Biography of Nicholas Schummers
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Nicholas Schummers, an early settler in Caledonia, was born in the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg, where as he grew up he learned the trade of cabinet-making. There he married Theresa Lehnen, and in 1871 he and his wife, with one child, Katherine, now deceased, came to the United States. They located first in La Crosse, Wis., where Mr. Schummers worked as a carpenter and staircase builder, and being an expert in all such work he found no difficulty in obtaining employment. At the end of the time mentioned, however, he came to Caledonia, Houston county, where he engaged in the furniture and undertaking business, buying rough furniture and finishing it. His store was located on the present site of the post office, and there he conducted business for nineteen years, during which time he added general merchandise to his stock. He then erected the block that now bears his name, which was originally a one story building 22 by 60 feet, but by subsequent improvements has been transformed into a twostory building 90 by 60 feet. He remained sole proprietor of the business, which he carried on to the end of his life, dying in 1908 at the age of seventy-two years. He was a member of the German Catholic church, and one of its trustees, and had served on the building committee at the time of its erection. For twenty-one years he rendered efficient service as a member of the school board of his district. His wife died at about the same age on Sept. 23, 1917. They had nine children, Katherine, Anna, Josephus, Nicholas, John, who died in infancy; John P., Margaret, Alois and William. Margaret is now Mrs. N. F. Gaspard, Alois resides in Austin, Minn., and William in Olivia, Minn.

The History of Houston County, Minnesota
Edited by: Franklyn Curtis-Wedge.
H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.
Winona, Minn. 1919


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