1919 – Elizabeth Mary (Berta) Johnson Rusk Dies

On this date Elizabeth Mary Johnson Rusk, wife of , died in Viroqua, Vernon County. She was born on November 8, 1837, in Norde Land, Norway. She was 12 years old when she emigrated to the U.S. with her family. They originally located in the Koshkonong in Dane County, and in 1850 were among the first settlers on Coon Prairie, Christiana Township, in Bad Axe (Vernon) County. At age 18, she was sent to be a servant in the home of widower Jeremiah Rusk. She married Jeremiah McLain Rusk on November 18, 1856. Elizabeth Rusk served as first lady of Wisconsin from 1882 to 1889. She is buried in Viroqua. [Source: by Nancy G. Williams, p.91]