Samuel Furste

Former Kenton County Sheriff and court official. Samuel Furste was born on November 16, 1892 in Covington. He was educated in the Covington Public Schools. By 1906, Furste was working for the Henderson Lithography Company of Cincinnati. While at this company, Furste caught his arm in a press. The arm had to be amputated. Despite this disability, Furste attended a local business college where he learned stenography, shorthand, typewriting and bookkeeping.

In 1913, Samuel Furste was appointed official court stenography for the Kenton County Court system. He held this position until 1929, when he became Kenton County Clerk. Furste retired as clerk in 1953. Furste’s retirement, however, was short lived. In 1957, he ran against Carl Ruh in the Democratic primary for Kenton County Sheriff. Furste defeated Ruh by 41 votes and easily defeated his Republican opponent in the general election. Samuel Furste was active in several benevolent and fraternal organizations. A few of these included: Covington Elks and Eagles, Covington Turners, Colonel Clay Lodge No. 159 Masons, Kishmee Grotto, St. John Orphan Society, the Crusader Club and the Standard Club.

Furste died on February 4, 1959 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Covington. He was survived by his wife, Hattie J. Furste. The couple resided at 1234 Lee Street in Covington. Funeral Services were held at Hugenberg & Glindmeyer Funeral Home in Covington. The Reverend Philip Wiggermann of St. Paul United Church of Christ Officiated. Carl Ruh was appointed to fill Furste’s un-expired term as Kenton County Sheriff.

Kentucky Post, December 9, 1913, p. 5, August 17, 1914, p. 5, August 31, 1922, p. 1, February 4, 1959, p. 1, February 5, 1959, p. 1; Pictorial and Industrial Review of Northern Kentucky (1923), p. 15.

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