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History of Gusts

The doors to the present day location of Gusts of Big Timber opened in 1947 under the name Robbins & Gusts. After World War II, Mr. Robbins bought the location in Big Timber and sought out the help of Virgil Gust, whom had worked for him in South Dakota. In 1947, after serving in the Navy during World War II, Virgil came to Big Timber and partnered with Mr. Robbins. The partners named the store Robbins & Gusts. During Mr. Robbins and Virgil’s partnership the two acquired other stores in Manhattan, Livingston, and Conrad. In the late sixties Virgil took over sole ownership of the Big Timber and Manhattan locations. During the seventies, Virgil parted with the Manhattan and Laurel...

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