|John Zrust was a prominent businessman in Glencoe, Minnesota. At the age of 12 he began working for
Patick Welch who owned a general merchandise store; several years later he was a clerk for the store
owned by L. S. Preiss. At the age of 20, John became a partner with Frank Eckhart in the hardware
business. When the store closed it's doors, John bought a shoe business from Carl Muenzer and it became
very successful. In 1895 he moved the business into a ground floor store in the new Masonic Temple
building and named it "The Temple Store", carrying an extensive line of men's clothing, other apparel
and a line of shoes. He established an enviable reputation of integrity which was never blemished during
his 45 years as a businessman. He was held in such high regard by other business people from the
Glencoe area, they chose to close their door to business for two hours for his funeral.
John married Isabelle Schock Marshall, July 4, 1911 in a quiet ceremony with only the brides sons and
Mr. Harry Russell of St. Paul in attendance. Isabelle was the daughter of Edward L. H & Katherine Allison
Schock of Pennsylvania. The Schock and Allison families are of early colonial ancestry. Isabelle was
born and raised in Pennsylvania, educated in a girls college and during her life in the Glencoe, Minnesota
area became one of the outstanding women leaders in civic, club and social circles. Thomas Marshall,
Isabelle's first husband was a native of Brockville, Canada. He owned a typewriter and supply business in
St. Paul, Minnesota and passed away in 1910. Three sons were born to Thomas & Isabelle: Thomas Harry,
Lawrence Walter; Lawrence served in WWII as a commissioned officer attaining the rank of Major in the
Officers Reserve Corps, and youngest son, George Edward
Isabelle engaged in the millinery business at Glencoe as a means of supporting herself and children upon
the death of her husband Thomas. She was past county chairman of the Red Cross, and served on the
program committee of the Federation of Woman's Clubs and is largely responsible for the origin of the
Glencoe HIstorical Society. She was a lifetime member of the Minnesota Historical Society. She was an
active member of the Auxiliary of the American Legion,of which she served as president and was
president of the third district as well. She was president of the Forty and Eight Society at Glencoe and
publicity director of the local flower shows, member of the Rebekahs and the James Bryant Woman's
Relief Corps of Minneapolis. She served as State Memorial Chairman of the department of Minnesota
American Legion Auxiliary and through her efforts made possible the installing of the chimes in the
Memorial Chapel at Fort Snelling.
|The 7,000 sq. foot home designed
in 1895 by J. J. Brechet was originally
built for Brechet's fiance.
John and Isabelle Zrust purchased the
house in 1913 from Brechet.
|June 1, 1911
Advertisement from the Glencoe newspaper
for "The Temple Store"
|Anthony (Tony) and his
|Anna Zeman Zrust
|Joseph and Mary Smida Zrust
|This photo as well as the photos of Anna Zeman Zrust, Anthony and daughter Margaret and
Joseph and Mary Smida Zrust were graciously provided for use on this page by
Lynn Sutherland, great, great granddaughter of Joseph Zrust (1830-1904).
Thank you, Lynn!
From Lynn's note regarding the above photo:
The photo had been folded and some of the writing on the back had bled together.
What I can make out are the folks in the middle. Seated in front is father (Joe Smida), Joe (my
great grandfather Joe Zrust, Jr.), Joe's father (Joe Zrust, Sr.), and Tony (Anton Zrust), Joseph
(Joseph James Zrust), and Meri (Merinka Zrust). This young guy in front of Meri and Joseph name
The only names I can read in the back row are the last 3 women standing, Anna (I believe Anna
Zeman Zrust), mother (Josie Smida), and Joe's mother (Anna Hann/Hanus Zrust). The other
woman standing on the far left I recognize from other photo's as my great grandmother Mary
My great grandmother's family (Smida's) lived next to Anton Zrust so I suspect the photo was
taken at one of their farms in McLeod, MN., around the turn of the last century.
If anyone has comments about this photo or can clarify the names of those in the photo,
please contact me!
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