Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Engineers

Edited by
Rod Millard

RUST, Charles Henry , b. 25 Dec. 1852, Great Waltham, Essex, England; d. 22 Sept. 1927, Toronto. Educated at the Brentwood Grammar School, he moved to Canada in 1872, and helped survey the Ontario and Quebec Railway. In 1877, he joined Toronto's city engineers department as a rodman, and, by 1883, was assistant engineer in charge of sewers. In 1892, he was appointed acting city engineer, and, later that year, become deputy city engineer, a post he held until 1898, when he was promoted to city engineer and manager of water-works. In 1900 and 1906, he was sent to England to report on developments in biological and bacterial methods of sewage disposal. A pioneer in sanitary engineering, he designed and constructed a complete system of drainage and sewage disposal, and built a modern filtration plant. He also reported on water-works and sewage problems for Berlin (Kitchener), Belleville, and Ingersoll, Ont. In 1912, he resigned to become Victoria's city engineer and water commissioner, having charge of the Sooke Lake water supply for the city. He also examined Vancouver's sewerage scheme and the Second Narrows Bridge. In 1918, he returned to Toronto and worked for the Toronto Street Railway and Toronto Electric Light Company. One of the first members of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (Engineering Institute of Canada, 1918), he served for several years on its council, was elected vice-president in 1901 and 1910, and became president in 1911. He was also a vice-president (1913 and 1914) of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He belonged to the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, St. Andrew's Masonic Lodge, and the National Club of Toronto. An Anglican, he married Alice Preston in 1879, and they had three sons (all became engineers) and three daughters.

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