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Butler County >> 1883 Index

History of Butler and Bremer Counties, Iowa
Springfield: Union Publishing Company, 1883.

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Unless otherwise noted, biographies submitted by Dick Barton.

Herman Rust

The present auditor of Bremer county, Herman Rust, was next elected.  He is a native of Du Page county, Illinois, and was born on the 6th day of October, 1851.  He is a son of Louis and Louisa (Hanebuth) Rust, who were born in Germany, and there lived until 1848, when they immigrated to America, and settled in Du Page county, Illinois, and there, as stated above, their son of whom we write, was born.  In 1863 he came with his parents to Bremer county, and settled on a farm in Jefferson township.  His parents now reside in Warren township.  In the spring of 1866 he came to Waverly, and entered the store of George Evans, deceased, as clerk.  In the spring of 1867, he entered the grocery store of T. C. Aldrich, as clerk, in whose employ he remained until January 1, 1876.  In 1875 he was elected to the office of county auditor for the term beginning January 1, 1876, and has since been re-elected three times, the last time in 1881.  Mr. Rust makes an efficient officer, gentlemanly and accommodating.  He is popular among his constituents. He is principally a self-educated man, not having had the opportunities of any schooling since his fifteenth year.  In 1879 he was married to Miss Belle Acken, a daughter of John Acken, and a native of Bremer county.  She was born in Douglas township in 1856.  In 1870 she came with her parents to Waverly and entered the schools, and was a member of the first class which graduated from the Waverly high school.  She is at present, deputy auditor, and the first lady official the county has ever had.