Bio: Rusch, Bernard F. (History - 1855) 

Contact: Janet Schwarze



----Source: Biographical History of Clark and Jackson Counties, Wisconsin, by The Lewis Publishing Co., 1891; pages, pg. 219.

BERNARD F. RUSCH, proprietor of a saloon in Thorp, was born in Pomerania, Prussia, October 18, 1855, the son of Charles Rusch, who died when Bernard was but a small boy. The latter emigrated to Huron County, Ontario, in 1867, with the remainder of the family, his mother having previously married William Tabbert. IN 1876 he came to this county, stopping first at Greenwood, where he worked in the woods the first winter, and the next two years was employed as clerk in a store at Longwood, and also four months in Greenwood. He next was engaged in lumbering and farming until May, 1880, when he came to Thorp, and has lived in this vicinity ever since. He worked on the Wisconsin Central Railroad when it was being built to this place. He began his present business in 1882, and in addition to this owns two farms, one of eighty acres on section 36, township 29, range 4 west, Thorp Township, and the other on section 9, township 28, range 3 west, Withee Township, consisting of forty acres.

Mr. Rusch was married October 31, 1883, to Viola Steele, a daughter of Thomas Steele, of this city. They have two children: Bernard, born August 3, 1884 and Ruth, November 5, 1886. Mr. Rusch has held the office of Town Treasurer two years, and religiously was brought up a Lutheran.




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