Harrison H. Kester, sons S. Sumner Kester, William B. Kester, Albert S. Kester, Frank M. Kester 


In 1880 Page County, Iowa, H.H. Kester is 37, born in Ohio, married to Hannah J. 35, Ohio.  They have William B. Kester 13, Ohio, Stephen S. 12, Ohio, Clarence 10 Ohio, Clarinda A. 8, Missouri, Albert 6, Iowa, and Frank McDonald Kester, 1, Iowa.

Harrison cash-claimed a quarter in 20, 7N 49W in 1891, and proved up one in the same quarter in 1896.

In 1900 Larimer County, Colorado, Harrison, born May 1843 in Ohio, a day laborer, is married five years to Margaret April 1856 Iowa.  She's had one child, which is probably Glenn K. Feb 1896 Colorado.  Lila E. April 1881 Iowa and Mary, born May 1884 in Kansas are with them.

Mary Ethel Kester married John W. Acott in Loveland July 3, 1907.

In 1910 Harrison, Anna, And Glen are farming in Larimer County.

Anna is widowed, farming in 1920 Larimer County, and Glen is a laborer.

Harrison 1841-1917 and Anna M. 1854-1934 are buried in Loveland, Colorado.

Mary Eva (Kester) Acott 1884-1977 and John Henry Acott 1875-1965 are buried in Fleming Colorado


Vina Kester married J.E. Work March 28, 1891 at Le Roy, Colorado, the marriage performed by Joseph U. Maxton, minister at LeRoy.

One tree said James Mac Work died July 23, 1894 at Fleming. James Edward Work moved to Logan Co., Colo. in 1889, homesteaded, married and was killed soon after in a well cave-in.  James is the son of John Harvey and Jane McCreery Work 

In 1900 Logan County Vina Work, born Jan 1872, is widowed, a school teacher.  She and Elsie J. June 1892 are boarding with the Patterson family.

In 1920 Fleming, Vina Work, 47, Missouri, is widowed, living alone.  She's the postmistress.

Vina died in 1924, and is also buried in Sterling.

Elsie Jane (Work) Sparks 1892-1986 and Frank M. Sparks 1892-1965 are buried in Sterling.

Frank claimed land in 26, 10N 48W in 1943, and in sections 2 and 3, 10N 48W in 1946.

Frank Sparks, born March 23, 1892, orphaned at a young age, came to Fleming, Logan County, Colorado from Iowa.  As a young man in his twenties he started his career as farm and ranch help.  Frank met and married Elsie Work, a school teacher in the Dailey, Colorado one room schoolhouse, May 11, 1917.  After opening an implement sales, garage, and Ford dealership, Frank and Elsie began purchasing grazing land in Colorado and Montana. By 1940 the Sparks 20 Bar Ranch was a full time cattle and haying operation in both Colorado and Montana, overshadowing the implement and Ford dealership.  Frank and Elsie 's only child, Gertrude Gayle ("Gerty"), attended the Colorado Teaching College, where she soon graduated and while teaching in the Iliff, Colorado school district met her future husband, Lt. Charles Walter Thomas Atkinson ("CWT"), a native of the Iliff area.  CWT and Gerty travelled the world in their Air Force career, Gerty serving tea to the Queen of Libya, while CWT advanced in his career.  Frank and Elsie, with the assistance of many young men, now retired from  their own  successful careers, who still remember working with Frank, continued the operation on their own until 1959, when Frank became ill.  Lt. Colonel Charles W. T. Atkinson retired from the Air Force, and Gerty with their only child Charles Frank Atkinson, born February 22, 1950, returned to Fleming to assist Frank and Elsie with the ranch.  Upon the death of Frank, February 26, 1965, the decision was made to sell the ranch in Montana and focus on the Colorado ranch.  Elsie, CWT, Gerty and Charly operated the ranch together until the death of  both Elsie, at age 94, and CWT, at age 75,  in 1986.  Gerty, who was the hub of an active social life, including bridge and dinner parties, and Charly operated the ranch together until Gerty's death in 1992, at age 72.  Forward to the current day, Charly, married to Maggie, continues to operate the Sparks 20 Bar Ranch with their daughter, Sara and her three children and their son, Ryan and his two children.  

Gertrude G. Atkinson, 72, of Fleming, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 1992, at Sterling Regional Med Center.
Mrs. Atkinson was born May 1, 1919 in Sterling to Frank M. and Elsie Jane Work Sparks. She was raised and attended high school in Fleming. She continued her education at Colorado State College, graduating with a teaching certificate.
She taught in the Iliff schools before her marriage to Charles W. T. Atkinson in Fleming in 1942. Mr. Atkinson was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force. They traveled extensively while he was in the service and stationed in various countries.
Mrs. Atkinson taught in the Fleming schools while Mr. Atkinson was serving in Guam. He returned from the service in 1959.
The couple ranched in the Fleming area and assumed management of the Sparks 20 Bar Ranch in 1965, after the death of Mr. Sparks. They ranched and lived in the Fleming area until their respective deaths.
Mrs. Atkinson was a member of the Fleming United Methodist Church, Fleming Library Board, Fleming Thursday Study Club, Sterling Reviewers Club, F.S. Chapter of the P.E.O. and various bridge groups.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Atkinson, who died Jan. 24, 1986.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Charles F. and Maggie Atkinson of Fleming; a granddaughter, Sarah Atkinson of Fleming; a grandson, Ryan Atkinson of Fleming; two sisters-in-law, Darlene Glaser of Colorado Springs and Dorothy Acott of Fleming.
Visitation will be 2 p.m. Saturday through 8 p.m. Sunday. The funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Fleming United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Moorman officiating.


Glen Kester married Edna Mary Graham August 5, 1922 - per one tree, she was born July 12, 1891 in Kansas.

In 1940 Larimer County Glen is 44, farming, born in Colorado, with Edna M. 48 born in Kansas.  Daughter Helen Louise Kester , 15, was born in Colorado.

Philip D. “Dud” Mattoon of Longmont died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, at his home. He was 79. He was born June 25, 1923, to A. Maxwell and Margaret (Scilley) Mattoon in Loveland. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Colorado State University. Mr. Mattoon served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater. In 1955, he moved to Longmont, where he taught vocational agriculture for 10 years He became the director of Adult and Vocational Education for the St. Vrain Valley School District and created the district’s Career Development Center. He retired in 1976 and began working in adult education for the Presbyterian Church, locally and regionally. Mr. Mattoon was a member of the Golden K. Kiwanis, the Longmont Educational Foundation, was a ruling elder at Central Presbyterian Church and served on numerous committees. He was an avid gardener and loved traveling, his mountain cabin, music and spending time with his family. Mr. Mattoon was preceded in death by a brother and a sister. He is survived by his wife, Helen (Kester) Mattoon; three daughters, Jan Kimble and her husband Jim of Birmingham, Ala., Kit Josh and her husband Butch of Frederick and Jo Mattoon and her husband Walt Hubis of Louisville; a son, Jim Mattoon and his wife Judy of Loveland; seven grandchildren; a brother, Dr. James Mattoon and his wife Martha of Colorado Springs; a sister, Pat Waltermire and her husband Kent of Longmont; an aunt, Jule Clark; a sister-in-law, Ida Mattoon of Loveland; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Cremation has been held at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Central Presbyterian Church, with the Revs. Glenn Perica and Marilyn Yoder Boeke of the church officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Central Presbyterian Church, 402 Kimbark St., Longmont 80501.


Helen Louise (Kester) , 84, of Longmont died March 12, 2009, at the Peaks Care Center. She was born Sept. 26, 1924, in Loveland to Glen and Edna (Graham) Kester. She graduated from Loveland High School and Colorado State University. She and husband Dud spent their early marriage in Delta and explored the entire Western Slope of Colorado. After moving to Longmont in 1955, she taught science at Mead Junior High until 1964. Helen served as both an elder and a deacon at Central Presbyterian Church and as an active volunteer in the community. She was a master bridge player, and travel was an avocation. Family and her mountain cabin were her other great passions in life. Strong friendships were maintained through many groups, especially P.E.O. and her “Mondays” club. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband of 57 years, Philip “Dud” Mattoon. Helen is survived by children Jan Kimble and husband Jim of Birmingham, AL, Kathryn “Kit” Josh and husband Walter “Butch” of Frederick, Jim Mattoon and wife Judy of Loveland, and Jo Mattoon and husband Walt Hubis of Lafayette. She also is survived by grandchildren Karen Kimble and husband Chris Jarrett of Decatur, GA, Steve Kimble of West Lafayette, IN, Erik Josh of Frederick, Caleb Mattoon of Upton, NY, Claire Mattoon Dinneen of Fort Collins and her husband Fintan of Dunmanway, Ireland, Rachel Carter and husband Mike of Greeley, Rebecca Hubis of Louisville, and great-granddaughter Airabella Carter of Greeley. A memorial service will be held 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Central Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Ann Scheiber of the church officiating.


Glen H - 1896-1966 and Edna C. Kester are buried in Loveland Burial Park.


1899 "Flemin Fax" Frank Kester and Jerry Peck of LeRoy passed through town Monday hunting for stray horses."

Frank M. Kester proved up a quarter in 20, 8N 49W in 1911

1910 census-Logan Co., CO-Fleming
Lucy IL
Elistor CO
Edith M CO
Ralph H CO

1920 Logan Co.,CO lists Frank McDonald KESTER with wife and four children 
1930 Logan Co., CO lists Padroni Twp Clarence KESTER single
1930 Logan Co., CO lists Frank McDonald KESTER with wife and two children
In 1940 Fleming precinct Frank M. Kester is 61, born in Iowa, with Lucy 57 Illinois

Frank 1878-1969 and Lucy 1882-1958 Kester are buried in Sterling.

Elinor K. Brown, 90, of Sterling, died Saturday, April 9, 1994, at Haxtun Hospital.
Visitation and viewing started today at Chaney-Walters Funeral Home. Funeral is 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Ivan Rundus officiating and with Debbie Hessler as lay pastor's assistant. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery.
Mrs. Brown was born Nov. 9, 1903, to Frank and Lucy Green Kester in Loveland. When she was young, her family moved to the Fleming/LeRoy area near the Green family. She attended country schools and was often the only student in her grade.
Mrs. Brown graduated from Fleming High School in 1918, and then worked at the Fleming Post Office. She married Dean S. Brown Jan. 8, 1922, at her parent's home southwest of Fleming. The couple moved many times. They resided on a farm southwest of Fleming, then moved north of Fleming and later to Crook before residing on the homestead of her grandparents in Kelly. Then in 1958, the couple bought the Kellogg-Fyffe place where Mrs. Brown resided until a few months before her death.
Besides her three children, Mrs. Brown had a foster daughter from India, Volarmothey Balakirshna,who the Browns assisted for many years.
She received an advanced piano education in her youth, often times riding horseback to various neighbors for lessons. She was the pianist at the Kelly Church for many years.
She was a member of the Eastern Star, No. 68, the White Shrine of Jerusalem No. 3, the Kelly Society of World Service and in her later years she was involved with the Women's Society at First Presbyterian Church.
She was a 50-year member of the Kelly Home Improvement Club and was on the Logan County Council, serving as president in the 1940s.
She is survived by two daughters, Virginia Boyes and husband Stan of Greeley, Beverly Summers and husband Carl of Crook; a son, Kenneth and wife Margaret of Hayward, Calif.; sister-in-law, Patricia Kester of Sterling; nine grandchildren, 11 great- grandchildren and numerous cousins and relatives throughout northeastern Colorado.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1990, two brothers and a sister.


COTTONWOOD, Ariz. — Edith May Brownell, 70 of Cottonwood, Ariz., died Saturday July 6, 1985 at her home. Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Monday, July 22, at the Fleming United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Brownell was born March 20, 1906 at her grandfather Charles Green's home southeast of Sterling. As a young child, she lived in her parents' home in the Fleming com munity, where she graduated from Fleming High School and taught school at the Hradecky School north of Fleming.
On March 1, 1925, she married Loyall W. Browneil. The couple then lived in the Boulder, New Raymer, Daily, Idaho Springs and Fleming communities, where Mr. Brownell was a student, teacher and school administrator.
In 1943 she moved with her family to a farm west of Fleming, where she was active as a farmer's wife, mother and in community activities.
She was a life member of the Fleming Methodist Church, where she was active as a choir member, Sunday School teacher and officer of the United Methodist Women. She was also a member of the Clarkdale United Methodist Church, the Thursday Study Club of Fleming, The Order of Eastern Star and the White Shrine of Jerusalem.
Mrs. Brownell is survived by her husband, Loyall W. Brownell of Cottonwood, Ariz.; three sons, William H. Brownell of Dublin, Calif., Burl Browneil of Fleming, and Bernard Brownell of Springfield, Mo.; a daughter, Barbara Parker of Lower Lake, Calif.; a sister, Elinor Brown of Sterling; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Lewis H. Kester 1917-1982 and Patricia (O'Brien) Kester 1918-2002 are buried in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Sterling.


Albert cash-claimed  a quarter in 20, 6N 50W in 1908, and 40 acres in 21, 10N 55W in 1924.

1920 Sterling Twp. lists Albert S. KESTER and wife with six children  He's a car salesman living on Park Street, 46, born in Iowa, with Anna May 42 Kansas.  Joubert E. 18 and Lucy Irene 16 were born in Colorado, Viola 14 in Kansas, and Margaret May 12 and Alberta 9 in Colorado.
1930 Logan Co.,CO West Plains Twp. lists Albert KESTER with wife, farming, with Jube E. 29 and his wife Clara, 25, born in South Dakota, their daughter Betty J. 5 and Donald #. four months both born in COlorado.


William proved up a quarter in 25, 6N 50W in 1895.

 William B. Kester in Allen County Kansas in 1900, born Jan 1867 in Ohio, married six years to Elsie I. July 1876 Kansas  They have Leighton E. Jan 1895, Clarence Aug 1897, and a son born Nov 1899 in Kansas.  His sister Delila E. April 1881 in Iowa is with them.

In 1910 Allen County, William is 43, Elsie 33, Leighton E. 15, Clarence L. 12, and Laura L. 10.

Fort Collins July 1916 "Real Estate Transfers - Kester, Clarence L., to Work, Vina, $200 (he would have been about 18 !) ; SW of NE 30-7-71 and other land.

In 1916-1918?  Leighton Kester is a teacher at Fleming, Logan County, Colorado.

1922 "Mr. Clarence Kester, who recently sold his business in Fleming, Colorado, is here for a visit with relatives. Mrs. Kester and baby have been here for sometime visiting at the home of the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Root of 214 South Sycamore street"

In 1925 Allen County, Kansas, William Kester is 58, Elsie 48, with Laura L., 25 Kansas.

March 30, 1963 Iola Kansas: Graveside services will be held at LaHarpe Monday afternoon at 2 p. m. for Mrs. Eisie Kester of Tucson, Ariz. Mrs. Kester, widow of William B. Kester and long a resident of this vicinity, died Thursday at Tucson. She was a native of South Schroon, Essex County, New York, and came to Allen County in, 1895. She was the daughter of William P. and Laura Annie Pereau. Mrs. Kester lived here most of her life, moving to Arizona a few years ago to be near her daughter, Mrs. Beatty Ray. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church. In addition to her daughter, two sons survive her, Clarence Kester and Leighton Kester, both of Kansas City; also two brothers, Willis Pereau, Colorado Springs, and Walter Pereau, Independence. The body will lie in state at the Waugh Funeral Home on Monday, until shortly before the graveside service. Local relatives and friends of Mrs. Kester will leave from there in going to LaHarpe. The Rev. Thomas Nyquist will conduct the service.

William B. 1867-1929 and Elsie I 1876-1963 are buried in Iola, Kansas.

Clarence L. 1897-1977 and Katherine (Root) Kester 1898-1942 are buried in Iola, Kansas.


Sumner cash-claimed a quarter in 25, 6N 50W in 1891.

FindaGrave 28187138 says Marion Oliver Kester 1898-1915 buried in Sterling was just 18 years and 7 months of age at this death caused by being hit by lightning. His sister Lucinda (Lucy) Kester Jones named one of her daughter's after him, that being Marion Ollie. 

August 1915

FindaGrave 61788409 says "Stephen Sumner Kester was born to Harrison S. Kester and Hannah J. McGee in Mercer Co., OH. He married Delilah Jane Partridge Dec. 31, 1891 in Maryville, Polk Twp., Nodaway Co., MO. They had four children: Lucinda Jane Kester, Frank Harrison Kester, Marion Oliver Kester and Lesna Lois Kester. Stephen was of German descent, a number of the Kester, Koester and Keister's settled in Pennsylvania, living also in Ohio and Colorado. Stephen's father Harrison enlisted in the civil war in 1865 at the age of 21"   This Sumner 1868-1941 is buried in Newkirk, Kay County Oklahoma.


Edith Kester, 18, married Loyal Brownell, 20, March 1, 1925 at Fleming.

Irene Kester, 19, married Robert Thompson, 21, in Sterling April 2, 1923.

Ruth Kester, 19, married Otto Koening, 21, in Sterling  on January 6, 1917, performed by Rollin H. Ayers, Methodist minister at Sterling.

Eleanor A. Kester, 18, married Dean S. Brown, 21,  January 8, 1922 at Fleming.

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