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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 Cowlitz.

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.