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:
- Ida Kisner 1870-1962
- Ernest Kisner 1873-1953
The Glen Elder
February 18, 1937
Kisner, Last of Early Settlers Living on Homestead at Time of His Death, Laid
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
we reverently say,
“Our little systems have their day,
their day and cease to be,
They are but
broken lights of Thee,
And Thou, O God,
are more than they.”
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,
Children of Ida & George
- Edna Coble 1889-1957
- Unnamed Son Coble 1892-1892
The Glen Elder
October 25, 1962
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.
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.
name was Jefferson Kisner. My mother's
name was Emma Caroline Suver. I had one
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
go exploring down Glory ways.
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”/
offering was cared for by Mrs. Max Eberle.
Mrs. Bob Ramsbottom and Mrs. Kenneth Hicks.
were Roy Barnett, Harry Shoemaker, LaVerne Kresin, Ralph Hepperly, Frederick
Kuhn and Harvey Pargett.
The Glen Elder
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.
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
Married 2nd Mason
Randall on January 29, 1929.
The Glen Elder
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
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.
leaves to mourn her passing her beloved husband Mason, her 87 year old Mother,
Ida Coble, and host of cousins and friends.
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
were: Orville Wright, Terry, Ralph,
Hepperly, Harold German, Kenneth Hicks and J.N. Presler.
The Glen Elder
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.
The Glen Elder
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
was Linda Clover, Pauline Hicks and Viola Jones, Casket bearers were john
Terry, Harold German Jr., Jim Warren, Preston Lowdermilk, Doyle Alberts and
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.
The Glen Elder
July 2, 1953
was saddened when Ernest Kisner died Saturday.
Funeral services were held Tuesday; he is survived by a sister, Mrs. Ida
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.
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.
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
receive me to thy breast
Unlock thy dim
and pulseless arms
And cool this
burning heart to rest.
were held in the Christian church Tuesday with the Rev. Lloyd Watts
officiating. Burial was in Granite
Barnett and Wayne Barnett sang, accompanied by Mrs. Wayne Barnett.
were Ernest Norris, Tom Oliver, Harvey Pargetz, Arthur Porter, George Scholl,
and Jim Winn.