Friday’s Faces from the Past

Here is a picture of my Grandpa Leo Gotcher’s class.  They lived Omaha, Nebraska and from the ages of the children I think it was probably taken about 1923.  My guess is that grandpa is 5th from the left on the front row but could also be 5th from the left on the second row.  Actually, I have no idea which one he is I just looked at a picture of him as a young man and tried to find that face in the class picture.  If you have a better idea please let me know.

Grandpa Leo's school

Grandpa Leo’s school

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Thankful Thursday – Digitized Photos

My dad as a child (with his older brother).  A photo we never would have seen if it hadn't been digitized and shared.

My dad as a child (with his older brother). A photo we never would have seen if it hadn’t been digitized and shared.

Today I would like to express my thanks to those that digitize and share their old pictures.  After my Grandma Gotcher died in 1998, I wondered what was going to happen to all of the old pictures that Grandma had collected and loved so dearly.  All of us grandchildren well remember sitting with Grandma while she showed us pictures and told us stories about them.

I am very thankful that my cousin, Anita, took those pictures and scanned them into her computer, organized them and burned CDs for anybody in the family that wanted one.  Since then, while visiting my maternal grandfather and also my husband’s grandparents I have spent many hours scanning and digitizing all of the old pictures I could find.

I love that I can link these pictures to my family tree on ancestry.com and that other descendants will find these pictures and love the visual identification.  So many times I have received messages from other researchers thanking me because they found one of their direct ancestors on my site with a picture – and they had never seen that person before.  I also love finding pictures of ancestors while I am searching online.  I recently found a picture of my husband’s great grandparents who we had never seen.

I beseech everyone to please please digitize and share your old pictures.  One of saddest things I see are forsaken pictures at flea markets.  I am deeply saddened when I think of the boxes of pictures that either get left in attics, sold at auctions, trashed, or even the ones that get taken by one relative never to be seen by anyone else ever again!  Share your pictures people!  We love to see them.

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Wordless Wednesday – Marshall Parmenter Family

Left to Right: Stephen, Lyman, Maria, Marshall, Hattie, and Mollie Parmenter

Left to Right: Stephen, Lyman, Maria, Marshall, Hattie, and Mollie Parmenter

original in possession of Larry McConaughy

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Tombstone Tuesday – Joseph Rusler

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For this Tombstone Tuesday I am sharing the Rusler Children Marker and tombstones from the Council Cemetery in York County, Nebraska.  In the middle of the cemetery in the middle of an overgrown bush is a marker that reads Rusler Children. … Continue reading

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Surname Saturday – Rusler

Michael and Augusta Rusler Children

Michael and Augusta Rusler Children

I have been working on the Rusler branch of my family for awhile now.  Thursday I wrote about Frank E Rusler and today I am going to attempt to write what little I know about Charles August Rusler.

Charles August Rusler

Charles August Rusler

Charles was the third child of Michael Anthony and Augusta Wilhemina Rusler.  He was born February 21, 1879 in York County, Nebraska.

He married Laura Ellice McConnell July 17, 1901.  They quickly had five children: Winnifred Gladys (1902), Grace “Goldie” (1904), Garland Lynn (1906), Lucille Virginia (1907),  and Zelma Ellice (1909).  In the 1910 Census the family is living in York County and Charles is a farmer.

Charles and Laura Rusler

Charles and Laura Rusler

Charles and Laura Ellice divorced in 1911.  By 1920, Charles has remarried; a Grace O who is 17 years his junior.  At this time they are living in Grand Island and he is a laborer at Kelley Wells (& something unintelligible).  There is also a 9 year old stepson living with them.  Laura Ellice has remarried as well to a Phillip Conant and they live in Thayer with one of his children and her five.

Charles August Rusler died just three years later on February 9, 1923 at the age of 43 in Ravenna, Buffalo, Nebraska and is buried at Council Cemetery in York County, Nebraska.  Thanks to another researcher, Cindy Dodd, who sent me a newspaper clipping about his death I now know the horrific details of his death.      While “working with a bridge gang on Beaver Creek he slipped on the ice and fell directly across a piling just as the 7,500 pound hammer descended.  It caught him across the body and death was instantaneous.  Eight fellow employees witnessed the fatal accident.”  Gruesome indeed.

Laura Ellice McConnell Rusler Conant died September 25, 1963 in Glendale, California at the age of 80.

Their five children grew up, married and gave Laura 24 grandchildren and scads of great grandchildren.  Many of whom I have had the pleasure to meet and keep in contact with via facebook.

Three of Charles and Laura's five children

Three of Charles and Laura’s five children

WWI Draft Registration for Charles August Rusler

WWI Draft Registration for Charles August Rusler

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Friday’s Faces from the Past – Curious Lushton, Nebraska Picture

Lushton, Nebraska 1899

Lushton, Nebraska 1899

This picture has always fired my imagination.  The back says Lushton, Nebraska 1899.  Lushton was a small farm town.  What were all these men doing in town? Why were they lined up down main street? Why are they all dressed in “town” clothes?  I think some of them are wearing banners like they are members of a society but what society?  What was the occasion?  Hopefully someday I will find the answers to some of these questions, until then it is a pretty interesting picture.

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Thankful Thursday – In Search of Family Stories

Frank and Fannie Rusler Wedding Photo

Frank and Fannie Rusler Wedding Photo

This post is written with Thanks to Susan Murphy.  I have finished writing about Michael Anthony Rusler and Augusta Erxleben’s ancestors so now I turn my “pen” to writing about their children.  My problem has been that I don’t have alot of information about their children.  Maria Sophia Rusler Tracy was their oldest child and my great grandmother and I have quite a bit of information about her but I am going to first start with the rest of the children as they will be shorter posts.  Frank Rusler was the next eldest child.  I didn’t have very much information about him other than a few vital statistics until Susan Murphy, his great granddaughter and my third cousin, contacted me through ancestry.com.  I was able to meet her last summer in York, Nebraska at the Tracy Rusler reunion.  Through her I was able to glimpse a bit into the life of the Frank Rusler family.  I hope that she will read this post and add more stories and facts about her family.

Frank E Rusler was the second child and first son of Michael and Augusta Rusler.  He was born October 25, 1876 in Ogle County, Illinois.  He was very young when the family moved to the farm in York County, Nebraska where he lived the rest of his life as a farmer.  In 1901 at the age of 25 he married Fannie Buzzard.  The next year they had a daughter, Millie Amanda Rusler was born January 22, 1902 in York County, Nebraska.

Millie Amanda Rusler

Millie Amanda Rusler

In December of 1914 tragedy struck, Frank caught his hand in a corn shucker and died December 28th of lockjaw.  He was only 38 years old and his wife, Fannie was pregnant with their second child.  She had a son, Frank Sylvester Rusler, June 9, 1915.  Fannie remarried while was Frank S was still young to a Milburn A Moss.

Franks Sylvester Rusler

Franks Sylvester Rusler

Millie married Sumner Washburn Burnham and had a daughter, Bernadean Berniece, in 1921.  Bernadean was only about 5 years younger than her uncle Frank Sylvester.  Susan, is Bernadean’s daughter.  Frank Sylvester married Mary Baine but they had no children.  Susan and her children and grandchildren are the only direct descendants of Frank and Fannie Rusler.

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