DURST, BRUNO (1832–1905). Bruno Durst, farmer, Texas Ranger, Confederate officer, and state representative, was born in Nacogdoches County, Texas, in 1832, the son of John Marie Durst and Harriet Matilda (Jamison) Durst. Durst's father was among the earliest Anglo settlers of Texas. Bruno and his siblings were tutored for a time by John H. Reagan. The family moved to Leon County in 1844 and settled in Leona. Here Bruno established himself as a farmer and in 1856 married Neelanna Shaw. This couple had one child who survived infancy, a son. During the Civil War, Durst served first as a Texas Ranger—as a captain of the Eighteenth Brigade, Texas State Troops—and later as a second lieutenant in Company A of the Thirteenth Texas Cavalry Regiment. With this latter unit Durst saw action in several engagements, including the battles of Vicksburg, Mansfield, and Saline River. Following the war Durst returned to Leon County where he resumed farming. In 1866 Durst won election as representative for Leon County to the Eleventh Texas Legislature. Neelanna died in 1860, and Durst remarried on February 5, 1868, to Texanna Lusk. This couple had five sons and three daughters. He maintained a home in Leon County for the remainder of his life, being listed as a resident in 1899. Bruno Durst died in Leon County on January 12, 1905, and was buried in the Durst Family Cemetery.
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Aragorn Storm Miller, "DURST, BRUNO," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fdu71), accessed May 24, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Modified on November 26, 2014. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.