Pearl and Earl Rusler were the eighth and ninth children of Michael Anthony and Augusta Erxleben Rusler. They were twins. They were born August 27th 1891 in York County, Nebraska. Earl died a month later on September 27th and is buried at Council Cemetery in York. I can only imagine how hard it must have been back in this time to have twins, especially in a rural area and Augusta was 36 years old as well. This must have been a sad time for Michael and Augusta as just a year later on November 3, 1892 their son George also died.
Pearl survived and married Lloyd Wagner in about 1911 at the age of 19. Lloyd was 22, born October 15, 1888 in Central City, Merrick, Nebraska. The couple had no children of their own but were a favorite and aunt and uncle to many of their nieces and nephews.
On the 1920 census Lloyd was farming near Brown township in York County and Pearl’s older brother William was living with them as a divorcee and working for them. On the 1930 census they were farming in Leroy township (this may have been the same place and the lines may have changed). In the 1940 census Lloyd is now an auto salesman.
One of the Rusler cousins, Susan Murphy, said that every summer she would spend a week or two with Pearl and “Uncle Waggie” and one of the Tracy cousins (probably Jeanette) would come stay also. Pearl would put a can in the window and when they were good she would put coins in the can but when they were bad she would take some out. One year for Christmas she got a doll and she took it to Aunt Pearl’s and Pearl told her if
she named the doll Pearl she would give her 80 acres. She still has the doll named Pearl and the 80 acres. Many of the other relatives also received 80 acres from Pearl as she was quite the business lady. I know my grandma Mabel inherited Pearl’s house in York – that is where the Gotcher’s had their 50th Wedding Anniversary Party.
I also heard a story that it is possible that Pearl’s house is where Grandma Mabel first met Grandpa Leo. Grandpa Leo worked on one of the Wagner farms and as The Wagner’s did a lot of entertaining at some point the two met.
My dad’s cousin, Jeanette Tracy, remembers Aunt Pearl well. Pearl was one of her favorite Aunts. She stayed at her home many days and nights and Aunt Pearl always bought bismarks. She had the first “stick” style telephone Jeanette had ever seen. She crocheted the most
beautiful things – Jeanette still has a doily Pearl made. Aunt Pearl was always dressed well and had the most beautifully decorated and clean home – no clutter at all. This makes sense since they didn’t have children.
Lloyd died April 2, 1966 in York, York County, Nebraska and Pearl died November 17, 1987 in York as well. They are both buried at Council Cemetery in York. I was thinking about Pearl and it struck me that I was sixteen when she died and yet I don’t remember ever meeting her even though she lived close to my grandmother and I believe that they had a close relationship. I wish I could have met her as since then I have heard such great stories about her.