2018-01-11 / Community

Double celebration for local farm family

90th birthday and centennial marker
By John Bonke
Staff Writer • jbonke@mihomepaper.com


KINDE - Pictured here, with the Stanislaus Koroleski Farm Centennial Farm marker, are members of the Koroleski Family: (l-r) Kyle, Steve, Anthony Jr., Jim and Devin. 
Courtesy photo KINDE - Pictured here, with the Stanislaus Koroleski Farm Centennial Farm marker, are members of the Koroleski Family: (l-r) Kyle, Steve, Anthony Jr., Jim and Devin. Courtesy photo KINDE - Two celebrations are in store for the Koroleski Family.

The Stanislaus Koroleski Farm, located at 1259 E. Kinde Road, between Crockard and Hellems roads, just east of the Village of Kinde, was recently granted Centennial Farm status.

But that’s not all.

A third-generation Koroleski family member, Anthony Jr., will be celebrating his 90th birthday on Jan. 20. He was born in the house that still stands on the farm property.

The farm began more than 100 years ago.

As a member of the first generation of the farm, Stanislaus “Sam” Koroleski bought and cleared acreage on Feb. 2, 1914. Years later, his son, Anthony Sr., bought the 80 acres for $1 and a horse. Anthony Sr. typically planted and harvested oats, wheat and navy beans on the farm.

Anthony Jr.’s brother, Louis Koroleski, inherited the property from their father and continued the farming tradition until he passed away in 1997. Steve Koroleski (son of Anthony Jr.) and his wife, Mitzi, purchased the farm in 1998 and continue no-till farming the land today.

Anthony Jr. and his wife, Jackie, lived nearby the family farm. They raised nine children, many of whom still live in the local area: Linda, Jim, Karen, Brenda, Steve, Alan, Valerie, Denise and Michelle.

In 1950, Anthony Jr. served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After his time in the Army, he came back to the area, farmed 240 acres and milked cows for 35 years, while Jackie worked at the local school district as a school bus driver for 33 years. In his later years, he worked in a factory. Anthony Jr. also continued to help on the farm and he enjoyed being able to do this as he was still operating a combine to thrash wheat until he was 86 years old. Anthony Jr. resides on Moeller Road, where he has lived since 1988.

The current fourth and fifth generations to no-till the soil, now at 1,200 acres, is owned by Steve Koroleski, who is assisted by his sons, Kyle and Devin, and his brother, Jim, who is a full- time employee of the operation. Steve plants and harvests rotation crops including soy beans, corn, wheat, dry beans and alfalfa. Steve said that this year’s corn planting was only the second time corn had been planted there that he can recall. He said that years ago it was less expensive for those generations of farmers to buy the corn to feed to their livestock.

Steve’s family includes his wife, Mitzi, daughter Chelsea, son-in-law Jason, and sons Kyle and Devin, who reside west of Kinde.

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