Wayne Rush Genealogy
Wayne and Maye Rush, on a date at Oolitic IN,
photos taken at a rock quarry near Bedford.
Maye, Wayne, Virginia... Wayne... Wayne, Maye, Laura White...Maye & Wayne
Oliver P and Laura Rush, my great-grandparents purchased 80 acres in Bloomfield, Indiana. This land is bordered by a country road that goes to the river and their property bordered on the river. They moved there from Popcorn, Lawrence County, Indiana when my Grandpa was 16. They wanted to be closer to a town. Grandpa Wayne Rush and his brother, Kent, helped their Dad, Oliver P, add a second story on the house after they purchased the property. Then they built the "little house" next door and a barn. They cleared land for a large garden and fenced more pasture for their horses and cows.
Oct 1 1921 Marriage of Wayne Rush and Maybe White,
After my Grandparents, Wayne and Maye (White) Rush married, they lived in the little house across the field and Oliver and Laura lived in the big house. After Laura and Oliver died, Wayne and Maye inherited the big house so they moved there. At this time, their family had grown to 5. They rented out the little house. Uncle Kent and Aunt Laura inherited Oliver's other farm (not the one in Lawrence County) and they lived there for a while. It was in southern IN, maybe a county away from Bloomfield, but I do not know where. Mom thinks it was in Lyons.
Grandpa and Grandma both had striking light blue eyes and they were very tall. Grandma was shy around people but she was a wonderful Grandma. She always made our favorite foods and played games with us. I loved to go to town with them and ride in the back of the pickup truck. There was a handle by the windshield and I remember asking Grandpa what it was for. He said if he cranked it we would fly. He loved to joke around and enjoyed talking about politics. Grandpa always had a large garden with the best tomatoes, green beans and corn. They were hard workers, Grandma was always working in the garden and canning. She made lime pickles that were so crisp and sweet. I remember when they purchased their first electric washer and dryer, probably about 1960. That was a real luxury at that time. Grandma liked to paint and sew. She made beautiful quilts and afghans. Grandpa made quilting frames.
My earliest memories of the Rush family are playing at the "big house". My cousins and I loved to play tag and hide and seek. We would run around the wooden porch, which went almost all the way around the house and the roof came out over it. The door everyone used to enter the house had a sidewalk from the driveway and it went into the kitchen. Beside the door was the really long porch swing with pretty spindles across the back. Grandpa Wayne Rush made the porch swing from the playpen spindles that had been used by my Aunt Wilma, Mom and Uncle Bud. He said that he made it long enough for him to be able to lay down and take a nap on it, and he was 6'4". The kitchen has a wood-burning stove. The table was always covered with a red and white checkered table cloth. Off the kitchen was a small room that had a bowl and pitcher on a counter with a mirror over it on one side and shelves on the other. The living room was large with thin lace curtains over the long windows. pretty woodwork and a fireplace. There were two bedrooms off the living room that shared a double-sided fireplace. Both the upstairs and downstairs rooms had really high ceilings and tall baseboards. The stairs went up by the living room to two bedrooms. One had the brick chimney in it and this was where mom and Aunt Wilma slept during the winter, near the chimney, to keep warm. The floors were wooden and the walls were wallpapered, one pale yellow and one pale blue. These rooms were light and bright with high ceilings and several windows in each room.
This house had a summer kitchen and a smoke house, which were separate buildings from the main house but attached by the wooden porch, which was covered by the roof. Near the smokehouse was an angled door into the ground. This was the cellar where Grandma kept her canned foods, milk and butter. There was a large fragrant lilac bush by the cellar. Grandpa built the garage and a large barn, which are still standing and appear to be in excellent shape. The little house is still there too. However, the big house was damaged by termites and torn down by the new owners. A brick house was built back further from where the big house was. No one has a full photo of the big farm house. So sad, we all wish we did.
The farmhouse that Grandpa built with his brother and dad, the barn and garage that Grandpa Wayne Rush built, probably about 1930.
1703 Linden Ave, Mishawaka IN
This is the house that Grandma and Grandpa, Mom, Uncle Bud lived in when they moved to Mishawaka to live during the war.
The Rush cemetery is in Greene County, next to the Lawrence County line, on State Rd 54. The property has a really wide creek running through it and also had the family cemetery on it. To get to the cemetery, you must cross the creek, or you could wade across during the dryer time of summer. The cemetery is up a steep hill and around a ways; not easy to find. The land was still in the Rush family in the 1980's. The owner was George Rush. He lived in Indianapolis. He came down to our Rush reunion in Bloomfield and took me to this cemetery in his jeep. I took Grandpa Wayne Rush there and he remembered where the Rush house was and that there was a spring not far from the house. Grandpa Wayne remembered in 1949 going to the funeral of Artimecy "Timey", daughter of John C. A horse-drawn wagon had to take the casket across the creek.
The old Rush homestead was by the Rush Cemetery. The map and directions from Popcorn, IN, where Grandpa Rush grew up, are below.
Driving directions to Rush Cemetery, Springville, IN 47462
Rush Cemetery and a marker there, I think it says:
John C, son of L. O. & E. D. Price, b ? d 1855
Lowder Cemetery in Lawrence County:
Book G Pg 175, gravestones not located
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