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Leo Ruesch


Watertown Gazette, 06 27 1935


On Sunday, June 23, 1935, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Ruesch, one of Watertown's most esteemed and best-known couples celebrated their golden jubilee at their home, 310 North Water Street.  Many of our citizens called at their home in the afternoon and evening to extend congratulations, and their house phone was kept busy all day by friends doing likewise.


Monday evening at Riverside Park a large number of relatives joined Mr. and Mrs. Ruesch and immediate family in a wedding feast.


Mr. and Mrs. Ruesch were married on June 23, 1885, at Clynann.  Mrs. Ruesch’s maiden name was the former Brigada Holstine of the town of Clyman.  Mr. Ruesch was born in Watertown.


At the age of 13 Mr. Ruesch entered the shoe business. He worked in the shop of his father, Fred Ruesch, where the Boetter meat market in North Water Street is now conducted.  He later succeeded his father as proprietor.  For the last 40 years, the store has been located in West Main Street.


Mr. Ruesch’s son, Fred, is engaged in the shoe business with him.  Altogether, Mr. Ruesch has been in the shoe business 65 years.  He is now 78 years of age and his wife 75 years.


A dinner for about 45 friends and relatives was served at the Green Bowl Tea Shop at noon Sunday.  Open house was held in the afternoon and evening.


On Monday morning at 8 o'clock mass was celebrated at St. Henry's Catholic Church by Rev. Father Schwinn. 


They are the parents of two sons, Fred and, Arthur, and two daughters, Miss Leona Ruesch, and Sister Bascalis (Frances).


The most hearty congratulations of the citizens of Watertown and hosts of friends elsewhere are extended to this worthy couple and trust they will live in good health and happiness to celebrate many more anniversaries.


In the Watertown Gazette of June 26, 1885, appeared the following notice of their marriage, written by us.  [Mr. Reusch was a boyhood friend and schoolmate of the editor, in the old No. 2 public schools then on the present site of Lincoln School]. 


"A pleasant wedding of interest to our citizens took place at the Clyman Catholic church. Rev. Father Murphy, officiating, Tuesday morning, June 23, 1885, being that of Leo Ruesch of this city, and Miss Brigada Holstine of the former place.  Joseph Holstine, brother of the bride, and Frances Ruesch, sister of the groom, attended the young couple. The wedding party was a pleasant one, and a number of friends and relatives of the contracting parties from this city were present.


“Mr. Ruesch, who is one of Watertown’s noblest young men, has resided here from his childhood, and has a very large acquaintance who wish him on this happy occasion all the happiness possible.  His bride is a very amiable young lady competent to make a bright and happy home for herself and husband.  May their matrimonial career be strewn with roses.










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