Editor’s Note: The Rux homestead is on private property. The owner, whom you can learn more about in the comments section, has posted No Trespassing signs. Jerry is a great guy and more than willing to cooperate with photographers, provided they seek permission.
I get lost in detail sometimes.
When I got home from a road trip last week, I sat down to research the area I explored and the houses I found.
That’s when I fell down the Rocklyn rabbit hole.
I was nearing the end of the day. Available light was disappearing with every inch the sun dropped toward the western horizon.
I already thought Bella and I had a winning day with houses and barns and schoolhouses.
I figured I should head for home. I had housewifing duties to attend to, after all.
But Rocklyn Road beckoned.
An earlier Panoramio search revealed no less than three spots within a few miles of Highway 2.
They didn’t disappoint.
And I only hit two out of three.
The second one was the one worth ending the day for.
Charles Rux and Miss Julia Bursch, of Rocklyn, were united in marriage by Rev. Joseph Hepp, on Thursday, April 25th, at the latter’s residence, only one or two immediate friends being present. Mr. Rux is one of the solid young German farmers of the Rocklyn community, and his young bride is a neighbor girl of equal worth.
Of equal worth.
The feminist in me makes me wonder what the hell that means. But I force myself to remember it was a different time.
Beulah and her sisters rode horseback to the one room red schoolhouse several miles from home. When it was time for her older sisters to attend high school in Harrington, it was too far to make the trip every day so the sisters boarded at the Methodist Church. Beulah joined them to attend 5th & 6th grades in Harrington.
Bessie earned a teaching degree and came home to teach at the “little red schoolhouse,” the one I assume no longer exists.
The Rux family sold the farm and moved into Davenport in 1928, though, likely due to the matriarch’s health. Julia’s obit — her death dated Jan. 20, 1947, and just a month shy of her 71st birthday — says she was an invalid for 24 years.