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Jerome Smucker

AKA Jerome Monroe Smucker

Born: 5-Dec-1858
Birthplace: Orrville, OH
Died: 19-Mar-1948
Location of death: Orrville, OH
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Orrville, OH

Gender: Male
Religion: Protestant [1]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Founder of J. M. Smucker Company

Jerome Smucker's parents were Ohio Mennonite farmers, and young Smucker built the family business to four farms and a creamery, while spending his evenings tutoring his neighbors in good penmanship. When he added a cider mill in 1897, Smucker's first batch of apples came from Johnny Appleseed's orchards. To extend sales of apple products year-round, Smucker began manufacturing apple butter from an old family recipe, and it soon became his most popular product. Smucker's began listing the ingredients of its many jams and jellies years before it was required by law, and the business was incorporated in 1921. The company's namesake died in 1948, but the business is still family-owned, and still headquartered in Jerome Smucker's home town of Orrville, Ohio.

The distinctive surname was originally Schmucker, when Smucker's great-great-grandfather came to America from Switzerland in the 1700s. It was later spelled Smoker for about two generations, before the family's forebears grew uncomfortable with a name that suggested tobacco use and took to spelling the name Smucker.


[1] Mennonite. Interview with Richard and Tim Smucker, "How the Smuckers Stick Together", Business Week, 4 October 2004: "Richard Smucker: He [Jerome Smucker] was a Mennonite. My grandfather [Smucker's son, Willard E. Smucker] was Presbyterian. And then our father [Paul Smucker] came into Christian Science through our mother during World War II."

Father: Gideon Smucker (farmer, "Gideon Smoker", b. 8-Nov-1835, d. 31-Aug-1912)
Mother: Martha Magdalena Zook Smucker (farmer, b. 29-Dec-1837, m. 1857, d. 3-Oct-1876)
Sister: Catherine Smucker (b. 2-Apr-1860, d. 28-Jan-1891)
Brother: David Smucker (b. 24-Oct-1861, d. 29-Jan-1905)
Brother: Samuel J. Smucker (b. 29-Jul-1863)
Sister: Mary Ann Smucker (b. 19-Jan-1866)
Brother: M. Amos Smucker (b. 19-Mar-1868)
Brother: Elmer Smucker (b. 29-Apr-1870)
Sister: Emma Smucker (b. 23-Mar-1873)
Wife: Ella Yoder Smucker (b. Nov-1869)
Son: Willard Smucker (b. Sep-1891)
Son: Willis Smucker
Son: Wallace Smucker
Daughter: Winna Smucker ("Winnie", b. Mar-1894)
Daughter: Wilma M. Smucker (b. Apr-1898)
Son: Walker J. M. Smucker (b. 1906)

    J. M. Smucker Co. Founder (1897) & President (1921-28)
    Swiss Ancestry


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