SAMUEL AUNGST, farmer, and proprietor of Aungst's stone-quarry, in Taylor Township, was born in Richland County, Ohio, Dec. 24, 1832, and is a son of Christian and Ann (Rickel) Aungst, his father a native of Virginia and his mother of Pennsylvania. His parents emigrated from Virginia to Ross County, Ohio, where they remained a short time, and then moved to Richland County, where his grandfather owned a large tract of land. His mother died in Richland County in 1868, his father surviving her five years, his death occurring in 1873. Samuel was reared on a farm and remained with his parents until about twenty years of age. He obtained a fair education in the common schools of Ohio. In 1857 he came to Benton County, and for several years engaged in farming, and in 1865 rented a quarry and moved to the place where he now lives. In 1871 he bought fifty-two acres of land, on which the quarry lies. When he moved to Benton County he did not have a dollar, but by hard work and rigid economy he made a start and now owns 650 acres of land, all of which, with the exception of 142 acres, is lying in Taylor Township. He has a neat residence and has made good improvements on the farm.
Mr. Aungst's marriage was celebrated Jan. 26, 1860, Angeline Whipple being the other contracting party. They are the parents of eight children, six of whom are living — James, Joseph, Harry, Frank, Lucy and Minnie; the deceased are Ella and Nora. Mrs. Aungst is a member of the Baptist Church of Vinton. Mr. Aungst is a whole-souled, public-spirited citizen, taking part in every enterprise tending to upbuild the best interests of the county, and enjoys the respect and confidence of the entire community.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 218-219.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on January 28th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.