"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Rusch, John A. assistant postmaster at Merrill, was born in that city Sept. 25, 1883, son of Gerhard and Emma (TIMM) RUSCH. He attended the public schools of Merrill and in the winter of 1903-04 was a student in the Wausau Business College. In the winter of 1905-06 he studied bookkeeping at the Wisconsin Business University of La Crosse, and upon graduating he returned to Merrill and entered the office of T. L. DAVISON, attorney and real estate dealer, as bookkeeper. After leaving Mr. DAVISON'S employ he was bookkeeper for the Cloverland Colonization Co., of Merrill, later becoming secretary and treasurer of this company and holding these offices for two years; he is now a director of the colonization company. While actively engaged with them he served as substitute clerk in the post office at Merrill from March 1, 1907, until Dec. 14, 1912, and on the latter date was made permanent clerk there, in which capacity he served until Nov. 1, 1919, he was promoted to his present position of assistant postmaster under Herman K. KRUEGER, present postmaster. He has been employed in the post office under the administrations of three different postmasters, F. W. KUBASTA, Richard B. RUNKE, and Mr. KRUEGER. He is a man of high standing in the community, both socially and in a business sense, and his exceptional ability is proven by his record of rapid advancement in all the positions he has held. Jan. 8, 1908, Mr. RUSCH married Enna F. JAHNKE, who was born at Merrill July 10, 1885, daughter of Samuel and Bertha (GENNRICH) JAHNKE. Mrs. RUSCH is a graduate of the Merrill High School and previous to her marriage she followed the profession of school teaching for five years. Mr. and Mrs. RUSCH are the parents of two children, Theodore W., who was born Jan. 9, 1909, and is now a students in the high school at Merrill, and Eloise B., born Aug. 22, 1912, who is attending the Merrill grade schools. The family are members of St. John's Lutheran Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 695-696; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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