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‘Aunt Margaret’ Rust Hall turns 100; Rust family a Ray County fixture for 5 generations

Troy Rust with his aunt, Margaret Rust Hall, who will turn 100 on June 6, 2018. The Rusts have been in Ray County for five generations, back to 1865. (Photo by Joy Tipping/Richmond News)

By Joy Tipping/Richmond News Managing Editor

Aunt Margaret” Rust Hall sits quietly in the common room at Pleasant Valley Manor Care Center in Liberty as her nephew and caretaker, Troy Rust, 55, holds her hand.

When reminded that she’ll celebrate her 100th birthday next Wednesday, June 6 — a grand topper to life as a fifth-generation Ray Countian — Aunt Margaret, as Troy says everyone knows her, shares a grin but says, “I don’t even think about it.” Diagnosed with dementia, she doesn’t talk much.

Although Margaret has lived in Liberty since the 1940s, she was born near Hardin and her ancestors helped settle the county.

It started in 1865

In 1865, Bushrod Rust came to Ray County from Virginia. He and his extended family settled on land 8 miles north of Hardin. Bushrod’s son J.J. — one of 10 children — moved south 4 miles to a 413-acre place he and his wife named Lone Pine Farm. All those acres, “and just one pine tree,” Troy Rust recalled.

Troy inherited that land, down to about 160 acres including the original farmhouse, and his best friend farms soybeans and corn there.

J.J.’s son, Yates Rust and his wife, Edythe (neé Kavanaugh), moved another quarter-mile south, to Crooked River, and there Margaret Genevieve Rust and her brother, Ed L., were born. Troy and his older sister Chandra (who lives in Springfield) are the children of Ed L. and his wife, Mary Virginia (neé Kemmerer). Some may recall Ed L. and Mary Virginia Rust’s Lone Pine Cafes, which they owned in Hardin and Henrietta in the late 1970s.

The complete version of this story appears in the Friday, June 1, 2018, edition of The Richmond News.

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