John Adam Kuster, a manufacturer of cement blocks and a mason contractor, has been identified with the building interests of Plymouth for twenty-two years, during which time he has erected many of the principal buildings in the town. He was born in Saginaw, Michigan, on the 22d of June, 1862, and is a son of George A. and Minnie (Thieme) Kuster, natives of Germany.
When a lad of twelve years George A. Kuster emigrated to the United States with his parents, who located in Michigan. There he completed his education and was subsequently employed in the sawmills, working himself up to the position of foreman. During the winter months he worked in the lumber camps, continuing to follow these occupations until his death in 1879. The mother passed away in 1873. She came to this country when a child with her parents, who also located in Michigan, and there she was married and lived the remainder of her life. Five children were born to Mr.and Mrs. Kuster.
After his mother's death, which occurred when he was a child of eleven years, John Adam Kuster made his home with his grandparents, who lived on a farm in Sheboygan county. There he completed his schooling and after working on the farm for a few years joined a party of carpenters and worked with them throughout this section of the country for about two years. At the end of that time he located in Plymouth, but subsequently went to Sheboygan, remaining there until 1890. In the latter year he once more became a resident of Plymouth, where he engaged in general contracting and building until 1909.
During the succeeding year he gave his entire attention to the manufacture of cement blocks, but he has also been taking contracts in mason work since 1910, and is meeting with very good success in both. Mr. Kuster is a very ambitious man of enterprising and progressive spirit, and has always striven to improve the standard of his work. With this purpose in mind in 1902 he took a correspondence course at the Scranton school in architecture, and is now qualified to execute designs for either private residences or public buildings and is the only person in Plymouth who does work of this kind. He has designed and built several of the best residences in the town, including his own home, which is one of the most attractive places in Plymouth. Many of the public buildings and business blocks have also been erected by him in accordance with plans he has executed. He conscientiously applies himself to anything he undertakes, and during the long period of his residence here has acquired an enviable reputation for trustworthiness and reliability. He is a skilled mechanic with practical ideas, in the execution of which he uses good judgment.
In 1884, Mr. Kuster was married to Miss Lina Toerpe, of Wisconsin and a daughter of Bernhardt Toerpe, a native of Germany, who emigrated to America during his early manhood and located on a farm in this county. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Kuster, as follows: Emma, who is keeping house for her father; George, the eldest son, who is sergeant-major in the coast artillery service of the United States stationed: at Key West, Florida; John, who follows the carpenter's trade in New Orleans; Lilyan, a bookkeeper for the Plymouth Reporter; and Arthur, who is living at home assisting his father at the Plymouth Cement Stone Works. Mrs. Kuster passed away in September, 1901.
Mr. Kuster belongs to the Eagles fraternity and also the Workingmen's Aid Society. He is a man of high standards and sound principles, the worth of which have been thoroughly tested during the twenty-two years he has been identified with the business interests of this community, and well entitle him to the esteem he is accorded by all who have had transactions with him.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL