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The Ringgold Record, 1898

AN OLD SETTLER GONE.

Job RUSH, a Pioneer Citizen, Succombs to Heart Disease

Rush gravestone.jpgCivil War Flags.jpg Job RUSH, an old settler and prominent citizen of Ringgold county, died suddenly at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon [February 20, 1898] at the home of his son-in-law, W. M. REASONER, in Monroe township, where he had been living since the death of his wife two years ago. His death was due to neuralgia of the heart with which he had been complaining for some time. On Sunday, however, he seemed as well as usual. Suddenly feeling a severe pain he went to his room and laid down, where death ensued instantly.

Mr. RUSH was born in Knox county, Ohio, October 29, 1834. He came from a good family, and his great-grandfather, Benjamin RUSH, was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. In 1857 he came to Ringgold county and purchased eighty acres of land in Monroe township, where he engaged in farming until his subsequent removal to Mt. Ayr January 2, 1886. He was married in August [19], 1860, to Miss Louisa M. (sic) McLAIN of Coshocton county, Ohio, but who was living in Ringgold county at the time of her marriage. To them were born three daughters - Hattie A. [born July 21, 1863], wife of W. M. REASONER; Martha J. [born Setpember 2, 1866], wife of Thomas SLOAN, and [Eunice] "Helen" [born January 18, 1869]. Mr. RUSH was a soldier in the late war, enlisting in company G, Fourth Iowa Infantry, as a veteran recruit. He was in the battles of Resaea, Dallas, Kenesaw Mountain and others, and was with SHERMAN on his march to the sea. From there he went to Washington where he witnessed the surrender of General JOHNSTON's army and took part in the grand review. He was honorably discharged in July, 1865, at Louisville, Ky, and afterward returned to his farm. When he removed to Mt. Ayr he became associated with H. ROGERS in the furniture business, in which they continued several years. He was honored with county and township officers and his influence in the community has always been good.

The funeral services were conducted Tuesday at 2 o'clock p. m. at the Highland church by Rev. EWAN of Tingley, and interment was made in the Oliver cemetery [near Ellston]. The Ellis C. MILLER Post, G.A.R., of which he was a member, was in attendance. The bereaved relatives and friends have the sympathy of the entire community.

NOTE: Job enlisted as a Private on April 30, 1864 and was assigned to Company G, 4th Iowa Infantry. He was promoted to Full Corporal on July 1st, 1865, and mustered out of service on July 24, 1865, at Louisville, Kentucky. (SOURCE: American Civil War Soldiers, ancestry.com)

Louisa J. (McLAIN) RUSH, wife of Job, died on May 21, 1896 at the age of 65 years, 11 months and 3 days.

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008

publication and date clipped off, handwritten notation "1898"

OBITUARY ~ JOB RUSH.

Job RUSH, son of Job RUSH, Sr., and Anna RINEHART RUSH, was born Oct. 29, 1834, and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wm. REASONER, at 2 o'clock p.m., Sunday, Reb. 20, 1898, aged 63 years, three months, and 21 days. Deceased was married August 19, 1860, to Louisa J. McCLAIN. To them were born three children as follows: Hattie A., wife of Wm. REASONER, Martha J., wife of T. B. SLOAN, and Miss Eunice Helen, all of whom are living.

His wife, Louisa J., died May 21, 1896, and since that date he has made his home with his children. The suddenness of his death was shocking indeed. He was apparently in good health for a man so far advanced in years. He had been walking about the yard but a few moments before he laid on a lounge in his room, where he was talking pleasantly with members of the family, when without any signs of distress he quietly folded his arms across his breast and ceased to breathe, so quietly that those present could not realize for the moment that the spirit of the strong man had departed.

Job RUSH was born in Knox county, Ohio, and moved to Ringgold county, Iowa, nearly 42 years ago and was a pioneer indeed, suffering all the hardships incident to such a life. During the late rebellion he enlisted in Co. G, 4th Iowa infantry, serving bravely until the close of the war. He spent most of his life on his farm, except three years in the furniture business in Mt. Ayr. He has perhaps done more official work for Monroe township than has any other man in it, as clerk, assessor, trustee, justice of peace, member of board of supervisors, etc. The writer of these lines has known him from his boyhood and has never known a man to doubt that his honor and integrity were of the very strictest type.

He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church [missing] mostly through his influence that the High Point church was erected. He was the youngest of four children, Mrs. Margaret L. MERRIN and Wm. RUSH, both of whom are still living and Mrs. Phoebe JOHNSTON deceased.

Funeral services were held at High Point Methodist church, of which deceased was a member, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Frank. W. EWAN. Interment was made at Oliver's cemetery.

Submission by Theola Hightshoe Weeda, October of 2012

To submit your Ringgold County obituaries, contact Sharon R. Becker at
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