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Commemorative biographical record of the Fox River Valley counties of Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, and of many of the early settled families
(1895)

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COMME7]MORATIVE B1 GIOGA PIICAL RECORD.
niumrbered among the old Mohawk Dutch
of that State. The great-grandfather of
our Subject, William   Kisner, lived in
Lewis county, N. Y., where he followed
farmuing. The grandfather, Isaac Kisner,
resided oil that old homestead near Low-
Vlle until I 1852, when he came with his
family to \Visc(onsin, locatinIg on a farm
of eighty acres in Calumet county, where
he spent his reniaining days. He was a
soldier of the war of 81 2.
   Abramn and Matilda (Kenifield) Kisner,
parents of our subject, were natives of
the Empire State, the former having
been reared on a farm near Lowville. In
November, 1854, he canle to \Visconsin
and took lip his residence near Brother-
town, Calumet county, but in [855 xvent
to Fox Lake, where he carried on black-
smoithing for three years. lie then re-
turned to Calumet county, and for a time
had charge of his father's farm, but sub-
sequently reinoved to I)eerfield township,
Walishara coutnty, where lie owned and
operate(d lhnd.  lIe died JanIIiuary f2,
1 891i , at the age of sixty-eight years, ail(l
his wx ife on the 26th of l)eceniber follow-
In,, her death occurring very suddenly,
occasioned by heart disease, while xisit-
igii her sister near Randolph, Cohlumbia
cou1ty. They were laid to rest side by
side ill a cemetery in I)eertield township,
\Vaushara co(1ty.
   Preston Kisner was born near Low-
ville, N. Y., October 22, 1847, was cdui-
cated in the schools of that neighlborhood
and at the age of iiicteen began farming,
which he followed soimue fourteen years.
TIe oxNxied one farm of eighty- acres ii
Columbia county, Wis., then purchased
a sixtv-acre tract adjoiming, and after-
Ward bo1ughut forty acres at Oak Grove.
He was married August i, 1868, t(o Miss
Sophronia Clough, dlaughter of Obediah
anud Dorothy (Morrison) Clough, who re-
moved from New Hampshire to Dodge
county, \VIs., and settled at the Rolling
Prairie railroad station in Oak Grove
township. On June 22, 1880, Mr. his-
nre came to Winneconne where he en-
gagedl in grain dealing for a time, having
charge of the railroad elevator for seven
years. D)uring the last three years of that
time lie also conducted a general store
which was established in the spring of
1885. He was then alone in that busi-
hess for a few months, but October 0o,
1885, admitted to partnership Lewis
Lund, under the tirm name of Kisner &
Lund.    They carry a general stock of
dry goods, groceries, hardware, etc., and
(do a good business. Mr. Kisner is also a
half ovner of Piacenza Point, a pleasure
resort on Lake W\inneconne. This place
offers all the advantages of a beautiful
body of xxater and fine shade trees, and is
Ilocated on the north shore of Lake Win-
neconne, on a point of gravelly hard soil
which slightly juts into the lake. A nice
sanldy beach extends for about eighty
roeds, affording excellent bathing oppor-
tullities; there is a constantly tlowing
fountain of pure spring water, giving forth
a two-inch stream, cold and sparkling,
and the fishing is excellent. This place is
quiet and retired, being especially suited
for those who wish to get away from heat
of cities and business cares. It can be
reached by sail, row or steamboats, as well
aS 1)y a fine carriage drive. Several cot-
taugCs have already tbeen erected, and the
Point is fast becoming one of Wisconsin s
most beautiful summer resorts.
   Oin the failure of the Citizens Bank of
\\iunuecOmne, Juily 7, 1893, Mr. Kisner
was appointed assignee. This bank wxas
established  by  Ziiri Dxwiggius, the
founder of so many of the banks of the
same kind, and went down in the crash
of the Columbian National Bank of Chi-
caMo. Socially, Mr. Kisner is a member
of the Modern Woodinen of America, has
served as clerk and counsel and wxas dele-
gate to the council at Springfield in 1890,
at which time new general officers were
elected  and the   entire  management
changed, making the workings of the
order much more satisfactory to its mem-
bers. In politics our subject is a Repub-
lican, and he served as chairman of the
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