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Born: February 26, 1885
Died: Emma died at age 84 and was buried next to him on May 9, 1969
Emma Antonette Schumaker was born on February 26, 1885 in St. Louis to Herman J. Schumaker, a carpenter who had immigrated from Germany, and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Schumaker, who had been born in Missouri to German immigrants. Emma's childhood had been difficult. Her father died in the 1890s, forcing her mother to take employment as a washerwoman. Emma finished the eighth grade, but attended little or no high school. Before her marriage, Emma and a brother were living with an aunt. The 1910 U.S. Census listed her as working as a stenographer for a "cereal" company, so she probably met Fred at work.