George H. Rausch
George H. Rausch is a son of George and Dorothy (Weller) Rausch, the former of whom, a tailor by occupation, died at Buffalo in 1886. The children of the family now living are George H., the subject of this sketch; John, who is a picture frame gilder; Henry, a letter carrier; Julius, by trade a marine engineer but now manager of a Casualty Insurance Company, at St. Louis, Mo., and Augusta, Julia and Sophia, married and residing in Buffalo.
George H. Rausch was born in 1848 at Buffalo, where he attended the German school and also Public School No. 12, after which he worked at printing a short time and then learned his trade in Sutton Brothers machine shop. He was subsequently engaged at different times in the King Iron Works, for E B. Holmes & Co., and Hardwick & Wares. On April 16, 1893, Mr. Rausch went on the lakes as oiler on the steamer Roswell P. Flower, owned by Vance & Co. of Milwaukee, remaining that season. In the fall of the year he received his license papers, and the following spring shipped as second engineer of the steamer Wissahickon, of the Anchor line, on which he also continued the full season. His next employment was at the W. Ziser Steam Forge, where he remained until July, 1896, after which he was employed with the Buffalo Steam Engine Works. He is a member of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association Local Harbor No. 1, of Buffalo.
On February 16, 1871, Mr. Rausch was married at Buffalo to Miss Mary Gross, by whom he has had seven children. Those now living are Dora, Mary, Richard and Henry. The family residence is at No. 207 Grape street, Buffalo.
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This version of Volume II is based, with permission, on the work of the great volunteers at the Marine Captains Biographies site. To them goes the credit for reorganizing the content into some coherent order. The biographies in the original volume are in essentially random order.
Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.