FAUGUST, OSCAR, a well-know and prosperous coppersmith and tinner of Jacksonville, Morgan County, Ill., was born in Vestergotland, Sweden, November 5, 1860. He is a son of Gustaf and Anne Marie (Johnson) Faugust. His father was also a native of Vestergotland, born January 1, 1827, and followed the occupation of a farmer until his death, April 17, 1875. His widow was born in the same place as her husband and son, December 24, 1826, and died March 5, 1903, in Bremer County, Iowa. Oscar Faugust received his mental training in the public schools of Sweden, and then served a four years' apprenticeship as a coppersmith in Gottenborg, where he received a thorough training in his chosen trade. After finishing his apprenticeship, together with his mother, two sisters and two brothers, he came to the United States, and settled at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, April 17, 1880. There he worked at his trade until 1887, when he moved to Springfield, Ill., where he was successfully engaged for sixteen years. In May, 1902, he there established a business in tin and galvanized iron work, and tile and slate roofing, the enterprise having enjoyed a substantial and continuous expansion. Since he has made his home in Jacksonville he has been a useful and enterprising citizen, and has exercised his utmost endeavors to advance the public interests.
On October 23, 1883, Mr. Faugust was united in marriage with Lydia Sandberg, a daughter of John and Anne (Caspersen) Sandberg, of Copenhagen, Denmark. Six sturdy and interesting children have blessed this union, namely: Gustaf, born June 15, 1885; Carl, born February 2, 1887; Hulda, born November 16, 1890; Nellie, born March 6, 1893; and Fred and Will (twins), born December 7, 1895. Mr. Faugust's brother, Alfred, is living at Fort Dodge, Iowa, and one sister, Augusta Nordstrom, resides at Marshalltown, that State, while his other sister, Mrs. Anne Noid, lives in Sioux City. Fraternally Mr. Faugust is a member of Jacksonville Lodge No. 4, I.O.O.F.; Springfield (Ill.) No. 1418, M.W.A., and Damascus Court, Tribe of Ben Hur, of Springfield, Ill.