Charles C. Rusmisell

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
September 26, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 284
Braxton County

CHARLES C. RUSMISELL, M. D., one of the physicians and
surgeons of Gassaway, is one of the faithful and skilled
members of the medical profession of Braxton County, and
one who is held in affectionate esteem. He was born near
Frenchton, Upshur County, West Virginia, July 15, 1877,
a son of John D. and Amanda A. (Hull) Rusmisell, both
of whom were born on farms near Frenchton, and both
were reared in the rural districts and attended the local
schools of the country regions. He is now retired, and they
are still living on the homestead where they settled at the
time of their marriage. The paternal grandfather of Doc-
tor Rusmisell was Dr. Adam Rusmisell, one of the early
physicians of Upshur County, to which locality he came
from Virginia, and where he was engaged in practice for
half a century. John D. Rusmisell and his wife had seven
children, namely: Flora, who is the wife of Charles
Marsh, of Buckhannon, West Virginia; Doctor Rusmisell,
whose name heads this review; James A., who is a physi-
cian and surgeon of Buckhannon; Fred H., who is a con-
tractor and builder of Buckhannon; John E., who is a
farmer, is operating the homestead; Gay D., who is an
oil driller; and Mrs. Wilda Duncan, who lives at Gassa-
way. The parents of these children belonged to the Meth-
odist Episcopal Church. In politics the father was a re-

Growing up on the homestead, Doctor Rusmisell at-
tended the district schools, and later took a commercial
course at the Mountain State Business College at Parkers-
burg, West Virginia, and after leaving college was for
two years engaged in business. In 1901 he entered the
American Medical College at Baltimore, Maryland, and
was graduated therefrom in 1905 with the degree of Doc-
tor of Medicine, and in 1906 located permanently at Gas-
saway, where he has built up a large and valuable connec-
tion. He is unmarried. Professionally he maintains mem-
bership with the West Virginia State Medical Society
and the American Medical Association. He is a stockholder
in the Bank of Gassaway and of the Gassaway Development
Company, and is much interested in the advancement of
his home community. During the years he has been at
Gassaway he has witnessed many changes, and is proud
of the fact that he has participated in some of them, and
that while he has advanced in material prosperity he has
at the same time built up a solid reputation for profes-
sional skill and personal integrity.