Ernest (Ernie) Kobler

Ernest Kobler was born 08/01/1879 in Atalissa, Iowa. Ernest was never married. He died 3/16/1960 in Hill City, KS.

“When Uncle Ernie was in pharmacy school at about 22 years old, he and some others unfortunately decided to drink some wood alcohol, while celebrating having passed the final exam for becoming pharmacists. Although some of his friends died from the consumption, uncle Ernie became blind. He later lived in an upstairs bedroom with Uncle Art and that was the only place I ever saw him. He listened to the radio a lot and was particularly interested in baseball. He had a phenomenal ability to remember and recite baseball information and statistics.” – Lois Settles

Eda Kobler and William Higer

Eda Magdalina Kobler was born 10/29/1877 in Atalissa, Iowa. Eda married William (Bill) Higer on 4/12/1898. She died 7/5/1961 in Hill City, KS. William Higer was born on March 31, 1875 in LaHarp, Illinois and died on October 11, 1952.

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William Higer Obituary

William Henry Higer, born at LaHarp, Illinois, March 31, 1875, passed away at the Emmett, Idaho hospital, Saturday, October11, 1952.  In 1878 he moved with parents to Superior, Nebraska, where he grew to manhood, then came to Graham County in 1894 he was united in marriage witgh Eda M. Kobler, April 12, 1898, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hohn F. Kobler near Penokee.  To this union were born four sons; Charles of Caldwell, Idaho;  Vernon of Penokee;  Clarence of Emmett, Idaho; and Clifford of Everett; Clifford of Everett, Washington.  His mother, father, and six sisters preceded him in death.  He is survived by his wife, the four sons, ten grandchilden, and several other relatives, and a host of friends.  He was a very upright citizen and provided well for his family.  Will, as his friends called him, had the regularlyW. H. Higer Obituary state inspected and licensed nursey in the community, was first in county to liberate quail, and the first to raise and release pheasants.  He admired all handiworks of the Divine Creator.  He maintained a keen interest in schools, and served on the local board of education for almost thirty years.  Many of his friends will recall his mechanical ability and interest in the machine age to which he looked forward with the greatest expectations.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Morland, and was laid to rest in the Hill City Cemetery October 15 with the Masons in charge of the graveside ceremonies, and with The Reverend Samuel Hamilton of Hays, officiating.

Eda Kobler Obituary

Mrs.Eda Magdalena Kobler Higer was born near Muscatine, Iowa, October 29 1877, and passed away at Graham County Hospital July 5, 1961, after a lingering illness.  She had requested that instead of flowers, a contribution be made to the American Cancer Society or American Heart Fund.  She was the third child of John F. amd Mary Jacobena Kobler.  When she only two years of age, the family came by immigrant car to Wakeeney, and traveled by wagon to their homestead three miles southwest from Penokee,  Here they lived in a sod house, and experiend the rigors and hardships that be fell so many early pioneers.  As the children grew older, it became their duty to herd cattle, help with the chores and housework.  Once when was five , she and her brother, Ernest, went to look for the cattle, but Ernest became lost while returning with the cattle.  About sunset, Uncle Alex Keith (father of Willie) saw them and took them home.  After a few years living on the homestead, the family moved to a timber claim one mile farther east where Mr. Kobler built a three room sod house.  She attended Millbrook and Riverside schools, and after graduation, attended the normal institute in Hill City.  She taught four terms of school before marriage, and two after,  April 12 1898, she was united in marriage to William Henry Higer, and to this union, four sons were born.  Charles of Caldwell, Idaho; Vernon of Penokee; Clarence of Emmett, Idaho, and Clifford of Everett, Washington.  Her husband preceded her in death on Oct 11, 1952.  She is survived by her four sons, and their families.  She had ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.  She slao is survived by one sister, Mae Troutman of Beloit; and five brothers, Carl of Hays; Herbert of Corvallis, Oregon; Will of Hill City; Arthur of Penokee; Albert of Morland and many other relatives and friends.  For five years after marriage, they lived on the Webster farm west of Hill City.  In 1903 they bought the Kobler homestead and moved with their children.  In 1921 they returned to the Webster farm, buying it from the Webster estate in1932.  This continued to be her home during the remainder of her life.  She was a very devoted person to her family, and to other relatives and friends.  On many occasion, she proved devotion to her relatives in preference to herself.  As a girl, she and her brothers would take sticks and go out to kill rattlesnakes, rats, gophers and ground squittels.  She had been a member of the Helping Hand Club for 35 years, the Order of the Eastern Star for 25 years, and member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Hill City.  For the past several years, she has written Gettysburg News for the Hill City Times.  The American Newspaper Guild awarded her their Honor of Merit award and a check for her “Accuracy in reporting, spelling, and high quailty of English used in the writting.”  She was well-liked school teacher, and one of her report cards from Dewey Public School, District No. 12, listed the following pupils, all of whom have been well known and highly respected Graham County citizens; Mona Heal, Theron Smith, Oakie Clubb, Cloyd Neal, Earl Hallowell, Katie Fox, Vera Smith, Dwight Bullock, Myron Hallowell, Ina Egee, Mary Harris, Enos Neal, Cecil Smith, Dora Hallwell, Marie Bullock, Alton Smith, Henry Neal.  These and many other pupils whom she has had in the classroom, have attested to her sholarey teaching and good pedagogy.  Eda had many, many friends who join with the family in saying that our loss is Heaven’s gain.

Koblers and Grants at Grant Sod Home

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Thanks to Debbie Musselman for the following photo, taken at the Edward & Marietta Grant sod home in Kansas. Back: Orval Grant, Bertha Grant, unknown, Ed Grant, Marietta Paxson Grant holding Lola Grant, Elma Paxson Kobler holding Raymond Kobler Front: Ernie Grant, Melvin Grant, Leo Kobler, Vera Marie Kobler, Otto Kobler, Harold Grant

More Paxson Ancestor Photos

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Thanks to Debbie Musselman for all of the photos here. Also thank you to Opal Fortune Harris and Debbie Musselman for the following memories during Debbie’s recent visit with her aunt Opal: “My aunt … remembers well going to the home of her great grandparents [Cyrus and Sibby Paxson] and playing as a child. They were Quakers and used “Thee” and “Thou”. Her great grandmother smoked a pipe, and would sneak off to her bedroom to soak her feet and […]

Paxson Ancestor Photos

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  Standing: Elma (Paxson) Kobler (daughter of Cyrus and Sibby), Melvin Paxson (Cyrus and Sibby’s son), Sadie (Hadley) Paxson (Jay T’s first wife), Elmer Parks, Ida (Paxson) Parks, Jessie (Jobes) Paxson (Melvin’s first wife), Sibby (Hadley) Paxson (Cyrus’s wife), Cyrus Paxson, Milton Paxson. Seated: Jay T. Paxson (Cyrus and Sibby’s son) holding his daughter Elma, Carl Kobler holding his daughter Olive, Clide Parks (Ida and Elmer’s son) Photo courtesy Debbie Musselman. Back Standing: Rollie John Fortune, Emmett Edward (Jack) Fortune, […]

Hadley Ancestor Photos

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Many of these photos came from the Hadley photo album shown below and are courtesy of Carolyn Bergeron, who also entrusted some of the originals to me. Some had identifying captions in the original album, while others had no caption or an indication such as “Sister” (noted below as “believed” or “unknown”). Identification of unknown individuals would be greatly appreciated. Direct Ancestors of Sabina Hadley Paxson Other Hadley Family Photos All of the following photos are Siblings of Sabina Hadley […]

Paxson & Hadley Ancestry

Elma Paxson married Carl L. Kobler on May 1, 1898. The ancestry of Elma Paxson Kobler is well documented on several different websites:

Paxson Family Seventh Generation – This series of web pages is a very impressive, complete and well organized collection of many Paxson generations.  The Seventh Generation describes Cyrus and Sabina Paxson (Elma’s parents), as well as Carl and Elma Kobler.  Previous Generations contain the Paxson heritage for John Townsend Paxson (Generation Six), Jacob Paxson (Generation Five), John Paxson (Generation Four), Reuben Paxson (Generation Three), William Paxson, Jr. (Generation Two), James Paxson (Generation One), James Paxson (English Generation).

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The Hadley Society – Sabina (Sibby) Hadley Paxson was Elma’s mother. The Hadley Society website contains information and photos for several direct ancestors of Elma, including Sabina Hadley Paxson, Jane Holiday Hadley (Sibby’s mother) and Jacob Hadley (Sibby’s grandfather).

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Here is an interesting article about Penokee, KS History, which contains some information about Cyrus Paxson and also some Kobler references.

Arthur (Art) and Gertrude Kobler

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John Arthur (Art) Kobler was born 11/30/1890 in Penokee, Kansas. Art married Gertrude Sontag on ?/?/1911. He died 4/6/1992 in Hill City, KS.  Gertrude Sontag was born April 8, 1892 in Hill City, Graham County, KS and died March 19, 1978 in KS. Additional information about William and Nellie Kobler would be very much appreciated. Please send life history, stories and photos using the Contact page or you can Register and post information yourself.

Donna’s Memories of Grandmother on the Farm

Mine do overlap Lois’s memories.
A small item, and maybe a repeat. Grandmother, (never Grandma as you know), always included us in whatever she was doing and we each had a week during our grade school years, probably from about age 8 to about 11 when we the only visitor. We would feed the chickens, gather eggs, learn about wringing the neck of a chicken by example, watch the preparation of a large meal for the men__always delicious, check out the garden, and so forth. Grandmother never said anything cross to us. Lots more and maybe I can get down to more later. Love,  Donna

More memories on the Carl and Elma Kobler farm

I love reading your memories Lois. Of course, by the time I was born, things had changed a lot. I was born in 1945, and Granddad
and Grandmother had moved to a house in Penokee. My brother Jerry and I lived in that grand old house until I was a sophomore in High school and Jerry was a senior.
I too loved the attic and spent many hours there.
My room was over the kitchen with three windows with window seats. Actually all the windows had window seats because of the large stones that Great Granddad Kobler cut for the house. I had a walk in closet that I used to play shoe store. There was a large hall closet on the second floor that was great for hide and seek. In fact, the whole house was wonderful for hide and seek!!
The basement had a coal room for the coal for the furnace. There was another room where had a ping pong table and a table for Jerry’s electric train. There were some family names on the stones in the stairway to the basement.
We sometimes had a baby calf in the basement that Dad fed til it could go back to the barn.
An outhouse was still there when we were kids. Handy when we were out playing.
Debbie and I had houses in the trees too.
We often played in the big red barn. I was always worried about the snakes that sometimes got baled up in the bales!!  Dad warned us  not to fall in the hole in the floor where the hay was pushed down to feed the cows while they were milked. Dad milked the cows while he sat on a small one-legged stool. He would put his head by the flank of the cow while he milked. The cats would sit across from the cows, and Dad would would shoot a stream of milk to them!!  The milk was all foamy and and warm!  Jerry and I thought our “cows milk” was much better than city milk!   The cats had little kittens up in the the hay mow, and Jerry and I would try move the kitties up to the house, and Mama Cat would move them back to the barn. I would  try to give the kitties a ride in my baby buggy.
We too often went to the Solomon River to play. There were lots of little minnows there in the shallow river. Thank goodness it was sandy and not muddy!!
I remember Mom talking about worrying about Jerry because he had climbed to the top of the silo. She also saw his hat floating on the water tank!  He must have more than 9 lives!!!
All of my friends loved my slumber parties at the farm house, and many of Jerry’s friends worked on the farm in the summer. They built up their muscles throwing bales.
I remember that old Victrola in the South Room.  We used to crank it and play those old records. I played with Grandmothers treadle sewing machine too.
Those leaded glass windows used to make rainbows on the floors of the living room and the dining room.
What wonderful memories!!