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FERDINAND SCHUMACHER

March 30, 1822 - April 16, 1908


Ferdinand Schumacher, scetch from 50 years and over; by S. Lane The Schumacher Home,

FERDINAND SCHUMACHER, born in Celle, Hanover, March 30, 1822, son of F. C. and Louise Schumacher; served 13 years (from 15 to 28), as clerk in grocery and sugar refinery; in 1850 emigrated to United States, settling- on a farm in Euclid, near Cleveland; in 1851 engaged in fancy goods trade in Akron; in 1852 embarked in grocery trade which he successfully followed ten years; in 1856 engaged in the manufacture of oat meal, pearl barley and other cereal products, enlarging and increasing his mills, until now, notwithstanding his heavy losses by fire, as detailed elsewhere, his works are the most extensive and successful of their kind in the world.


Empire Barley Mill Fire, on March 6, 1886, dust exploded in a grain-drying house among his group of buildings at Broadway and Mill Streets. The resulting inferno raged for two days and destroyed every building except the Empire Mill and a new office. Schumacher's loss was reported to be $600,000. Windsor Hotel, on the corner of Mill Street and Bowery Street in downtown Akron, Ohio. The Windsor Hotel was built by temperance advocate Ferdinand Schumacher in 1882.
Empire Barley Mill Fire, on March 6, 1886, & Windsor Hotel on the corner of Mill Street and Bowery Street

Besides his milling interests Mr. Schumacher is pecuniarily and officially connected with many other manufacturing enterprises. Liberal in his religious views, he is a generous contributor to all church organizations, the Universalists being under especial obligations to him for their , present church lot and fine house of worship. A pronounced Prohibitionist, he is one of the most zealous Temperance promoters in Ohio.

Mr. Schumacher was married at Cleveland, October 7,1851, to his cousin. Miss Hermine Schumacher, of Bevern, Brunswick, Germany (She died June 1, 1893). Seven children have been born to them, five of whom are deceased, the two survivors, Louis and F. Adolph, ably assisting their enterprising father in conducting the immense business of which he is the founder the former as vice president and the latter as secretary of the F. Schumacher Milling Co.1

Second Marriage to Mary Zipperlend Aug 1, 1899 (pdf file download.),(b. 28 Nov 1859 - d. 10 Sep 1936) Daugher of Dr. Adolph & Marie (Holland) Zipperlen , of Cincinnati.

Death: April 16, 1908
Burial: Glendale Cemetery

children of Ferdinand Schumacher and Hermine listed in the 1870 Census:

  • Dorah age 18 f w born Hanover
  • Hugo age 16 m w born Hanover
  • Adolph age 6 m w born Ohio

  1. Fifty years and over of Akron and Summit County
    Author: Lane, Samuel A. (Samuel Alanson), 1815-1905
    Publisher: Akron, Ohio : Beacon Job Department (1892)
    P. 155

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