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Re: Camilla Kreiser, Denmark KS
Posted by: Mike Day (ID *****8679) Date: April 25, 2006 at 17:46:40
In Reply to: Re: Henry Kreiser, Denmark KS by Sandra Kreiser of 68

Family Group Sheet
Wife: Camilla A. Kreiser
Born: ___-__-1869 in Denmark
Died: ___-__-1955 in
Buried: in Sylvan Grove Cemetery, Sylvan Grove, Kansas
Father: Henry Kreiser
Mother: Ingeborg _______
Husband: John Calene
Married: ___-__-1890 in Lincoln County, Kansas
Born: JUL-17-1856 near Stockholm, Sweden
Died: ___-__-1921 in
Buried: in Sylvan Grove Cemetery, Sylvan Grove, Kansas
Father: Lewis E. Calene
Mother: Christine _______
John Calene

JOHN CALENE. The mercantile interests of Sylvan Grove, Kansas, are well
represented by stable and intelligent business men, and one of these is John
Calene, who is president of the Calene Mercantile Company and is identified
with other enterprises of importance. Mr. Calene was born in Sweden, near the
great City of Stockholm, July 17, 1856. His parents were L. E. and Christine
Calene, both of whom were born in Sweden, the father in 1822 and the mother in
1825, and both died in Dickinson County, Kansas, the former in 1880 and the
latter in 1907.

L. E. Calene grew to manhood in his native land and was married there. In 1866
he came to the United States with his family and for several years was a
farmer in Henry County, Illinois. In 1870 he came to Dickinson County, Kansas,
one of the early settlers in that section, and secured a homestead right to
eighty acres of land and lived there until his death. In the meanwhile he had
acquired other tracts and he left an estate of 240 acres when he died. He was
a fine man in every way and was respected and esteemed by his neighbors in
Dickinson County. Before he left Sweden he served as a soldier in the regular
army, as the law provided, but was a quiet, peaceable man and a faithful
member of the Lutheran Church. His family consisted of six children, namely:
Erick, who is a farmer near Enterprise, Kansas; Anna, who lives on the old
home farm in Dickinson County; Peter L. and Louis, both of whom are deceased;
Christine, who is the wife of Fred Schermerhorn, a merchant at Wilson, Kansas.

The youngest of the family, John Calene, was ten years old when his parents
came to the United States and he attended school for several years afterward
and then worked on the farm of his uncle, P. E. Calene, in Dickinson County,
for two years. At the age of fifteen years he decided to prepare for a
mercantile career and with this end in view entered a store at Enterprise, in
which he was clerk until 1880, when he embarked in business there for himself
and continued until 1886.

In 1887 Mr. Calene came to Sylvan Grove and for the following four years was
connected with the store of Schermerhorn & Lang, and subsequently, until 1903,
was cashier in the Sylvan State Bank. In that year he bought a one-half
interest in the Berger Brothers mercantile establishment here and in 1912
became the owner of the other half interest and still owns the controlling
interest since the business was incorporated as the Calene Mercantile Company,
he being president. He has a fine location on Main Street, his substantial
building affording him floor space of 50x80 feet and additionally he has a
basement and two storage buildings. The stock carried is large and carefully
selected and his patronage comes from the city and a large outlying district.
In the building up of this business Mr. Calene has demonstrated the effect of
industry, honesty and perseverance. He is also a stockholder and one of the
directors in the Sylvan State Bank.

Mr. Calene was married in Lincoln County, Kansas, in 1890, to Miss Camilla
Kreiser, whose parents are deceased. Her father, Henry Kreiser, was formerly a
merchant at Denmark, Kansas. Mr. and Mrs. Calene have five children, namely:
Laona, who married Clifford Nogstrom, a native of Topeka, Kansas, who is
managing engineer of the Southwestern Telephone Company, and they reside at
St. Louis, Missouri; Glenn, associated with his father in business at Sylvan
Grove; John, a student of medicine in Bush Medical College, Chicago; Edwin and
Raymond, both of whom were graduated from the Sylvan Grove High School in
1917. Mr. Calene and family reside in their comfortable residence on Kentucky
Avenue, a choice section of the city.

Mr. Calene has always been an active, interested and useful citizen, never
accepting any public office except membership on the school board, but
favoring all candidates who, in his opinion, have the good of the city at
heart. Politically he is affiliated with the republican party. His connection
with the Masonic fraternity has been of long standing and of great importance
He belongs to Sylvan Grove Lodge No. 359, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, of
which he is past master, Medicine Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, in Barber
County, Kansas; Alderman Commandery, Knights Templar; and Wichita Consistory
No. 2, thirty-second degree. He is also a Shriner, belonging to Isis Temple at
Salina, Kansas. Additionally he is a member of Sylvan Grove Chapter, Eastern
Star; Sylvan Grove Lodge, Ancient Order United Workmen, and to the Knights and
Ladies of Security, being a valued member of every organization.

A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E.
Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. Chicago:
Lewis Publishing Company, copyright 1918; transcribed 1997.

F Child 1: Rhoda "Leona" Calene
Born: DEC-12-1890 in Lincoln County, Kansas
Died: JAN-__-1980 in Chesterfield, Saint Louis County, Missouri
Laona, who married Clifford Nogstrom, a native of Topeka, Kansas, who is
managing engineer of the Southwestern Telephone Company, and they reside at
St. Louis, Missouri;
M Child 2: Glenn Clifton Calene
Born: MAY-02-1893 in Lincoln County, Kansas
Died: JAN-10-1992 in
Lincoln Sentinel-Republican
Lincoln, Kansas
April 9, 1992

Glenn Clifton Calene
       Glenn Clifton Calene was born May 2, 1893, in Sylvan Grove, the second of the
five children of John and Camilla Krieser Calene. John Calene started out in
merchandising, then served as cashier of the Sylvan State Bank shortly after
it was organized. In 1903, John began a partnership in Berger Brothers
Mercantile, eventually buying out the Berger interest in 1913 to form the
Calene Mercantile Company.
       All five of the Calene children attended Kansas University. Glenn was a
charter member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He received his degree in history
and economics in 1913. Glenn was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War
I, emerging as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry at Camp Pike, Ark., in 1918.
       Glenn and Ruth C. Stewart were united in marriage by Pastor H.C. Bradbury on
July 9, 1919. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Sylvan Grove
for 86 years.
       Glenn was a member of Lincoln Lodge No. 154, Past Master of the Sylvan Grove
Lodge No. 359 AF&AM and past Worthy Patron of the Eula Chapter of Eastern Star
of Sylvan Grove. He was commissioned by the Masonic Grand Lodge of the State
of Kansas as Deputy Grand Master of the 31st District, serving for several
       He was a Scottish Rite Mason and member of the Isis Shrine, Salina, and had
been a Shriner for 73 years at the time of his death. He also participated in
Post No. 359 American Legion of Sylvan Grove; and like his father was involved
in civic affairs, serving as mayor of the town.
       In 1942, after closing the Calene Mercantile store, Glenn and Ruth Calene
moved to East Aurora, N.Y., where during wartime he engaged in purchasing
responsibilities with the Curtiss-Wright Corporation.
       Prior to retirement, he was involved first in housing development, and later
in county building inspection. Following the death of his wife, Ruth, in 1978,
he became a resident of Tucson, Ariz., near his brother Raymond until his
death on Jan. 10, 1992.
       Inunrnment services were held Saturday, April 4, 1992, in the Sylvan Grove
M Child 3: John L. Calene
Born: SEP-24-1895 in Lincoln County, Kansas
Died: OCT-04 -1976 in _______, Orange County, California
JOHN CALENE 24 Sep 1895 Oct 1976 57401 (Aberdeen, Brown, SD) (none specified)
503-54-1024 South Dakota
M Child 4: Edwin L. Calene
Born: JAN-29-1898 in Lincoln County, Kansas
Died: DEC-27-1964 in _______, San Francisco County, California
EDWIN CALENE 29 Jan 1898 Dec 1964 94705 (Berkeley, Alameda, CA) (none
specified) 560-14-5313 California
M Child 5: Raymond M. Calene
Born: OCT-26-1900 in Lincoln County, Kansas
Died: SEP-19-1997 in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona
RAYMOND M CALENE 26 Oct 1900 19 Sep 1997 (V) 85748 (Tucson, Pima, AZ) (none
specified) 276-07-2121 Ohio
Family Group Sheet
Wife: Rhoda "Leona" Calene
Born: DEC-12-1890 in Lincoln County, Kansas
Died: JAN-__-1980 in Chesterfield, Saint Louis County, Missouri
Father: John Calene
Mother: Camilla A. Kreiser
Laona, who married Clifford Nogstrom, a native of Topeka, Kansas, who is
managing engineer of the Southwestern Telephone Company, and they reside at
St. Louis, Missouri;
Husband: Clifford W. Nystrom
Married: in
Born: JUL-26-1887 in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas
Died: JAN-__-1977 in Chesterfield, Saint Louis County, Missouri
Buried: in
Father: John Nystrom
Mother: Ellen _______

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