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Kust Family Presented Century Farm Award
Issue Date: September 12, 2019
The Marinette County Fair presented a Century Farm Award to Paul and Mary Anne Kust. His grandparents Peter and Barb Kust started farming in 1919 and Peter's family settled in the Pilson area in 1864 before moving to Coleman. They used horse drawn equipment and along with dairy farming grew sugar beets, potatoes and beans.
They raised six children and in 1942 his son Edward James and wife, Leona Kust took over the farm. They milked cows, raised feeder pigs and beef as well as chickens.
Edward was a cheese maker and won a number of awards at the State Fair. He also started a sand and gravel business on the property. They had three children and the family was involved in 4-H which continued into the next generation.
In 1976 their son Paul Kust and wife, Mary Anne became owners of the farm and business. The Kust family was active in 4-H with Paul serving on the Marinette County fair board, both were fair superintendents and 4-H leaders. Mary Anne and fellow 4-H leader Cleo Rost began the baby animal barn with the help of the fair board, in a tent, in the 1960s. Their three children are Reid and (Elysia) Kust, Regan and (Mathias) Dahnert, and Lindsey and (Josh) Koenig. They also have five grandchildren Bode, Bryn, Kamilah, Zackary and Fiona who are looking forward to entering projects in the Marinette County Fair.