Ernest William Kersten1,2,3

ID# 3951, (1898 - 1989)
FatherJohn H. Kersten4,5,3 (Mar 1864 - 1915)
MotherAnna Wiener6,1,3 (Nov 1864 - 8 Feb 1958)

Key Events:

Birth: 7 May 1898, Steward, Lee Co., Illinois7,8,9
Marriage: 16 Jun 1920, Chatsworth, Livingston Co., Illinois, Rachel Elizabeth Glabe (27 Jan 1898 - Oct 1994)10,11
Death: 20 Feb 198912
ChartsDescendants of Jakob and Anna Katharina Glebe

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Ernest William Kersten was born on 7 May 1898 in Steward, Lee Co., Illinois.7,8,9
     He appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Reynolds Twp., Lee Co., Illinois, in the household of his parents, John H. Kersten and Anna Wiener.4
Ernest W. Kersten, 1927
from Elgin High School Maroon13
He appeared on the 1910 Federal Census of Ashton Twp., Lee Co., Illinois, in the household of his parents.5
     Ernest graduated from North Central College, with a B. S. degree. He obtained an M. A. degree from Columbia University.14
     Ernest registered for the draft for World War I on 12 Sep 1918, while living at Ashton, Lee Co., Illinois, reporting he was employed as a farm laborer working for Charles Mall in Ashton.1
     By 1920, at age 21, he was teaching at the Miami Military Institute, at Germantown, Ohio. The school originated in 1894 as a music school, but later changed to a military program. It closed in 1933 when enrollment dropped during the Great Depression. The property, later a church camp, fell into disrepair and was demolished in 2015.15,16
     Ernest appeared on the 1920 Federal Census of Germantown, Montgomery Co., Ohio, on West Warren St., enumerated 17 Jan 1920, apparently sharing a room with Ray Heck, another teacher, age 24. They were living in a building with other Institute staff, including officials and their families, other teachers, cooks, and servants.17
     Ernest married Rachel Elizabeth Glabe, daughter of Sebastian Glabe and Anna Katherine Ruppel, on 16 Jun 1920 in Chatsworth, Livingston Co., Illinois, with Rev. Julius A. Giese officiating.10,11
     Ernest and Rachel moved frequently in the early years of their marriage. Their first child was born in Chicago, in Jun 1921.18
     By 1922 he was teaching at Menominee High School in Menominee, Michigan.19
     Ernest and Rachel moved back to Illinois by 1926. He was a science teacher at Elgin High School, in Elgin, Illinois, by 1927.20,21
     Ernest and Rachel appeared on the 1930 Federal Census of Elgin, Kane Co., Illinois, on Division St., enumerated 14 Apr 1930, reporting they were renting their home, for $45 per month, and owned a radio. Their children Juanita, Jeanne and Donald were listed as living with them.22
     Ernest and Rachel moved to Coles Co., Illinois, before 1935. They appeared on the 1940 Federal Census of Mattoon, Coles Co., Illinois, at 2609 Western Ave., enumerated 9 Apr 1940, reporting they were renting their home, for $35 per month, and had lived in the same town in 1935. Their children Juanita, Jeanne and Donald were listed as living with them, though Janetta was marked as absent from the home.23
     By 1940 Ernest William Kersten was principal of a public high school. That year he reported he had worked 60 hours the last week of March, and had worked 52 weeks the prior year, earning $3,150.23
     Ernest and Rachel moved to Peoria by 1946, where they lived at 106 Barker Ave..24
     He was a representative for Equitable Life Assurance in Peoria, by 1946. By 1952 he was an assistant agency manager for the company.25
     Ernest and Rachel moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, by 1953, where they lived at 1805 Georgia NE.26
     In Albuquerque he was employed by the Sandia Corp., at the Atomic Energy Commission facitlity.26
     Ernest died on 20 Feb 1989 at age 90.12

Children:
     Children with Rachel Elizabeth Glabe:

  • Juanita Rae Kersten22,23,27 (27 Jun 1921 - 24 Jul 2009)
  • Jeanne Anne Kersten22,23,28 (17 Jun 1923 - 18 Feb 2015)
  • Donald Jay Kersten22,23,29 (28 Apr 1926 - 11 Sep 1999)

Citations

  1. [S8148] Ernest William Kersten, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.
  2. [S8144] John H. Kersten household, 1900 U.S. Census, Lee Co., Illinois, shows name as Ernest W. Kersten.
  3. [S8047] Marriage certificates, Livingston Co., Illinois, no. 6109, Ernest W. Kersten and Rachel E. Glabe.
  4. [S8144] John H. Kersten household, 1900 U.S. Census, Lee Co., Illinois.
  5. [S8145] John H. Kersten household, 1910 U.S. Census, Livingston Co., Illinois.
  6. [S8144] John H. Kersten household, 1900 U.S. Census, Lee Co., Illinois, shows him as the son of her husband and that the parents had been married longer than the age of the child.
  7. [S8148] Ernest William Kersten, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, shows date.
  8. [S8047] Marriage certificates, Livingston Co., Illinois, no. 6109, Ernest W. Kersten and Rachel E. Glabe, shows age 23 at marriage 16 Jun 1920, town, as Steward, and state.
  9. [S8144] John H. Kersten household, 1900 U.S. Census, Lee Co., Illinois, shows month, year, age 2, and state.
  10. [S8047] Marriage certificates, Livingston Co., Illinois, no. 6109, Ernest W. Kersten and Rachel E. Glabe, shows date, town, county, state, and officiant.
  11. [S8149] Ernest W. Kersten household, 1930 U.S. Census, Kane Co., Illinois, shows married, with each first married at age 22.
  12. [S1500] "U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007," Ancestry.com, record for Ernest W Kersten, Soc. Sec. No. 327-24-1142, shows date.
  13. [S8152] Maroon, 1927, pg 13.
  14. [S8152] Maroon, 1928, pg 10.
  15. [S8147] Ray E. Heck household, 1920 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Ohio, shows occupation as teacher, industry as military institute.
  16. [S1265] Wikipedia, online, "Miami Military Institute," viewed Sep 2018.
  17. [S8147] Ray E. Heck household, 1920 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Ohio.
  18. [S8155] Nita Rae Ward obituary, Albuquerque Journal, shows she was born in Chicago and date.
  19. [S8151] Record, 1922, pg 33.
  20. [S8152] Maroon, 1927, pg 13; 1928, pg 10.
  21. [S8149] Ernest W. Kersten household, 1930 U.S. Census, Kane Co., Illinois, shows occupation as teacher, industry as pubic school.
  22. [S8149] Ernest W. Kersten household, 1930 U.S. Census, Kane Co., Illinois.
  23. [S8150] Ernest Kersten household, 1940 U.S. Census, Coles Co., Illinois.
  24. [S3474] Polk's Peoria City Directory, 1946, pg 286.
  25. [S3474] Polk's Peoria City Directory, 1946, pg 286; 1952, pg 485.
  26. [S8153] Hudspeth's Albuquerque City Directory, 1953, pg 377.
  27. [S8155] Nita Rae Ward obituary, Albuquerque Journal.
  28. [S8156] Jeanne Anne Stein obituary, Los Alamos Monitor.
  29. [S1500] "U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007," Ancestry.com, record for Donald Jay Kersten, Soc. Sec. No. 357-16-0630.