Emil Lust, who is successfully farming on section 11, Mariposa township, was born upon the place which he now
owns, February 14, 1876, a son of Andrew and Margaret (Donaldson) Lust. The father was born in Sweden but emigrated
to the United States more than a half century ago. For some time he and his family lived in the vicinity of Kewanee
and Altona, Illinois, but about 1875 removed to Saunders county, Nebraska, and homesteaded land in Mariposa precinct.
However, he did not prove up on his claim but purchased the land on section 11 where our subject now lives. The
father made many improvements upon the farm, replacing the dugout in which the family first lived by a commodious
residence and erecting barns and outbuildings. He also planted trees and in many other ways increased the value
and attractiveness of the place. About 1894 he removed to Malmo, where he passed away on the 26th of July, 1914.
He was buried in the Bethesda cemetery in Malmo. The mother is also deceased and lies by the side of her husband.
They were the parents of eight children: one who died in Sweden; Frank and Ida, also deceased; John, a resident
of Powell, Wyoming; Peter, who is living in Malmo; Mrs. L. W. Anderson, who resides near Colon; Albert, who makes
his home with our subject; and Emil.
The last named was educated in the old Cottonwood school and in the public schools of Malmo, and after completing
his education gave his entire time to assisting his father with the work of the farm until his parents removed
to Malmo. He then rented the place, which he purchased in 7914. He owns eighty acres and as he is energetic and
practical derives a good income from his land. He carries on general farming, raising both the usual crops and
stock, and is always ready to adopt any new method which promises to be of value.
Mr. Lust is a democrat, as was his father, and keeps well informed as to the issues before the public. He belongs
to the Farmers Union and is always willing to cooperate in any movement seeking the advancement of the interests
of the farmers of the county. His religious faith is indicated in the fact that he is a member of the Swedish Mission
church. As he has passed his entire life in this county he is widely known, and his genuine worth is attested by
the fact that those who have been intimately associated with him are his warmest friends.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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