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Wilbur Bastian will be remembered in film
By Barry Schrader Senior Columnist...................April 2, 2013
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When we returned to our roots here in 2006 we met a couple
from Hinckley who knew my parents and we had lunch. Wilbur Bastian
and wife Jane were very hospitable and took us to the Hinckley
Café. It was then that Wilbur told me he was a milk tester
in the 1930s and 40s and visited my folks on the dairy farm south
of Waterman known as KirkLand (named after the owners Harry and
He recalled staying at the farm overnight, how good my mothers
cooking was and how my father used to give me rides atop the
milk cart when I was just a tyke. I found a photo in our family
album that confirmed his recollection. So we had good times reminiscing
about mutual acquaintances and life on the farm back then and
became fast friends.
Jane and Wilbur Bastian pose with movie star Dennis Quaid,
in center, during the filming of At Any Price on
the two Kevin Herrmann farms in the summer of 2011. (Provided
But then Wilbur died in March 2012 and we lost a friend.
Wilbur and Jane had moved to the Oak Crest retirement complex
by then so I got to visit him during his final weeks. He was
thrilled to have been chosen to be in a motion picture in 2011
being filmed in DeKalb County starring Dennis Quaid and Zac Effron.
I promised him I would write about that when the movie was to
The movie will be released later this month with the title
At Any Price and his wife Jane and family have already
seen it. The movie was previewed at a film festival in Toronto,
Canada last September and they went to the preview and once again
reunited with Quaid and Effron. Then in March of this year the
movie was aired at a film festival in Austin Texas and Janes
granddaughters who attend the University of Texas went there
Sorry to say that Wilburs speaking part was left on
the cutting room floor but he does appear twice in the movie,
once on the Kevin Herrmann farm near Leland, and close to the
conclusion at a farm appreciation picnic on another Herrmann
farm on Bastian Road near Hinckley. Jane is hopeful that the
director Ramin Bahrini will permit a special showing at a theater
in DeKalb County and that is being pursued with the films
promoters at this time.
People will be able to identify friends who are extras and
various parts of the county in the movie, including the Sycamore
Speedway near Maple Park, a Shabbona cemetery, a church, and
some businesses in DeKalb. But no one will be more thrilled to
see it than Jane and her family, and Wilbur will be remembered
for a long time, both on film and from his 90 years of real life.
I cant wait to see it.
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