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The Rousch Brothers - Aviation Pioneers - Palestine, IL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 39° 00.462 W 087° 38.476
16S E 444477 N 4317826
Quick Description: Neat the old airport is a memorial marker to the aviation pioneers who learned and flew here
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 5/31/2017 5:20:33 AM
Waymark Code: WMVVXJ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
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Long Description:

County of memorial: Crawford County
Location of memorial: IL-33, @ airport, 1½ miles W. of Palestine
Memorial erected by: Crawford County Historical Society

Marker Text:

ROUSCH BROTHERS - AVIATION PIONEERS
Usher -- October 13, 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 Taga in Central America.

Charles -- March 4, 1896 -- January 21, 1932. Learned to fly 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 hanger still stands at the north end of this field.

"Truly dedicated men for the progress of aviation."

Website with more information on either the memorial or the person(s) it is dedicated to: [Web Link]

Location: Crawford County Airpoert

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