From the Minneapolis Journal, Sunday, August 26, 1934, text of artical appears below or open the article below by selecting it.
Minister of 52 Years Will Fete Golden Wedding Today
Roosevelt Sends Congratulations to Rev. and Mrs. G.C. Rumsch
Minneapolis Journal, Sunday, August 26, 1934
Rev. G. C. Rumsch, who tow years ago marked his fiftieth anniversary as a minister of the gospel with never a vacation and never a stop because of illness, will celebrate his golden wedding anniversary today with Mrs. Rumsch in their home, 4500 Wentworth Avenue. And a personal message of congratulation from President Franklin Roosevelt, sent to the couple several days ago, will make the affair a memorable one for them.
The President's message read: "My Dear Mr. and Mrs. Rumsch: I have just learned that on August 26 you will celebrate your golden wedding anniversary. I am very happy to join your friends in extending hearty congratulations to you on that occasion, and my best wishes for your future welfare and happiness."
In President Roosevelt's own hand, the characteristic signature follows - a signature which Mr. and Mrs. Rumsch will keep as one of their most prized possessions.
Began Ministry at Yankton
Well known in many communities of the northwest as a pastor of the Lutheran church, Mr. Rumsch began his ministry at Yankton, SD. two years before his marriage in 1884 at Sioux City, Iowa. In 1886 he assumed a new pastorate at Claremont, Minn. where he remained until 1909 serving congregations at Owatonna and Dodge Center in addition to his church at Claremont. His next pastorate was in South St. Paul, until he resigned in 1917 and made his home in Minneapolis. But he did not discontinue serving the church.
As a hospital pastor Mr. Rumsch visited patients at most of the Twin City hospitals, bringing them comfort and cheer, and serving a congregation at Stubbu Bay in his spare time.
Nine Children to Attend
In 1932 the congregation of Trinity Lutheran church, Nineteenth Street and Thirteenth Avenue South honored him on his fiftieth anniversary in the ministry although he was not the pastor of that church. A special evening service was conducted in his honor.
Nine children of the couple are expected to be present today for a family dinner in celebration of the golden weeding.
They are Rev. W.C. Rumsch of Lewisville, Minn; A. Rumsch [my grandfather], Sioux City, Iowa; G.J. Rumsch, Minneapolis; Mrs. J. Freche, New Kensington, PA; Mrs. Gerado Moreno, Chicago; Mrs. W.F. Bluemell, Seattle; J. Charles Rumsey, San Diego, California and Theresa Rumsch, Seattle, Washington.
Mr. Rumsch declared yesterday that much credit for his long career of service in the ministry must go to his wife, who has been a "true and faithful helpmeet."
The spelling of the place where grandmother Rumsch was born is JOHANGEORGENSTADT. Translated, it is simply John George Town. A few years ago we visited the town - and the Lutheran Church - where Marie Henrietta was baptized. We enjoyed coffee and kuchen with the pastor and his wife. And, Kyle, your dad is correct about his German ancestry. My father and mother both had their roots in Germany. Another interesting bit of information is that my wife, Dorothy, also has her roots in Germany on both sides. Uncle Wilbur and Aunt Dorothy.
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