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The Descendants of Jefferson Kisner and Emma C. Suber

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The Descendants of Jefferson Kisner and Emma C. Suber

JEFFERSON KISNER, son of William Kisner, Sr. and Sarah G. Dieffenbach, was born February 13, 1849; he died February 10, 1937 in Glen Elder, Kansas.

Married Emma C. Suber on May 22, 1869.  She was born October 20, 1854; died June 3, 1930

The children of Jefferson & Emma Suber Kisner were:

  1. Ida Kisner 1870-1962
  2. Ernest Kisner 1873-1953

The Glen Elder Sentinel
February 18, 1937


Jefferson Kisner, Last of Early Settlers Living on Homestead at Time of His Death, Laid to Rest.

Friends within the Glen Elder Community and especially his neighbors of the Granite Creek Neighborhood were grieved last Thursday morning when it was learned that Jefferson Kisner had passed away in his home west of town late the preceding evening.  Having lived upon his homestead since the spring of 1870, this venerable old gentleman had accumulated the respect of his acquaintances to which nearly seventy years of unselfish living has been contributed.

Funeral services were held at the home Friday at two o’clock in the afternoon.  Interment was in the Granite Creek cemetery by the side of his wife.  The services were conducted by Ray Borgaard.

Jeff Kisner was born February 13, 1849 in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania and passed away at his home near Waconda Springs, February 10, 1937.  Had he lived until Saturday, February 13, he would have been eighty-eight years of age.  He was married to Emma C. Suver, May 22, 1869.  His wife preceded him in death June 3, 1930.

He came to Mitchell County, Kansas, in the spring of 1870 and homesteaded on the farm, bringing his family November 11, 1870 where he has resided ever since.

He is among the last of the old settlers to have been living on his homestead at the time of his death.  Mr. Kisner was the last of a family of eleven children.

The two children born to Mr. And Mrs. Kisner are Mrs. Ida Coble of Glen Elder and Ernest of the home; who with Mr. George Coble, and Mrs. Edna Randall, a granddaughter, he left to mourn his loss besides nephews, nieces and a host of friends.

Mr. Kisner was a loyal, kindly neighbor ever ready to help anyone in time of trouble or stress.  A friend to everyone in the community and liked by everybody.

In the early settlement of the community, he united with the United Brethren who held classes in the neighborhood.  After they broke up he never transferred his membership to any other place.

He retained his keen mind to the very last and was always interested in community affairs.

The same verse that applied to his loving wife may well be applied to him.

Do all the good you can

By all the means you can

In all the ways you can

As long as ever you can.


The Sullivan Review
March 3, 1937

Jefferson Kisner died Thursday morning, February 10, 1937 at his home in Glen Elder, Kansas, at the age of nearly 88 years. Mr. Kisner was a son of the late William and Sarah Kisner, of Cherry Township, and was the last of eleven children.
He was born in Cherry Township, February 13, 1849. On May 22, 1869 he was united in marriage to Miss Emma C. Suber, daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. David Suber, also of Cherry Township.
In 1870 Mr. and Mrs. Kisner, together with the David Suber family, moved to Kansas where they made their home.
On November 11, 1870, Mr. Kisner took up a homestead, and has lived on the same farm until the time of his death.
Two children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Kisner, Mrs. Ida Coble and Ernest Kisner, who with two grandchildren, George Coble and Mrs. Edna Randall, and a number of nieces and nephews survive.
Funeral services were held from his late home, Friday afternoon with interment in the Granite Creek cemetery, beside his wife who passed away on June 3, 1930.
Mr. and Mrs. Kisner were among the early settlers of Mitchell County, and during their life in this community earned the respect of a large circle of friends. He retained a keen mind until the last and always took an active interest in all community affairs.

The Glen Elder Sentinel
June 11, 1930

Emma C. Suver was born at Dushore, Sullivan Co, Pa., October 20, 1854.

She was united in marriage to J. Kisner, May 22, 1869.

She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ida Coble, in Glen Elder, Kansas, June 3, 1930.

With the passing of Mrs. Kisner, Tuesday, this community again pauses in respectful awe and admiration over the events of our pioneer state builders.  Like the pages of a thrilling story is the scroll of this simple quiet woman’s life.

A year after their marriage the young Kisner family with their baby daughter, Ida, and the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Suver and family, joined a colony of home-steaders who were leaving Pennsylvania for a western home.  In November 1870, they settled in the Waconda Springs neighborhood.  Mrs. Kisner was one of a family of six young people, and the freedom and experiences of these pioneer prairie days makes good telling. In her family one brother only, C.W. Suver, of Ellensburg, Washington, is living, and his frail health kept him from attending the funeral.

At this Kansas homestead, the second child, a son, Ernest W. was born.  He has always lived on this homestead, the place of his birth, and during these later years, he ahs been a dutiful son as well as a most loving, thoughtful, devoted companion to his aging parents.  This relationship between Mother and Son is most beautiful and to him as well as to her daughter and granddaughter and her lovely life-companion, of sixty-one years, the sympathy of this community goes out today in a very special way.

Mrs. Kisner has been a home-lover and home-maker; a loyal kindly neighbor, even ready to help in time of joy and stress; a friend to every one in the community, a woman with a quiet reserve and “with resources within herself” that kept her sane, content and unafraid through hard years and years of prosperity.  Her hearty laugh has cheered many a neighbor and passerby throughout the years.  In early Kansas days all were neighbors.

The simple maxim in the old West household might have hung in Mrs. Kisner’s home.

“Do all the good you can,

By all the means you can,

In all the ways you can,

At all the times you can,

As long as ever you can.”

In her girlhood home in PA, Mrs. Kisner had become a member of the Reformed Lutheran Church.  After coming to Kansas, she united with the United Brethren, who held classes in the neighborhood.  Later when these classes disbanded, her help and interest were ever freely giving to the Christian Church in Glen Elder, and today this church feels that her vacant place will be hard to fill.

With Tennyson we reverently say,

“Our little systems have their day,

They have their day and cease to be,

They are but broken lights of Thee,

And Thou, O God, are more than they.”

Funeral services were held at the Christian Church on Thursday, June 5, at 2 p.m. Rev. E. O. Sweany in charge.  Sadly and reverently, another grave is opened and closed in the Granite Creek cemetery, near the old homestead on which she had lived for sixty years.

Ida Addresta Kisner(Jefferson, William Kisner, Sr.) born March 13, 1870 died October 21, 1962

Married George W. Coble on January 1, 1888.  He died February 16, 1946.

Children of Ida & George Coble:

  1. Edna Coble 1889-1957
  2. Unnamed Son Coble 1892-1892

The Glen Elder Sentinel
October 25, 1962

Mrs. Ida Addresta Coble “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith, so wrote the great apostle Paul during his last days on earth. These might well have been the last words of Ida Kisner Coble who passed way at the Beloit Community hospital Sunday evening, October 21, 1962 a the age of 92 years, 7 months, and 8 days.

Ida Addresta Coble wrote the following brief history of her life.

“I was born in Sullivan County, near Dushore, Pennsylvania, March 13, 1870.  In November 1870 we came to Kansas settling on my father’s homestead, north of Waconda Springs in Mitchell County.

My father’s name was Jefferson Kisner.  My mother's name was Emma Caroline Suver.  I had one [brother?].

Died February 10, 1937.  My mother died June 3, 1930.  My brother died June 17, 1953.

On January 1, 1888 I was married to George W. Coble who passed away February 16, 1946.  Two children where born to us.  Edna Nada Coble Randall and a son who died in infancy.  Edna passed away November 29, 1957.

In April 1888 George and I with his father’s family went to Boise Idaho, where he helped his father in the horse business.  After two years we retuned to Glen Elder and this has been the family home since.

Mrs. Coble was to be the last member of a sturdy Pennsylvania Dutch family. While yet an infant of 7 months she came to a new unsettled land and grew up with the earliest pioneer children of Mitchell County.

During the winter of 1870 the Kisner family, like other families, lived in the old fort southeast of Cawker City, until their own home could be built.

She often recalled seeing Indian pilgrimages to Waconda Springs to worship, often recalled hunting arrowheads and other Indian relics; but she never complained or recalled hard times or the discomforts of pioneer life.  She was educated in Granita Creek School.

At an early age Mrs. Coble became a member of the Glen Elder Christias Church.  For many years, she was a teacher of a young boys Sunday School Class.  She has filled every office in the church with credit to the church and honor to herself.  She was one of the earliest members of the Christian Ladies Aid Society and through the years was an ardent worker in that organization.  She joined the Glen Elder Library Club in 1895, only 3 years after its organization and continued her membership & faithful service through the years, much of the time serving as Librarian.  She was recorder of the Royal Neighbor Lodge for 30 years.

In 1905 Mr. and Mrs. Coble built a home, which she maintained until death, although failing health has caused her to live in homes for the aged, during the last few years.

She leaves to mourn her beloved son-in-law Mason Randall who has been as kind and attentive as any son could have been, a loyal and trusted friend Margaret Anderson, who seemed like a daughter to her than a friend, two nieces by marriage, Mrs. Elmer (Bessie) Rollins of Glen Elder and Mrs. Andy (Dora) Walker of Kansas City, Missouri, other distant relatives & a host of friends.

She who lived valiantly has passed, why should we grieve; why should it break out hearts like this if we believe?

Surely, she lives more valiantly than ever before,

Freed, as she is to move without the weights she bore,

Freed fro the sweet adventuring of Heavenly days.

Lightened to go exploring down Glory ways.

What must these first hours be to her who loved earth so?

She who lived valiantly has passed, why should we grieve?

Why should it break our hearts like this, -- if we believe?

Funeral Services were held in the Glen Elder Christias Church Wednesday, October 24, 1962 at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Bruce Smith officiating. Music was furnished by Mrs. Wayne Barnett organist and Mrs. Margaret Anderson and Wayne Barnett who sang, “Good Night and Good Morning” and “Abide With Me”/

The floral offering was cared for by Mrs. Max Eberle.  Mrs. Bob Ramsbottom and Mrs. Kenneth Hicks.

Pallbearers were Roy Barnett, Harry Shoemaker, LaVerne Kresin, Ralph Hepperly, Frederick Kuhn and Harvey Pargett.

The Glen Elder Sentinel
February 21, 1946

George Coble, son of Hiram and Mary Anna Coble, was born at Falmouth, Pennsylvania, December 5, 1858, and passed away at his home in Glen Elder, Kansas February 17, 1946, at the age of 87 years 2 months and 12 days.  When 14 years of age he came with his parents to Glen Elder, Kansas, settled on a homestead in Walnut Creek Township and spent the rest of his life there except two years in Idaho.

He is from a family of eleven children, 7 boys and 4 girls.  Three of the girls are living.  January 1, 1888 he was united in marriage to Ida A. Kisner; to this union two children were born, Edna Randall and a son who died in infancy.

Mr. and Mrs. Coble moved to Glen elder, October 21, 1890, where Mr. Coble learned the barber trade of the late Charles Eberle, and practiced the trade until June 1937.

“Shorty” was the beloved name all his friends called him.  Even the little children whom he was as fond of called him “Shorty”

Mr. Coble was a member of the Christian Church and always attended when health permitted.  He had a record of attending Sunday school six years without missing a Sunday.  Also a member of the MWA Lodge, he was a good citizen and will be missed in the Community.

Shorty is one of the last of the Old Settlers in this part of the country.

Those left to mourn his departure are his wife, Mrs. Ida Coble, a daughter, Mrs. Edna Randall, son-in-law Mason Randall, brother-in-law Earnest Kisner, three sisters, Mrs. May Gilroy, Weiser, Idaho, Mrs. Emma Sims, Shoshone, Idaho, and Mrs. Geola Gibson, Boise, Idaho.  Also other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Charles Cook at the Christian Church, Tuesday at 2:30 pm. And interment in the Granite Creek Cemetery.

Edna Nada Coble (Ida, Jefferson, William Kisner, Sr.) born September 3, 1889; died November 29, 1957

Married 1st Leo Miller on August 3, 1913.  He died May 9, 1927

Married 2nd Mason Randall on January 29, 1929.

No children.

The Glen Elder Sentinel
December 1957

Edna Nada Coble, daughter of George W. and Ida A. Coble, was born at the Kisner homestead in Cawker Township, Mitchell County, Kansas, September 3, 1889 and departed this life November 29, 1957 at the Community Hospital, Seloit, Kansas, at the age of 68 years, 2 months and 26 days.

Edna was educated in the Glen Elder schools, graduating from High School with the class of 1907.  The following six years she taught  [____?] schools in the Glen Elder vicinity.

Edna Coble and Leo Miller were joined in marriage August 3, 1913 and moved to Alton, Kansas.  While living in Alton, Edna united with the Congregational Church and remained a member of that Church for the rest of her life.  Leo Miller passed away May 9, 1927 and Edna returned to her parents home in Glen Elder, Kansas.

She is a member of the Glen Elder Chapter No. Order of the Eastern Star.

In January 29, 1929, she was united in marriage to Mason Randall.  They lived on his farm in Glen Elder until 1951 when they retired and moved to Glen Elder and bought a home.

Edna had been in failing health for the last three years, suffering from heart ailment.  She was preceded in death by one brother, who died in infancy and her father George Coble who died February 16, 1946.

Edna Randall leaves to mourn her passing her beloved husband Mason, her 87 year old Mother, Ida Coble, and host of cousins and friends.

Funeral service was held in Glen Elder Christian church, Sunday afternoon at 2:00; the pastor Neil Bock officiated.  Music was furnished by Margaret Anderson and Wavnn accompanied by Dorothy

Pallbearers were:  Orville Wright, Terry, Ralph, Hepperly, Harold German, Kenneth Hicks and J.N. Presler.

The Glen Elder Sentinel
May 11, 1927

Leo Miller of Alton died suddenly Monday morning at his home in Alton.  Word was received here about 8 o’clock Monday morning by Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Coble, who accompanied by Mrs. W.D. Libby and Mrs. J. Kisner, left immediately for Alton.  The exact cause of his death has not been learned.

Leo Miller is the son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Coble of this city. He lived here a number of years ago and was head miller for the Kaulls.  Later he went to Alton where he has been interested in a mill and elevator.  Mr. Miller was well and favorably known here and his death was a great shock to the community.  Funeral services were held this afternoon in Alton and the remains are being brought here for burial.  Burial being made in the Granite Creek cemetery west of town.

Complete obituary next week.

The Glen Elder Sentinel
May 18, 1927

Leo Miller was born in Lengnan, Switzerland, April 15, 1879, where he spent his early youth.  He attended school near his home and later went to Italy where he graduated from the great university at Milan; there he gained great proficiency in languages, being able to speak fluently in Swiss, German, Italian, Spanish and could read French, Latin and English.  At the age of 19 he came to America, settling first at Oakley.  Soon after taking a claim in Gove County; where he became a naturalized citizen of the United States.   He became interested in the milling business and worked in the mills at Oakley, Harlan, Glen Elder and Alton.

During the time he was at Glenn Elder he met and married Miss Edna N. Coble, and came to Alton immediately, where they have since resided.  The wife survives him. They have no children.

Mr. Miller was a member of Custer Lodge No. 166, I. O.O.F., and Occidental Lodge No. 207 A.F. & A. M. at Alton and of the Salina Consistory and Isis Temple of the Mystic Shrine.

Brief funeral services were held at the home on Wednesday, May 11, and interment was made at the Granite Creek cemetery west of Glen Elder.

The Cawker City Ledger
December 29, 1966

Mason A. Randall, son of Frank H. Randall and Belle O. Randall, was born in Botna, Iowa, on Feb. 15, 1885; and passed away at his home in Glen Elder, Kansas on Tuesday, December 20, 1966.

On January 29, 1929, Mason was united in marriage to Edna Coble Miller of Glen Elder.  His wife, Edna, his brother, Bob, and his sister, Myrtle, all preceded him in death.

Having no children, he is survived by two nieces, Venda Adell of Topeka, Kansas and Esther Neifert of Glen Elder, four grandnieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

Mason’s parents brought their family to Kansas in a covered wagon soon after Mason’s birth in 1885. They stayed in Kansas about 5 years, but then returned to Iowa once again by covered wagon.  They stayed in Iowa about a year but decided they liked Kansas best so returned this time by train, where Mason lived the rest of his life.

He was liked by all who knew him, was a friend to everyone, and a devoted member of the Masonic Lodge.

Services were held Friday, December 23, 1966 at 2:30 in the Christian Church, Glen Elder.  Rev. Rex Miller was in charge.  Music was provided by Wayne Barnett and accompanied by Mrs. Wayne Barnett.

Floral committee was Linda Clover, Pauline Hicks and Viola Jones, Casket bearers were john Terry, Harold German Jr., Jim Warren, Preston Lowdermilk, Doyle Alberts and Warren Wright.

Burial was in the Glenwood Cemetery, Glen Elder, Kansas with Miller Funeral home in charge.

Ernest Kisner (Jefferson, William Kisner, Sr.) born November 21, 1873; died June 27, 1953.

Never married.

The Glen Elder Sentinel
July 2, 1953

The community was saddened when Ernest Kisner died Saturday.  Funeral services were held Tuesday; he is survived by a sister, Mrs. Ida Coble.

Ernest W. Kisner, son of Jefferson and Emma Suver Kisner, was born November 21, 1873; on the family homestead in Cawker Township.  He passed away on the same farm June 27, 1953, at the age of 79 years, 7 months and 6 days.

His mother passed away June 2, 1930 and his father died February 10, 1937.  Since the death of his parents, Ernest has lived alone on the farm, with the exception of the past 3 winters, which were spent in the home of his sister, Mrs. Ida Coble.

He was a friend to all and always to help his neighbors in time of need.

His life occupation was farming.

He leaves to mourn his passing his sister, Mrs. Ida C. Coble, one niece, Mrs. Edna Randall; and her husband, Mason Randall.

Borne down and weary with the storms

O, earth: receive me to thy breast

Unlock thy dim and pulseless arms

And cool this burning heart to rest.

Funeral services were held in the Christian church Tuesday with the Rev. Lloyd Watts officiating.  Burial was in Granite Creek cemetery.

Mrs. Roy Barnett and Wayne Barnett sang, accompanied by Mrs. Wayne Barnett.

Pallbearers were Ernest Norris, Tom Oliver, Harvey Pargetz, Arthur Porter, George Scholl, and Jim Winn.

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