George Rushton

b. 3 May 1867, d. 27 February 1948

George Rushton, 1867-1948
  • George Rushton was born on 3 May 1867 in London, Bromley, Middlesex, England, at 11 Powis Road.
  • He arrived in the US with Johanna Brassel and Mary Ann Rushton and Jane Rushton on 13 June 1869 at the Port of Quebec, Quebec.
  • Mary Ann Rushton and Jane Rushton appeared in the 2 April 1871 first national census of Canada in Toronto East, York County, Ontario, Canada, at the Carmelite Orphanage for Girls. Other members of the household included George Rushton. Noted in the margin, "Inmates of Girls Home, who have no homes elsewhere." Their mother likely was overlooked in the census because she was in domestic service.
  • Henry Hayes and Johanna Brassel appeared in the 4 April 1881 census of Canada in Niagara Falls (formerly Clifton), Welland County, Ontario, Canada. Other members of the household included George Rushton, Mary Ann Rushton, Jane Rushton, Henry Hayes, Hannah Hayes and Louise Hayes. "Johanna" is identified as Hannah Hayes, age 37.
  • He married Mary Sophia Aldous, daughter of John A. Aldous and Sarah Bampton, on 25 December 1889.
  • During the Spanish-American war, George Rushton, age 31, enlisted on 14 June 1898, at Niagara Falls, New York, to serve two years. He mustered in as a private, Company E, on 17 May, and mustered out with the company on 30 November 1898 at Niagara Falls.
  • George Rushton and Mary Sophia Aldous appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1900 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, at 338 Fifth Street. Other members of the household included George Aldous Rushton and Charles Henry Rushton.
  • He was a polisher, according to the 1900 census.
  • George Rushton and Mary Sophia Aldous appeared in the US federal census of 15 April 1910 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, at 1903 Cudabeck Avenue. Other members of the household included George Aldous Rushton and Charles Henry Rushton.
  • He was employed as a janitor in an office building, according to the 1910 census.
  • George Rushton registered for the draft on 5 June 1917 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, while living at 1903 19th Street, Niagara Falls, and employed as a clerk at the Carborundum Company.
  • George Rushton and Mary Sophia Aldous appeared in the US federal census of 1 January 1920 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, at Spruce Avenue. Other members of the household included Charles Henry Rushton.
  • He was a machine operator with a power company, according to the 1920 census.
  • The following appeared on 2 July 1923 in The Niagara Falls Gazette: George Rushton, a Spanish-American war veteran of this city, has been granted a government pension of $12 a month, according to a Washington dispatch today.
  • George Rushton became a widower at the 25 August 1924 death of his wife Mary Sophia Aldous.
  • The following appeared on 27 August 1924 in The Niagara Falls Gazette: The funeral of Mrs. Mary S. Rushton, 62 years old, of No. 642 Elmwood avenue, who died Monday was held at 2 o'clock from the family home this afternoon and at 2:45 o'clock from the Trinity church in Chippawa, Ont. The Rev. Phillip W. Mosher officiated. Burial was in Chippawa cemetery.
         The bearers were Jesse Read, Bert Wardell, William Smith, Howard Hooker, J. S. Fleck and George A. Pierce. The services at the home this afternoon were conducted by the L. A. P. M., No. 9. Many large and beautiful floral offerings filled the rooms of the home. She is survived besides her husband by two sons, Lieuts. George A. and Charles H., both of this city, her mother, Mrs. John Aldous, by one sister, Mrs. Martha McCloy, of Chippawa, and five brothers, Thomas, of Chippawa, Fred, of Buffalo, and John, Charles and George, all of this city.
  • The following appeared on 14 August 1926 in The Niagara Falls Gazette: George Rushton, 58 years old, of No. 642 Sherwood avenue, and Mrs. Emma Frances Hummel, 63 years old, of No. 2220 Ontario avenue, yesterday afternoon secured a marriage license at the city clerk's office, declaring their purpose to be wed by the Rev. Mr. Raps, who is in charge of the affairs of St. Peter's Episcopal church during the absence of the rector, the Rev. Dr. Philip W. Mosher. Both of the applicants said they had previous marriages but their former mates had died.
  • He married Emma Frances Schriver, daughter of Seymour Schriver and Emma (?), in August 1926.
  • The following appeared on 24 August 1927 in The Niagara Falls Gazette: Mr. and Mrs. George Rushton, Elmwood avenue, are this week entertaining Mrs. Rushton's brother and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Schriver, Boston, Mass; Miss Virginia Davis, a popular young actress; and Mrs. P. C. Tracey and Mr. Frank Hoffman, all of New York. On Monday evening, Mr. and Mrs. Rushton and their guests were entertained at dinner by Mrs. Mary Stratton, Main street.
  • The following appeared on 24 August 1927 in The Niagara Falls Gazette: Mr. and Mrs. George Rushton, Elmwood avenue, are this week entertaining Mrs. Rushton's brother and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Schriver, Boston, Mass; Miss Virginia Davis, a popular young actress; and Mrs. P. C. Tracey and Mr. Frank Hoffman, all of New York. On Monday evening, Mr. and Mrs. Rushton and their guests were entertained at dinner by Mrs. Mary Stratton, Main street.
  • George Rushton and Emma Frances Schriver appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, at 642 Glenwood Avenue.
  • He was a mechanical operator, power company, according to the 1930 census.
  • The following appeared on 29 August 1930 in The Niagara Falls Gazette: Six veterans of the power industry, five of them men and one a woman, mark the completion of long terms of service this month. The list is headed by Fred W. Scott, with 30 years of service, and includes Robert A. Delaney and Fred S. Crawford, each 25 years, and Esther A. Smith, Samuel L. Rhoda and George Rushton, each 20 years. . . .
         George Rushton came to Niagara Falls from England in 1879 [sic]. For 22 years he was employed by the Oneida Community Co., starting to work when he was 17 years old. After this he was employed at the office here, and in 1910 he entered the employ of the Niagara Falls Power Company. He helped to install the 10,000-horsepower generators at Schoellkopf Station and is now mechanical operator on the 70,000-horsepower machines which were added to the station in 1924.
         Mr. Rushton has a remarkable record. He has never missed a day from his job, except his regular vacations and says that he has never been ill in his life. Mr. Rushton's home is at 642 Elmwood avenue.
  • The following appeared on 27 July 1932 in The Niagara Falls Gazette: Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hummel and daughter, Irene, of Ontario avenue, and Mr. and Mrs. George Rushton, of Elmwood avenue, have returned from a two-weeks motor trip to Boston, Mass.
  • The following appeared on 1 August 1933 in The Niagara Falls Gazette: Mr. and Mrs. George Rushton and granddaughter, Irene Hummell, of Linwood avenue, have returned home after two weeks visit in Midland, Ont. Mrs. Thomas Herron, of Midland, returned with them and will be their guest for the next two weeks.
  • The following appeared on 31 August 1935 in The Niagara Falls Gazette: Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hummel, of Ontario avenue, and Mrs. George Rushton, of Elmwood avenue, have returned from a week's visit in Boston, Mass.
  • He applied for a Social Security account number on 12 May 1937 while living at 642 Elmwood Avenue, Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, and employed by the Niagara Falls Power Company, Canal Basin, Niagara Falls.
  • George Rushton died on 27 February 1948 at age 80 in Niagara Falls, New York, at 642 Elmwood Avenue . His death was officially witnessed by Charles Henry Rushton.
  • Emma Frances Schriver became a widow at his death.
  • He was interred at Oakwood Cemetery, Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York.
  • The following appeared on 27 February 1948 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: This city was missing one of its more familiar figures today after the death early today of George Rushton, 80, of 642 Elmwood avenue, veteran of the Spanish-American war. 
         Born at London, England, Mr. Rushton has been a resident of this city for the last 66 years. 
         As a boy he was a bellhop at the old Spencer house. He later became associated with the Oneida Community, Ltd., where he remained until 1898 when he volunteered for duty with the 42nd Separate company which became Company E, Third New York infantry, at the outbreak of the war with Spain. 
         After his return from service he was employed by the United States postoffice until 1911 when he transferred to the Niagara Falls Power company where he stayed until he retired in 1938. 
         Besides holding numerous offices with the M. B. Butler Post 7, United Spanish War Veterans, Mr. Rushton was also a member of the 42nd Separate Company Veterans association; the Niagara Falls Exempt Firemen's association; Order of Amaranth 30; Rosebud Rebekah Lodge 20; Messiah Shrine 18, W.S. of J; Bellevue Lodge 316, I.O.O.F., and Niagara Frontier Lodge 132, F. and A.M. 
         Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Emma Rushton; two sons, George A. and Charles H. Rushton; a sister, Mrs. Peter M. Wilson, all of this city, and six grandchildren and a great grandchild. 
         The Rev. David H. Weeks will conduct funeral services Monday at 2 p. m. at the Gridley Funeral home.  Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.
  • The following appeared on 28 February 1948 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: [Died] In this city, Feb 27, 1948, George Rushton, 642 Elmwood Ave, age 80; husband of Emma; father of George A. and Charles H; brother of Mrs. Peter M. Wilson, all of this city. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Funeral at Gridley Funeral Home, 750 Main St., Monday at 2 p.m., Rev. D. H. Weeks officiating. Interment in Oakwood cemetery, Niagara Frontier Lodge No. 132, F. & A.M. will conduct services Sunday evening at 7:30. Military rites at the cemetery by the M. B. Butler Post, Spanish-American War Veterans.
  • A single grave marker identifies the graves of George Rushton and Emma Frances Schriver.
  • Last Edited: 12 Mar 2016

Family 1: Mary Sophia Aldous b. May 1862, d. 25 August 1924

Family 2: Emma Frances Schriver b. 9 August 1862, d. 24 March 1953