Harold Theodore Hust was born on February 9th, 1930 to his parents Wilhelmina “Minnie”and Theodore Hust. William, his brother, was born three years earlier, and three siblings followed: Shirley, Donald Arthur, and Claire. The family lived in Callicoon Center, NY until Harold was six years old. When Claire, the youngest, had just been born, Theodore needed work, so the family packed up and moved sixty miles upstate to Glen Aubrey, NY. And this is where the story begins……
Harold’s world was changed, however, when he was drafted into the U.S. Army at the age of 21.
After Harold was drafted, he and Joyce decided to marry in the little time they had. They were married in February of 1951 and he left for training camp in the fall of that year. He was 21 and she was 18.
Harold could have been exempted from the draft had he chosen to stay and work on Arthur’s farm, but he chose to fulfill the duty. While Arthur stayed home to work his dairy farm, his brother Bill had already served as a Merchant Marine in WWII and was not redrafted.
Harold was part of the Armored Infantry, which is a division that uses armored vehicles. Armored infantry was introduced in order to move away from the devastating trench warfare of WWI. Harold never had to fight, but instead, became a radio operator for intercepting morse code messages. Harold stayed in Germany until the end of the war in 1953.
His first daughter, Diane, was born during this time.
Then he returned home.
Once home, Harold finally met his new daughter, Diane. As soon as he arrived home, Harold bought his young family a home, a house on the Leekville property. This was the home in which his family was raised. Harold got a job at the new computer company, IBM. Soon, he and Joyce were expecting their next child. It was a boy, and they named him Daniel.
Harold continued to work at IBM. He moved through many positions there, working on the machine floor, with quality computers, and with engineering computers. He also helped his brother with his milk route, delivering door to door from Art’s dairy farm. Harold also served in the Glen Aubrey volunteer fire department since age 16, eventually with his sons. He became a boy scout leader and took all of the boys camping once a month, even in the winter.
When his brother, Art, bought some land for his cows to graze and decided to dig a lake, Harold helped. Glen Aubrey thus became home to “Hust Lake,” which became a gathering point for all of Harold’s siblings and their children, many of whom stayed to build their lives in Glen Aubrey. The boy scout camp was held up at Hust Lake as well.
Harold worked at IBM for 34 years before retiring. Meanwhile, his children started bringing him many grandchildren.
He currently has 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. They call him “Gramps.”
Though Harold lost Joyce to cancer in 2001, he continues to love his family with the same faithfulness. His children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren continue to be blessed by his presence in their lives. He is very loved.