a clerk in a lumberyard; his wife of three years, Katharine, age 33; their son George N., age 1, born July 1898; Annie M. [Margaret], born April 1900; a daughter of Katharine's from her first marriage, Francis J. [Josephine] Furstenberg, age 4, born March 1896 in Iowa, whose parents were both born in Germany; and George's children from his first marriage, Frank, age 13, born August 1886; John G., age 12, born April 1888; Joseph H., age 10, born March 1890; Louisa (L.?), age 8, born April 1892; and Annie, age 5, born April 1895.

In 1901, Mr. George Schumacher, foreman at the Joe Meuser Lumber yard in East Dubuque, was appointed a delegate from the local order of Foresters to the grand state lodge convention at Des Moines, which was held in June of that year.

The Schumachers move to Dubuque, Iowa.
The Schumachers moved across the Mississippi River to Dubuque, Iowa, circa 1903. Available Dubuque city directories show the Schumachers resided at 504 Southern Avenue, 556 Southern Avenue, and finally at 328 North Booth Street in Dubuque. In the directories, Mrs. Schumacher's first name is variously listed as Katherine, Catherine, and Kate.

The 1910 U.S. census has the Schumacher family in Dubuque's first ward consisting of George M., age 50, employed as a foreman in a lumber yard; his wife of thirteen years, Catherine J., age 44; son Frank, age 23, two years married (his wife is not listed in this household), employed as a butter cutter in a butter factory; son John, age 21, laborer in a lumber yard; son Joe, age 19, cutter in an overall factory; daughter Louisa, age 18, seamstress in an overall factory; daughter Anna, age 15, seamstress in an overall factory; daughter Josephine, age 14; son George N., age 11; daughter Margurieta, age 9; son Louis, age 8; daughter Henrietta, age 6; and son Albert, age 4. Josephine and the last two children, Henrietta and Albert, were born in Iowa, while the other children were born in Illinois. The census also had information that Catherine had eight children, of whom seven are living, but the figures should have been that she had seven children and six were living, her daughter Mary being the one deceased.

On Saturday, July 8, 1911, Catherine Schumacher's father, Christopher Fuerstenberg, died at the home of his daughter:

Christopher Fuerstenberg, aged seventy-four, a pioneer resident of Dubuque, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George M. Schumacher, of 556 Southern avenue, on Saturday at 2:20 a.m., of old age and the extreme heat. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Schumacher and Miss Anna Beatz. Mr. Fuerstenberg was born in Germany, but had been a resident here for many years. He was a laborer and held in high regard by his many friends.
      The funeral will be held Monday at nine o'clock to St. Mary's and Mt. Calvary cemetery.

C. Fuerstenberg Buried.
The funeral of the late Christopher Fuerstenberg was held at nine o'clock on Monday morning from the residence on Southern avenue to St. Mary's church and Mt. Calvary cemetery. Father Cremer officiated. The pallbearers were Messrs. John Lenihan, J. Wickham, Frank Weber, Chas. Dillon, M. Chevalier, and M. Schmidt.

The 1920 U.S. Census has the George Schumacher household at Dubuque, Iowa, consisting of George, age 60, born in New York; his wife Catherine, age 53, born in Germany; Josephine, age 22, born in Iowa; Henrietta, age 15, born in Iowa; and Albert, age 13, born in Iowa.

George Schumacher worked at the Peter J. Seippel Lumber Company (he was listed as a foreman in one city directory), which was located at Locust and Dodge streets in Dubuque, and later at the Farley-Loetscher Manufacturing Company in Dubuque. The Schumachers were Catholics, and during their first years in Dubuque, they attended Mass at St. Raphael Cathedral in Dubuque; they subsequently became members of Nativity Parish. George Schumacher was a member of the Holy Name Society and Catholic Order of Foresters and its East Dubuque court.


George Schumacher, 66, well known resident of Dubuque, died at the residence, 328 North Booth Street, 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 1925. Although he had been ailing for some time, his condition did not become critical until a short time previous.

He was survived by his widow, Catherine, eleven sons and daughters, Frank, George, Mrs. E. Gerken, Mrs. J. Sullivan, Misses Margaret and Henrietta, all of Dubuque, Louis of Routool (Rantoul?), Ill., Albert of Des Moines, John of the U.S. Navy, Joseph of Adrian, Minnesota, and Louise Schumacher of California, also nineteen grandchildren. Louis and Albert are in the army. A daughter, Mary, died eighteen years previous.

Schumacher Funeral is Held on Saturday.
The funeral of George M. Schumacher was held Saturday morning, July 18, from the residence at 328 North Booth street to the Nativity Church at 9 o'clock. Rev. Father Foley officiated at the requiem mass. Interment was made in Mount Calvary cemetery. The pallbearers were B.J. Kuhl, H. Rotr, and P. Conners--representing the Catholic Order of Foresters of East Dubuque--F. Mally, J. Meisenberg, and A.C. Schaffart.

We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to our friends, relatives, neighbors, C.O.F. Court of East Dubuque and Holy Name society for their kind assistance and expressions of sympathy shown us during the recent illness and death of our beloved Husband and Father, George M. Schumacher, and gratefully acknowledge the beautiful floral and spiritual tributes in his memory.
     Signed Mrs. George Schumacher and children.

In 1930, the widow Katherine Schumacher, age 66, was living in the household of her son-in-law and daughter, Howard and Henrietta Baumgartner, ages 27 and 25, respectively, along with their son, Donald, in Dubuque, Iowa.

By 1935, Catherine had moved to Chicago, Illinois, where she lived with her daughter Josephine, her husband Frank Sullivan, and their children.

Catherine Schumacher, 74, died on May 22, 1941, in Chicago, Illinois. She was buried on May 26 in Mount Caramel Cemetery at Hillside, Cook County, Illinois.

BORN FEB. 3, 1865
DIED APR. 29, 1897
Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery
Kieler, Wisconsin
      Obituary for George M. Schumacher
who died July 15, 1925
from the Dubuque Telegraph Herald
writing on the side was a note from his daughter Anna to her sister Louise: "Louise, if you don't want to keep this, will you please send it back to me; it's the only one we have."

Children of George and Mathilda (Uthe) Schumacher:

  • Frank M. Schumacher was born on August 15, 1886, in East Dubuque, Illinois, son of George and Mathilda (Uthe) Schumacher. 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. Frank Schumacher was a foreman and partner at Morrison Brothers in Dubuque. Born to Frank and Myrtle (Binhoff) Schumacher were Edith Schumacher, Ethel Schumacher, George B. Schumacher, Warren C. Schumacher, Frank J. Schumacher, Marcella I. Schumacher, John R. Schumacher, Raymond C. "Pete" Schumacher, Robert W."Bob" Schumacher, and Mary E Schumacher.

    Frank M. Schumacher died December 1, 1945, at home, in Dubuque, Iowa, following a brief illness. Mrs. Myrtle Schumacher died on December 23, 1946, in Mercy hospital at Dubuque after a short illness. They were buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery at Dubuque, Iowa.

  • John "Jack" G. Schumacher was born on April 18, 1888, at East Dubuque, Illinois, son of George and Mathilda (Uthe) Schumacher. From 1910 to 1926, Jack served in the U.S. Navy, on the U.S.S. Utah. On April 13, 1926, John G. Schumacher married Miss Mayme M. Wilhelm in San Diego, California. She was born on May 21, 1904, in Kieler, Wisconsin, daughter of August and Mary (Jenneman) Wilhelm. Jack worked as an electrician welder at Morrison Brothers in Dubuque, Iowa, until his retirement in 1939 due to ill health. Jack and Mayme Schumacher had five children, Anna Mae Schumacher, Rose Marie Schumacher, June Laurine Schumacher, and two sons.

    John G. Schumacher died on January 1, 1942, at his residence in Dubuque. Mrs. Mayme M. Schumacher died on February 18, 1998, at home. They were buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery at Dubuque.

  • Joseph "Joe" Henry Schumacher was born on March 20, 1890, at East Dubuque, Illinois, son of George and Mathilda (Uthe) Schumacher. He married Irma Lucia Gerken on February 4, 1914, at St. Boniface Church in New Vienna, Iowa. Irma was born on March 15, 1891, at New Vienna, Iowa, daughter of Henry and Anna (Winter) Gerken. During the first years of their marriage they resided at Adrian, Minnesota; they then moved to Dubuque, Iowa, where Joe worked at Morrison Brothers. Born to Joe and Irma Schumacher were Sylveria "Sally" (Schumacher) Hird Pauly, Walter Schumacher, Erwin Schumacher, Joseph Schumacher, Marian (Schumacher) Glover Frederick, Doris (Schumacher) Conry Hanten, Charles Schumacher, Francis Schumacher, Joyce Schumacher (Sr. Mary Irma), David Schumacher, and Louis Schumacher.

    Irma (Gerken) Schumacher, 62, died on February 24, 1954, and she was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery at Dubuque, Iowa. Joseph Henry Schumacher, 78, died on Monday January 27, 1969, and he was laid to rest beside his wife.

  • Louise L. Schumacher was born on April 28, 1892, in East Dubuque, Illinois, daughter of George and Mathilda (Uthe) Schumacher. Miss Louisa Schumacher received her First Holy Communion on June 4, 1905, at St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque, Iowa, and she was confirmed June 3, 1906. Louise Schumacher married Charles W. Brazee. Charles and Louise Brazee lived at Los Angeles, California, and they had one daughter, Dorothy Lucinda Brazee, born August 8, 1926, in Los Angeles.
          Charles Watson Brazee was born on July 2, 1884,* in Stromsburg, Nebraska, son of Watson and Lucinda (James) Brazee. Before marrying Louise Schumacher, Charles was evidently married twice previously, according to records online. Charles Brazee married Mildred Leatherbury, a widow, on November 3, 1908, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Mildred was born ca. 1878 in Iowa, daughter of James and Rachel (Sager) Skidmore.
    * = according to his World War II registration card, which he signed. July 22 according to California Death Records appearing online.
          By 1920, according to that year's census, Charles Brazee was married to Marie L. [?]. Marie was born on August 21, 1884, in Missouri, daughter of [?] and [?] (Childers) [?]. Charles and Marie Brazee lived in San Antonio, Los Angeles, California. Charles and Marie were divorced, and by 1930, Charles and Louise were married and had one child, Dorothy, with the family living in San Antonio, Los Angeles, California. Marie Brazee also remained in Los Angeles and evidently never remarried; she died there on December 25, 1967.

    from the Tuesday, August 22, 1939, Dubuque, Iowa, Telegraph Herald:
    Los Angeles Visitors Feted at Family Picnic
    A family reunion picnic was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ewald Gerken, 2820 Burlington Street, honoring Mrs. Charles Brazee and her daughter, Dorothy, of Los Angeles, Calif., who have been visiting the past week. Mrs. Brazee was formerly Louise Schumacher.
          The following relatives and friends were present: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Schumacher and family, Joe Schumacher and family, George Schumacher and family, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schumacher, Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Schumacher, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Weidenbacher, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Hauser and family, Mrs. Loretta Biver and son, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wiederhold of Dickeyville, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Uthe and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ewald Gerken and family, Mrs. Joseph Schneider, Mr. Cletus Calvert, and Mr. John Berens.

    Louise (Schumacher) Brazee, 49, died April 18, 1942, in Los Angeles, California.

    That same year, 1942, Charles Brazee, age 58, completed a World War II Registration card and gave his address as 8805 Elm St., in Los Angeles, stating he was disabled and not employed. He gave his contact as Miss Dorothy Brazee of 7010 Whitsett Ave. in Los Angeles.

    Charles W. Brazee, age 62, died on September 18, 1946, in Los Angeles, California.

    It appears Dorothy L. Brazee went on to marry [?] Haltom. Dorothy Linda Haltom, age 51, died on December 26, 1977, and she was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, in Glendale, Los Angeles County, California.

  • Anna "Annie" Mary Schumacher was born on April 20, 1895, at East Dubuque, Illinois, daughter of George and Mathilda (Uthe) Schumacher. She married Ewald F. Gerken on September 10, 1919, at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque, Iowa. Ewald was born on September 7, 1895, at New Vienna, Iowa, son of Henry and Anna Winter Gerken. Ewald and Anna made their home in Dubuque, where Ewald worked at Morrison Brothers and later at John Deere. Born to Ewald and Anna Gerken were Louise (Gerken) Coakley, Donald "Don" Gerken, Teresa (Gerken) McCoy, Adrian "A.J." Gerken, Joan (Gerken) Larson, Dolores Gerken, Ewald "E.J." Gerken, Jr., Mary (Gerken) Temple, William "Bill" Gerken, Daniel "Dan" Gerken, and Loras Gerken.

    Ewald Gerken died on September 1, 1956, and is buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa. Anna (Schumacher) Gerken died on March 20, 1967, and was buried beside her husband.

Children of George and Catherine (Fuerstenberg) Schumacher:

  • Josephine Schumacher* was born on March 28, 1896, at Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Catherine Fuerstenberg. Her mother married George Schumacher in August 1897, and Josephine would ever know George Schumacher as her father, and she would take the Schumacher name. The Schumachers lived in East Dubuque, Illinois, until circa 1903, when they moved across the Mississippi River to Dubuque, Iowa.
    * = Josephine's name is listed as Francis J. Furstenberg in the 1900 U.S. census. An online index of Cook County, Illinois deaths has her year of birth as 1895; the 1900 U.S. census has 1896; an obituary had her age at death as 52, which would make her birth year 1896.
          According to the 1911-12 and 1915 Dubuque city directories, Josephine Schumacher was a machine operator at B.C. Platt & Co. and was residing at 556 Southern Avenue, in the home of her parents, George and Catherine Schumacher; by 1921, the family had moved, and they were residing at 328 N. Booth, according to the 1921-22 directory.
          Josephine married Frank Joseph Sullivan (circa 1923 at Dubuque?). Frank J. Sullivan was born on February 1, 1889, in Escanaba, Delta County, Michigan, on the Upper Peninsula, son of John E. and Mathilda (Appleton) Sullivan. Frank's known siblings included Josephine, his twin William, and Alice Sullivan.
          Frank was a locomotive fireman for the railroad (fireman being the person operating the steam engine) for the Chicago Great Western Railroad. Frank and Josephine Sullivan initially lived in Dubuque, Iowa, where their first two children, Dorothy May and Catherine Mathilda were born, and then they lived in Stockton, Illinois, where they were at the time of the 1930 U.S. Census, and presumably where their son William F. was born, before moving to Chicago, Illinois, circa 1933-34.

    Mrs. Frank J. (Josephine Schumacher) Sullivan, former Dubuquer, died Saturday evening, February 26, 1949, at the American-Norwegian Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, after a long illness. The funeral and burial were held in Chicago on Tuesday, March 1. She was buried in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Chicago. She was 52 years old and a daughter of the late George and Catherine Schumacher. She was a resident of Chicago the last 15 years.
          Mrs. Sullivan was survived by her husband; two daughters, Catherine, of Los Angeles, Calif., and Dorothy, of Chicago; one son, William, of the U.S. Army; two sisters, Mrs. Harold (Margaret) Casey, of Dubuque, Iowa, and Mrs. Howard (Henrietta) Baumgartner, of El Monte, Calif.; three brothers, George Schumacher, of Los Angeles, and Albert and Louis Schumacher, both of Detroit, Mich.; a stepsister, Mrs. Ewald (Anna) Gerken, and a stepbrother, Joseph Schumacher, both of Dubuque; and several nieces and nephews.

    Frank J. Sullivan, 78, died on March 11, 1968, in San Diego County, California. Evidently he had moved to California to live with his daughter Dorothy.

  • George Nichols Schumacher was born on July 14, 1898, at East Dubuque, Illinois, son of George and Catherine (Fuerstenberg) Schumacher. The Schumacher family lived in East Dubuque, Illinois, until circa 1903, when they moved across the Mississippi River to Dubuque, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army, with a rank of seargeant, presumably during World War I.
          George Schumacher, then a resident of Akron, Ohio, married Almedia Coxson, of Columbus, Ohio, in Franklin County, Ohio. Their license was granted on June 12, 1922. Almedia Coxson was born circa 1907-08,* in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, daughter of Roy and Emma (Wolfe) Coxson.
    * The marriage license gives Almedia date of birth as October 7, and it states her age was 18 on that date in 1921, but it appears that they were not being truthful about her age in obtaining the license. The 1940 U.S. Census has her age as 15 when first married. Almedia's name also has been spelled as Almeda and Alameda.
          George and Almedia Schumacher moved to Dubuque, Iowa, where a son, James Albert Schumacher, was born to them on June 28, 1923. George worked as an electrician for Morrison Bros. in Dubuque. George and Almedia contiued to live in Dubuque through the early 1940s. The Schumachers may have returned to Akron, Ohio, for a time, as that is eveidently where their son enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943. By 1949, George Schumacher was living in Los Angeles, California.

    George N. Schumacher, 67, died on May 26, 1966, with a last residence of Downey, California. Burial was on June 1 in Los Angeles National Cemetery (Plot: 97 0-16) at Los Angeles, California.

    Child of George N. and Almedia (Coxson) Schumacher:

    • James Albert Schumacher was born on June 28, 1923, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of George N. and Almedia (Coxson) Schumacher.
            James Schumacher married the love of his life, Elaine Roth, on July 4, 1942, in Hagerstown, Maryland. Elaine Roth was born on June 20, 1924.
            Jim and Elaine Schumacher moved to Boise, Idaho, in 1943. Jim enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps in 1943. His occupational specialty was airplane and engine mechanics. He received the Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and the American Campaign Medal.
            After an honorable discharge he became a successful insurance agent. Later he established R&S Heating and Air Conditioning in Boise with his long-time friend and partner, Ken Riley.
            Jim enjoyed spending time with his family whether it be sitting outside on the deck, playing pool, or just going for a drive, his family said. "Jim was always good company. He was an amazing grandpa and the best dad anyone could ever ask for. Jim always put everyone in front of himself. He would make sure that family was taken care of before he worried about himself."

      Elaine C. "Boots" Schumacher, 64, died on September 19, 1986. She was buried in Cloverdale Memorial Park in Boise, Ada County, Idaho.

      James Albert "Old Shoe" Schumacher, 84, of Mountain Home, Idaho, died Friday, October 5, 2007, with his family by his side, following a short battle with cancer. Catholic graveside services were held Wednesday, October 10, at Cloverdale Memorial Park in Boise, Idaho, under the direction of Cloverdale Funeral Home. Father Eugene of Our Lady of Limerick Catholic Church was the celebrant for the services.
            He was survived by three sons and daughters-in law, Mike and Susie Schumacher of Biloxi, Miss., Marvin and Ann Schumacher of Boise, Idaho, and Melvin Schumacher of Meridian, Idaho; his only daughter, Marcella, and her husband, Paul Trueba, of Mountain Home, Idaho, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  • Margaret Schumacher was born on April 18, 1900, at East Dubuque, Illinois, daughter of George and Catherine (Fuerstenberg) Schumacher. She married Harold Anthony Casey, and he was born on November 1, 1901, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Joseph and Mary (Blaul/Baul) Casey.
          Harold and Margaret Casey lived at Dubuque, Iowa, where they were members of St. Patrick's Church. Harold Casey owned and operated Casey's Grocery Store at 655 Clarke Drive for about 38 years. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Knights of Columbus, Council 510. Margaret was a realtor until her retirement.

    Harold A. Casey, 82, of Dubuque, Iowa, died at 8:30 a.m., Friday, October 12, 1984, at home. Visitation was from 2 to 9 p.m., Sunday, October 14, at Behr's in Dubuque, with the parish rosary being said at 7 p.m. Funeral services were held at 9 a.m., Monday, October 15, at St. Patrick's Church, Dubuque, and burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque.
          Mr. Casey was survived by his wife, the former Margaret Schumacher; one daughter, Janet Becke, of Westover, West Virginia; three grandchildren; and one brother, Joseph Casey, of Imperial Beach, Calif.

    Margaret (Schumacher) Casey, 86, of Westover, West Virginia, and formerly of Dubuque, died at 3:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 7, 1986, at Mayfield Personal Care Center, Morgantown, West Virginia. Services were at 9:00 a.m., Monday, May 12, 1986, at St. Patrick's Church in Dubuque, Iowa, with burial in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque.
          Mrs. Casey was survived by a daughter, Mrs. Janet Becke, of Westover, West Virginia. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, and a daughter, Mary Diane, who died in infancy.

  • Louis J. Schumacher was born circa 1901-02 at East Dubuque, Illinois, son of George and Catherine (Fuerstenberg) Schumacher. Shortly after his birth, the Schumacher family moved across the Mississippi River to Dubuque, Iowa.
          Louis Schumacher joined the U.S. Army, and the 1920 census records him a soldier at the army post in San Antonio, Texas. In 1925, his father's obituary lists him as then being in Routool, Illinois; Routool undoubtedly a corruption of Rantoul, where there was an air force base.
          In 1945 and 1949, Louis was living in Detroit, Michigan, according to the respective obituaries for his siblings Frank and Josephine. His brother Jack's obituary in 1942 lists him as being of Dubuque, Iowa, but that appears to be incorrect, as the Dubuque city directories of the time do not list him at all. (Jack's obituary also had his brother Albert as being of Dubuque; that too was incorrect.)

    Louis Schumacher died before 1967; he was not mentioned in an obituary as surviving his sister Anna that year.

    The following information is evidently in regards to Louis J. Schumacher, based on circumstantial evidence:

    Images from the 1940 U.S. Census showing the Louis J. Schumacher household in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan,
    and the supplementary information for his wife, Anna P. Schumacher:

    Louis's occupation in the 1940 census is given as "inspector, immigrants / U.S. Labor" and Anna's "secretary / City of Detroit." In 1935 Louis and Anna were living in the same place. The supplementary information indicates Louis and Anna were married circa 1929. Anna was born in Kentucky circa 1903; her father was born in Tennessee, and her mother in Kentucky.
          The son, Robert L. Schumacher, a Wayne State University student, died at the age of 21 on Sunday, March 13, 1960, in Henry Ford Hospital after heart surgery. He was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. Mr. Schumacher was survived by his mother, Mrs Anna P. Schumacher. He was preceded in death by his father, Louis J. Schumacher. Services were at 2 p.m, Wednesday, March 16, at the Verheyden Funeral Home in Detroit. Burial was in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Detroit.

    The Social Security Death Index includes one L. Schumaker, born June 11, 1902, card issued in Michigan, died age 57 on November 15, 1959, which may be the Louis Schumacher referenced here, but certainly this is in no way conclusive.

  • Henrietta Margaret Schumacher was born on July 28, 1904, at Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of George and Catherine (Fuerstenberg) Schumacher. Henrietta Schumacher married Howard John Baumgartner, and he was born on March 12, 1903, in Center Township, Dubuque County, Iowa, son of John and Catherine "Katie" (Buttikofer) Baumgartner.
          According to the 1930 U.S. Census, the Baumgartner household in Dubuque, Iowa, consisted of Howard, age 27; his wife Henrietta, age 25; their son Howard, not yet one year of age; and Henrietta's mother, the widow Katherine Schumacher, age 66. Eventually the Baumgartners migrated west to California, where they lived at El Monte. They owned several acres of land, on which Howard built their house as well as some small apartment buildings.

    Howard Baumgartner, 90, died on April 14, 1993. Henrietta (Schumacher) Baumgartner, 98, died on July 31, 2002.

  • Albert A. Schumacher was born circa 1905-07, at Dubuque, Iowa, son of George and Catherine (Fuerstenberg) Schumacher.
          Albert Schumacher was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa. According to the 1923 Dubuque city directory, Albert was employed at Carr, Ryder and Adams Company in Dubuque, and living in his parents' home on Booth Street. In mid-July 1925, Albert Schumacher was listed in his father's obituary as being in the army at Des Moines, Iowa.
          Albert Schumacher married Ortha Smith on October 23, 1926, at Fort Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Ortha Smith was born ca. 1909, in Oregon City, Oregon, daughter of Albert and Flora Irene (Norris) Smith.
          In 1927, Albert and Ortha Schumacher were evidently living in Cook County, Illinois, where they had a son, Joseph Francis Schumacher, who died at birth on May 26, 1927. The infant was buried in Homewood, Cook County, Illinois.
          From Cook County, Illinois, Albert and Ortha moved to Iowa, where a son Albert LeRoy Schumacher was born in 1928, and then the family moved to Akron, Summit County, Ohio, where they were living at the time of the 1930 U.S. Census. Albert's occupation was given as a rubber worker in a factory in that census. By then Adam and Ortha had another child, Theresa Irene Schumacher, who was born in 1929. Another unnamed child, a son, died shortly after birth; he had been born born five months premature.
          By 1940, Albert Schumacher was living in Detroit, Michigan, boarding along with three others in a household. His occupation was given as a salesman in wholesale cosmetics in that year's census. His marital status was given as M for married but then there is a line through the M as if someone later questioned that. The census shows that in 1935 he had been living in Akron, Ohio.
          Meanwhile the children, Albert and Theresa, in 1940, were living in a household with Harry E. and Lena L. Grimes, and their daughter Nadene, in New London Township, Huron County, Ohio. Albert and Theresa are listed as nephew and niece in the household. Lena (Smith) Grimes was an older sister of Ortha (Smith) Schumacher.
          The father Albert A. Schumacher was yet living in Detroit, Michigan, in 1945 and 1949, according to the respective obituaries for his siblings John, Frank, and Josephine. The children Albert and Theresa, it seems, continued on living in Ohio.

    An online SSDI record has an Albert Schumacher born November 14, 1905, died April 1961, whose social security number was issued in Michigan, but it is unknown if this is the same Albert Schumacher referred to here.

  • Mary Schumacher, born after 1900, daughter of George and Catherine (Fuerstenberg) Schumacher. She died circa 1907 and presumably was buried at Dubuque, Iowa. This daughter is mentioned in George M. Schumacher's obituary as having died 18 years before George's death in 1925, but she is not listed as being in the Schumacher household in the 1900 U.S. census.

This photograph is believed to be that of the five daughters of George Schumacher: Anna appears to the left; Louise is front center; the others would be Josephine, Margaret, and Henrietta.

Sources include obituaries from the Dubuque Telegraph Herald; U.S. census records available on microfilm at the Dubuque Carnegie-Stout Public Library and the 1880 U.S. census, online at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website, at; online marriage records at the Jo Daviess County, Illinois ILGenWeb website at; readings of gravestones at the Immaculate Conception church cemetery in Kieler, Wisconsin; a biographical entry for Henry Schumacher in the 1889 Portrait and Biographical Album of Jo Daviess Co., Illinois (as transcribed at; and Don Gentner's Genealogy Web Site at for information concerning the Schumacher heritage.

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