a teenager in 1945, John Bush ran an antenna wire from his bedroom
window to the top of the cherry tree in the backyard and fired up
his hand me down tube type Emerson radio. It doubled his selection
of radio stations.
Bush Electric 1960
John Bush, 1999
later, just a junior in high school, John got a job at Tudor Electric
Supply and Motor Supply working as a bench repairman and floorsweeper.
His interest in electricity started to take off, and it was also the
first time he'd ever been shocked. A 480v jolt taught the young man
a greater respect for the unseen force called electricity.
In 1953, John was recruited into the Army to serve in the Korean War,
and as luck would have it, he ended up in Heidelburg, Germany. Working
for Uncle Sam as a Solid Fuel Specialist, John was attached to a utilities
outfit working with 4 German electricians. Working with them, he learned
the inner workings of electricity.
After his discharge in 1956,
John returned to Bellefontaine to work as an apprentice with Blinn
Electric, the top electrical contractor in the area at the time.
Just two short years later, John went to work on his own, and started
Bush Electric out of a used milk truck in Indian Lake, Ohio.
Today, John uses his electrical expertise to run the electrical department
as well as handle the design/build work, and his son Terry manages the
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning department. Bush Electric,
an institution in Logan County, currently has 16 employees to cover
a 50 mile radius from Bellefontaine, Ohio.
Since that fateful day in 1945, John Bush had a vision. Something he
could only see with the power of electricity. His vision was to light
central Ohio, and with the help of Ben Franklin, Thomas Edison, Tom
Henry and his son Terry, his vision has come true.