LUST, U. B.

Local History Collections

Collection ID: LH 128
Location: LH 128

(Description ID: 595550)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

 

U.B. Lust Collection

LH - 128

 

Introduction

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Inventory

 


Biographical Sketch

Uri B. Lust was born January 17, 1887 in Crawford County, Ohio the first child of John Lust. At an early age he exhibited exceptional mechanical ability by using the tools from his mother’s sewing machine to make his own toys. At age eleven he repaired his uncle’s alarm clock. When he was fourteen he went to work full-time at the Bucyrus, Ohio store of Samuel Lesher, a German watchmaker.

U.B. Lust moved to Fremont, Ohio in 1909. He worked in different jewelry stores until 1925 when he opened his own watch and jewelry store at 496 Croghan Street where he had the tools and skills to make parts for clocks as needed. The stock market crash of 1929 led to such a difficult business environment that Mr. Lust turned to buying and selling old gold and other precious metals. That, combined with his work repairing watches and clocks, allowed his business to survive the Great Depression. He sold his store in 1947 and operated a small clock and music box repair business from his home. While working in Fremont, U.B. Lust designed and built several clocks which generated a good deal of attention for him, especially his ‘astronomical regulator’ and the ‘second U.B. Lust clock’.

U.B. Lust had a variety of other interests besides jewelry and watches: he played violin in the Fremont Symphony, he was an avid photographer, he was a member of the Fremont Motorcycle Club, he was a Mason, and he was involved in match-rifle-shooting at Camp Perry, Ohio.

U.B. Lust married Theresa Hauler in 1946 and the couple had no children. He died January 29, 1964 and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery at Fremont, Ohio.

 

Scope and Content

The majority of this collection consists of business records of Uri B. Lust’s jewelry store in Fremont, Ohio from 1925 to 1947 and then his repair business until 1963. He also sold and repaired watches, clocks, and music boxes. These business records cover the daily sales and purchase of merchandise, repair work done, and tax records. Because he bought and sold gold and precious metals during the Great Depression, the required licenses are included. Other business material includes correspondence as well as catalogs of clock and watch parts.

The collection also contains items from U. B. Lust’s personal life. These include his activities as a Mason, his involvement with rifle shooting competitions, and a scrapbook. Many interesting photographs found here show organizations and events of Fremont, Ohio in the years prior to World War I. An album of photos from Theresa Lust’s retirement dinner from the Hayes Presidential Center is also included.

 

Inventory

Ac. 5961

Box 1

Folder 1 Insurance

            2 Business Documents

            3 Business Correspondence

            4 Licenses – Gold, Jewelry, Firearms

            5 Inventory Records

            6 Sales Records

            7 Bank Books, Checks

            8 Purchases by Lust

            9 Appraisals

            10 Business Miscellaneous

            11 Taxes – County

            12 Taxes – State

            13Taxes – Federal

            14Taxes – Personal Income

            15 Correspondence

            16 Theresa Lust

            17 Masons

            18 Fremont – Special Police Officer

            19 Miscellaneous – Personal

            20 Articles re U. B. Lust

            21 German Publications

            22 Clock Parts Catalogues, Flyers, etc.

            23 Music Boxes

            24 Shooting Match Targets, etc.

            25 Shooting Medals

            26 Post Cards

Box 2

Preview – Advertisement campaign for Swiss watch makers, 1952

Badische Uhrenfabrik clock catalog, n.d.

Gibbs, James W., The Dueber-Hampden Story, 1954

Catalogues of watch and clock parts, tools

            George Jacob G.M.B.H., 1936

            Paulson Tool & Supply Catalog, 1953

            Ludwig & Fries G.M.B.H., 1947

            Art Monograms and Lettering by J. M. Bergling

            Dos Flume Buch, 1937

            The Watch Craftsman, C. & E. MarshallCo., 1957

Illustrated London News – The Death of King George VI, February 16, 1952

Articles regarding Lust’s Astronomical Clock:

            Deutsche Uhrmacher – Gehilfein-Zeitung (4 copies)

            The Jewelers’ Circular, December 1932

Fliegende Blatter, 1900

American Horologist & Jeweler, December 1963

Ford Times, July 1963

Gibbs, James W., The Life and Death of the Ithaca Calendar Clock Company, 1960

Daily Journals:

            6/20/1925 – 5/4/1926

            5/5/1925 – 10/25/1926

            10/26/1926 – 6/4/1927

            6/6/1927 – 12/13/1927

            12/14/1927 – 6/29/1929

            7/1/1929 – 6/13/1931

            6/15/1931 – 9/30/1933

            10/2/1933 – 11/28/1933

            12/1/1933 – 8/27/1934

            7/4/1944 – 7/8/1947

Venders’ Records:

            1925 – 1926

            1928

            1929

            1930

            1931

            1932

            1934

            1935

            1947-1963

Box 3

General Records 1928 – 1947

Tax Records – Ohio and Federal 1938-1943

Daily Records 1928 – 1954

Daily Journal 1942 – 1943; 1943 – 1944

Jewelry Repairs 1937 - 1945

 

Box 4

Repair Records   4/30/1945 – 12/11/1952

Sales Records   6/22/1925 – 7/3/1928

Venders’ Record   1927

Charge Accounts   1925 – 1926

Watches Bought and Sold   1925 – 1947

Watch Repair Records:

            6/25/1925 – 5/20/1927

            5/20/1927 – 10/8/1928

            10/15/1928 – 6/19/1930

            6/23/1930 – 6/24/1935

            6/24/1935 – 2/29/1940

            3/1/1940 – 10/6/1945

            3/13/1946 – 5/30/1947

            10/5/1945 – 6/22/1962

            2/15/1947 – 6/14/1954

Purchase Order Books

            8/17/1925 – 10/27/1925                                             

            6/17/1929 - 9/14/1929                                                

            12/28/1929 – 3/25/1930

            3/29/1930 – 7/24/1930

            7/30/1930 – 12/1/1930

            12/1/1930 – 5/25/1930

            6/3/1931 – 9/19/1931

            9/23/1931 – 12/29/1931

            12/29/1931 – 5/31/1932

            5/31/1932 – 10/8/1932

            10/11/1932 – 1/21/1933

            1/26/1933 – 5/22/1933

            5/22/1933 – 9/18/1933

            9/21/1933 – 12/21/1933

            12/26/1933 – 3/30/1934

            4/3/1934 – 7/28/1934

            10/31/1934 – 12/14/1934

            12/14/1934 – 4/15/1935

            4/15/1935 – 8/22/1935

            11/25/1935 – 1/27/1936

            1/27/1936 – 4/27/1936

            4/30/1936 – 7/13/1936

            7/16./1936-10/14/1936

           10/14/1936-1/7/1937

Box 5

General Ledger   1958 – 1963

Daily Sales   1925 – 1926

                     1926 – 1927

Daily Record   1947 – 1962

Scrapbook

Box 6

Photographs

Box 7

Photographs