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Kastners continue longtime farm legacy

By Staff | Jul 7, 2016

LODEAN KASTNER, right, and his nephew, Cal Kastner, pause briefly while at the edge of the family’s Century Farm south of Schleswig.

SCHLESWIG – The Kastner name is one well known throughout the Schleswig and Crawford County area for the family’s longevity and participation in numerous school, church, community and agricultural activities.

The family has again found itself in the spotlight after the family’s heritage was honored with a 2015 Century Farm designation. The farm, just south of Schleswig, was originally purchased by Paulina Kastner-Friedrichsen, and is now owned by Loren, Leila (Maack), Larry, Lodean, and Lonnie Kastner

Since 1876 the family has tilled, toiled and appreciated the farmland that has sustained its members over the years.

“We’re looking at farmland being worked by a fourth generation of Paulina (Kastner-Friedrichsen) family, possibly with a fifth generation standing in the wings,” said Cal Kastner. His daughters, Cierra, 13 and Cara, 17, could be the fifth generation to own and/or operate the farm.

Lodean Kastner, a former elementary school teacher in the Ar-We-Va School District, said that his great-grandfather, Carl Friedrich Kastner, (Paulina’s father), purchased the original Kastner homestead southwest of Kiron in 1876, which was honored in 1976 as a Century Farm.

LODEAN KASTNER visits the grave site of Kastner relatives at Morgan Cemetery near the family’s Century Farm.

In 2014, a farm owned by Fred Kastner, Paulina’s brother and the grandfather of Loren, Leila (Maack), Larry, Lodean and Lonnie Kastner, received a Century Farm designation. Now for the second straight year, the Kastner Family reached the century milestone with the Paulina Kastner-Friedrichsen farm.

In 2015, the farm , was awarded the Century Farm designation at the Iowa State Fair.

Paulina Kastner was born on October 24,1872, in Davenport. She married Knud Friedrichsen in 1894 at the Trinity Lutheran Church just northwest of Schleswig. The couple then purchased in 1901, the now 2015 Century Farm south of Schleswig.

The Friedrichsens actively farmed until moving to Schleswig in 1913. “Paulina and Knud continued to remain active in the community after moving into town,” said Lodean Kastner.

Their farm was left to their nephew, Irwin Kastner, to then be passed along to his children – Loren, Leila (Maack), Larry, Lodean and Lonnie Kastner.

TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH, near Schleswig, where Paulina Kastner-Friedrichsen was married

The Kastners’ deep sense of belonging on the farm, and appreciation for the family farm legacy led the family to apply for, and be awarded, the Century Farm honor.

It was the wishes of Loren Kastner, who died in 2014, that the Paulina Kastner-Friedrichsen farm seek Century Farm recognition.

The family took pride in honoring Loren’s wishes.

“We’re happy to be able to follow his wishes,” Lodean said.

The Paulina Kastner-Friedrichsen Trust farmland is currently being farmed by Paulina’s great-great-nephew, Cal Kastner, of Schleswig.

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