FRIEDRICH JABUSCH - Friedrich Jabusch, a retired farmer residing at No. 712 South Eleventh street, in Springfield, is numbered among the early settlers of Sangamon county, where he has made his home since 1857. He was born in Prussia, German, October 5, 1836, and is a son of Charles and Marie Jabusch, both of whom were natives of Germany, and there the father followed the occupation of farming until his emigration to America in 1858. He settled in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where he lived retired until called to his final rest. His wife also passed away there.
Friedrich Jabusch attended the common schools of his native country and at the age of nineteen years came to America, landing at New Orleans on the 9th of January, 1856. He came north and settled in St. Louis, where he lived for a short time. After a few months, however, he came to Sangamon county, Illinois, where he was employed on a farm until the 27th of September, 1861, when he enlisted in the Union army and became a sergeant of Company A, Thirteenth Illinois Cavalry, under colonel Bell and Captain Lewis G. Eust. The company took part in no engagement, but did scouting duty most of the time. Mr. Jabusch was never wounded, but while in the south was taken ill with the fever and was in the hospital for a short time. He was mustered out at Little Rock, Arkansas, and then sent to Chicago, where he received an honorable discharge on the 30th of December, 1864. Soon after he again went to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, but returned to Springfield after a few months and was employed there for a year. He then removed to St. Louis, Missouri, where he was employed for a short time, and then returned to Springfield, where he was married, in 1866, to Miss Caroline Gubler, of this city, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Gubler.
After his marriage Mr. Jabusch was employed in a brickyard for a short time, but soon went to mining coal. He followed that occupation until 1872, when he removed with his family to Logan county, Illinois, where he lived in a farm until 1875, at which time he returned to Springfield and became interested in the Co-Operative Coal Company. He remained a member of this company until 1877, when he sold his interest and again took up the occupation of farming. He resided on a farm near Rochester, Sangamon County, for six years, and then removed with his family to a farm near Edinburg, Christian county, Illinois. While living there his wife died in May, 1895. He continued on the farm for three years thereafter and then sold out and returned to Springfield, where he has since lived a retired life. He owns the property where he resides at No. 712 South Eleventh Street and also has valuable real estate on North Twelfth street.
Mr. and Mrs. Jabusch became the parents of eleven children: Annie, who is a resident of Springfield; Katie, now Mrs. William Schnirring, of Springfield; Carrie, also of Springfield; Rosa, who married Conrad Kling and resides in Iowa; Maggie, the wife of Henry Hedrich, residing in Christian county, Illinois; Charles Henry, who is now in Oklahoma; Frederick William, a baker of Edinburg, Illinois; Augustus, who is clerking for his brother in Edinburg; Henry, who is now a student in a business college in Springfield; James, who is following the printers' trade in this city; and Augusta, who passed away when quite young. On the 4th of May, 1897, Mr. Jabusch married Mrs. Mary Gubler, who was born in Germany, December 9, 1830, a daughter of John Hunstein. Mrs. Jabusch is a member of St. John's Lutheran church. Mr. Jabusch gives his political support to the Democracy and is a member of Tyrian Lodge, No. 333, A.F. & A.M. He is well known in Springfield, having been one of the early settlers of the county,
and in all of his business dealings he has been successful, having acquired a very desirable competence.