November 21, 2018

1930s farm equipment restored by Steiner Museum

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MIO — A family of Luzerne residents recently took a special visit to the Steiner Museum in order to see an antique piece of equipment on display they had recently donated.

Members of the Kusey family traveled to the museum to view the family’s 1936 Rosenthal corn husker and shredder Sept. 5. In the weeks following their donation, the museum has cleaned, repaired restored and painted the machine in order to bring it up to exhibit quality.

According to the chair of the museum commission Norman Caldwell, the father of the original owner of the husker Anthony Kusey immigrated to the United States from Europe in 1904 at the age of 19. In 1911, Kusey moved to an area located between Standish, Omer and Sterling in Arenac County with some friends to become farmers. He raised 12 children at his farm and years later his son Samuel acquired the Husker to be used by the family on it.

Caldwell said the Kusey family raised dairy cattle, sold cream and raised various cash crops to provide for the family. He said the museum is honored to take the historical husker and add it to the museum for documentation and preservation. He said the museum is always accepting donations of this fashion.

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