Clipped from the Farmington Independent, "Looking Back" section, Compiled By Michelle Leonard, Staff Writer, Page 6B, June 17, 2004 Edition.. (the link is the web page you looking at)

June 28, 2004

Nathan Hansen
Editor, Farmington Independent
P.O. Box 192
Farmington, MN, 55024

Dear Editor:

Re: The Looking Back section of the Farmington Independent for June 17, 2004 features a picture of Kulstad Bros. clothing store. The caption reads: "This week's photo is of the Kulstad's store, once located downtown Farmington. Unfortunately, there was limited information available at the Dakota County Historical Society. If anyone remembers the business, its location or has anymore information to share, give us a call at the Farmington Independent 651-460-6606 -- we will pass along the information."

1. You have to go no further than next door to your offices and tap the memory of Jim Gerster to find out all you ever wanted to know and more about the "Kulstad's store".

2. The name of the store was Kulstad Brothers Clothing. When I grew up, it was just Don Kulstad and no brothers. It was the only men's clothing store in Farmington. The location was next door to the Exchange Bank Building (Lisle's Cafe) on Third Street.

3. Although it seemed as if Don was at the store every day, this was not true. The key to his success was to hire a reliable man to work for him so he could go fishing. He did this very often with Ernie Gerster (Jim Gerster's dad), Oscar Lubke (my dad), Dr. Joseph Emond (Dr. Joe Emond's dad) and other anglers.

4. Don Kulstad and Oscar Lubke, the best of friends and fishing partners made a pact to be buried in adjacent graves. Visit the Farmington Cemetery and you will see confirmation of that bond. The marker for Donald and Marie Kulstad is adjacent to that of Oscar and Genevieve Lubke.


Alan Lubke
2550 Fleetwood Drive
San Bruno, CA 94066

P.S. I am not sure, but I think Henry Holskamp was the main assistant in the store while I was growing up in the '50s. Ask your readers. I would like to know the roster.