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George J Busboom
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Birth: Oct. 12, 1898
Pawnee City
Pawnee County
Nebraska, USA
Death: May 26, 1930
Tulsa County
Oklahoma, USA

Veteran: WW I

1st h/o of Margaret Muriel Haight.

Birth: in Pawnee City, Pawnee county, Nebraska. (Draft Registration for WW I he gives birth as 2 AUG 1892(?))

~ Primary organizer of The Carthage Marble Corpoartion ~

Draft Registration on 3 FEB 1917 at Anderson county, Kansas, single, bricklayer in Douglas county, medium height, medium weight, brown eyes, dark hair. (same locale as older brother Frank J)

From an old army buddy living in Tulsa May 1930, Frank L Mangan: Reportedly, George enlisted while a bricklayer in Lincoln, becoming a sergeant major in 89th Aero Squadron.

Record reveals:

89th Aero Squadron was organized on 19 Aug 1917. Demobilized on 19 May 1919 [nineteen months]. Assignments. Unkn, 19 Aug-Nov 1917; 1st Air Depot, Nov 1917; 2nd Corps Aeronautical School, Feb 1918-Jan 1919; unkn, Jan-19 May 1919.

Stationed. Kelly Field, Tex, 19 Aug 1917; Garden City, NY, c. 6-27 Oct 1917, Colombey-les-Belles, France, 16 Nov 1917; Chatillon-sur-Seine, France, 17 Feb 1918; St. Nazaire, France, c. 14 Jan 1919-unkn, Garden City, NY, c. 25 Mar-19 May 1919.

Following WW I & retuning from overseas, he was reportedly with brother Frank, owning Pawnee Lumber company in Pawnee City, Pawnee county, Nebraska where he may (?) have met Margaret Muriel Haight of DuBois, Pawnee county, Nebraska.

Daughter, Mary Margaret Busboom was born 1924 at Fairbury, Jefferson county, Nebraska where he was engaged with the Busboom Brothers Construction company before venturing to Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri to organize Carthage Marble Corp.

December 1926, George J Busboom came to Carthage from Fairbury, Nebraska followed by the Busboom Brothers Construction company who in 1929 built the McCune-Brooks hospital,~ was the out-front party with help of others, such as banker and quary investor, George S Beimdiek, obtaining options on six independent quarries, F.W. Steadley and Company, Lautz-Missouri Marble Company, White Lime Company (W R Logan), Consolidated Marble and Stone Company, Spring River Stone Company and Carthage Marble Building Stone Company (P J McNerney) into one major producer resulting in what became The Carthage Marble Corporation March 1, 1927. This being nearly a half of century following discovery of: "The Carthage White Marble, which was formed during the Mississippian Age, it being a part of the Sub-Carboniferous Epoch in the Palaeozoic Era.  This stone has a crushing strength three times that of the Bedford limestone making it more difficult to cut and dress, ~ ~ later so much used and far-famed, came into prominent notice when in 1880. C. W. Fisher, a stone cutter in facing a piece of stone for a base to a monument noted that the white lime from the Carthage Stone Quarry was of an exceptionally high grade and, as an experiment, polished with great success a stone block and placed it on exhibition. From this small beginning the stone industry grew. W. B. Myers, late of the Carthage Woolen Mill, became interested in the stone industry and in 1885 shipped the first car of Carthage marble beyond the confines of Jasper county." (SOURCE, in part: Joel Livingston's, 1912, History of Jasper county)

Carthage Marble corp's 1st president & general manager, during its 1st year of 1927 was F W Steadley's son, Kent D Steadley, a close friend of George's, until he resigned to head what later became Carthage's Steadley Bedspring company (Kent & wife Mary established a trust to benefit Carthage, which has been ranked among the top 50 in Missouri and has thus far contributed over $22,000,000.00 on behalf of Carthagians), then George became 2nd president of this $5-million company, until his horrific plane crash 26 May 1930, later the certified public accountant hired under Busboom from Chicago to be the company's comptroller. Upon George's untimely death, Roy E Mayes seized upon the oppurtunity and gained control of the company, becoming president and a political powerhouse in Missouri with his team including: Thomas E "Tommy" Taylor, vice president (former mayor of Carthage) and Minford E Potter (later, of M & P Construction company), then yet later, Mayes' son, young Roy Mayes (married into a Georgia marble family), took charge and among other improvements for the changing times, expanded into underground storage.

The Carthage Marble corporation, with careful guidance, grew to become the largest marble quarrying and finishing concern west of the Mississippi River.

In addition, George was partner with brother Frank and Joesph R Rauh since 1920 in Busboom Brothers Construction company created in Fairbury, Jefferson county, Nebraska which was moved to Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri in 1927 and in 1929 built the McCune-Brooks Hospital, named for Dr Thomas E McCune and Dr Robert Forsythe Brooks when funded by $75,000 from John C Guinn, along with matching funds from citizens and city under Samuel McReynolds, Chairman of the Building Committee.

Additionally, George owned the Nucarth Brick & Stone company, east of River street at Central avenue, north of Steadley's plant, casting concrete building materials (bricks, blocks, bird baths, etc) with A J Graul his superintendent & manager, who later became a partner in the B & G Construction company, plus George had several real estate interests within the area.

~ Newspaper story:

Joplin Globe
Thursday, September 19, 1929
page 7


Carthage, Mo., Sept. 18.—The large two-story building erected several years ago for a tannery at the east end of Central avenue has been leased by the NuCarth Stone Company of Carthage, which will move to the location as soon as remodeling work, now in progress, is completed. The plant employs from fifteen to twenty-five men, but within a short time the number will be increased. The firm was forced to lease the new property to handle its expanding business. The firm crushes limestone as a base for molding building material, which is an imitation of Carthage marble.

George, a pipe smoker,(whose chair side smoking table I have), was also a very active Mason and public spirited person living at 1218 south Maple street, with his large study of black marble floor & wainscoting, desk and large black leather couch & chairs, in the southeast corner of first floor with its south wall a glass alcove of sorts, beneath the large second floor screened sleeping porch, with a private doorway out to a rock walled backyard with its wading pool built for daughter Margaret later converted to a rocky flower garden and fish pond with center fountain and bird bath, now a large swim pool replaces it.

Census: 1930, age 31 in Glendale, Los Angeles county, California president of Marble Works, with wife of 10 years & daughter.

Census: 1930, age 32 in Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri with wife of 6 years.

Death: in Tulsa, Tulsa county, Oklahoma in a horrific late night airplane crash of his 3-seat, Curtis-Robin, nine month old, airplane with his pilot Robert Hammond and a Miss Hall.

Surviving beside wife & child are: his mother, Margaret "Matzko" (Matske?), in Fairbury, living with son Frank, brothers, John J of Carthage, general superintendent of Carthage Marble; Frank Busboom, head of the construction company once in Fairbury; Albert Busboom, brick & tile manufacture at Humbolt, Kansas, and Thomas Busboom of Fairbury, contracting superntendent for Busboom Brothers Construction company of Fairbury.

Services in Carthage at Ulmer-Drake funeral home (hand written account in basement) with Masonic participation, body then accompanied by school mate, Kenneth O'Rotke, transported by rail to Fairbury Baptist church for services with burial next to his father and 58 years later, Fannie Busboom who died FEB 1988. Brother John J Busboom brought the family by automobile to Fairbury.

Father: George N Busboom b: 1855 in Germany
Mother: Margaret "Matzko" (Matske?) b: 26 OCT 1856 in Illinois (Iowa (?) on 1900 census & brother Frank's 1930 Federal census)

Marriage: Margaret Muriel Haight b: 17 MAY 1897 in DuBois, Pawnee county, Nebraska.
Married: about 1922 in Nebraska or possibly, California.

Known Child

  Mary Margaret Busboom, b: 24 APR 1924 in Fairbury, Jefferson county, Nebraska.

NOTE: K J Vaughan's July 2010 comment: "I did not find any other Busbooms or Matskes in the published index for the Fairbury Cemetery, however, I did not check the actual cemetery records in case their graves are not marked. I also checked the indexes for the other cemeteries in the county and did not find those surnames anywhere else."

Prepared in part by Bill Boggess.
Family links: 
  George Nannen Busboom (1855 - 1902)
  Margaret Vanderbach Matzke (1856 - 1949)
  Muriel Margaret Haight Boggess (1897 - 1983)*
  Mary Margaret Busboom Miller (1924 - 1992)*
  John J Busboom (1888 - 1971)*
  Frank J Busboom (1890 - 1980)*
  Albert William Busboom (1895 - 1960)**
  George J Busboom (1898 - 1930)
*Calculated relationship
Fairbury Cemetery
Jefferson County
Nebraska, USA
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Record added: Jul 04, 2010
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- Melissa
 Added: May. 20, 2013

 Added: Sep. 12, 2011
In memory of George Busboom, a Mason in the Carthage Missouri Masonic Lodge
- NJBrewer
 Added: Jul. 5, 2010

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