From A Biographical History of Central Kansas, Vol. II, p. 1184
published by The Lewis Publishing Co, Chicago & New York, 1902


   One of the most exacting of all the higher lines of occupation to which a man may lend his energies is that of the physician.  A scrupulous preliminary training is demanded and a nicety of judgment little understood by the laity.  Then, again, the profession brings one of its devotees into almost constant association with the sadder side of life, - that of pain and suffering, - so that a mind capable of great self-control and a heart responsive and sympathetic are essential attributes of one who would essay the healing art.  Thus when professional success is attained in any instance it may be taken as certain that such a measure of success has been thoroughly merited.  Occupying a leading position in the ranks of the medical fraternity of Rice county, Dr Bush is now enjoying a large and constantly growing practice in Geneseo and the surrounding country.

   The Doctor was born in Northampton county, Pennsylvania, March 6, 1865, and comes of a family of German extraction.  His birth occurred near Klecknersville, his parents being Jacob and Sallie (Remaly) Bush, who were also natives of Northampton county.  The father was a successful farmer, actively identified with agricultural pursuits for many years.  In his political views he was a Democrat and both he and his wife were members of the Christ Reformed church.  They had three children:  William A, who is now a well known contractor and builder of the Keystone state; Mrs Sarah J Wright, of Northampton county, Pennsylvania; and G Edwin.

   The Doctor spent his boyhood days upon his fatherís farm and lessons of industry, honesty and perseverance were early impressed upon his mind and have borne fruit in later years.  He acquired a good English education in the public schools and academy near his home and at an early age began teaching, first in the country schools and later in a village graded school.  Believing that he would like to make the practice of medicine his life work and devote his energies to the alleviation of human suffering, he began studying under the direction of Dr L E Surock, a well known and successful physician of his native county.  Subsequently he entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons, of Baltimore, Maryland, where he was graduated with the class of 1888, and the same year he was a post-graduate of the Medico-Chirurgical College, of Philadelphia.  He received his diploma on the 16th of March and not long afterward he began practice in Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvannia, after which he removed to Skempton, that state.  In 1890 he went to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and in 1892 he came to Geneseo, Kansas, where he has since remained, enjoying a constantly growing patronage of an important character.

   On attaining his majority the Doctor was united in marriage to Miss Martha L A Becker, who was born in Northampton county, Pennsylvania, and a daughter of Sylvanus and Mary A (Myers) Becker, the latter a daughter of Abram Myers.  Mr Becker is now deceased.  The marriage of the Doctor and his wife has been blessed with two children:  Eva May and J Lee, aged respectively fifteen and thirteen years.  They have a very beautiful home in Geneseo, one of the finest residences of the town.  It was erected at a cost of three thousand dollars and contains ten rooms with modern equipments and tasteful furnishings, indicating the culture and refinement of the owners.

   In his political views the Doctor is a Democrat and has been an active and efficient member of the school board.  During President Clevelandís administration he was the president of the pension board of examining surgeons for Rice county, and for ten years he has been the local surgeon for the Missouri Pacific railroad.  Socially he is a Mason, belonging to Ellsworth Chapter, No. 83, and to Ellsworth Council, No. 1, RAM, while in Wichita Consistory he attained the thirty-second degree of the Scottish rite.  He also belongs to the Knights of Pythias fraternity, and is identified with the Modern Woodmen of America, of which he has been medical examiner for nine years.  He is a member of the Lehigh Valley Medical Association of Pennsylvania, and belongs to Christ Reformed church.  Whatever tends to promote the interests of his profession and place before men the key to the mystery of that complex problem which we call life at once attracts his interest and co-operation.  As a physician and citizen he stands high in the community where he resides, and is justly entitled to mention among the representative residents of Rice county.