150th Anniversary—1988

John George Schumm Family History

History 17

ever forced them to use diligently what they had. They were spared the revolting descriptions of scandals which bedeck the pages of our newspapers, and their minds did not require a constant feeding of trashy literature. The high-strung method of life of our days was to them an unknown quantity; they took time to think, to form definite opinions and ideals. Their library con­sisted perhaps of four or five books only, but they lived in these books. Their Bible, their hymn-book, their large prayer-book, a book of sermons, and their catechism were living realities to them. It is said of John George Schumm that he was exceptionally well versed in the Bible, and that he was able to defend his Lutheran faith from the words of Holy Writ at any time.

             Let us not forget to mention the hardships endured, especially by the women of those days.  When these first settlers moved from Holmes county, they passed through the village of New Rockford.  This village is but seven miles from Schumm, but the women who passed through the village that day during the next forty years saw it but once again.  New Rockford was no trading place, and yet, of how many women could this be said in our day?  Of some perhaps in China or some Old World country, but in these United States about three times a week is the minimum with the most.  To be thus closed off from the world for years at a time was indeed another of the many hardships which these first settlers that bore our family name had to endure.  And yet, whether they were not, after all is said and done, happier and more satisfied than many of their descendants are now, is still a question not so easily answered.

             The women of the first settlers were much more self-reliant than the women of today, despite all the arguments to the contrary. In time of danger, they knew how to conduct themselves and many could handle a rifle as well as a man. Fred Schumm was absent once all night. His wife had a call that night from three Indians. Although they stayed all night, she took the matter very coolly. She did not go to bed, though, but sat up all night with the three strange guests in the house. And all the time she felt satisfied that they really meant no harm. The pioneer women did not scare easily.

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Old bible printed in 1692 in Nurnberg, Germany

And believed to have been brought to America by

John George Schumm