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MS 1050 - William Ellis Schumaker Papers


The papers of William Ellis Schumaker consist of .5 linear ft. of albums containing original documents, photographs, clippings, and artifacts associated with the Schumaker and related Fastnacht families. The donation and transfer of these records to the Center for Archival Collections on September 28, 2006 through the cooperation of William Schumaker.

No restrictions exist on the use of this collection. Duplication is permitted for the purposes of preservation and research. The register was compiled by Marilyn Levinson, Curator of Manuscripts in October 2006.

Biographical Sketch

William Ellis Schumaker, compiler of this family collection, was born in Toledo, Ohio on Sept. 18, 1934, the son of Adeline Anna Murray and Albert John Schumaker. His father, Albert, was also from Toledo, having been born on Nov. 7, 1898 to John Shoemaker, a local barber, and Emma Fastnacht. His mother, Adeline, was born on May 14, 1902 in Sandy Creek, NY, the daughter of Nellie McGrath and Ellis Murray.

Scope and Content

This collection of family material was assembled by William Ellis Schumaker into separate scrapbooks captioned in the first-person about each individual or family group as if they were narrating the events of their life.

The album related to his father Albert John Schumaker details a typical family from the point of immigration from Germany through the life of a firefighter from Toledo, Ohio. Elements of the narrative cover school years, having to start work as a delivery wagon driver at an early age due to the death of his father, John Schumaker, his job as a streetcar driver, and later his career with the Toledo Fire Department. Descriptions also include the economics of the depression, family life, and leisure activities.

The album devoted to his mother Adeline Anna Murray Schumaker follows a similar pattern, tracing her family from Sandy Creek, New York, through her relocation to Toledo, Ohio where she eventually married Albert John Schumaker. Contents of her narrative center more on raising her family, with interesting information on how she faced the challenges of wartime rationing with a large "Victory Garden" and raising chickens for eggs.

The related Fastnacht Family of Wood County, Ohio, associated with William E. Schumaker through his maternal grandparents, is followed through their original settlement in Erie, Sandusky, and finally Wood County, Ohio. The scrapbook, as all of them in the collection, contains original documents, photographs, clippings, and artifacts related to each person.

Series Description


Three scrapbooks with original documents, photographs, clippings, and artifacts related to each person; individual albums labeled Albert John Schumaker, 1898-1972, Adeline Anna Murray, 1902-1994, and The Fastnachts of Wood County, 1846-1920.


Box 1


  1. Scrapbook - Albert John Schumaker, 1898-1972
  2. Scrapbook - Adeline Anna Murray, 1902-1994
  3. Scrapbook - The Fastnachts of Wood County, 1846-1920