Surname Saturday – Still working on the Ruslers

Will Rusler is the boy standing in back

Will Rusler is the boy standing in back

Today I’m writing about the seventh child of Michael Anthony and Augusta Wilhemina Rusler.  William W Rusler was born on the farm in York County, Nebraska on November 8, 1886 (or 1887).  I thought he had married Laura Etta Morrison late in life and they had  no children.  But as I was looking through his records today I discovered that he had been married before and had a child in his first marriage.

I have not been able to find him in the 1910 census but in 1917 on his WWI draft registration he says he is married and has an eight year old child.  On the 1920 census he is living in York County with his sister, Pearl, and her husband, and it says he is divorced.  In 1930 he is living in Custer County, Nebraska and is a Trucker for a Freight Hauling company and he is married to Laura Etta.  On this census when asked the age of their first

William & Etta Rusler

William & Etta Rusler

marriage he says 21 and she says 16.  But she is three years older than he so they were both married before.  Which means he married for the first time in 1908/9 and immediately had a child in order for him/her to be eight in 1917.  Laura is enumerated in the 1920 census living with her parents in Dix, Kimball, Nebraska as a married woman with the last name Walker.  In 1940 William and Etta are renting a farm in Buffalo County, Nebraska but soon after the census they moved to Eagle, Idaho because this is where he filled out the WWII draft in 1942.

William & Etta Rusler Tombstone

William & Etta Rusler Tombstone

Laura Etta Morrison Rusler died in Idaho February 19, 1954.  William died in Caldwell, Canyon County, Idaho on June 25, 1958.  They are both buried in Wilder Cemetery, Canyon County, Idaho.

So here again I have more work to do.  Who was William married to in 1909?  When did William and this wife divorce and what happened to the wife and child?  All questions I will have to find in Nebraska as I can’t seem to find the answers online.


About Rosanna Ward

Rosanna is a devoted mother of four children, two of which are homeschool graduates. She currently homeschools her 11 and 6 year old sons. Rosanna is a homeschool graduate and a graduate of Oral Roberts University: She grew up in Tulsa and has been homeschooling here for the past eleven years. Rosanna has loved family history for as long as she can remember and love genealogy for the stories of her ancestors.
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