Biography of Frank Busch
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FRANK BUSCH.
No resident of Clackamas county has aided more in the material growth of Oregon City than has Frank Busch, the well known manufacturer and business man of that city. Mr. Cusch is a native of Cohemia, born in that country May 3, 1858, a son of Wenzel Busch, who with his family came to Oregon in 1877, took up a homestead in Clackamas county and engaged in farming up to the time of his death. When the family removed to the United States Frank Busch did not accompany them as he was at that time serving in the Balkan war as a member of the Austrian army.

He received his elementary education in the common schools of Bohemia and later attended the University of Leipsic. Upon the termination of his service in the army he came to America and joined his family, who were then residing in Oregon City. This was in the year 1883. He had but very little capital, but with the strong determination to succeed and with no fear of not surmounting all obstacles, he engaged in the furniture business on a small scale and has continued in this line since that time. In the years that have passed since the establishment of the modest furniture store Mr. Busch has developed into one of Oregon City's leading men and has been an important factor in the growth of the Willamette valley. As he began making money he carefully invested it in Oregon City enterprises and in this way was a great aid in the improvement of the community. He became so successful in the furniture business that before many years had passed he established a furniture factory at Eleventh and Main streets. Later he built a factory on the Clackamas river, which was destroyed by a flood and again he constructed a large plant at Twelfth and Water streets. It was not long before he suffered another loss due to flood and fire. Five times he saw the results of his labor swept away but each time he courageously rebuilt. As a result of this determination and labor Mr. Busch now owns an entire block on Main street between Eleventh and Twelfth streets, upon which he has erected a three story warehouse and also several residences. On the hill he has purchased many lots on which he has erected fourteen modern homes which have much improved that section of the city. The Busch Hall on Main street is devoted to stores and he owns another large hall. He is also responsible for the Busch dock, which is located on the river front and boasts of all modern facilities. The Busch factory, the sixth one he has built, is devoted to the manufacture of case goods and chairs. The retail store of Frank Busch & Sons is now being managed by two of his sons and is one of the largest establishments of the kind in the state, outside of Portland, and the Busch apartments on Main street are considered the most modern and best equipped in the city. The apartments, which consist of two, three, and four rooms, respectively, were designed by Mrs. Busch, who, knowing what every careful housewife most requires, has succeeded in erecting a building whose apartments would be in as great demand by desirable tenants in a larger city. Many other interests have compelled the attention of Mr. Busch and to these he has been just as devoted. He was one of the original incorporators of the Willamette Valley Southern Railroad, one of the members of its first board of directors, and also served as president of the company. As an accomplished linguist Mr. Busch has rendered much service to the courts, often being called upon as an interpreter. There are few languages that he does not speak fluently and he is a highly accomplished Russian scholar.

In 1890 Mr. Busch was united in marriage to Miss Annie Heitkemper, a daughter of Henry Heitkemper who was a native of Iowa but for many years a citizen of Oregon. Three children have been born to the union of Mr. and Mrs. Busch: John C., Edward, and Frank H. The two older sons, John C. and Edward, are managing the furniture store of Frank Busch & Sons in Oregon City. Both of these young men were in the service of their country during the World war. John was camp instructor at Camp Lewis, Washington, and Edward was prevented from active service by being wounded in target practice shortly after enlistment. Frank H., the third son is engaged in the automobile business in Portland. The sons have all inherited their father's determination and business ability and all are being rewarded by a substantial amount of success.

While Mr. Busch can in no sense of the word be called a politician he takes an active interest in public affairs and for two terms served on the city council of Oregon City. However, Mr. Busch does not let his business occupy all of his time, for he thoroughly appreciates the value of social diversion and to this end he is affiliated with a number of organizations. He is a member of the Elks, Woodmen of the World, Red Men and the Catholic Knights of America. He is also a devoted member and stanch upholder of the Roman Catholic religion. In business, social and private life he has always believed that there is nothing worth doing at all that is not worth doing well. He is ever courteous, kindly and affable and those who know him well have for him high regard. A man of great natural ability his success in business from the beginning of his residence in Oregon City has been assured. Although education is a factor in the success of a man, it is necessary for a man to formulate, determine and give shape to his own character, and this is what Mr. Busch has done. Always modest and unassuming, but with inherent business ability, Mr. Busch has done more than his share in the building of Oregon.

From:
History of Oregon Illistrated
Vol. 3
BY: Charles H. Carney
The Pioneer Historical Publishing Company
Chicago - Portland 1922


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