Every five years, the Rush Family Reunion is held in Benedicta for the descendants of Johann Diederich Rasche, 1800-1874, and Sarah Theresa Schmidt, 1812-1856, also known as John D. Rush and Sarah T. Smith.
Johann came to the United States about 1833 from Stelle in the Kingdom of Hannover. His wife, Sarah, came to the U.S. with her parents in 1827 from Alsace, France.
They had 13 children, 12 of whom lived long lives, according to Richard D. Kelly Jr. The 12 each married and gave Johann and Sarah a total of 109 grandchildren, so there are numerous descendants.
When most folks think of Benedicta, they think Irish, Kelly pointed out, but there also were three German families who settled in Benedicta in the 1830s — the Rasches (Rush), the Rövers (Rivers) and the Schmidts (Smith).