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Dr R J Buss

1885 - 1933


Dr. R. J. Buss, well known Watertown dentist with an office in the Goeldner Building, 113 Main Street, died early today in St. Mary’s hospital. He had not been in the best of health for some time and some years ago was forced to abandon his practice for a long period, resuming it only a few years ago. Death was due to poison.


Dr. Buss was taken to the hospital after he was found in a semi-conscious condition on a couch in the waiting room of his office. He was found by Oscar E. Baumann, manager of the Classic Theatre who with Police Commissioner Al J. Price and Carl F. Otto was on his way for a lunch. Mr. Baumann had finished his nightly checkup at the Classic theatre office and had joined the other two men. Passing the Goeldner Building they noticed the office of Dr. Buss illuminated and it was suggested that Dr. Buss be asked to join them. Mr. Baumann went to the office to extend the invitation. He found Dr. Buss on the couch. He summoned the other two men and the police were notified. Medical aid also was secured and one of the physicians ordered Dr. Buss removed to the hospital


Born in Lake Mills on April 4, 1885, he was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Buss. When he was three years old the family moved to Reeseville. After completing his preliminary education he entered NorthWestern University in Chicago, and graduated from the school of dentistry there. In 1918 he came to Watertown and had lived there since.


Surviving are his wife, formerly Mabel Barton whom he married in 1911, and one son, LeRoy, and one daughter, Marian. A daughter, Edna Mae, died a little more than two years ago.


Three sisters and four brothers also survive, Mrs. Otto Broitzmann of Aberdeen, S. D., Mrs. Edward Broitzmann of Milwaukee, and Miss Louise Buss of Chicago, Alvin and Carl Buss of Reeseville, Dr. V. I. Buss of Rio and Julian Buss of Waterloo.


Dr. Buss was a member of the Reformed church and of the Masonic fraternity.


The body was removed from the hospital to the Schmutzler chapel after August H. Kieck, Jefferson county coroner, had sworn in a jury of four persons who found the death was due to poisoning. The jury included Oscar E. Baumann, Carl F. Otto, Police Commissioner Price and Wilmer Krueger.


The funeral is to be held Thursday afternoon from the home, 1033 North Fourth Street, where services will be conducted, followed by services in the Reformed Church, the Rev. F. W. Lemme officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. The Masons will be in charge of the ritual at the grave.


The casket will not be opened in church.


Watertown Daily Times, 08 08 1933

Mabel Buss

1886 - 1939


Mrs. Mabel C. Buss, widow of Dr. R. J. Buss, died at a Milwaukee hospital where she had been seriously ill for some time. She suffered from a heart ailment. For the past three years she had been a nurse at the Masonic home, Dousman.


She was born in Ottawa, Ill., on September 13, 1886, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Barton. She lived in Watertown from 1917 to 1936. She was married in 1910 at Chicago to Dr. Buss whose death took place in Watertown in 1933.


Besides her parents who reside in Medota, Ill., there is a daughter, Marion, Milwaukee. There is also a son, Le Roy, who lives in Watertown. One daughter, Edna May, died in 1930.


Also Surviving are two grandchildren, two sisters, Mr. Goerge Waage, Chicago; Mrs. Mildred Cummings, Mendota, Ill., and a brother, Dr. Paul Barton, Ottawa, Ill.


The body was brought to Watertown and is at the Schmutzler Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held there at 2 p.m., Tuesday, the Rev. Gordon E. Robinson of the First Reformed Church officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Friends may pay their respects at the funeral home this evening and tomorrow up to the time of the service.


Mrs. Buss had been a member of the Reformed Church and also of the Order of the Eastern Star.


Watertown Daily Times, 07 03 1939




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