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Near Palestine in Crawford County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Rousch Brothers - Aviation Pioneers

 
 
Rousch Brothers - Aviation Pioneers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Al Wolf, October 11, 2009
1. Rousch Brothers - Aviation Pioneers Marker
Inscription.  Usher - October13, 1891 -- April 4, 1941. Built his first airplane in 1909. From 1913-1927 he learned to fly, barnstormed, and did stunt flying. Pilot and instructor for Interstate Airline and American Airways 1928-1930 and American Airlines 1930-1939. In 1931 he helped organize air line pilots’ association and was secretary from 1934-1939. He was Captain on American Airlines 1930-1931. From 1939-1941 he was a pilot with TACA in Central America.

Charles - March 4, 1896 - January 21, 1932. Learned to fly in WWI. In 1922 he owned his own plane. During 1922-1924 Charles and Berl built 2 Jennys. They barnstormed, operated their own Flying Circus, performed parachute jumps, and gave exhibition flights. In 1929 Charles became an instructor and a Captain for Universal Airlines also established new routes for this airline. In 1931 he was a pilot for Northwest Airlines.

Berl - October 2, 1900 - December 12, 1939. Learned to fly in 1922. Helped Charles build two planes in 1923-1924. Active with the Flying Circus and barnstorming.

From this field the three brothers pioneered in Aviation. Original hangar still stands at
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“Truly Dedicated Men for the Progress of Aviation.”
 
Erected by Crawford County Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceWar, World I. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1870.
 
Location. 39° 0.464′ N, 87° 38.471′ W. Marker is near Palestine, Illinois, in Crawford County. Marker is on Illinois Route 33 west of North 1650th Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Palestine IL 62451, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Palestine, Illinois (approx. 0.9 miles away); Fort Foot (approx. 0.9 miles away); Gov. Augustus C. French (approx. 1˝ miles away); The Fife Opera House (approx. 1.6 miles away); United States Land Office (approx. 1.6 miles away); Auntie Gogin's Store (approx. 1.6 miles away); Houston - Dickson Store (approx. 1.7 miles away); Dubois Tavern (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Palestine.
 
Wide View of Rousch Brothers - Aviation Pioneers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Al Wolf, October 11, 2009
2. Wide View of Rousch Brothers - Aviation Pioneers Marker
North View of Rousch Brothers - Aviation Pioneers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Al Wolf, October 11, 2009
3. North View of Rousch Brothers - Aviation Pioneers Marker
North / East View of Rousch Brothers - Aviation Pioneers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Al Wolf, October 11, 2009
4. North / East View of Rousch Brothers - Aviation Pioneers Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 15, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,759 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 15, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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