Frank C. Kuster Frank C. Kuster
1872 - 1955

BORN: 25 JAN 1872
         Lansing, Iowa
MARRIED: Mabel Appleby
         29 Mar 1900
         Bemidji, Minnesota
DIED: 30 MAR 1955
         Grand Forks, North Dakota

Frank Kuster was born in Lansing, Iowa in 1872, the fifth of nine children born to Samuel and Mary Kuster. The Kusters moved to Caledonia, Minnesota sometime between 1880 and 1885, where Frank remained until he reached 21 years of age.

In 1893, Frank moved to Saint Paul, where he worked for a time as a gardener, but he soon tired of it. By August of that year Frank had joined the Great Northern gang that was laying railroad track in the direction of Minot, North Dakota. He soon tired of this second job as well and moved to Elk River, Minnesota and set up binders.

At some point within the next few years, Frank moved to northern Minnesota and homesteaded, cut wood, trapped and eventually became part owner in a grocery store called 'Thorpe and Kuster' which was located in Shevlin.

It was during his time in northern Minnesota that Frank married Mabel Appleby. The Applebys were new to Beltrami County when Frank and Mabel were wed by G. Carson, a local judge.

Frank and Mabel moved to Grand Forks, North Dakota in 1904, after selling his share in the grocery store, and began working as a lineman for the Tri-State Telephone Company. Saying he couldn't support his growing family on what the phone company paid, Frank started farming in 1912 on lands he rented from others. During this time the family moved frequently, never staying at one place more than a couple years. The kids attended school when they were not needed on the farm, but the younger children, Ruth, George and Lloyd did graduate from Reynolds High School.

In 1926 Frank was finally able to purchase a 320 acre farm of his own a couple miles west of Grand Forks. Frank and his sons grew grains, milked cows and raised chickens and pigs. Frank and Mabel continued to live on the farm after they sold it to their son, Fred. In the 1980s, the land was subdivided, sold and became part of the city of Grand Forks.

Fred Kuster Family 1950

Frank Kuster loved talking politics and enjoyed 'baiting' arguements. He enjoyed being the boss of the family and allowed to desenting opinions when it came to how the house and farm were to be run. He voted Republican and because his wife was a proud supporter of Franklin Roosevelt, he often said that he regretted having taken her to the polls in 1932.

For their Silver Wedding Anniversary, their children gave each of them 50 silver dollars - a separate bundle for him and for her. The comment was, "Otherwise Grandma sould not have gotten hers.

Frank became suddenly sick in 1955 and died less than eighteen hours later. The cause of death is listed as bronchopneumonia.

Frank Kuster is buried at Memorial Park Cemetary in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

WIFE of Frank C. Kuster:
    Mabel APPLEBY

PARENTS of Frank C. Kuster:
    Samuel KUSTER
    Mary LEWIS

CHILDREN of Frank C. Kuster:
   1. Walter Sam KUSTER

   2. Hazel May KUSTER
   3. Frank Charles KUSTER Jr.
   4. Ethel Viola (DREES)
   5. Frederick Henry KUSTER
   6. Ruth Emma (LAGERBERG)
   7. George Percy KUSTER
   8. Lloyd John KUSTER


  A Genealogy and History for the Family of Albert and Ethel Drees, by Donna Widenhoefer
  1880 U.S. Federal Census for Center, Allamakee Co., IA
  1885 Minnesota State Census for Mayville, Houston Co., MN
  Certificate of Marriage: Beltrami Co., MN; No. 0329190001
  1910 U.S. Federal Census for Grand Forks, Grand Forks Co., ND
  1920 U.S. Federal Census for Allendale, Grand Forks Co., ND
  1925 North Dakota State Census for Americus, Grand Forks Co., ND
  1930 U.S. Federal Census for Grand Forks, Grand Forks Co., ND
  1940 U.S. Federal Census for Grand Forks, Grand Forks Co., ND
  Certificate of Death: Grand Forks Co., ND; File No. 1982; Registrar's No. 5112