Gust Kositzke Interview, ca. 1977
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German Americans; Railroads--Employees; Farm life--Minnesota; Agriculture--Minnesota; Tractors; Agricultural innovations; Flax straw; Golf courses--Minnesota--Appleton; Corn--Seeds; Florida
Gust Kositzke was 86 years old and lived in Florida at the time of the interview. His parents came from Germany to Michigan, where Gus grew up. He worked for the railroad for a time and then went to Appleton and farmed.
In this interview, he discusses the changeover from horses to tractors. After he moved to town, he worked at custom corn picking, plumbing, carpentry, sold seed corn, and worked at the golf course. He also talks about buying up flax straw to make cigarette papers. He finally talks about his travels to Florida and moving to Florida to live permanently.
West Central Minnesota Historical Research Center (WCMHRC)
Kositzke, Gust, "Gust Kositzke Interview, ca. 1977" (1977). Reminiscing in West Central Minnesota (KMRS Feature). 98.