San Angelo in Tom Green County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
John Yellott Rust
(June 4, 1867 - October 7, 1952)
President and General Manager, for more than 50 years, of San Angelo Telephone Company (first office near this site).
Born to a prominent family at Leesburg, Virginia, Rust was educated there and in Maryland. He went to work at 16 digging post holes for a telegraph company and at 17 became construction foreman on a telegraph line from New York City to Buffalo. At the age of 19 he moved to Hamilton, Texas, and spent 12 years there as a farmer and rancher. In 1892, joined by two younger brothers, he moved his outfit to West Texas.
On a cattle-buying trip in 1898, he first saw San Angelo and recognized its potential for growth. Soon he bought the local hand-operated telephone business and began running toll lines to nearby towns. In the early days he and his brothers dug the holes, placed the poles, and strung the telephone wire. On occasion they even handled the downtown switchboard.
Under Rust's leadership the company extended 100 toll lines to 10 counties, serving 19 exchanges in this area. When he retired in 1948 it was the second largest independent telephone firm in Texas.
A civic leader, Rust served the city as alderman after it incorporated in 1904. He died in San Angelo on October 7, 1952.
Erected 1973 by Texas State Historical Survey Committee
Location. 31° 27.669′ N, 100° 26.218′ W. Marker is in San Angelo, Texas, in Tom Green County. Marker is on Twohig Street west of Chadbourne Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14 West Twohig Street, San Angelo TX 76903, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. San Angelo National Bank Building (within shouting distance of this marker); J. J. Rackley Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1 East Twohig Avenue (about 400 feet away); Elmer Kelton Memorial Mural (about 400 feet away); South Chadbourne 200 Block Early 1900's (about 500 feet away); The Freeze Building (about 500 feet away); H. C. Wendland Building (about 500 feet away); Chadwick Building (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Angelo.
Also see . . .
1. John Yellott Rust at Find A Grave. (Submitted on February 22, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Telephone Service in Texas. (Submitted on February 22, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. San Angelo, Texas. (Submitted on February 22, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. West Texas Scouting History. Has photo of John Y. Rust (Submitted on February 22, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 22, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 328 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 22, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.