Week 5’s prompt in the challenge is “In the Census.” In the Week 3 challenge about ‘Longevity’, I posted about my Great Grandfather, Mathias Schumacher and my Great Grandmother, Mary Timlin.
I think it’s time to finish this part of my legacy.
In the 1900 Census, I found the Schumacher’s living in Walle, Grand Forks County, North Dakota.
Mary had 7 children, with only 5 living in 1900. She died in 1903 leaving her husband with those 5 young children to raise alone.
In 1910, Mathias was living in Hurley, Renville County, North Dakota with his oldest daughter, Julia. But where were the other 4 children living in 1910?
I found Edward Peter working as a servant to a family in Brandon, Renville County, North Dakota.
I found Margaret Ann “Maggie” working as a servant in Colquhoun, Renville County, North Dakota.
I found Susan Mae “Susie” living as a servant in Hamerly, Renville County, North Dakota.
I found Helen “Nellie” C working as a servant in Colquhoun, Renville County, North Dakota.
While I have no personal knowledge about why, I do suspect that Mathias was not prepared to raise 5 children on his own and ‘farmed out’ 4 of his 5 living children to ensure that they had the best life available to them. Since every one of them lived in the same county, I also believe that Mathias Schumacher was a well respected member of the community and they did what they could to help in the most difficult of times.