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1851-1852, Israel Kister


1851-1852, Israel Kister



Israel Kister was born in York County, Pennsylvania on Feb. 4,1810. His parents moved to Wooster County, Ohio when he was fifteen and that is where Israel received his education. Kister moved to Van Buren County, Iowa in 1839 with his wife Susan, and then on to Davis County in 1843 where he purchased 234 acres of land. As a young lawyer in Iowa, he was appointed commissioner to organize Kishkekosh County (now Monroe County) and to locate its county seat – Albia. Israel Kister became Iowa’s second State Treasurer from 1850 to 1852. At this time he also served at Librarian for the State Library (1851 to 1852). His wife, Susan, died in 1853 and Israel married Catherine Douglass on Dec. 9, 1854. Israel Kister died on August 22, 1881 and is buried with his wives in the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield, Iowa. Early Marriages of Davis County, Iowa. transcribed by Deb Barker. (Online: USGenWeb Project, Davis County Iowa Genealogy) Iowa State Treasurers 1846 – 1970. (Online: The Political Graveyard, 2007) 1850 U.S. Federal Census, Bloomfield Township, Davis County, Iowa, p.311B, line 1, Israel Kister household, (Online: USGenWeb Census Project, transcribed by Joyce Lunsford, 2005). Pioneer History of Davis County, Iowa…1924-1927. Bloomfield, IA: Davis County Genealogical Society, 1976, 22-23 and 305-306. IOOF Cemetery, Bloomfield, Iowa. Bloomfield, IA: Davis County Genealogical Society, 1989, 97.


State Librarians of Iowa 1837 - 2008 Compiled by Karon S. King Library Resource Technician State Library of Iowa 1112 East Grand Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50319 2008


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