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Homesteading in Rush County


Otis is the eastern most town in Rush County. The people who settled in the Otis area were German-Russian Protestants. Before Otis became a town there was a German Protestant settlement called Scheuerman to the west and a settlement called Schoental to the north. German Protestants also lived in Olney, which was south of the site of Bison. Early groups to come to the Otis area included the Scheuerman, Brack, Wertz, Appel, Fuchs, Ochs, Miller, Krumm, Luft, Stang, Steitz, Hergert, Muth, Giesick, Hartman, Wirtz, Krause, Helin, Repp, Krunch, Ott, Schmidt, Moore, Rothe, Lebsack, Rudy, Kerb, Avis, Mootz, Rodie, and Sohm families. Their churches were Methodist, Reformed, and Lutheran.

The Scheuermans were prominent in the settlement of Otis. Heinrich and Conrad Scheuerman and their wives, Elizabeth and Catherine and their children arrived in 1876. Anna Marie Scheuerman immigrated with her mother, Anna Elizabeth (Daubert) Scheuerman and her brother George Scheuerman and his family. In April of 1878, Anna married John Rothe who had immigrated with his father, mother, and two sisters in 1875. Peter and Sophie Brack, Johannes and Justine Brack, and Philip and Marie Brack came to the United States in 1876 from Schoenfeldt, Russia. The oldest Brack brother, Henry, had died in Russia in 1865, but his wife Elizabeth and their children also came. The Bracks settled on farms to the north, east, and west of Otis.

Rush County - Otis store
J.C. Brack's Place

Rush County - Otis hotel
Otis Hotel

Rush County - Otis lumber
Otis Lumber and Grain Company

Rush County - Otis Lutheran church
Lutheran Church

Rush County - Otis Methodist church
Methodist Church

Rush County - Otis school


Information from Judith Reynolds

Algrim, Gene, et al. Rush County Kansas...125 Years in Story & Pictures. LaCrosse: The Rush County News and Creative Printing, 2001.


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