Joseph Ruston's memorial in Eastgate Cemetery.
"Ruston was the son of Robert Ruston a farmer of Chatteris, Isle of Ely and his wife Margaret Seward.
He was educated at Wesley College, Sheffield and became an apprentice at the Sheffield cutlery firm of George Wostenholme.
On completing his apprenticeship in 1856 with a good commercial training and having a modest inheritance from his father's estate he went into business with Burton and Proctor of Lincoln.
He thus became head of the firm of Ruston, Proctor and Company, agricultural implement makers and engineers.
The company grew in size until it employed some 2000 people and in his lifetime produced 20,800 engines, 19,700 boilers, 10,900 threshing machines, and 1350 corn mills.
Ruston was a J.P. and was elected Mayor of Lincoln for 1869–70.
He was elected as a Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for Lincoln in a by-election in June 1884.He was re-elected at the 1885 general election but did not stand again in 1886 because he disapproved of Gladstone's proposals for Home Rule".
DB 31 July 2021