Carroll County Biographies


Henry Bast occupies a prominent position among the citizens of Salem Township as a practical, wide-awake farmer, of more than ordinary intelligence and skill, as is shown by his fine, well-improved farm, comprising 212 acres, located on section 33, amply supplied with neat and tasty buildings and the necessary machinery for conducting agriculture according to the most approved methods. He is a native of Germany, born Feb. 17, 1852, and a son of Henry and mary (Frederick) Bast, who were also born in Germany. His father died in the Fatherland and his mother subsequently became the wife of WIlliam Robbins. She came to this country and died in Salem Township in August 1884.

Our subject by the death of his father was early thrown on his own resources, and his scholing was necessarily limited, but in after years he has made up for the deficiencies in his early education by observation and intelligent reading. At the age of ten years he emigrated to the US landing in New York, and coming immediately to Carroll County, where he has ever since lived. When he became old enough to choose his life work, he selected that of farming as best adapted to his tastes and talents, and, as we have seen, has been greatly prospered in his undertakings. He is one of our so-called "self-made men" of the type which is an honor to the citizenship of the communities of which they are members. His career has been guided by noble principles of justice, truth and strict integrity. He is of an earnestly religious nature, a sincere Christian, always true to the obligations imposed upon him as a man and a citizen, and in him the Evangelical Church finds one of its most helpful members; he has held the position of Class-Leader for severalyears. He is public-spirited to a degree, actively interesting himself in the affairs of the township and county, and contributing liberally to all schemes for their advancement. In politics he advocates the principles of the Republican party.

In his wife, Mr. Bast has found an important factor in the promotion of his present prosperous circumstances. She has actively aided him in the upbuilding of their comfortable home, has sympathized with him in his aims, and is a consistent member of the same church with which he is connected. They were united in marriage, in Salem Township, Feb. 17, 1876, and their union has been blessed to them by the birth of six children - William C., Mary A.L., Lydia M., George H., Cora M., and Ada L.

Mrs. Bast, whose maiden name was Mary Rath, is a native of Illinois, born in Jo Daviess County, March 9, 1854. Her parents, John and Mary Barbara (Sachs) Rath, were natives of Germany. They emigrated to the US and for a time lived in Ohio, and then came to Jo Davies County, where the father Died. The Mother married a secon time to Adam Hoffman and still resides in Jo Daviess.

Portrait & Biographical Carroll County 1889 Pg 836

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