Obit: Rusch, Bernard F. (1855 - 1929)

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----Source: THORP COURIER (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) 07/18/1929

Rusch, Bernard F. (18 OCT 1855 - 9 JUL 1929)

Mr. Bernard F. Rusch was born in Pomerania, Prussia on Oct. 18, 1855 and died at St. Joseph's Hospital at Chippewa Falls on July 9, 1929.

On Monday evening of last week as he was returning to his home but a few rods south of the village limits (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.), and when but a few feet from his gate, was struck by a passing automobile and rendered unconscious. The driver of the machine failed to stop and his identity is unknown. George Haas, driving from the south, noticed the body in the road and immediately notified members of the village board, then in session at the village hall, who repaired to the spot and brought Mr. Rusch to the office of Dr. F. P. Neis, who upon examination found his head cut and a number of ribs fractured. He was then taken to the hospital at Chippewa Falls, when he died about 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

Deceased immigrated from Pomerania with his parents at the age of twelve years, locating first in Huron Co., Ontario, Canada. In 1876 he came to Clark county and in May 1880, arrived in Thorp, which has since been his home, except a few years spent farming in Montana.

For many years he followed the vocation of farming and dairying and was the owner of a splendid farm adjoining the village limits.

Mr. Rusch was married on Oct. 31, 1883 to Miss E. Viola Steele. To this union three children were born, Bernard R., Susan, of Thorp, and Mrs. Ruth A. Green of St. Paul, who with his wife are left to mourn a kind and devoted husband and father. Deceased also leaves to sisters, Mrs. Waudell of Everett, Wash., and Mrs. Shaw of Peachland, British Columbia.

For many years he was a member of the Modern Woodmen and the following members of the local Camp acted as pallbearers at the funeral: John Boie, John Daniels, E. F. Heideman, Ephraim Lindquist, Mike Kronberg and Peter Kronberg.

Funeral services were held at the M. E. Church on Friday afternoon last, Rev. Powell of Owen, officiating, interment following the services in the family lot at the Thorp Village Cemetery.



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