JOHN RUSTGARD is a lawyer
and miner of Seward Peninsula
who has the distinction of having
served one term as mayor of the City of
Nome. He is a Norwegian by birth
and an American by choice. In his
youth he worked in saw mills, lumber
yards and as a carpenter, and with his
own earnings paid his way through
high school and college. He was graduated from the law school of the University of Minnesota in 1890. For
two years prior to his graduation and
admission to the bar he was a teacher
in one of the high schools of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
In 1899 he went west, and came
to Nome in the early summer of 1900.
Since his residence in Nome he has
been stampeding, prospecting, mining
and practicing law and speculating in
mines and merchandise. At the Nome
municipal election in April, 1902, he
was elected to the common council by
the largest vote cast for any of the
candidates, and was elected by that
body as president and ex-officio mayor.
Mr. Rustgard is a man of unquestioned ability. He has the faculty of forceful expression both as a writer and as a speaker. He believes that "honesty is the
best policy," and that one who consistently abides by principle can well afford to
calmly await the result. Being an aggressive man he has made some enemies but ho
has a host of friends, and he says that he "has reason to be proud of all them."
Source: Nome and Seward Peninsula by R. S.
Harrison. Seattle: The Metropolitan Press, 1905.