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 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 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.