THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Tales from the old-timer
Issue Date: March 14, 2013
1936 PHS Graduate Hits Jackpot
The Old-Timer got a short note from Kateri Dupuis of Milwaukee, who is a first cousin of mine once removed. Her dad and my dad were first cousins, and she was the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Dupuis.
She enclosed a message from DeWitt Scotty Scott, President of the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame advising that Kate Koster of Rockford, IL. will be presented with the Jerry Byrd Lifetime Achievement Award on Aug. 31, 2013 at the Millennium Hotel in St. Louis, MO at the Steel Guitar Convention there.
I first knew her as our much loved and admired Catherine Catty Kostrzewski, a 1936 graduate of Peshtigo High School, who lived with her folks and her brother Bob on Cranberry Avenue right next to our house. Her professional name is Kate Koster, and she has been known by members of the Steel Guitar Convention for many years as a guitar virtuoso and teacher for decades.
She is in her 90s now, and still at it.
She began as a typical Peshtigo young person, lucky enough to land a job at the Badger Paper Mills in the middle of a great depression, and her life ahead was one of security and freedom from want, much desirable things in those years. She was introduced to guitar playing by a boyfriend, and took it from there to a career in music and teaching her beloved instrument to hundreds of young people, as she left Peshtigo for a brave and gratifying career.
She has kept in touch all these years with an old friend, Helen Suminski of Peshtigo, and with Kateri and me, too. We are all proud of Kay, and joyful at this recognition from her peers!
She would come over on summer evenings to visit and tell us kids about the cosmos, about Venus and Mars and all the stars, and we were enthralled.