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Richard Scheurmann (1834-1892)
Native of Germany, owned boot and shoe business in Bay City.

Biography - Added Dec., 2010.

History of Michigan - Charles Moore, 1915.


Soon after the close of the Civil war the name Scheurmann became familiar to the then meager population of Bay City in connection with the retail boot and shoe trade. An able young German had opened a store, to which lumbermen and citizens in general soon found their way when wanting reliable goods. A reputation for fair dealing is an asset that increases rapidly, and brings the other fruits of success. For fifty years business so modestly started has gone on and prospered. Its founder died twenty-five years ago, but was succeeded by his son who has sold shoes to Bay City people for twenty-seven years, and as a merchant ranks among the most successful in the state.

Richard Schuermann, who died at Bay City in 1889 was born in Baden Baden, Germany, August 25, 1834, a son of Ernst Scheurmann. His education was acquired from the common schools and also in college at Stuttgart, and from school he entered directly into merchandising as a clerk in a large dry goods house. He went in as an apprentice, served five years, acquired a detailed knowledge of the business, and was promoted from one grade to another, until thoroughly proficient. Leaving Germany for America he spent eight months in New York City, form there to Detroit, and in 1854 located at Saginaw City. He was employed by a relative for a time on a farm, and also clerked in stores. In 1857 Richard Schuermann moved to Bay City, where he was employed in a general store conducted by Henry Flatou, and was afterwards with Binder & Company, shipping and commercial agent, who also conducted a general store. It was in 1866 that Richard Schuermann launched out for himself with a stock of boots and shoes on Water Street, and spent five years each in two different locations. In 1876 he moved to 802 North Water Street, and occupied a large store there during the rest of his active career. He built what is known as the Schuermann Block on Washington Avenue near Center Street. That was at the time regarded as one of the best store buildings in Bay City, and presented an imposing and attractive front to that prominent business thoroughfare. In that block his son has since continued the business established by the father nearly fifty years ago.

The late Mr. Schuerman was not only a successful business man, but readily gave his time and energies for the public good. Outside of his shoe business he had varied interests in real estate, invested in transportation properties, and was prosperous in every direction. Various offices of trust were conferred upon him in which he served with credit, was for a number of years a member of the school board, served as police commissioner, and was tax collector and fire commissioner.

On September 18, 1861, Richard Scheurmann, married Miss Cornelia Boutell, a member of one of the pioneer families in Bay County. Mrs. Schuermann was highly educated and performed the duties of her household with care and devotion which has made her memory blessed among her children. Her death occurred in Bay City, February 1912, when sixty-nine years of age. There were six children, and three of them died in childhood. Emma G. is the wife of Albert Etzold, of Detroit; Minnie A. is the wife of Mr. Campbell of Bay City. The late Richard Scheurmann was a trustee of the Congregational church, and fraternally was affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In 1872 he built a beautiful residence on Fifth Avenue and Jackson Street.

Additional Notes.

  • Richard Schuerman is buried at Elm Lawn Cemetery, Bay City.

    1870 Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Scheurman, Richard b. 1840, Baden
  • Cornelia, wife b. 1842, Mich.
  • Emma, daughter b. 1864, Mich.
  • Franklin, son b. 1870, Mich.

    1875 Michigan State Gazetteer, Vol. 3.

  • Schuermann, Richard boots and shoes, Watson Block, Bay City.

    1879 - Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Humboldt, I. O. O. F., No. 154 - Meets every Monday evening. A member of this lodge, Mr. Richard Scheurmann, is G.C., of the Grand Lodge I. O. O. F. of Michigan.
  • Scheurmann, Richard - Boots and Shoes Shearer Block 104 N. Water, res n e cor 5th and Jackson.
  • Teutonia Society - Consisting of three parts, vis.: Singing, Gymnatic and Drama. Meets Averell Block, Center street. E. Frank, President; Richard Scheurmann, Secretary; Louis Maas, Treasurer.

    1880 - Census: Bay City, Mich.

  • Scheurmann, Richard - b. 1835, Germany
  • Cornelia, wife - b. 1842, Mich.
  • Grace, daughter b. 1864, Mich.
  • Franklin, son b. 1870, Mich.
  • Minne, daughter b. 1873, Mich.
  • Richard, son b. 1875, Mich.

    1892 Michigan Deaths: Bay City, Mich.

  • Richard Scheurmann, b. 1835, Germany, died April 23, 1892. Son of Ernst and Emma Scheurmann.

Related Pages & Notes

Richard Scheurmann

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Scheurmann, Frank son
Congregational Church
People Referenced
Boutell, Cornelia (wife)
Campbell, Mr.
Congregational Church
Etzold, Albert
Flaton, Henry
Frank, E.
Maas, Louis
Scheurmann, Ernst (father)
Scheurmann, Emma (dau)
Scheurmann, Emma Mrs.(mother)
Scheurmann, Grace (dau)
Scheurmann, Franklin (son)
Scheurmann, Minnie A. (dau)
Scheurmann, Richard (subject)
Scheurmann, Richard Jr. (son)
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Binder & Co.
Boots & Shoes
Detroit, MI
New York, NY
Saginaw, MI
Scheurmann Block
Shearer Block
Stuttgart, Germany
Watson Block
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.