Selected Families and Individuals


Jasper C. "Jap" RUSHO

Obituary (from Watertown Daily Times of 18 March 1950):  CLAYTON---Joseph C. Rusho, 70, of 535 Merrick St., one-time farmer and caretaker, died at 4:30 this morning at his home following an illness of two years.  He had been confined to his
home for the past ten months.

    A prayer service will be held at the home Thursday at 9 a.m. with a service at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Clayton, at 9:30.  Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.

    Mr. Rusho was born Sept. 7, 1881, at Grindstone Island, near Clayton, a son of Freeman and Frances Calhoun Rusho.  He spent the first 35 years of his life on Grindstone Island operating a farm.  At about 36, he moved to a farm in the town
of Clayton which he operated for five years.

    For 29 years, up until his recent illness, he was caretaker and boatman at the summer residence of O. J. Hamlin on Frontenac Island.

    Surviving besides his wife, the former Miss Mary A. Fitzgerald, are a daughter, Mrs. Walter (Frances) LaLonde of Schenectady, and a brother, William Rusho of Adams.  Another brother, Manley Rusho, died in July, 1939.

Mary Agnes "Minnie" FITZGERALD

1  CMNT 1900 Census says born 1895

Obituary (from newspaper of 9 May 1967):  CLAYTON---Mrs. Mary A. (Minnie) Fitzgerald Rusho, 70, of 535 Merrick St., widow of Jasper C. Rusho, died at 2:25 p.m. Monday in the House of the Good Samaritan, Watertown, of injuries sustained in a
two-car collision Sunday evening near Clayton.  Two other persons sustained serious injuries.

    She was admitted to the hospital at 9:20 p.m. Sunday with internal injuries, including chest injuries, and lacerations to the head.

    Mrs. Rusho was a passenger in a car operated by Mrs. Edith M. LaLonde, 56, of 519 Riverside Dr.  Mrs. LaLonde suffered a fractureof the right knee and lacerations to the face and forehead.  Her condition was listed as "favorable" this
morning by hospital authorities.

    Also listed in "favorable" condition this morning is Joseph M. Cerwins, 62, Clayton, R.D.1, operator of the other car.  He had a scalp laceration, internal injuries, and fractured ribs.

    According to state police, Cerwins' car, proceeding south on Route 12, near the junction of the LaFargeville road, went out of control on the slushy highway, during the snowstorm at 8:30 p.m.  The car veered left into the path of the
LaLonde vehicle, which was proceeding north.  The cars were 40 feet apart when they stopped.

    The Cerwins car caught fire when it halted 20 feet from the east shoulder of the highway.  The fire was extinguished by the Clayton volunteer fire department.

    The funeral for Mrs. Rusho will be Thursday ar 8:30 a.m., at the Cummings Funeral Home here and 9 in St. Mary's Catholic Church, with Rev. Leo Wiley, assistant pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in St. Mary's cemetery.

    Firends may call at the funeral home from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

    Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Walter A. (Frances Mary) LaLonde, Dunnsville Road, Schenectady; three granddaughters, Mary, Michele, and Melinda LaLonde; nieces and nephews.

    A sister, Mrs. Raymond (Nina) Stalker of Clayton, died in 1945.

    Mrs. Rusho was born Sept. 24, 1896, in Clayton, a daughter of William and Mary Charlebois Fitzgerald.  She attended local schools.

    On Nov. 10, 1914, in St. Mary's Church, She was married to Jasper C. (Jap) Rusho, a native of Grindstone Island.  After their marriage, they operated a farm on Grindstone Island and in the town of Clayton, before moving to the village.
Mrs. Rusho worked in the summer for R.A. Digel on Frontenac Island for a number of years.

    Mr. Rusho, who was caretaker and boatman at the summer residence of O.J. Hamlin on Frontenac Island for 29 years, died at the age of 70 on March 18, 1952, after an illness of two years.

   After her husband's death, Mrs. Rusho became employed in the cafeteria of Clayton Central School.  Currently manager of the cafeteria, she was to have retired in June after 14 years of employment.  She was a member of St. Mary's Church, and
for years was active in Clayton Grange 647 before it disbanded.