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1 1st. husband-Jacob Runkel. Married to Jacob Runkel and they went to Manton, Mich. to homestead a farm. He was a blacksmith and was in partnership with George Florence. Many people from Mercer County went to Michigan as the land was cheap. Jacob was clearing land and a log skidded into a sandbank. He lifted it and burst a blood vessel around his heart. The blood slowly leaked and he died a slow death. His baby daughter, Edith was only 8 months old when he died. He left Myrtle at age 10, Foster at age 5, and Harvey at age 3. He worked as a glass blower for awhile in Indiana. Because Jacob was bedfast, Edith would be put on his bed and he would entertain her. After he died, the family had a difficult time as she was used to so much attention. Rosa left Michigan after having a sale of the homestead. Rosa lived with Jacob's father and her own father and then returned to Mercer Co. . She left Michigan and returned to be near her family and lived with her family for a while but her sisters were teenagers and resented her being there so she moved out on her own. She was very poor but had great faith and raised her family in a time when women did not work. She was a midwife, did housekeeping for the sick and aged. She worked at Mersmans Table Co. She would walk quite a way to the barn space she rented, hitch her own buggy and drive to work. Many nights, she stayed up praying for food and necessities for her family and managed to survive until she remarried after WW 1 to George Buschur. Rosa buried five sons and two husbands. Willy and Russell died of complications of measles when Rosa was sick with them herself and a hired girl was caring for them all. Harold was run over by a wagon , Harvey died in a car accident as a teen and Foster died in jail with an attack of pancreatitis. She married Jacob Runkel and he was introduced to her through a cousin by mail. They corresponded while Jake was in the Coast Guard or Merchant Marines. Claudia has a pocket from his uniform with a letter he wrote to Rosa to introduce himself. They experienced many tragedies. Their two first children died at close to the same time ages 4 and 2 years of disease (possible Measels or dyptheria.) . They had a child killed as he was run over by a run-away logging wagon at age 3. She was left a young widow with four children to raise on her own.

She was a midwife for Dr. Fishpaw who was a nearby neighbor in Wabash. Her daughter Edith washed bandages and rolled them for Dr. Fishpaw. She and her sister Laura Enyart were very close all their lives. They lived very close in Wabash, Ohio. They shared yeast each baking every other day.

Also married to George Buschur whose genealogy is in Mercer Co History 1978 under Sophie, his sister. She and George met while they both worked at Mersmans. He had been a wheat thresher and told by co-workers that his wife was unfaithful. He came home unexpected and caught her with another man. He left and they were divorced. Rosa would not date him or consider marriage because he was a married/divorced and Catholic man. He left to go to World War I. He wrote her the whole time and told her they would marry if he returned. He was gassed in WW I and on disability. He died of Hodgins Disease, a type of cancer of the lymph nodes and probably related to the gas when he was a soldier. When he returned, they married. He was a very good step-father to her children but was never allowed to discipline them as they were 'her children'. Rosa and George had one child together, Mary, a change of life baby.

As a young girl, Rosa's mother died leaving a large family of children. Her father never remarried and he raised the family along with his girl's help. Her mother was pregnant and crawled up on a fence to call the father in for lunch from the fields. The gate swung, she fell and later died from the fall and the baby also. Usually men in those times were not expected to raise a family, yet he did it and was a very special person.


1880 Federal Census:
Rosa is one year old and living with her parents Jacob and Julie Ann Rush in Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. Her father Jacob is a farmer and her mother is keeping house. Jacob reports being born in Indiana and both his parents in Ohio. Julie reports being born in Ohio and her parents also. Rosa was born in Ohio.
Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Liberty, Mercer, Ohio;Roll:T9_1048; Family History Film: 1255048; Page: 475.2000;Enumeration District: 188; Image: 0663.

Married 3/5/1896 in Mercer County, Ohio.

1900 Federal Census:
Jacob is 23 years old and married to Rosa Rush who is 21. They are living in Jefferson Township, Adams County, Indiana. Children in the home are William Jacob age 3 and Russell James age 7/12. They report being married 4 years. Both state they were born in Ohio. Jacob is a farm Laborer. They are renting a house. Both report being able to read, write and speak English. Both report all parents being born in Ohio except Rosa's father who was born in Indiana.
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Jefferson, Adams,Indiana;Roll: T623 357; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 4.


1910 Federal Census:
Jacob is 34 and Rosa is 32 and they are living in Washington Township, Mercer County, Ohio. Children in the home are:
Myrtle age 7
Foster C. age 5
Harvey age 5/12 months
Rosa and Jacob both report being born in Ohio. Jacob reports his father was born in Ohio and his Mother in Virginia. Rosa reports her parents being born in Ohio. Myrtle was born in Indiana and the rest of children were born in Ohio. Jacob is a blacksmith. They own a house free of a mortgage.

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Washington, Mercer,Ohio;Roll: T624_1214; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 125; Image: 1136

Jacob dies in 1912.

1920 Federal Census:
Rosa's first husband Jacob has died and she has returned to Ohio and remarried George Buschur. George is 36 and Rosa is 39. They are living in Jefferson Township, Mercer County, Ohio. In the home are children :
Myrtle age 17 is a Roller in a Cigar Factory
Foster age 12 is a student
Harvey age 10 is a student
Edith age 7
All state they were born in Ohio except Myrtle who was born in Indiana and Rosa's father in Indiana. Living on Mill St. George is a laborer doing Public work. He works for wages. George's parents are from West Virginia.

Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Jefferson, Mercer, Ohio;Roll:T625_1418; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 138; Image: 364.


1930 Federal Census:
Rosa and George are living in Washington, Mercer County, Ohio with their daughter Mary. George is 46 and Rosa is 51 and Mary is 8 years old. All can read and write. Mary is attending school. Home is valued at $800.00 They were 36 and 41 when married. Rosa reports she and her parents were born in Ohio. George is a Gardner and Rosa is not working. George is a WW I Veteran. Their name is misspelled. It is spelled Bustore.
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Washington, Mercer,Ohio;Roll: 1850; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 27; Image: 1032.0.


Prior to her death, she left the hospital and stayed with her sister Laurie so she could look out the bedroom window and see her own home and was happy as long as she could. She also stayed with daughter Myrtle in Piqua. She died in Piqua, Ohio while staying with daughter Myrtle. Rosa is buried at the cemetery behind the church and her home in Wabash. You can stand at her grave and see the yard where the old house would stand. She would have been happy to be so near to her beloved home in Wabash.

Died at 4:30 P.M. at Piqua Memorial Hospital being in the hospital only several hours. W.H. Dick and Sons handled the Funeral. Held at Wabash Congregational Christian Church with Rev. Henry Vandeman officiating.Buried behind her house in Wabash called Live Oak Cemetery.Grandpa George Buschur, her second husband is buried there also.

Ohio Deaths 1958-2002 Record:
Name - Rosa E. Buschur
Age at Death - 86
Date of Death - 30 Mar 1965
City of Death - Piqua
County of Death - Miami
Volume - 18011
Certificate - 22663
Date of birth - Est. 1879
Gender - Female
Martial Status - Widowed
Race - White
County of Residence - Mercer
State of Residence - Ohio
Country of Residence - United States
Hospital of Death - Piqua Mem Med Center - closed
Certifier - Physician
Autopsy - yes, used for certification

Last residence: Wabash, Ohio
Source Citation: Certificate: 22663; Volume: 18011

Source Information:
Ancestry.com and Ohio Department of Health. Ohio Deaths, 1908-1932,1938-1944, and 1958-2002 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. Original data:Ohio. Division of Vital Statistics. Death Certificates and index, December 20, 1908 - December 31, 1953. State Archives Series 3094.Ohio Historical Society, Ohio.

Last residence was Wabash, Ohio. She stayed in Piqua, Ohio.

Member of Wabash Congregational Christian Church (United Church of Christ). Buried in Live Oak Cemetery or nicknamed Wabash Cemetery.

Rosa Eltha (Rush ) Runkel Buschur
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Family: F12740
 
2 Adams County Marriage License #977 Family: F9240
 
3 Alternative marriage place Jay County,Indiana Family: F12768
 
4 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family: F12822
 
5 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family: F12858
 
6 Birth recorded in Book H-17 page 33.

may be a mix up of sister's husbands. Crystal may have married Lennard and Dorothy married Unknown Ullman 
Family: F12824
 
7 by John Emmill Family: F12448
 
8 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family: F7728
 
9 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family: F7729
 
10 by Rev. Jacob Barber Family: F19177
 
11 by Rev. S. L. Runkel Family: F17759
 
12 by Reverend Monroe J Shearer Jr Family: F7726
 
13 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family: F12830
 
14 Dauphin County Marriage Application #146-T3 Family: F8067
 
15 Dauphin County Marriage Records Family: F6358
 
16 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family: F12806
 
17 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family: F6504
 
18 Elias Perry J.P. Family: F12402
 
19 From Indiana. Marriage listed in Mercer county marriages, Vol3andpublished in the Monitor OGS Mercer County, Ohio. Family: F12757
 
20 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family: F12839
 
21 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family: F12938
 
22 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family: F12939
 
23 Henry Shew, Esq. Family: F18254
 
24 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family: F12882
 
25 license issued Family: F9942
 
26 Listed in Mercer County Marriages, Vol. 4 1876, 43 28. Also in the Mercer County Monitor,Vol. 14,-No. 1, Jan.-March 1993. Philo LeBlond, JP

Alternative date of 8/10/1876 for marriage 
Family: F12759
 
27 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family: F12808
 
28 Marriage application - 26 Mar 1904 Family: F8088
 
29 Marriage date listed as 10/14/1867 . John F. Boice of Troy, Ohio ,Charles Shepherd II and others such as his brother Franklin D Shepherd, Margaret Grim and Mildred Ludy worked on the Boice Line. Family: F12758
 
30 Marriage License issued from Kalamazoo, Michigan, Have certified copy. Foster was 22 years old and Aunt Bea was 18 years old. Be is listed as having been born in Piqua, Ohio and that her occupation is housework. Neither were previously married. The Marriage certificate is signed by Rev. W. F. Huxford of Portage Baptist Church with witnesses being Mrs. Waldo Colbert and Mr. Waldo Colbert. September 11, 1929 Family: F12881
 
31 Marriage listed in Book CJ 208, Adams Co.,Indiana Family: F12912
 
32 Married at Piqua by Rev. White. Attendants were Harvey Runkel and Gladys Redmond Runkel. Harvey and Edith were brother and sister and John and Gladys were brother and sister. They had been married earlier in the day but John and Edith and Harvey and Gladys planned a double wedding but Edith was under age and had to state she was pregnant in order to get the license. Her Mother, Rosa Buschur, would not agree to say she was pregnant. Harvey and Gladys were married and then they all went to Troy to get license and Edith and John and everyone went to Piqua for them to be married by Rev. White. Family: F12739
 
33 married by A.G. Hempleman Family: F16834
 
34 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family: F10980
 
35 married by G.H. Leonard, V.D.M. Family: F12076
 
36 Married by Henry Dickson, JP Family: F12752
 
37 Married by Herbert Walber Family: F12918
 
38 Married by James McDowell Family: F12765
 
39 Married by Pastor Schultz. Family: F12919
 
40 married by Rev. E. W. Behrrer  Family: F16874
 
41 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family: F12922
 
42 Married by Rev. M. M. Habry Family: F12814
 
43 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family: F12799
 
44 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family: F12925
 
45 Married by Rev. Roger Lautzenheiser of Geneva, Indiana. Family: F12923
 
46 Married by Rev. Willian Haley. Died at Caylor Nickle Clinic, Wells County, Indiana. Family: F12789
 
47 married by Samuel Longshore  Family: F16888
 
48 married by Samuel Longshore  Family: F16913
 
49 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family: F12921
 
50 Married in Salem Methodist Church, Salem, Indiana Family: F12793
 

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