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Samuel and Susanna Kern, son Charles B. and his wife Mary (Miller) Kern, mother Mary (Honeywell) Kern, Kirk

In 1860 Allegheny County Pennsylvania, George 38 and "Margaret" 35 Kern, both born Pennsylvania,  have Mary A. 12, Margaret A. 11, John 8, Samuel 5, and George 2.

In 1870 Pennsylvania Geo 52 - here saying they were born in Wurtenberg - and Marya 44 have only Jno 19, Saml 14, and George 12.

Samuel L. Kern married Susan Wooldridge June 6, 1880 in Knox County, Ohio.

Thanks to Judy Freeman for the photos and text.

Samuel B. Kern, wife Susanna Wooldridge Kern, and son Charles Benson Kern -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

In 1880 a George and Mary Kern are in Madison County, Iowa, with John S. 27, Millie L. 20, Nettie G. 17, and Kate V. 15.  This possibly is another set

In 1885 Madison County Iowa George "Koon" is 62, Mary 60, Mollie 24, Nettie 22.  That sure matches the stone in Winterset cemetery of Geo Koon - July 20, 1822- April 8, 1903 and Mary A. Koon March 14, 1824- Feb 9, 1907.


In 1880 Samuel is married to Suseann, living in Holmes County, Ohio, and sister Mary O. Kern, 21 is with them

In 1900 Boone County Missouri, Samuel B., farmer, 45 and Susie 44 have Charles B. 18, a farm laborer.

1909 "Sam Kern and family, of Kirk, visited in Wray this week."

"Rev. Kern will preach every Sunday after Sunday School closes."
"Mrs. S.B. Kern is to start for Centralia, Mo., Aug 4, while there she will attend camp-meeting of the Holiness Church at College Mound."

Chas. Kern is putting down a well as his former one has caved in.  Mr. Packer is doing the work."

In 1910 Kirk precinct Samuel B., born in Pennsylvania,  and Susan Kern, born in Ohio, both 54, are farming.  With them is his mother Mary Kern, 80, born in Pennsylvania.

On the same census page is Charles B. Kern, 25, born in Missouri, single.

November 1910 Kirk items "Charles Kern was a visitor at the Weaver home Sunday."

Also in the Kirk 1910 census is Alpha M. Miller, 18, oldest of nine kids of Charles J. and Lena R. Miller

Mary cash-claimed a quarter in 28, 4S 47W in 1910, witnesses Walter Clark, George Wilson, Ida Clark and Charles Kingey, all of Fox, Colorado.

Charles proved up a quarter in 34, 4S 47W in 1912.

 Next to Charles in section 35, 4S 47W, Samuel proved up a quarter, also in 1912.

1914 "Sam Kern preached in the New Hope school house Sunday."


Mary Kern, Nov 17, 1830 - January 17, 1914 - is buried in New Hope, Joes. # 67346927.

Son John W. Kern is buried in Story County Iowa 35781801.



In 1918 Eugene Oregon, Samuel B. Rev (Susie) is pastor of the Holiness Ch, res Madison ne corner 11th.

In 1920 Samuel B. and Susanna, both 64, are in Lane County Oregon, no occupation.

SAMUEL B. KERN WAS LEADER IN CHURCH WORK Samuel B. Kern, well known resident of this city for many years and prominent in religious circles, died at his home here Tuesday morning at the age of 69 years. The funeral will be held this afternoon from the chapel, with Pastor D. S. Forrester, of the Free Methodist church, and Pastor J.H. Ebert, of the Methodist church, officiating. The body will be taken to the old home, Kirk, Colo. for interment.
Mr. Kern was born in Pennsylvania January 22, 1855. He came to Cottage Grove about 14 years ago. The first wife died here a year and a half ago. The widow by a recent marriage survives and Charles Kern, of Kirk, Colorado is a surviving son.
Cottage Grove Sentinel Oregon May 1, 1924
Mrs. S. B. Kern died Saturday morning about 3 o'clock in a Eugene hospital where she underwent an operation for appendicitis the day before. Mrs. Kern was 69 years of age. Besides the husband, she leaves a son who resides in Colorado. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at 2:30 from the chapel, Rev. D. S. Forrester, pastor of the Free Methodist church in charge. The body was sent to Colorado for interment, accompanied by the son who was here for the funeral.
Cottage Grove Sentinel January 5, 1923

The Kern Farm - the old milk house by the windmill was still standing in 1970. My mother said the house had a trap door at the top (maybe roof) that her father would have to go through when there was a blizzard. He had to shovel the snow to get to the animals in the barn.

The Kern Kids - the man is Charles B. Kern, the girl holding his hand is Helen Kern, my mother, the older girl whose face is hidden in the oldest daughter, Bertha Kern, the boy to the right is Lee Kern, the boy to the left on the horse is Olen, and I am not sure about the other two boys. One is probably Eldridge.

Kern Family - I believe this was taken after the one above. My mother looks older
Charles Bensen Kern, Alpha May Kern, Archie standing on left, Bertha standing between , Lee standing by mother, Helen on Father's lap, Eldridge on Mother's lap.
Alpha and Bertha Kern

Bertha Kern holding Leo, Lee with hat, Helen, Olen smallest in front, Eldridge in Front - only the arm of Archie shows.

Charles and Alpha Kern - taken either at Kirk or in Kansas.


Greeley Daily Tribune, p. 14
Charles J. Miller of 1506 8th St. Husband of Mrs. Lena Miller.
Father of Mrs. Alpha Kern of Garrison, Mo., Mrs. Della Bickel of El Monte, Calif., Mrs. Alice Paxton of Bullards, Ore., Mrs. Nina Vanatta of Miami, Okla., Mrs. Mable Shouse, Mrs. Lena McGregory, and Theodore Miller all of Greeley, Mrs. Elsie Boden of Center., Colo., Charles Marvin Miller of Galena, Kans., and PFC Wesley V. Miller of Ft. Devens, Mass. Services 2:30 p.m. Monday from Macy's drawing room. Interment Linn Grove. (# 65229355)
Date: 7 May 1942

If anyone can identify these boys, some of whom are Kerns, please let us know.

Three of the Kern kids are in the 1931 Kirk annual.

Lewis Kern, born and died January 2, 1914, is buried in New Hope, Joes. One tree says he was Charles' son.

1916 "Charlie Kern had the misfortune of smashing the front end of his new Overland car up in pretty bad shape by running into a horse Saturday on his way home from Wray."

In 1920 Charles is in Cheyenne County, Colorado, married to Alpha B. Kern, 28, Kansas.  They have Bertha M. 9, born in Missouri, Archie 2 and Lee T. one month, both born in Colorado.

In 1930 Charles and Alpha are back in Kirk, with Bertha E. 15, Archie B. 12, Lee F. 10, Helen S. 8, Eldredge C. 6, Olen B. 4, and Leo D. 2.

Bertha Kern with the Warkentin's

The Kirk School - contributed by Judy Freeman.

Charles Kern family in Missouri
front row: Leo, Olen, Fern, Marie
second row: Charles, Alpha, Helen, Bertha
third row: Archie, Eldridge, Lee

In 1940 Charles and Alpha M. are farming in Christian County, Missouri, with Helen S. 18, Eldredge C. 16, Olen B. 13, Leo Dale 11, Mary Maria 9 (Colorado) and Fern Louise 7, Missouri.

Kern Family

Kern Family at side of Missouri Home
front row: Leo, Olen, Fern, Marie
second row: Charles, Alpha, Helen, Bertha
third row: Archie, Eldridge, Lee

Charles B. Kern - May 24, 1884 - July 15, 1940 is buried in Eastlawn, Springfield, Missouri  # 92713078. Alpha M. May 17, 1891 - Oct 20, 1980 is also buried there  # 92713015.


Bertha E. (Kern) Malone, born Dec 8, 1914 in Kirk, married Clarence L. Malone in 1945, and died Aug 23, 2000 - buried in Mount Pleasant, Crawford County, Illinois.

"Bertha E. Malone, 85, of Casey died at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 23, 2000) at the Simple Blessings Senior Living Center. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Markwell and Son Funeral Home in Casey with the Rev. Terry Blanchard officiating. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Annapolis Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. She was born Dec. 8, 1914, in Kirk, Colo., the daughter of Charles B. and Alpha Miller Kern. She married Clarence Malone in 1945; he survives. Other survivors include three brothers, Lee Kern of Mount Vernon, Mo., Eldridge Kern of Prescott, Ariz., and Leo Kern of Dennison, Texas; two sisters, Fern Taylor of Grand Rapids, Mich, and Marie Scott of Springfield, Mo., and one grandchild."

Helen (Kern) Harrington, born Jan 1, 1922, married Willie Mack Harrington, died in Stanley County North Carolina Dec 20, 1992 at her home., buried at Salisbury National, Rowan County  3264079

Lewis Kern, born and died January 2, 1914, is buried in New Hope, Joes.

C.B. Kern, unknown birth and death dates, is buried in the Kirk cemetery.

Eldredge C. Kern 1924-2005 served in WWII Navy, buried in Phoenix, # 36500831. "Eldridge C. Kern Sr. of Prescott, Ariz., went to be with the Lord on March 17th, 2005. He was 81 years old. El was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. El is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara (BB); son Eldridge Jr. (Sonny); daughter Janet (Jan); brother Leo of Denison, Texas; sister Mary Marie Scott of Springfield, Mo.; and sister Fern Taylor of Grand Rapids, Mich. El was a special GGP (Great Grandpa) and has 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren who will miss all the fun times and practical jokes and stories. El was a wonderful Christian man serving his church in many capacities. He has attended the Free Methodist Church in Prescott for the last 17 years. "

Archie B. Kern 1917-1986 is buried in Mount Vernon, Lawrence County, Missouri, # 18308106. (Tombstone Inscription - Married Jan. 20, 1981 - Children Herschel, Charles, Gary )

Olen "Babe" Kern, born April 30, 1926, died November 20, 1997 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Lee Francis Kern 1919-2005 is buried in Springfield Missouri, #10509068 "Husband of Lois (Robinson) Kern (Marr. Sept. 10, 1938 in Monett, MO.) Father of Marlyn Kern and his wife, Mary & Robert Kern. Brother of Mary Marie Scott, Fern Taylor, Eldridge Kern, & Leo Kern, (also 4 brothers and 2 sisters preceded him in death.) "

Fern Louise Kern, born about 1933 in Missouri
"Mary Marie (Kern) Scott, age 77, died peacefully in her home in Springfield, Missouri, and went to be with her Lord on March 28, 2008. She is survived by one son, Gary Gene Scott, of Defuniak, Florida; one grandson, Mikey (Scott) Watts, of Springfield, Missouri; one sister, Fern (Arthur) Taylor, of Grand Rapids, Michigan; one brother, Leo (Alice) Kern, of Denison, Texas; a much loved brother-in-law, Marlin Scott, of Springfield, Missouri; three sisters-in-law, Lois Kern, of Mt. Vernon, Barbara Kern, of Prescott, Arizona, and Shirley Kern, of Las Vegas, Nevada; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Scott; her mother and father, Alpha and Charles Kern; four brothers, Archie, Lee, Olen, and Eldridge; and two sisters, Bertha, and Helen. Mary Marie was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), and for the past six years, was taken care of by a kind and loving caregiver, Linda Hudspeth. Mary Marie was a member of the Nazarene Church in Springfield and retired from Lily Tulip Cup in December 1997, after 44 years. Funeral services will be held in the Greenlawn Funeral Home South, 441 West Battlefield, on March 31, 2008, at 1 p.m., with Marie's brother-in-law, Rev. Arthur Taylor, officiating. Viewing will be one hour prior to the funeral service, and burial will be at National Cemetery in Springfield. " -- FindaGrave # # 34651213. Lawrence D. Scott 1932-1992 # 34651164 is also buried there.
" Leo Dale Kern, age 85, passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at Texoma Medical Center in Denison.
Mr. Kern was born March 28, 1928 in Kirk, Colorado to Charles and Alpha (Miller) Kern. Two and a half years later the family moved to Garrison, Missouri. He graduated from high school in Rogers, Arkansas.
Leo served in the U.S. Army and came to work in Denison in 1960 as a Head Mechanic for Levi Strauss and was later promoted to Maintenance and Building Manger. He retired in 1984 after 25 years of service. Shortly after retiring, he went to work for Bulk Pack Inc. He was employed there until 1998.
Leo married Alice Fisher Anderson in January 1972 in Durant, Oklahoma.
Mr. Kern is survived by his loving family, wife of 42 years, Alice Kern, sister, Fern Taylor, daughters, Yvonne Fitzgerald, La Donna Kern, Mona Nelson, Rhonda Rose, Patty Johnston and Robin Kern, sons, Dwan, Christopher, Kirk, Mike, and Ronny Kern, step-son, Keith Anderson, 28 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death are his parents, brothers, Lee, Archie, Eldridge and Olen Kern, sisters, Bertha Malone, Marie Scott and Helen Harrington, and two sons, Dwan Dale and Danny Kern. Leo loved to hunt with his sons, and they would all like to think that he is on the hunt of a lifetime with Mr. Frank Holder in the Kingdom of Heaven. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. " - FindaGrave # 126159631.

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