John Stevens Bush & Sarah B (Brokaw) Speck
1903 June 25 - Death of Mrs. Bush. Mrs. John S. Bush died last
Monday from a complication of diseases. Tho remains were taken
to Sheldon, Ill., Tuesday for burial. The obituary will be published
next week .... -Miss Rosamond Bush, cousin of John Bush, the hotel man, and W.
H. Brokaw..brother of Mrs. Bush, both of Sheldon, Ill., were visiting
here last week.
Sarah M. Brokaw was born at Sharon, Ohio, Sept. 3rd, 1846, and
died at her home in Culver , Ind., June 22, 1903. She was educated
at Glendale, Ohio, and in 1867 moved with her parents to Kentland,
About 1867 she moved to Sheldon, at which place she has lived
continuously, excepting a brief residence at Plymouth a few years
ago, and a few months’ residence at Culver .
She was united in marriage to Dr. A. C. Speck July 28, 1868. She
moved to Sheldon in 1876 where the death of Dr. Speck
occurred in 1890.
October 25, 1893, she was married to John S. Bush, and in the
spring of 1902 they moved to Culver , Ind., where she resided until
Mrs. Bush was a woman who never spoke a harmf ul word, of any person,
and she was loved and respected by all who knew her. She possessed a kind
and loving disposition and was always ready to lend a helping hand
and to speak a consoling word in time of sickness and affliction.
Her whole life was one of gentleness and loving charity to all, and
many a lesson has she taught by her unfailing kindness and patience,
and many have profited by her kind words of advice. During
her sickness she was ever anxious for the welfare of those about
her, and never forgot to inquire about her friends and to send
flowers and words of sympathy to the sick.
She was an esteemed member of the Eastern Star lodge, Relief
Corps and Nickel Plate club. She was a loving wife and sister and a
faithf ul friend.
Besides her husband. Mr. John Bush, she leaves to mourn her death
three brothers. I. W., W. H. and W. A. Brokaw, Mrs. K. A. Garvin, Mrs. M. J.
Bivins and Mrs. F. McGilligan,
The funeral services were in charge of Rev. A. McFerran and were held
at tlhe Presbyterian church in Shelcbn on Wednesday afternoon
at 2 o’clock. A
quartet composed of Mrs. L. D. Snow, Mrs. J. C. Hoagland, B. M. Ingalls and S. W.
Holloway rendered several beautiful selections.
The pall bearers were 0. W. Hathway, John Fleming, W. C. Dunn, R. B. Myers, . O.
G. Smith and L. T. Hutchins. The floral offerings were numerous and beautiful.
A large number of old friends and neighbors from a distance were
in attendance at the funeral among them the following: Isaac Speck,
Harry Strohm, Jerry Dodson, Mrs. Dodson, Mrs. Kirkpatrick, Mr. and
Mrs. Conklin, Mrs. Hatch, of Kentland, Ind., and Mrs. Frank
Willard, of Brooke, Ind. —The Sheldon, (Ill.) Journal - Culver Citizen July 2 1903
Both are buried at Sheldon Cemetery Sheldon, Iroquois Illinois
John S. Bush Birth: 1839 Death: 1910
Dec 29, 1910
John S Bush is Dead
Former Well Known Residen of Culver Found Dead at His Home in Dayton, Ind.
The lifelss body of John S. Bush was found in the doorway of the woodshed at his home in
Dayton at 4:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon by his drand daughter, Mabel Ruger.
He was laying on his back on the cement floor of the shed with his feet protruding through
the doorway and had been bead for some time. His pipe was found on the floor near the
body and his hand were incased in mittens.
Mr. Bush left the house about 1:30 o'clock and went toward the shed. He was not seen from
that time until his body was found by his grand daughter.
He was leaving the shed when he fell, but the cause of his death has not been determined.
He had been complaining of heart trouble for some time and the circulation of the blood in his
limbs was impaired. He may have died from heart trouble, or may have slipped and fallen, the
concussion caused by the back of his head coming in contact with the cement floor of the she
being sufficient to cause death.
Mr. Bush was a brother-in-law of WIlliam H. Burkhalter, ex-county commissioner, and was one
of the most highly respected citizens of Dayton
John Stevens Bush was born at Dayton September 13, 1939, and was there reared and esucated.
He was the sone of Mr. and Mrs Ezra Bush, the forner's father having founded the town of Dayton
John S. Bush remained with his parents until the break of hostilities between the north and south,
when in August, 1862, he enlisted in Co G 72d regiment, Indiana volunteer iinfantry. His command
was assigned to the famous Wilder bridgae, Army of the Cumberland, and with that command Mr.
Bush saw some arduous service. Much of the time he was employed in chasing Morgan's guerilla
command, and in this service contracted ill health, which finally put him on the insctive list and he
was subsequently honorably discharged at Bowling Green, Ky. He returned to ohis home at Dayton
and entirely regained his health
Going to Iroquois county, Illinois, he engaged in farming and stock raising with fair success until 1892,
when he went into the drug store business at Sheldon, Ill., in which he was engaged in untill the year
1900. In that year he removed to Culver and engaged in the hotel business until 1908. Having
accumulated a fair amount of means and feeling the wight of years he decided to retire from active
business life and return to his old home in Dayton
WHile living in Illinois Mr. Bush married Sarah B. Speck, whoe death occured in 1902, and
subsequently he marrued Mrs. Lydia WIlson nee Burkhalter.
In matters of political Mr. Bush was a republican and took a keen interest in the trend of public
In 1885 Mrs. Bush was made a Mason in Shelfon Lodge No. 609, by subsequently demitted to
the lodge at Culver. He was also a member of the G.A.R., having his name on the roster of the
ppost a Culver.
Even at his extreme age Mr. Bush took a deep interest in all that went on about him and
rendered a hearty support to those things which were for the highest interest of the
community. He possessed a genial personality and had a large circle of friends
The funeral was conducted from the residence Dec. 22 at 2 o'clock. Dr. L. C. Buckles officiated.
The remains were taken to Sheldon, Ill. to the home of his sister-iin-law, Mrs. Dr. Bush, where short
services were held. The Internment was made at Sheldon - Lafayette Morning Journal