|Comrades Pay Last Tribute
Remains of J.T. Bush, An Old Pioneer Brought Here for Interment
The Morning Olympian – Jan. 26, 1904
The remains of Joseph Talbot Bush, familiarly known as “Tall” Bush, one
of the oldest pioneers in the state of Washington, were brought to the city
last night from the soldiers’ home at Orting, where Bush passed away.
An honorary escort of veterans of the civil war and the Washington Indian
War accompanied the remains to the city. Today the remains will be
laid at rest in the old Bush prairie cemetery near Tumwater and a few miles
from the home where he lived for fifty years. Joseph Bush was the son of
the famous pioneer, John S. Bush [sic – George Washington Bush], who crossed
the plains to the Pacific coast, coming as far north as the Columbia river
and settling on a donation land claim on what is now known as Bush prairie
and which has since been their home. The elder Bush passed away in
1863, and his widow a few years later, but his sons have since done much
to perpetuate the family name. Joseph, who died yesterday, was born
in Missouri in 1833 and was a boy of 11 years when his parents started across
the plains to the Oregon country. They were eight months in crossing
the plains to from Jackson, Mo., to The Dalles, Oregon, and after a few weeks
pushed on to the head of Puget Sound by way of the Columbia river and the
He was never prominent in the affairs of the territory but did his share
toward its development. He took an active part in the Indian wars
of the early fifties and went east and enlisted during the Civil war.
Accordingly he was both an Indian war veteran and a member of the Grand Army
of the Republic.
Three brothers survive him. They are W.O. Bush, who has been so prominently
connected with the early history of the territory and whose success in growing
cereals in this county has won him gold medals in the expositions of the
past thirty years; the fame of the Bush exhibit is world-wide; Louis
[sic - Lewis] Bush and Sanford Bush, both of this county.
The members of the escort of veterans who accompanied the remains of their
comrade to the city as a mark of respect are: Commander William Doherty
of C.M. Reed post, G.A.R.; Captain U.E. Hicks, Lieutenant Van Ogle, Matthew
Shields, Peter Johnson, A.J. Dolton.
The funeral cortege will leave Bates’ undertaking parlors at 9:30 o’clock
this morning, proceeding in carriages to the Bush prairie cemetery, where
the services will be held by Reverend E. Hopkins at 11 o’clock. All
of the friends of the family and all the comrades of the G.A.R. are invited
to attend the services.