JOHN S. ROUSH, deceased, was the head of the firm of J. S. Roush & Sons, one of the important factors of
the business and industrial elements of Bloomington, and was prosperously engaged in trade as a wholesale grocer,
giving much attention to the better grade of coffees and the roasting thereof.
John S. Roush was born in Highland County, Ohio, in September, 1832. His mercantile experience commenced when he was seventeen years of age, with a capital of $600 and good credit, in Taylorville, Ohio, where he conducted a small store consisting of a stock of general groceries and household articles. He operated there until 1858, and then removed to Hillsboro, the county seat of Highland County, where he first engaged as dry goods clerk and then associated himself in partnership with Henry Strain, in the grocery business for five years following, when he purchased the interest of his partner and operated alone until 1869, during which year he removed to Bloomington.
Here he entered into partnership with John McMillan, in the wholesale grocery business, under the style of McMillan & Roush, with whom he operated for eighteen months and then purchased the interest of his partner, continuing alone for nine months. He then took in John F. Humphreys and they continued together until 1879, under the style of Roush & Humphreys, when our subject disposed of his interest to George R. Newton, and then went into business with his two sons, Charles F. and Edwin C., on Front street, where they operated until 1880, and then moved into their own building at the corner of Grove and Front streets. This is 40x90 feet in dimensions, with three stories and basement, all departments being occupied in the extensive business of the firm, which is now finely established and operates extensively throughout this and other counties.
John S. Roush came to his death by accident in September, 1884, by his horse running away. He was an enterprising and useful citizen and universally respected.
The mother is still living, the two sons now in business being the only children of the family, and who are still successfully doing the large and lucrative business of their father.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 630. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.