Albert F. Rust is one of the prosperous and popular merchants of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He was born in Germany, September 25, 1872, and is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rust, both of whom are natives of Germany. The father emigrated to the United States in the year 1873 and upon reaching this country settled in the city of Sheboygan, where he at once became engaged in the manufacture of brick. This industry at that time was carried on wholly without the use of anything like the modern brick machinery and like toilers in the brick fields of ancient Egypt so the manufacturers of brick in Sheboygan, of whom Mr. Rust was one, made their brick by hand.
His employer at the time was Charles Froelich, who was the owner and operator of a brick yard. He was united in marriage in Germany to Miss Fredericka Schmidt in the year 1871 and two years later, bidding farewell to their fatherland, they sailed for American shores, which they reached in 1873. To them four children were born, three of whom are still living: Albert F., the subject of this review; Herman F., a merchant of Sheboygan; and Ida, now the wife of Ernest Hinze, who at present is one of the partners in the firm of Rust and Hinze, engaged in the general merchandising business, carrying also flour and feed.
Albert F. Rust emigrated with his parents to the United States in 1873, when a child one year of age, and was reared in his parents' home and educated in the public schools of Sheboygan. H also pursued an elementary course in the German Lutheran schools of that city. Completing his studies, he at once started out in the world for himself, his first employment being that of a factory hand in Sheboygan. He continued with the firm for a period of thirteen years, after which he started in business for himself, at that time buying a large building located on the corner of Seventeenth and Indiana avenues. Here he opened up a general merchandising, flour and feed store and has since continued to be engaged in the merchandising business at this place. From the beginning of his venture he has met with well merited prosperity and the house of Rust and Hinze is one of the well known business establishments in this part of the state.
Mr. Rust was married May 9, 1896, to Miss Ida Horn, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Horn. Her family is of German extraction. Mr. and Mrs. Rust are the foster parents of two children, Marvin and Beatrice, both of whom are now pupils in the kindergarten department of the public schools. Mr. Rust is a member of the Moose lodge of Sheboygan and also of the Eagles and the Germania Club of this city. He is a stockholder in the Citizens State Bank of Sheboygan and for many years has been known as one of the up-to-date, prosperous and successful merchants of the city. His name throughout the county and city is a synonym for probity and prosperity. He has met with well deserved success in his merchandising venture and his business is rapidly advancing to a front place in the ranks of trade.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL