GORDIAN L. BUSCH
Among the prominent farmers and early German settlers who have
manifested enterprise in connection with the genius of un American civilization, Mr. Busch's name deserves a place. He is a native of Prussia,
where he was born October 26th, 1841. He arrived with his parents at
New York, on his birthday, in 1835. The same year the family safely
arrived in this county, where they immediately located permanently.
Being the only son, Mr. Busch remained with his father during his natural life time, which was only terminated in 1876. His mother departed
this life in 1863, and was a lady of great merit and fine accomplishments.
Mr. Busch assisted to improve the farm (the old homestead of his parents),
on which he yet lives, and which everywhere bears the evidences of superior management and thorough system. With the additions made,
since it passed into his exclusive jurisdiction, it embraces 500 acres, and
as a wheat farm is unsurpassed in the county. Here is also found some
of the finest stock in the country, on which the proprietor has taken
any number of premiums at the county fairs.
Though a money maker he does not hoard, but spends his funds freely
in making improvements; and in the education and accomplishment of
his children and the refinement and social standing of his family, would
put many Americans to the blush, on comparison.
He has brought the grape culture to almost a state of perfection, and
his cellars are filled with fine wines that will compare with those
produced in the south of France. He was married in 1848 to Miss
Paulina, the accomplished daughter of Frederick Muench, well known
in political and scientific circles as a brilliant writer, and who was twice
states state senator in the general assembly of Missouri. Mr. Muench came
out from Germany in 1834, crossed the Allegheny mountains with a six-
horse team, drove all the way to Missouri, and settled in Warren county.
Mr. Bush's father, Geo. L. Busch, was a native of the kingdom of
Hanover, where he was married to Miss Marienne Schwallenberg. They
raised only two children. The daughter married and died in this county
some twenty-four years ago.
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