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Bingo! James Jacob Rush was my great grandfather too. We found his grave marker, along
with his wife's and that of one little boy who died when he was three or four years
old. If you are going to Fort Dodge, they are in the cemetery on the north edge of town,
down near the southwest corner nearly overlooking the bluff over the creek. I was scuffing
along looking for a flat marker down level with the ground when I looked up and, wow,
someone had put up one of those big family plot sort of monuments with the name
"Rush" in big letters. I figure he or they must have figured on impressing some
great grandson a century later and I muttered "well Grandpa, here is your
J.J lived until 1903 and died in his early 60' of what they called "fatty
congestion of the heart" (take your Lipitor). His widow applied for a veteran's
pension since he was in the Union Army and had to submit reams of paperwork to the VA.
They still have it available for the asking. My sister got about thirty pages of
information from them with a note that they had more.
I can send you a picture of the grave marker and chat about other aspects of that family
if you want to e-mail me at Disp3(a)msn.com. Please put J.J Rush in your title so we
don't discard your message as junk.
Thomas Robert (Tom) Rush, named after J.J's oldest son, who was named after J.J's
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