Ida Matilda <I>Schroeder</I> Bush

Ida Matilda Schroeder Bush

New York, USA
Death 14 Apr 1920 (aged 73)
Redding, Shasta County, California, USA
Burial Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Plot Chapel
Memorial ID 114600695 · View Source
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Ida Matilda was born in New York in 1847 to parents, Mr. Schroeder and Augusta Carlson.

Her father's name may have been Chandler Schroeder, unverified as yet, found on a family tree page at ancestry com, submitted anonymously.

Mr. Schroeder traveled overland to California during the Gold Rush of 1850. Sailing by ship, his family landed in San Francisco in 1852, reuniting, then settling on land at Snelling Ranch in Merced County.

After her husband's untimely death in 1855, Augusta moved with her children to Sacramento where she married William Ferdinand Baehr (b.1831 Hanover, Germany). By July of 1860, the family was living in the North-State; by some accounts, Weaverville; by others, in Shasta City.

At the age of 18, on June 27, 1865, Ida was married in the township of Shasta to Chauncey Carroll Bush, a miner, mule packer, merchant and judge who was born July 31, 1831 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Their first child, Maria, born in 1866, died in 1869 of the measles. A boy, who may have been named after his father, was born in 1867, but died within the year. They were buried in Shasta. Their first surviving child, Eda Ellen was born in March of 1869. Born in August of 1871, Carroll (Chauncey Jr.), was the couple's first surviving son.

In 1872, the Bush family moved to the new township of Redding where Ida's husband became its first mayor when it was later incorporated.

In Redding, the couple's son George William Bush was born in December of 1873; Jennie Brown Bush was born in 1876 and Harrie (Harry) E. Bush was born in September of 1880. Jennie died as an infant; her burial place assumed to be the family's Shasta cemetery plot.

The following is an excerpt from a newspaper article published in June of 1890 and again in 1891 in the book, "Memorial and Biographical History of Northern California" by The Lewis Publishing Company:

"In 1865 he was married to Miss Ida M. Schroeder, and they have had seven children, three of whom died in infancy.The surviving children are Eda Ellen, Chauncey Carroll, Jr., George William and Harry Edward.

Judge Bush and his estimable wife are held in high standing by their neighbors and a large circle of acquaintances. Their silver wedding was held June 27, 1890, and their warm friends gathered around them in throngs to do them honor. The pleasant and commodious home was filled to overflowing, as well as their beautiful grounds that surround their home.

Mrs. Judge Bush and daughter, Eda, are members of the Presbyterian Church, and constant workers in the church and Sabbath-school, Mrs. Bush being now and for several years Assistant Superintendent. The family is noted for its many charities and assistance in times of distress, Miss Eda being a very active member of the Young Ladies' Aid Society, that is well known for its good works."

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From the Shasta Historical Society:

Mrs. Bush was active in the Presbyterian Church starting the first Sunday School with five children and helped organize the Women's Improvement Club.

On October 18, 1901 the couple's son C. Carroll was married to Annie Elizabeth Condon of Weaverville, and in December, George W. married Charlotte Payne.

In 1905, on occasion of their 40th wedding anniversary, the Bush's were remarried before friends, the ceremony being performed by son, George as Justice of the Peace.

Two and a half years later and four days before Christmas in 1907, Ida's husband of 42 years passed away. The Judge was buried on December 21, 1907 in the Redding Cemetery, an institution he helped to found and build.

Carroll continued his father's legacy name with his second son, born July 2, 1908: C. Carroll Bush (1908-1984) born in Redding; died in Hayward, Alameda county.

Ida's last appearance on the census was in 1910, shown as a widow at age 63, head of household, residing with her single daughter, Miss Eda E. Bush.

Her son, Harry married Ruth Waterhouse in Los Angeles in 1913. The couple had two children, Patricia Ruth and Harry Jr., nicknamed 'Teddy', who sadly died at the age of six.

Ida Matilda Schroeder Bush passed away at her home in Redding on April 14, 1920. Her son, C. Carroll Bush accompanied her body to Oakland for burial at Evergreen Cemetery and Eda Ellen moved to Pasadena to live with her brother Harry and his wife Ruth.

On May 14, 1920, exactly one month after Ida's death, the body of her husband, Judge Chauncey Bush Sr., was quietly disinterred from the cemetery in Redding and placed beside hers in the Evergreen Cemetery Chapel.

~bio researched, compiled and written by Forestier

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