The following is my transcription of the obituary published in the Cook County Herald on Friday, March 26, 1909 for Christian Busse – 4th great grandfather to our children.
HONORABLE CHRISTIAN BUSSE
Christian Busse died at his home in Elk Grove township at 3 o’clock Wednesday morning, March 24, 1909, aged 85 years, 7 months, 14 days.
Christian Frederick Busse was born at Badeke, Konigreich, Hanover, Germany, Aug. 10, 1823. He married Miss Fredericke Henges March 26, 1848, and they came to America the same spring, accompanied by his father, mother, two brothers, Friedrich and Louis, and two sisters, Louisa and Hannah (his other brother, Henry, having come over six months previous). Hon. John Fasse and affianced, Miss Charlotte Kehe, also came over on the same boat.
July 1, 1848, Mr. and Mrs. Busse came to Elk Grove and settled on the farm where they lived happily sixty one years. March 26, 1898, the esteemed couple celebrated their golden wedding, with their numerous relatives and friends as their honored guests. They were earnest Christian people, and the first members of Elk Grove Lutheran congregation.
Mr. Busse was highly respected as a capable, honest man, beloved by all who knew him. The people showed their confidence in his integrity by electing him to many offices of trust. He served on the Cook County board three years, from Dec. 1, 1873, to Dec. 1, 1876; was a member of the state board of equalization, representing the old Fourth congressional district two terms, eight years, at Springfield, from 1880 to 1888, and (like his lifelong friend, Hon. John Fasse of Schaumburg) served as supervisor of his home town, Elk Grove, twenty-five years. He was a stalwart republican and went to the election last fall and voted for William H. Taft for President.
Four weeks ago the aged veteran became weak and tired and laid himself down, but had no pains whatsoever. Thus this upright man serenely passed away from earthly cares to his heavenly abode, where his beloved, lingering widow will soon meet him to enjoy eternal bliss.
The funeral will take place from the home of his son to St. John’s Elk Grove, Lutheran church at one o’clock Friday, March 26.
Deceased leaves surviving his aged widow, one son, Henry W. Busse, three daughters, Louise (Mrs. Conrad Schwake), Hannah (Mrs. August Froemling) and Fredericke (Mrs. John Russel), (Friedrich, the eldest son, died eighteen years ago.) Thirty grandchildren and twenty-seven great-grandchildren, also two brothers, Frederich and Henry, and one sister, Mrs. Louisa Tonne, and numerous relatives to revere his memory.