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Alfred S. and Lillian Ansley (Pembleton) Kester

In 1880 Columbia County, Pennsylvania Alfred is a laborer,23, married to Hetty E., 26

Lillian was born to Martin Luther and Mary Elizabeth (Lutz) Pembleton January 7, 1871 in Luzerne, Kingston County, Pennsylvania

In 1885 Saunders County, Nebraska  M.L. Pembleton is 38, Mattie 27, Lillian 14, Bertha 11, Nora 10, Lizzie 8, and Daisy 2.

Hattie E, wife of A S Kester d 29 Dec 1885  32 yr 6 mo 28 days
Card of Thanks.
  I return my sincere thanks to the many friends who ministered upon and kindly assisted in caring for my beloved wife in her last illness and burial, and assure them of grateful remembrance in the future.  A. S. Kester. Weston, Neb., Jan. 2, 1886."
- The Independent; January 7, 1886

"Mr. A. S. Kester has closed his school in Elk precinct, and last Monday took charge of the school in the Grene district."
- The Independent; February 18, 1886

Alfred cash-claimed a quarter in 32, 3S 43W in 1890-  the same year Martin claimed one in section 4, 4S 43W - that's about three miles away.

Alfred was the Logan postmaster for four months in 1895

1899 S.D. Bower and family of Centennial Wyoming were visiting his cousins, Mr. Kester's folks.  A.S. Kester was one of four farmers "now delivering their cream to the Idalia station." 

1899 "A.S. Kester began teaching the North Logan school last Monday."

1900 "A.S. Kester has been appointed examiner at Idalia."

In 1900 Yuma County Alfred S. Nov 1857 Pennsylvania has been married 12 years to Lillian A. Jan 1871 also Pennsylvania.  Eight kids, seven still living. Gilla Dec 1889, Alfred S. Nov 1892, Gordon F. Feb 1894, all Colorado, Alice Dec 1895 Arkansas, Nona March 1897 Colorado, Gladys Oct 1898 Colorado, and a month-old son.  Next families are the Bond and Reeck, so they were in the same area as their claim.

In 1901 A.S Kester was elected president of the Yuma County Teachers Association.

1902 Miss Zella Kester of Lansing is the guest of Rev. D.C. Cowan (in Wray)


     Mr. Kester is a native of Pennsylvania, where he was born forty-six years ago. While he spent his boyhood days on a farm; he received a good education, from which he has derived very substantial benefit. In 1800, the gentleman moved to Nebraska, where he taught school for several years with the most gratifying success. In June 1886, however, he came to Colorado and located in what is now the southern part of Yuma county, twenty-two miles south of Wray, where he entered pre-emption and homestead claims. Subsequently he bought 160 acres more, making 480 acres in all. The gentleman devoted his ranch to general farming and stock raising and his efforts have been crowned with success. He cultivates 125 acres of his ranch, growing fine crops of wheat, corn, oats and cane. For several years he grew broom corn most profitably. In 1902 Mr. Kester harvested 1,000 bushels of corn besides other crops, and as a rule he obtains generous returns from his ranch each year. The gentleman owns a number of good horses and a herd of fine cattle, and his ranch is well supplied with a comfortable home and the necessary outbuildings for farm purposes. During nearly all this time in Yuma county Mr. Kester has been teaching school, in addition to conducting his ranch. As a successful teacher he is well and favorably known, and his services are in demand.

     At Benkelman, Neb., on December 15, 1887, Mr. Kester married Miss Lillian A. Pembleton, eldest daughter of Mayor M.L. Pembleton, an estimable Haigler, Neb., lady and the happy union has been blessed with ten children, nine of whom survive. That the gentleman achieved such pronounced success, while raising such a large family of children, is a tribute to the fertility of Yuma county soil, as well as to his persevering industry and good judgment.

     Mr. Kester is exceedingly popular because of his pronounced qualities as an excellent neighbor and good citizen.


1905 Lillian Kester started a three-year term as Lansing postmaster.

The book "Brian Pendelton and his Descendants" says Lillian was born January 7, 1871 in Mill Hollow Pennsylvania, married Alfred at Benkleman December 15, 1887.  Issue :  Firs four born at Logan, Colo

Gilla Bertha, 1 Dec, 1889

William Martin 17 Oct, 1891, d 12 Dec, 1891  This is likely the one

Alfred Sloan, Jr. b 27 Nov 1892

Gordon Francis, 18 Feby, 1894

Alice May, 1 Dec 1894 Sand Point ,Ark

Nona Fay, 17 Mch, 1897, Denver

Gladys Lillian, 27 Oct 1898 Logan

Ray Pembleton, 26 April 1900, Logan

Theodore , 5 Nov 1901, Lansing

Della Elsie, 17 April 1903, Lansing


Alfred S. Kester divorced Lily Kester in 1908 in Yuma County.

April 3, 1908 "Dave Custer and Mrs. Kester were united in marriage the latter part of last week."

In 1910 Alfred is in Houston, Texas, widowed.  With him are Gilla, Alfred Jr., Giordon, Alice, Nona, Gladys, Ray (, Theodore 8, and Della 7.

  Alice - thank you Brett Ellis

Alfred Slone Kester, Jr. registered in Houston, saying he was born in Wray November 27, 1892.

Gordon Francis Kester registered in Houston, saying he was born February 18, 1894 in Logan, Colorado

He's married, with a child.

1917 "A friend of the Kesters, Mr. Hoag, of Orchard, Nebraska, purchased a farm south of Idalia last week."

In 1920 Harris County, Texas Alfred is a carpenter, rooming with Jim Merritt (Gilla, his wife, 30, born in Colorado has to be his daughter)  Al Jr., Ray, and Della are also with them.

1916 "W.E. Kester and son arrived this morning from their former home in Clear Water, Ne., and will be joined by Mrs. Kester and the other children the last of the week.  Mr. and Mrs. Kester are locating in Yuma County about two miles south of Wray."

1918 Marriages "Leonard J. Burk, of Idalia Colorado and Miss Eva M. Kester, of Vernon Colorado.

Alfred S. died April 27, 1921 in Harris County.

"Kester Funeral Set For This Afternoon
  Funeral  services for Alfred Sloan Kester, Sr., aged 63 years, who died Wednesday night at his homw, 5217 Eigel Street, West End, will be held at 4 o'clock this afternoon at the residence, burial to be made in Glenwood Cemetery.  Rev. T. J. Windham will officiate.
  Mr. Kester is survived by his wife, four sons, Alfred S., Jr., Gordon F., Ray P., and Theodore R. Kester; five daughters, Mrs. James Merritt, Mrs. W. C. Brown, Mrs. F. S. Smith, Mrs. A. L. Nelson and Miss Bella Kester, and three Grandchildren.
  Mr. Kester had been a resident of Houston for the last 15 years.  He was a member of Alcyone Court No. 939, Court of Honor.  He was a charter member of the first lodge of that body, which was organized in 1891."

Alfred Sloan Kester, Jr.

Birth:  Nov. 27, 1892 Yuma County Colorado, Death:  Sep. 14, 1924 Huffman, Harris County Texas,

Son of Alfred Sloan Kester and Lillian Ansley (Pembleton) Kester Custer. Married. Worked as a bridge watchman and was struck by a train on the Gulf Coast Line

Lillian A. 1871- June 3, 1968 and David C. 1880-1967  are buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Longmont.

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