Stan Kross and his wife Mabel and their two young children, Henry and Elvie, came to live in Dayboro in late 1942 or early 1943. Their third child Errold was born on 24th December 1943.
Stan was a timbercarter employed by Stephens & Simpson’s Sawmill. In August 1944 they purchased property in what is now Cruice Street and built one of the first houses, if not the first, in that street.
Whilst in the Mt. Mee State Forest, possibly waiting for his truck to be loaded, Stan collected lawyer cane which he turned into baskets. He developed a very successful cottage industry, even obtaining orders from some of Brisbane’s department stores.
His baskets did not wear out although they were used constantly. It would be interesting to know how many are still in existence. I have two, one of which belonged to my mother and the other to my aunt. Mum’s was used almost daily when she walked “down the road” with the basket on her arm to do her shopping.
The Kross family moved to Gympie in late 1950.