The Old Schumerth Building

100-102 S. Broadway

Green Bay Press-Gazette
July 18, 1934

Schumerth furniture was founded in 1902, by cabinetmaker Frank Schumerth. Originally, located in the Baeten building (622 George St.), the company later moved to the Jackson building. After 12 years of growth they expanded to 100-102 S. Broadway in De Pere. The company incorporated in 1921, when Joe E. and H.E. Schumerth joined the organization and became stockholders.¹

Schumerth sold furniture, cabinets, and also operated as a funeral parlor; which was common for furniture stores at the time.

The company was a mainstay in De Pere for more than 66 years. Their claim to fame was they were the largest furniture store in any city in the midwest under 6000 in population.²

On April 24, 2019, a fire took down the old Schumerth building. Everyone was evacuated and no injuries were suffered other than a minor injury to one of the firemen. The brick building, as we know it, was 104 years old, with some sections dating back to circa 1885. Coincidentally, almost on the exact date of the 2019 fire, this location suffered a similar disaster. A fire destroyed buildings on the 100 and 200 blocks of N and S Broadway on April 23, 1882.³ History repeating, one day and 137 years later.

Research Source Material
1 Green Bay Press-Gazette | Jul 18, 1934
2 Green Bay Press-Gazette | Apr 25, 1968
3 City of De Pere official Facebook post | Apr 24, 2019


Slideshow Photo Credits
1 Green Bay Press-Gazette | Jul 18, 1934
2 Green Bay Press-Gazette | May 2, 1958
3 Wisconsin Historical Society
4 Postcard owned by Mat Hoffman
5 Photo by Mat Hoffman

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  1. The building did not burn down in 2019, it is wrong at least twice in this article. It is ( 2019 NOW ), my buddy lived in one of the apartments just after high school, and was evacuated on the day it burned down. [ we are in our 50’s now.] My Dad helped knock the building down with his excavator. ~ Harold Feaker De Pere Class of 1986

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    1. Harold I wonder if we are talking about the same building or if there is another fire I am unaware of? There was a fire two days ago on April 24, 2019 that collapsed the building at 100-102 S. Broadway. There was also a fire in 1882.

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  2. I think the math should be checked on the 137 years later statement also, 1882 + 137 = 2019 , and we already know the building did not burn down this year… oh well, it is only math after all, Right Mr. KELLY? ( my favorite math teacher).

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